5 kids, 3 dogs & 2 sisters

17 May

All under one roof. For four days.

N. left for a business trip on Sunday and I decided to pack my things and leave home to stay for a few days at sis’s place. Yes, I took the kids & Benny with me. It’s not like it was optional anyway.

We had ONE obstacle to overcome which gave us a lot of worry and stress on the first day but it worked out great in the end after all. You see, Pluto & Micky (my sister’s dogs) are not the friendliest dogs on the planet and you know how they say: two’s company, three’s a crowd? Well…something like that.

Both men in our life were extremely skeptical and didn’t agree with bringing them together. I won’t lie. At the end of the first day I was ready to return home. Pluto and Micky seemed more eager to massacre Benny than play nicely with him and If we hadn’t been extremely careful it would have probably ended with a scene taken from a splatter dog movie.

Day 2 was dog promising but not children promising. All 5 of them hadn’t gotten the sleep they needed and each one had a different variation of cranky. I looked at Alex and Alex looked at me with desperation. Had we thought this through? Was our romantic idea of living together unrealistic??

It wasn’t. You see the great thing with us taking care of all kids is that when one of us overdoses on our own, we are more than willing to take on the other kids. Alex decided to relive the young children’s troubles and took over Iliana & Yiannis and I helped with the homework of Elena (8) & Angelina (10). Emmanouela (12) was kind enough to shed some light on what a mom has to go through when her child hits the teenage years. Oh boy.

It wasn’t easy. The only reason we made it sane through the days is that we were motivated to watch a movie while munching on our junk food every night. And we managed to have all 5 of them in bed by 8pm. Quite an accomplishment don’t you think?

We are back home now and although we are glad that we have the dad and hubby N. with us again we all seem to miss Alex and her bunch.

Until next time




14 Responses to “5 kids, 3 dogs & 2 sisters”

  1. lahacienda May 17, 2013 at 8:27 am #

    I cannot believe any living creature would possibly want to hurt kind-and-loving Benny, but I guess the dog world is much tougher than we think! 🙂 I believe the great think about sharing your everyday life with someone you trust and love completely (like your sister) is that you always end up having fun – even when sharing responsibilities.

    • wonderlandbytatu May 17, 2013 at 8:55 am #

      yes, that is true! When you really want something to work, it usually does. And the kind and loving heart of Benny conquered and tamed Pluto and Micky. Now, they all play together beautifully!

  2. Elina Zambounis May 17, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    After reading this I miss you, Alex and both your bunches, even though I never had the chance for a sleep over with you all, and even though there is not a single pic of evidence in your post, of all those momentous events that took place during those days!

    You should be so grateful for enjoying such moments with your sis, kids and dogs, even though both your hubbies would surely add the missing ingredient in the recipe!
    I envy you and admire you at the same time.
    God bless you all!

    • wonderlandbytatu May 17, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

      I am grateful and I don’t take anything for granted. Especially since my sis and the girls might be leaving Greece as well next year.
      Come and have a coffee with us (Iliana and myself) whenever you can steal a couple of hours so we can do some serious catching up…
      You always have an open invitation.
      φιλια πολλά!

  3. ramblingsfromamum May 17, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Not sure if Benny would miss Alex’s bunch .. poor little thing – though their territory so letting him know who was the boss/es … Glad some of the time away was relaxing. 🙂 xx

    • wonderlandbytatu May 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      the thing with Benny is that he does enjoy the company of other dogs very much and after the first few days they were playing great with each other.
      How are you?

    • wonderlandbytatu May 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm #

      the thing with Benny is that he does enjoy the company of other dogs very much and after the first few days they were playing great with each other.
      How are you?

  4. memyselfandkids.com May 17, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    Yes, that is quite an accomplishment. It sounds like was an interesting experience.

  5. nothingbythebook May 17, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Five kids in bed by 8 p.m. is not just an accomplish, it’s a miracle!

    • wonderlandbytatu May 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

      Ha! I guess you are right.
      What people do for some entertainment..

  6. sakuraandme May 17, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    Hey 5 kids in bed at 8pm? I applaud you!! 🙂 It’s funny how you can miss chaos, but we all do! I’m from a huge family as well and understand how you would feel. Have a great weekend! Hugs Paula xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu May 17, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

      yes, chaos beats lonely every time for me.
      Have a great weekend too! a big hug back xxx

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