Jason and I have started playing card games with Nathanael and Matthew after the little ones go to sleep. It is a great alternative to the hour of TV they were watching after their siblings head to bed. We have been having so much fun with them. Their favorite game is Pitch, which is a four person card game that Jason's family always played. Nathanael is pretty good at it. Matthew isn't brave enough when it comes to the "bidding" and doesn't always play the cards at the right time but he is getting better. Sometimes it is fun for the big kids to have time without their little siblings.
Grace thinks it is quite unfair that her big brothers get to stay up later than her and Jonathan. She finds reason after reason to try to get up. Last night, after she finally was silent, we played games for a while and then sent the big kids off to bed. Heading to our room, I found Grace sleeping peacefully. When I went to get her up she opened her eyes, announced "No Mommy, I sleeping Daddy's bed!" and promptly closed her eyes again. Silly girl got carried by her daddy off to her own room.