In the past we've had events like massive snowfalls that I have to figure out how to un-bury us from. Or a kid in the top bunk with a stomach bug that makes itself known in the middle of the night (Changing the sheets of the top of the bunkbed is hard enough....but I was 9 months pregnant and our other kiddo, plus a friend's kiddo were both still sleeping in the room) (Plus, Adam usually does vomit-duty. I can hardly handle it without losing it myself.) (I can laugh about that incident now though.) Plus, the nights just get lonely and I don't like "shutting the house down" all on my own. I stuff pillows in Adam's side of the bed and try to trick myself into thinking he is there. Pathetic? Maybe. Probably. :)
Anyways. This time I thought to invite Adam's stepsister down to stay with us for the week. That way we could spend some time with her before she heads off to college. Plus, I had a few times that I knew I would need a sitter. Win-win.
Ryn read LOTS of books to the boys and made up games with them. We enjoyed having her here.