We also baked chocolate chip brownies together. I tried to teach them how to properly crack eggs, and I didn't immediately realized they enjoyed smashing the eggs and watching me fish out the egg shells more than trying to learn proper egg cracking technique from their uncle.
Technically I was the single uncle for the weekend, since my husband wasn't scheduled to land until Saturday night after the girls' bedtime. However, my parents came down on Saturday afternoon for lunch and a trip to the zoo. Time with my parents is always a treasured moment. I want my children to be influenced by my parents. It's clear my nieces adore loving Susu and silly Poppy.
I implemented a mandatory rule: at meal times everyone had to stay seated at the table until everyone was finished eating. In truth I was worried about keeping my girls fed with nutritious food; my nieces are not good eaters. Paxten used the rule to keep everyone at the table longer. Meals always ended with us watching Paxten nibble on the last few bites of her food; "I'm not done." she would state. I was happy if she was eating!
My weekend was devoted to my nieces, and I loved every chaotic minute. They are such bright lights in our life.