We spent a portion of one session opening (and eating) caramels for our caramel apples. The kids got a kick out of using the sticky caramel cubes as building blocks.
We decided to try to prepare some activities in advance that would keep the kids hands busy so maybe they'd listen a little better. It seemed to work pretty well. We set a folding table up in our bedroom and we made perler bead dinosaurs, and put a puzzle together. Probably the biggest contributor to the quiet was Casey giving Miles his iPod. Miles loves it and there are a few games on there he plays really well.
Last week we were looking for the remote control we bought to replace the other remote we lost and Casey got really determined to find it so he started searching in all the couches. We had looked under the couch cushions, but he decided to pull the bottom cover off the love seat and then he dug a whole bunch of stuff out of there (including 2 remotes, neither of which would work on the video player), then he moved over to the big couch which has a large section of the fabric under the cushions pulled back. We lose stuff in there a lot, but it's pretty easy to see and you can fish it out without much effort. Well we didn't see anything we wanted (lots of things we didn't want) but Casey decided to tip the couch so all the stuff on the other side would fall down to the open area and BINGO we found not only the replacement remote, but the original remote and our DS that has been missing since we lived in Philadelphia (I'll spare you the details of all the disgusting stuff we found). We now refer to that couch as the "TREASURE TROVE". Bennett had a little girl from church over to play last week and I heard him ask her "Do you want to see our treasure trove?" I hope she doesn't tell her parents:)