I then proceeded to the back of the basement and indeed found what had exhausted the boys so much. Looks like they made the most of their playdate! They played hard!
I am so sad that I did not get a picture of Minnie and Tucker's little baby brother. He is 9 months old and she is 16 months old and they are the same size. She loved "taking care" of him. She would put hats on him, give him a paci (even her own once), patted him, and swayed him from side to side singing rock-a-bye baby. Which she actually sings like so: "Wa wa wahh BAAAAAAAY-EEEEEE" And then she would come over to me, point to herself, nod her head and say "mama, mama" I would say " Oh yes Minnie, you are a GOOD mama!" She would prance away with a pleased look and begin the mothering again... and then back to me for affirmation!
What fun the kids had having little friends over! And the mess, you are wondering about? Oh, its still there, probably will still be there until I host Bible Study in the basement next Tuesday. The kids love it when the toys are all in disarray....they will play in the basement for hours when it is all messy--must spark their creative juices!