It was not to be had.
While Joe, Mom, and I cleaned up the chaos from the day's play, Amy laid down with her children in an effort to coax them to sleep.
9:30p, she texted Mom from the basement: "can you come save me from 2 naked babies?" Mom & Joe gathered up the Eddy kids (Kate & Glory were delightedly half naked and dancing around the living room) and we settled in for an episode of Backyardigans.
10pm: we sent them downstairs to sleep.
12:30a Doc got locked outside and was at my window, baying woefully.
2:00a Andie wakes up and is coaxed back to sleep with a bottle of milk. (Don't judge me).
Somewhere between 2:00a-4:00a, Amy wakes up to find Kate missing. She can't find her anywhere. After frantically searching the bedroom and the basement, she comes upstairs and finds Kate...peacefully sleeping between Moka and Schatzi.
4:00a Another bottle for Andie (again, don't judge).
6:00a Sam starts calling, "Mom! Mom! I'm awake!" In an effort to doze a little in my nursing chair, I send him out into the living room where Lala is sleeping on the couch, and tell him to turn on a movie.
6:05a Instead, he goes downstairs and starts shouting, "Dad? Dad! Where my friends? Where my friends?"
6:07a His "friends" (Kate, Glory, Noah, and their very tired mama) wake up and shuffle up the stairs.
Some nights are just too short.