Anne just dismissed Brandi with a wave and answered the phone?
"Hi Anne. This is Heather. I was wondering if you wanted to go shopping the afternoon. There's a sale at Cool Clothes!"
"Oh God. You mean time away from the kids? You're on! Give me 30 minutes & I'll meet you there!" Anne hurriedly hung up and headed to her room. She saw Jansen in the kitchen rocking baby Danny with dirty baby bottles surrounding him. Squelching the feeling of guilt, she quickly said, "I'm going out. I need you to watch the kids!" She saw his eyes widen. "Oh come on Jansen. The kids will take care of themselves. Just make sure they don't kill each other!"
Getting dressed as quick as she could, Anne rushed out the door to meet Heather.
Heather smiled and gave her a thumbs up. "Looking good, mama!" she said.
Anne twirled around and checked herself out in the mirror. "I do look pretty darn hot, don't I? This dress will knock Henry's socks off!" she said proudly. Since her back was to Heather, she didn't notice the look of envy that stole across Heather's face.
"Oh yeah. I'm sure he'll love it," Heather echoed.
Anne grinned at Heather and said, "I'm getting it! We've been needing some 'adult' time lately, anyways."
Jansen looked up and complained, "But, Mom. You were gone all afternoon! I haven't even had time to do my homework!"
Anne crossed her arms. "Jansen. It's not like I ask you to watch them all the time. I'd just like a special night out."
Jansen just grumbled under his breath and ignored her. "Jansen. Really, thank you. I appreciate it."
Anne went in her room to get ready for when Henry came home.
"Wow!" he said. "You are looking... wow!"
Anne giggled. "I know! Now take me out!"
Henry glanced over at the boys playing in the play area. "Are you sure? What about the kids?"
Anne waved her hand. "Jansen is going to watch them! Let's go while we still can!"
"I'm HUNGRY!" Brandi yelled as the boys all ignored her. Danny was crying in his crib. Jansen and Sean were thumping each other with pillows as down flew around the house.
Anne's purse fell to the floor. "What is going on HERE?" she demanded.
Silence. All four kids stopped what they were doing and looked at her, except Jansen.
Louder, she snapped, "I said, WHAT is going on here?"
Jansen cleared his throat and spoke up, "Well, I was going to make breakfast this morning, but we were out of food."
Anne looked pointedly at the phone. "And you couldn't ORDER any?"
"God Mom! I'm not your servant! Why didn't you order any? And why'd you stay away all night! You didn't even call! I was worried!" Jansen's voice cracked as he yelled.
Anne felt her face flush. Glancing at her children, she turned around and walked to the phone. "Yes, hello. I'd like to order groceries to be delivered."
Completing the call, she glanced at her family. "I'm going to bed. Do not wake me." She held her head high as she walked to her room.
Jansen shrugged. He was still upset. "Well, she should've called." Opening the refrigerator door, he hopped on and swung back and forth.
Sean walked around the kitchen grabbing dirty dishes and throwing them in the sink. "You going to help, man? You're going to need all the brownie points you can get!"
Jansen just kept swinging on the door. "No way. If I don't get brownie points for taking care of all you knuckleheads overnight, then I don't know what will!"
Anne threw her hands up in the air, "Well how was I supposed to know every time we made up, your little swimmers would try to implant one of my eggs!"
Jansen had just crossed his arms and snapped, "Fine! The next time you want to play the nurse game again, I'll tell you to go to hell!"
Anne dropped her head in her hands. "What are we going to do?" she moaned. "Six kids?"
Henry had given her a little hug. "You could get your tubes tied," he suggested.
Anne glared. "So I have to give birth to six children and have my tubes tied?" she asked.
"Alright. Then I'll have my tubes tied." The last thing Henry wanted was another kid running around.
Anne nodded. "Good. Get it scheduled."