Friday, May 25, 2007

Is this any indication of what the summer will hold?

I'm not sure how it happened, but it started off innocently enough. One girl was going to spend the night with our nine-year-old. That fell through - the girl had soccer practice. So our daughter invited another friend.

Meanwhile, our son calls me from school asking if a few friends can stop by on the way home.

Then, I was in the carpool line, thinking I'm being such a great mom, offering to pick up our 13-year-old daughter, who ALL YEAR LONG begged me to pick her up from school (to which I replied, "No, it's not blizzarding, and it won't hurt you to walk two blocks."). I see my daughter motioning to me to go on: "We're walking home!" she says.


Shortly after that, we received a phone call from the first friend of my nine-year-old: The soccer practice had been cancelled. "Can she come over, too, Mom?"

It's what I like to refer to as the "instant party."

By the time it was all said and done, in addition to our five, we had ELEVEN extra kids here. Big, take-up-the-whole-sofa sized kids. Big, hungry kids. I made cookies that got eaten as fast as I could get them off the pan. We went through several 12-packs of sodas and lots of milk. When they got hungry for real food, the big kids broke out the mac 'n' cheese and hot dogs and proceeded to fix supper for their friends.

(As an aside, when our daughter was fixing all the food for her friends, one friend commented to her, "You'll make such a good mom some day!" Which led to a conversation about how many kids each of the girls wanted some day.

"I only want one or two."
"Yeah, me too. Maybe none."
"I think two would be just perfect."
Then (here's my Proud Mama moment) my daughter piped in, "I want lots of kids. I think about FIVE!"

I'll just tuck that one away for future reference!)

ANYWAY, later, a few went to a movie with me (and some little sisters). Some went to another movie with another mom. The boys went TP'ing visiting another friend for a few hours.

Six friends ended up spending the night. I would say "slept over," but I'm not sure any of them ever fell asleep. One girl's mom picked her up at 1:00 a.m. because she wasn't feeling well.

I finally drug my bod to bed at about midnight, with two fans going in our room in a feeble attempt to block out the noise of giggling, grazing in the kitchen, repeated changes in sleeping arrangements, and The Incredibles playing on the other side of our bedroom wall. Oh, for some soundproof insulation! I guess I must have eventually slept, because I didn't even hear the sick girl leave, and it sure was hard to get up this morning!

We had tons of waffles, sausage and orange juice for breakfast. Cheap food for the ravenous masses. On paper plates, of course. I'm not that nice!

Whew! The last guest just left (left her sweater, left her shoes, left some shorts...). I'm sure I'll be finding leftover items around here for days.

Now, where to begin putting this place back together?

Uh-oh. There's a kid at the door, asking for the nine-year-old, but she just crawled into my bed, comatose.

Is this any indication of what the rest of the summer will hold?


Susanne said...

Hee! My first thought was you must stay well stocked with gorceries. At my house at this time of month the pickin's would be getting slim! :vD

You deserve some kind of prize for being the most easy going mom around! What a fun last day of school you allowed to happen!

Jenn @ Knee-Deep in Munchkin Land said...

I think you are AWESOME!! That is exactly the kind of house I want our own to be. Open to family and friends; an inviting place to be; and chaos. Sounds ideal! =) This is why I'm trying to convince Jon to have four kids, instead of three. I just want a big family!

Anonymous said...

What fun! (For them, at least?) This says so much about your home and the gracious welcome your kids' friends must feel. Your summer is off to a rockin' start!

The Incredibles IS the LOUDEST kid movie to try to drown out, isn't it?! I didn't realize how much everyone argues in that movie until listening to it from upstairs under a pillow one weekend morning!

We still have 8 days of homeschool and 10 of regular school here. I'm cramming late nights to get my son's portfolio ready for the hs evaluator and also have to have his goals and plans ready for *next year* at that meeting because he is a special needs student. This weekend is mudfest-- I mean, memorial day camp =) Hopefully after that I can finally start a little spring cleaning. Mid-June is still spring, right...?

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Anonymous said...

That sounds like my house growing up. What great memories. One of my favorite things about being part of a big family was how shocking we were to the rest of the world. Most of my friends had only one or two kids in their family and something like that would NEVER happen at their house.

Deidre said...

Wow, that's IS an instant party.
But, how cool is that that your children want to bring kids home and spend time there.
I love that!!!

Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry said...

Even though it sounds like a lot of work, I so hope that's the kind of house ours turns out to be!

It sounds like a blast to me! And just so you know, I would have driven the kids to go TPing. Maybe. Unless it's now illegal, in which case, I don't know what you're talking about.

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

What fun to read of your "easy-going" and flexible nature. I wish I had more of that when our girls were growing up. I'm also surprised you had enough food to feed everyone on the spur of the moment. Good Job!! Funny side note: where we're at, kids that go out to TP a house say there're going to "Wrap it". :-)

Gwen Sirmans (Ivey's Mom) said...

I hope and pray that our house is like that. I pray that I create an open home for our children and their friends. Obviously you are doing an incredible job.. Go mom.

Megan@SortaCrunchy said...

You are SUCH an amazing mom. How are you even able to think straight after all that, let alone blog about it for us?!

Thanks for taking the time to write it up, though. It reminded me of lots of fun "have all the friends over" summer time get togethers. Good, good times.

Laura said...

Sounds like fun (and for me, a recipe for a little ibuprofen fix at the end of it). I laughed out loud when you wrote about how much was left at your place. As a mother of one non-crawling infant, I can't imagine juggling five, let alone eleven of someone else's kiddos! WOW!

Anonymous said...

I did not grow up in a house where I was comfortable bringing friends over. Your post however made me smile. That is exactly what I want our house to be like for my kids when they are older.


Jennie said...

hi! i found your blog through a friend of a friend! what fun! my best friends home was like this when we were growing up! i loved it! you have a fun summer ahead of you!

thanks for sharing!

Jen said...

I just love it. I love all of it. I think your great....and just think you have the best job of all. You get to enjoy the 24/7.

Andrea said...

Sounds like fun!

Jenny said...

Wow! I want our home to be the one that kids want to hang out at. I have some work to do though at polishing my hospitality skills. You are definitely an encouragement!

Lana said...

we always have extra kids and find extra misc. stuff at our house.

welcome to summer! when it's 10x worse!

Anonymous said...

Katherine - what a fun post to read! (well, for the rest of us it is - we didn't lose sleep like you did!) :-)

I so look forward to those days. Time well-spent!

Chris in Canada

Oldqueen44 said...

The greatest thing about all that is you knew where your kids were, they were having fun, and you were the cool mom. Way to start the summer.

Unknown said...

Okay--I know you aren't compaigning, but you win mom of the year award for that one.

Actually, although I've never had THAT many kids here, I have tripled or quadrupled my usual 2 before, and it always sounds worse than it really is.

Good for you.