I'm recuperating from Party Weekend here at the Raising Five house. Things went as well as could be expected, which tells you that I set my expectations reasonably low, and then was pleasantly surprised. I'll have more pictures later in the week if I can get to the computer again.
I got to spend my Mother's Day lunch with my friend Cheryl's family - here we are at the table - ten kids between us (Allie had a friend along). While the adults were over there at the end of the table changing the world, the kids quietly occupied themselves. I was proud of them, with the possible exception of when they took turns teaching each other tricks to do with the menus (did you know you can send a crayon 12 feet in the air if you slam it just right?).
I guess we got a little long-winded (it was the closest thing to a double date Dennis and I have been on in WAY too long!), because the kids were absolutely HYPER on the way home. I caught this when things had already died down about 100 decibels:
(I can't figure out why there are two pics - ignore the second one)
Allie's friend (front left, looking like she has never seen anything like this before) is an only child and I'm worried she will ever go anywhere in the car with us ever again.
Now you know why I say "It's loud. It's crazy," etc.
I'm not lyin'.