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Tim had an idea last month that each child should have their own late night on evenings when there isn't school the next day. Megan's late night was last week. We have been waiting for some windows to get in so Larry (my brother-in-law) could install them along with new siding. Larry left a message on our voice mail saying the windows were in and he'd be here to start working on our house on Thursday, but we didn't check our voice mail. It wasn't a problem for anyone but Larry, who was spending the night...good thing we didn't have a sleep over!
The plan was this: Tim, Larry, Nate, Jeran, and Joie went to see a movie, get back about the time the late night was ending, and we'd all go to bed. They actually got back about 45 minutes before the late night was scheduled to end, and Tim and Larry were exhausted. Picture this: The two of them fighting to keep eyes open, counting down to 10:00 when I'd take the girls home.
Other highlights of the evening included: 1. Thursday caroling (instead of Christmas caroling)...neighbors loved that one. 2. Ice cream sundaes, complete with whip cream fight. I put all the ingredients for the sundaes in the downstairs kitchen so they could serve themselves. In hindsight, that might not have been the best idea. (Sidenote here--At Megan's 9 year birthday party she wanted to shave balloons, which turned into a shaving cream fight. As I was cleaning up shaving cream, one of the girls said, "Mary, everybody's in the shower..." Turns out they showered with their clothes on, but shaving cream and a shower were interesting activities to explain to parents.) 3. Prank phone calls...someone forgot to tell them that there isn't such a thing as prank calls in the age of cell phones and caller I.D. 4. A little tiff about who got to be in on the prank calling...what's a girl party without a little drama, right? I love that we can have friends here, love that the kids want their friends here, and love that they can have fun. The stories amuse us...usually a little more after we've all had some sleep.