4 + 1 = FUN

4 + 1 = FUN


Joey hosted his first sleepover last weekend.  We had Joey and Julian Williams and Trevor and Garrett Hill over.  These are some of Joey’s best friends and range in age from 5 to 7 years old.  Even though they’re a few years older than Joey, he doesn’t seem to have any problem keeping up with them and their antics, and believe me there were a lot of antics going on.We started the party off with a trip to the park for the boys and Larry.  They took a ton of cars and trucks to play with, race with, play demolition derby with.  However it was hot out, really hot, and so they only lasted a little over an hour at the park and then came trudging home with their little red faces and sweaty bodies.  Our solution – pool time.  They all changed and jumped right in and spent the next few hours playing, splashing, shooting each other with water guns and having sword fights with the pool noodles.  It was a lot of fun to watch their creative minds at work.For dinner we cooked up hot dogs and macaroni and cheese with some nice cool watermelon on the side.  They all ate really well since we’d promised s’mores if they finished their plates.
After dinner the kids played dress up – we had Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, GI Joe, and Superman.  I tried to talk them into changing into normal clothes before we did s’mores but they weren’t having any of it so I guess you could say we had superhero s’mores.  They all looked so darn cute out there in their costumes toasting marshmallows.

Then it was into PJ’s for movie time.  We watched some Scooby, some Batman, and then Rango.  I made the kids popcorn with maltballs and licorice and they all settled down into their sleeping bags and blankets.  Joey 1, Joey 2 and Julian fell asleep about 10 minutes into Rango and Trevor and Garrett weren’t to far behind.  Larry was glad to see them crash so soon as he was exhausted from the day’s activities.

In the morning Joey 2 and Julian were the first up and being the awesome boys that they are they just went into Joe’s room and put on cartoons and played until the rest of us got up.  Then Joey woke up and joined them followed by Trevor.  Garrett just slumbered on peacefully until the boys yelled at him to get up that “sleeping time was over”.  Such a rude awakening for my sweet little G man.

I fixed french toast for breakfast with some sweet melon on the side and copious glasses of milk all the way around.  Let me tell you, these boys can eat.  It reminded me so much of when Kenneth lived with me and all his friends used to hang out at our house and chow down.  I imagine it will be the same with Joe and his friends as he’s growing up.

After breakfast we again headed to the park, this time on bikes, scooters, and skateboards.  The boys raced each other at the park, we had a couple of tumbles that required kissing and cuddles to soothe the hurt away, but all in all it was a fun time.  Since it was morning time it wasn’t near as hot and so we lasted a couple of hours there before the boys were ready to head back.

The minute we got back in the door they began their campaign for swimming, looking at me with their big blue and brown eyes, pulling on my heart-strings, so of course I said yes.  At this point JoAnna called to see if I was ready to have her come pick them up but it was only 10 and I wasn’t ready to give them up so I asked if I could keep them til 1 and she said yes.  So swimming we did, followed by a lunch of PB&J sandwiches, chips and juice boxes.  I learned that Joey #2 doesn’t like peanuts in his peanut butter so I’ll have to remember that for the next time.

When they were done swimming they moved on to legos, video games, and playdoh play.  I loved watching them interact and have fun.  I loved getting to spend time with them all.  I so wish they could all be mine as I already love them all as if they were my own and I know Joey would love having them all for brothers.

When it came time for them to go home they begged to stay another night, making me laugh at their enthusiasm and begging techniques.  I promised them another one soon so I’m sure we’ll be having the same kind of fun this month at some point in time.  Joey is blessed to have such great little friends, and I’m blessed to have the friendship of their moms.

Original Post – Aug 5, 2011

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