• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 246 (Birthday Party Success)


    Saturday, March 14, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today: 0.00 miles; Running Total: 204.32 miles)

    Day 246 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    I’m writing this in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 15, 2015. I am sitting on the couch with a second cup of very strong coffee at my elbow. Everyone else is still asleep.  It is quiet enough to hear birds singing outside and Tilley rolling over in her kennel.  It’s the morning after Hannah’s birthday party / sleep over and I’m enjoying the quiet of thoroughly exhausted children.

    In the early dawn light I can see the state of my house. It makes me want to turn off the sun and go back to bed. This place looks like a herd of feral children tore through here.

    There’s popcorn all over the living room floor, half full bottles of Gatorade everywhere and what seems like a thousand pairs of shoes without owners strewn all over the house.

    I have my work cut out for me after everyone goes home.

    Our sole aim was to keep Hannah’s party simple. ‘Simple’ for me means two things.

    1. Find an activity that requires no planning, formal invitations, schedule coordination or reservations
    2. Get the kids together and let them wear each other out.

    Even keeping it simple the day was utter chaos.

    We went to Main Event with seven kids under the age of twelve. Most of the kids were cousins with a couple of close family friends which might as well be cousins.

    Main Event is like Chuck E. Cheese but bigger and cleaner and no scary nine foot mouse looming over you while you eat bad pizza.

    The kids ran around like cracked out purple minions while Justin and I tried to keep up. Thank God my sister-in-law Kelley let us borrow her son, Triston. Triston was a huge help. He’s fourteen and was totally willing to chase and restrain kids when we needed him to.

    After the kids played every game in the building and one very sweaty round of laser tag we all went back to the house for cake and presents (and alcohol for the adults who absolutely needed it).

    The kids settled in for a sleep over, but the ‘sleep’ part didn’t come to them for a long time.  I crashed before they did and awoke to the pitter patter of sugar driven little feet overhead at 12:30 at night.

    I haven’t found everyone yet. I’m pretty sure they all slept where they landed.

    Which means. . .

    Today’s silver lining: Birthday party success!

    Oh. And coffee.

    Always coffee.

    What’s your silver lining today? I love comments!

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2 Responsesso far.

  1. Tina says:

    Yay!! Party success. I plan parties like you. Kids should just have some unstructured fun for parties every once in a while.

  2. Mom says:

    I am so glad that it was a success. You may be pretty exhausted for a couple of days but you will survive. You are still very brave to have that many kids over. I’m glad you didn’t do it alone without Justin. He’s like one of your kids too. You’re a great mom! Love ya all! Mom

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