Posted by Susan Sey Jun 29 2013, 12:56 am
So I have a house full of girls tonight.
Yep. We’re having a slumber party.
It’s nobody’s birthday or anything. We’re just lucky enough to be part of a circle of families that all have two girls about the same ages as ours, & it’s become our routine to swap overnights every so often. The kids love it, & the parents get a date night that doesn’t end until after breakfast. Which is awesome.
Because when you’ve been married with kids for ten-plus years, you sort of forget what it’s like to wake up when you’re done sleeping rather than when a six-year-old lands on your bladder. You forget that you used to go to the movies on a whim. You definitely forget what a luxury it is to swear in the car without long-lasting and embarrassing repercussions.
Last week we were the lucky ones. Our friends took the girls & we went to see the new Star Trek movie. We had dinner before & drinks after, & took a nice walk, too. It felt incredibly indulgent and decadent, all that kid-free time. Ours for the wasting! We haven’t had time to waste in YEARS, & I’m not going to lie. We enjoyed the heck out of it.
But tonight’s our turn for the full house, & you know what? I’m enjoying the heck out of that, too.
Because it won’t be very long before my girlies are past the stage where it’s cool to invite all your friends to the house & run around like crazy people. Pretty soon it’ll be all about being OUT of the house, seeing and being seen in all the right places, which are–presumably–not parent-infested locations like our home. It will certainly not be cool to put on your jammers, watch movies in the basement & laugh like loons until the wee hours.
So tonight, when I’m shouting down the stairs for the kids to please, for the love of tuna salad, pipe DOWN and go to SLEEP, I’ll remind myself how fast these years are passing, and how much I’m enjoying the precious children. I’m sure that’ll do the trick.
So how about you? Did you do sleep overs as a kid? What do you remember about them? Love them? Hate them? Still do them? Share!
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