I blogged a few weeks ago about our Date Night Co-op group. This weekend was mine and Chris’s first time to host all the kiddos at our house. I’m still recovering. I counted heads so many times that night that I’m still counting to seven in my sleep!
We had five boys and two girls, with ages ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade. It was organized chaos in our house from 6:00-10:00!
When the kids first got there, we planned to have everyone swim, but only a few of them wanted to get in the pool. The rest wanted to play up in the kids rooms. So, we split up and Chris stayed with the inside crew while I stayed with the outside one.
We ordered pizza at 6:30 and it arrived right on time at 7:30. We were hoping feeding them a little later would keep them busy throughout the night. We ate until about 8:00.
At 8:00, we fed them a gallon of ice cream, complete with all the toppings and fixin’s they could handle. Did you know that sprinkles could act as the base for a tiny scoop of ice cream? No? Well, they can, apparently. We went through two cans of sprinkles!
After ice cream, we got pillows and blankets from the kids rooms and headed downstairs to the family room for a movie. We rented “Open Season 2” and that seemed to please just about everyone. They huddled together on the couch and sat for almost the entire movie! We discovered the key to keeping a group of kids happy is to just keep feeding them, so we popped popcorn for the movie and everybody was good to go!
Chris and I were never so thankful for our family room! While they watched the movie downstairs, we watched football upstairs. Everybody wins!
Parents came to pick the kids up around 10:00, and by that time, everyone was tired and ready to head home.
So far, Chris and I have had two Saturday date nights. But, both of them were spent with family members because we had things going on. We are looking forward to October when we finally do get an actual date night with just the two of us. For now, we are trying to think of some things to do next Saturday night because we have the kid crew again (somehow in the schedule, we ended up with back-to-back hosting nights).
Any ideas are welcome!