Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sunday Snapshot~ uncharted waters

yeah, i know it's not Sunday anymore, but better late than never, right?

Ni Hao Yall
recently we've hosted a few teen parties, which is why i titled this post the way i did. i'm used to planning the birthday parties and basically hosting the 11 and under crowd but this is different.
having up to 20, or in one case over 20, 13 and and 14 year olds over to your house for a few hours of mingling and fun is a whole new adventure. i mean, i assumed all they'd want to do is mingle but i found after the first get together that we still needed a few planned games activities. and of course feed them. boy can they munch... and put back quite a few sodas too. anyhow, we wanted to do it in order to get to know the friends and the plan is to try to have one every month.
this was the second, the Halloween party.

post mortem photography. morbid...i know, but they really got into this and learned something at the same time.
mental note, serving black punch with 6 cups of sugar was way too sticky. our kitchen floor sounded like the movie theater floor. but they practically drained it.
the First Lady was allowed to have a few friends over from her class, even though it was her brothers party. they danced to the xbox for most of the time.
it was a costume party but only a few dressed up. guess they're too old for that now.
they had four rooms to room about in, but we always kept watch. mental note, words that are not allowed at the next party- "hey Chase, show us your MMA moves!"
the Lil' Lady hung out for the entire party, guzzled way to much punch and stole a few cupcakes off the table. yeah...she was sugared up.
it really was a good group of kids
the murder scene game. they had to recreate a murder scene with random objects in a bag. i have to say, great use of the bag. glad the Lil Lady didn't see this!
and then this was our September party around the fire ring, mostly the same group but a few more girls.

nice to be able to roam around the back yard.
some did take the polar bear plunge into the pool, but they were pretty quick to get back out!
brave girls to come hang out with a bunch of guys... or maybe it wasn't such a chore??:)
and of course, the guys trying to impress i think.
and then here they are eatin' again!
we're going to try to keep going with these parties as long as we can. it makes us feel better to know that we can put names with faces now when the boys talk about their friends and we're even getting to know some of the parents too at drop off and pick up. as our boys get older, i'm sure their friends will change but at least we'll have another party to meet them...and maybe parents will begin to feel like our home is a safe place for them to congregate!

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