We did it. It's over. I'm still alive.
We had a big slumber party. Six guests from school. Only after the fact did the experienced moms confess I was nuts.
It is nuts. I almost want to warn you never to do it, but it's also very rewarding and fun.
So do it, but beware. You will feel so exhausted the next day.
Olivia and I had lots of fun planning it in the weeks prior. The favors, the guest list, the activities, the menu.
Olivia and I had fun crafting bracelets as favors
I had actually deep-cleaned the house over a month ago, just because. So at least there wasn't that much prep to do.
On the first day, the girls were very excited to see each other. We took them to my cousins' pool, which happened to be available because my cousins were out of town and let us use it when they're gone. (Thank you, Cousins!!!)
A body of water is perfect for letting them entertain themselves. We tossed them in and let them play into the night. It was very cute. In the evening they spontaneously broke out in song, which I found adorable.
Dessert bar, before
We brought pizza, chips, and ice cream with lots of toppings. They can detect sweets like sharks smell a drop of blood from a mile away.
We didn't even have to call them. They saw us setting it up and came running. They dove into the ice cream bar like a predator feeding frenzy.
Dessert bar decimation, after
Geez. Hurricane Lester did come to Oahu: it came tableside for five minutes while little grabby hands fought to get eight kinds of sprinkles, crushed Oreos, Snickers bites, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream.
Then there was total quiet for five more minutes while they ate. That was a short-lived peace.
I like all of Olivia's friends, and I enjoy chatting with them and spending time around them. That night, I told the girls ghost stories before asking them to lie down by 10:30 p.m. Of course, nobody listened to me.
When I got to the master bedroom, my husband was crashed out, snoring. Lucky him.
Our walls are thin and we have no soundproofing. The living room has wood floors, which means every sound bounces off the walls and into adult ears.
Why are you still UP?!
It was midnight and I could still hear loud footsteps and bursts of giggles. I went to tell them it was lights out now, "and I mean it." They actually went to sleep obediently, but I'm sure that was just coincidence after a long day of play.
I still can't believe this, but they woke up - and woke me up! - at 4:15 a.m. Are these future morning anchors in the making? What the hey? Why do they need only four hours of sleep?!?!
How does my husband sleep through this? I'm jealous.
I had to go tell them to cut it out, which, surprisingly, they did. Silence for two more hours. I know this because I tossed and turned and couldn't get back to sleep. (Grr.)
That morning, we served them whipped cream and sprinkles with a side of pancake for breakfast. Yes, Moms, I pumped your girls full of sugar for 24 hours.
Then we all headed back to my cousins' house, for another five hours in the pool. Thank the Maker for pools, the sanity-saver of parents everywhere.
On the car ride home, half the girls actually fell asleep, and the other half zoned out quietly. High five, Daddy! We did it! We tired them out, finally!
We sent the girls home with a party favor: a half-pound of candy to help them get ready for Round Three at their own home!