Well, it's midnight and things are finally quieting down around here. I had all the kids over, plus four of Jake's friends, and two of Heather's friends, to paint Christmas ornaments. I'm a big after Christmas shopper, and for the past several years, I always go by the craft stores and buy up all the plaster craft white ware ornaments for next to nothing, so I always have them on hand for the next year. Since we had so many kids this year, I picked up about 40 of the wooden ornaments that can either be painted or colored with markers. They all painted three or four ornaments each, they they started painting random things on the paper plates.
I know that it seems silly, but kids LOVE to color and paint. (so do grown ups, if the truth be told) Even Jasmin's teenage friends loved to color on a huge doodle art poster that I kept on the kitchen table. They would sit and chat while they colored for hours.
Everyone showed up early so I ordered pizza and we made an evening of it. After we finished and I got things cleaned up, we had hot cocoa with whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles.
Oh ! and the very best thing happened!!! Jasmin read on my blog that my vacuum bit the dust, so when she came by to drop off Ana, She brought me a . . . VACUUM !!!! She's so wonderful ! At least someone understands how a mom feels when she can't vacuum her house. I was so happy, after everyone had gone to do their own thing, I got my new vacuum out and finally got the high traffic carpet area in the kitchen swept up. I have a long, dark blue carpet that runs the length of my kitchen. It catches all the dirt and loose hairs from the dogs when they come inside, before they can drag it all into my living room. If I don't vacuum that carpet every day, it gets so covered with fur, that you can't even tell what color it is! That's the area that was really grossing me out.
Anyway, we all had a good time this evening, I got my carpet vacuumed, and I'm feeling very content with a tummy full of hot cocoa. I still wish it God would dump a bunch of snow on us, but I guess you can't have everything. For now, this is enough.
Nick and Jennifer, and all the extra kids have gone home. I have Ana spending the night with Heather, and Quentin and Tyler are spending the night with Jake. They have all gone to their rooms, and I think, they are asleep - they are being awfully quiet. So, I think I'm going to go soak in a nice hot tub and go to bed. I really need to get some Christmas shopping done tomorrow.
Good night everyone. Hope you all have an awesome weekend !!!!