Well, it’s been a busy few weeks with birthdays aplenty. Son’s birthday sleepover went without physical mishap so that was good. On the negative side it was very, very LOUD. Well, I suppose it’s what you would expect with five 9 / 10 year olds a 7 year old and a 6 year old. But I’d forgotten just how loud boys can be when they’re en-mass.
Only three slept over other in addition to my two, but I am still struggling to figure out where the “sleep” in sleepover is. I naively thought that it would be fun for them all to sleep in one room – a downstairs bedroom. Well, it was fun for them but not for me. In the end I had to split them up and then stand sentry on the door to prevent one individual from sneaking back downstairs again. Then at 2.15am three of them woke me up with their noise and I got very cross. It didn’t make me feel like a very nice person but it had to be done as four of them had football matches the next morning. I won’t be doing it again in a hurry – or ever if I can help it! One at a time from now on.
On the Saturday I visited my family and then on Sunday afternoon we took some of son’s friends and his cousin to Crocky Trail. This is a brilliant place, but as I hadn’t been before I didn’t really know what to expect. You have to admire farmers in this day and age who do something unusual with their land to bring in some extra income. The place is full of slides and apparatus for the kids to play on. A particular favourite was Titanic where the slide rose up and then started to vibrate and the kids had to try and stop themselves from falling down.
There is also a trail with swings at various intervals, rope bridges and all sorts of fun obstacles. As a child my grandfather owned a farm and it really took me back to when we used to sling a rope from a tree to swing on, or roam across the fields. Kids don’t get enough of that these days.
One of my son’s best friends has his birthday the day following his, and as we are friends with the parents it was nice to be with other adults when supervising kids who are not your own. We had a really good afternoon and a real giggle too. The sun shone which was an added bonus. I’ll post some pics next time if I get a chance to download them.
Last weekend was my mum’s 70th birthday and we went to visit with some of the family. More about that next time though.