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A Riddle

February 25, 2012

Question: You are hosting a slumber party for three fifth grade girls.  As you lie in your bed, in the darkness, what is the last thing you want to hear breaking the stillness of the night.?

Answer: The Blender.

J. and friends had a rip-roaring good time of a slumber party last night…And I’ve never been so tired in my life. In effort to quell her daily request of : “Can I have a friend sleep over?”  We’ve agreed that once a month she can bring a friend to the family movie night at church and then have her sleep-over.  Then we note that special night LARGELY on our big calendar in the kitchen for frequent referring. This month, she invited her two cousins sleep over.

I wondered, as we headed over to the church last night, why the girls were each wearing an empty backpack.  My question was answered when Dan discovered the girls stockpiling free candy bars in the church nursery.  He made them put most of it back.

This was the beginning of what was to be something of a food themed weekend.  J’s agenda for the sleepover included:

– Roasting marshmallows on skewers over the stove and making s’mores.

– Putting lots of things in the blender to see how that tastes.

– Planning their weddings and future children (not food-related but still fun).

-Participating in a Saturday food-packing drive at Hope Academy sponsored by local churches.

The food-packing event, called “The Hunger Initiative”, to aid famine relief in Africa, was a wonderful success.  Except for the part where the girls snuck away from the gym to run around the darkened halls of the school and J. ran into a pole face first resulting in a profusely bleeding small-cut and what will probably be a black eye.

Dan was dismayed as he had intentionally turned off all the lights in the hallways to deter children from running around the building, forgetting that nothing is as enticing as exploring your school painted pitch black!

When it was time to go home, the girls tried their hardest to convince me that they were mature enough to stay and pack food into boxes for the afternoon shift despite the rule that children must be accompanied by a parent.  Their argument was undermined somewhat by the fresh tears tracks on her cheek and large ice-pack J. held on the side of her face.

Maybe next year.

Did I mention we are very tired?  All the time?  Dan headed out for a grocery run with J. and the twins and called on his way out the door: “We’ll be back around five…unless I fall over.”

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristine permalink
    February 26, 2012 8:55 pm

    Ahhh, to be in 5th grade again. And I have to ask – your church has free candy bars in the nursery?

    • February 27, 2012 12:41 am

      Kristine, I see that was confusing. Wouldn’t the nursery babies just love free candy bars! No, the candy bars were the “concessions” for the movie. The girls were smuggling them into the empty nursery where they were stockpiling.

  2. Teresa permalink
    February 28, 2012 4:22 am

    oh my gosh you make me laugh lucy. FYI–tell J. to try mini marshmallows on toothpicks over a tea light, and make mini s’mores with choc. teddy grahams. We do that at our house. It’s kind of nice how the mini marshmallows don’t create a fire hazard or set the smoke alarm off when they light on fire. 🙂

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