We’ve completed an entire round of Phreeley Fridays (as I like to call them, but they are formally known as pajama parties so the kids don’t feel like we’re ditching them for date night.) It was a total success and we have started the rotation again.
We celebrated solstice by hosting the mosh pit at our place. (and I was babysitting random extras all afternoon, too. It really was the longest day! haha, but good)
We’re in the middle of a heat wave so I asked Paul to bring home pizza. He complied, willingly — how often do I come up with the suggestion of paying for food instead of making it? But seriously, after watching 5 kids all afternoon with only an hour and a half break before I had 5 kids again, and with it still 100 degrees by suppertime, there was no way I was cooking, cleaning, or even thinking of turning on the oven.
Once the kids were over I left Paul with the younger ones, Logan and Boy Blue, and I took the 3-year olds (excuse me, Kyra just had a birthday) into the kitchen to make no-bake chocolate macaroons. -so easy! recipe at bottom. And they played and played and played.
When Paul and I could stand the noise no longer, we turned on the movies. Tonight’s double feature began with The Jungle Book and was followed by Horton Hears a Who*. Miraculously, by 10 pm Boy Blue was in his bed and the older four were sitting quietly on the couch. If we had just a couple more minutes before the parents came back I think I might have been asleep. The kids all had to be carried out in the arms of their parents, and were sad to leave. Whew! another success, and now we have two date nights of our own on the calendar!
*You’re right, it is to early for Horton to be out on video yet. There are benefits to living in LA. One of our friends lent us a screener. 😀
No-Bake Chocolate Macaroons
Combine and set aside:
3 cups of oats
1 cup of shredded coconut
1 tsp of salt
5 Tbsp of cocoa powder
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of butter
Remove from heat and add 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
Combine wet and dry ingredients together. Drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Chill in fridge.