Last night Sophia and Alexander attended the book signing of Erin Hunter for the second year in a row. Erin Hunter writes The Warriors series of books about clans of warrior cats. The books have brought lots of imaginary play to both kids and their friends in the last year and a half. So, this was quite the treat!
This year Sophia and five of her friends left our house in squeals of excitement with another homeschooling mom around 5:00PM. They headed to Noodles & Co. for dinner and then to our local bookstore for a short but entertaining talk with Erin Hunter and then several hours of waiting to have books signed. Alexander and a good friend skipped dinner out with the giggling girls and instead met up with them at the bookstore with my husband.
By 10PM everyone was home - six girls and two boys! The girls have been crashed out since around 3ish when I told them I couldn't keep waking up. Every word that came out of their mouths must have been hilarious because it was laughter all night. The boys must have fallen asleep somewhere between 1:30-2:30 when I snoozed for a bit.
Hopefully they will sleep late enough that everyone is well rested for the day. Once everyone is up this morning, the girls will begin practicing for an American Girl play they are performing in May while the boys begin work on the background. For me, I am exhausted. I did a little dozing before getting the girls to sleep and then our dog Izzy couldn't sleep so I have been up with her since around 2:30. She kept coming in whimpering and moved the gate that was supposed to stop her from getting downstairs. In the dark I attempted to save a box of cheese crackers. Oh boy, Izzy has never had anything so yummy!
It's all worth it though. I can't think of too many things I enjoy more than listening to my children enjoying time with their friends. There will always be time to catch up on sleep, right?