Sunday, March 22, 2009

Pre-Birthday Camp Out

9:00-ish-Tomorrow is Joseph's 12th birthday and the school district was nice enough to give him the day off for a Teacher Quality Day. It also might snow for the first time in several weeks, so we can pretend it's a snow day, too. So, to prolong the birthday excitement as long as possible, Joseph asked if he could sleep on the bean bag tonight. I don't know why that is such a treat as I would take my bed any day over the bean bag, but it is. Well, one thing led to another and right now all 5 kids are in Spencer and Joseph's room for a pre-birthday "camp out". I won't say "sleep-over" because judging by the sounds floating up from the basement there is no sleep going on at this point. I'm not bothered, though. They are very happy, friendly voices and no one is bothering any one else (minor miracle, but not one of the "everyday" variety, unfortunately!). They are talking and laughing and having a great time. It's a smiling heart moment for me.

10:55- They are still talking and laughing and having a great time, though it has slowed down considerably. The suggestion to make this a birthday tradition has been tossed around. I am all for spending quality time with the siblings and making some fun memories. Memories at 11:00 p.m. are the #1 reason we don't do these things on a school night, so a huge line will be drawn there! For now, the rest of the lights are going out and the boring grown-ups are going to sleep.


Joy For Your Journey said...

That is so sweet! One of my most favorite things is when I am in one room and can hear my kids having a good time visiting with each other in another. Everytime they laugh it makes me smile. Those moments really are one of the "good things in life". I do hope you all eventually got some sleep though. :-)

kyleandbeth said...

Happy Birthday Joseph! The new tradition sounds great, almost as good as donut and milk for breakfast :)!

Mom O' Nine said...

It sounds like Joseph and the sibs will have a great birthday memory--one that he might even continue with his own family.