Thursday, June 26, 2014

Lots of Sleepovers

I'm not sure if it's because Elliott is an only child and I am a stay at home mom, or what, but it seems like we constantly have someone wanting to spend the night at our house.  We're about 4 weeks into summer vacation, and we've already had to tell several kids that we have a limit of three times a week for sleep overs.  We've had eight sleep overs at our house already this summer and Elliott has spent the night with two of his friends as well.  Tomorrow night he is spending the night with one of those friends again.

The good thing about so many sleepovers is Elliott is willing to clean his room without much fighting.  Ha.  That's one of the conditions to have a friend over, and he's really been pretty accommodating for the most part.  It also keeps him from telling me that he is "soo bored!" which is definitely great.

There are drawbacks, too, though.  It makes it hard for us to get school work done when we have someone over so often.  I feel bad sending kids home all the time.  We aren't doing a whole lot of work these days, but I want to make sure we continue to do work at least 2 times a week, so he doesn't forget the stuff.  I also miss having more time with just Elliott.  I like his friends, but sometimes I just wanna hang out in jammies all day with Elliott, ya know?

It's also expensive having kids over all the time.  When they are active, they are hungry.  We have been over budget on our groceries constantly since school got out, so I ended up raising it by quite a bit for the summer.  Things like fruit, yogurt, and granola bars are just flying at my house right now!  We've also been doing art projects and science experiments with friends, too.  It is a lot of fun for them, and worth the money, though.

I really am glad that Elliott has so many friends.  And I'm glad that they all feel comfortable at my house, and they are comfortable talking to me about anything and everything.  As they get older, that will become even more important I'm sure.  Right now they all still listen to me and follow my rules as well, which is definitely an added bonus. :)


mail4rosey said...

8 sleepovers! That's awesome, and more than we had all of last year. :)

Carla said...

Sleepovers are still pretty new to these kids, so I think that is part of the excitement, too. Every kid that has spent the night here hadn't spent the night with anyone outside of family, or it had just been one friend, when they spent the night here the first time. Surprisingly enough, none of them have wanted to go home at bedtime either.

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's great! My oldest has had a total of like 3 kids spend the night in her entire life. She just isn't into them I guess.

My youngest only has 1 really good friend, and every few weeks she will spend the night there, or the friend will here. It's a nice balance.

Carla said...

When I was younger my best friend and I spent the night together more than apart during the summer. And it started when we were about Elliott's age and continued through high school.

Elliott has had a few different friends spend the night, though, instead of it just being one. The kid that is here right now has spent the night twice this summer, and Elliott has spent the night with him. He was supposed to spend the night at his house on Friday, but ended up not getting his chores done in time. Another friend has spent the night six times this summer I think, and two others have once each.

My husband wasn't into sleepovers when he was young, so he doesn't really get the appeal either. He said Elliott's already done more sleepovers than he has in his entire life, not counting family. Ha.

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