We had a party. A family friendly, everyone we knew was invited, party on the Sunday of the long weekend. We didn't inspire many more people to show up than the usual suspects, but we had a great weekend. So much so that I hosted a party Part 2 on the holiday Monday. I mean I had a ton of wine and foodstuffs left over (even after I sent people home with stuff!) so a second gathering seemed like a great idea!
I guess at peak population there were 25 people. My boss came, as well as a prior co-worker (with her 2 little ones). Hubby's business partner came with his little guy and a family friend with his 10 year old. Of course our neighbour friend Abby was by - she even showed up early! Plus some of my family members, and Hubby's mom. Our daycare lady, and her daughter - our babysitter - arrived right on time. It was a great afternoon. Some people I thought may appear did not, but that didn't dampen our spirits any. Food and drink was plentiful and I think most folks had a nice time.
I was genuinely surprised at my kids. They sat at the kid's table with the other kids (both big and small) and really didn't mingle with the adults at all. No lap sitting, no begging to be pushed on the swing (they all pushed each other), and not much fighting. I forget how old my kids are now, and how easy it is for them to amuse themselves with each other!
So summer is over for the kiddos now. It's back to school tomorrow, although technically summer doesn't end until the middle-end of September. Hopefully the weekends stay nice and "free" so the kids can hang out and do their own things before the weather starts to turn cold. I hope to have a few more nice weekends for barbeques and outdoor time. It was nice to squeeze in the extra visits this afternoon with some friends.
I love hosting parties since it gives us a serious reason to tidy the house. We have reorganized so much stuff even I feel like I have no idea where stuff is. The kids rooms easily turn into disaster zones now that we've put all their stuff upstairs. Life is always a work-in-progress, but when I can't find my stuff it definitely feels more like "work" than "progress"!
I hope everyone else's summer ended on a high note. We've had a great season and I hope to continue it into the fall. Once this humidity breaks I'll be one happy mama! Fall weather is my favourite for sure.
Happy Back-To-School to everyone out there - enjoy the season! Toodles!