Well, I should have known, with my wonderful neighbours N and J as hosts, it was bound to be a great night with FABULOUS food and warm welcoming company, but the biggest surprise for me was how much I enjoyed having my children there! Don't get me wrong, I definitely value kid-free time, especially at grown up gatherings. Having the freedom to sit and chat uninterrupted for more than 5 minutes, quaff wine and swear is sweet and rejuvenating for any parent. But since becoming a funschooling mum, I have to say, rather than wanting more time away from my kids, I actually have a greater appreciation of their company! Who woulda thunk it? Spend MORE time with your kids and crave LESS time without them!!?? Well that's today anyway!!
At the party:
the boys both ate their first oyster. (Only one though!!)
helped with the food prep and cooking
played on the new piano
played 'find the car/splatter/seagull/radiant children painting' (pop art treasure hunt!)
tried a mandolin and a banjo
'rescued' a frog off the driveway and 'freed' it into the dam
pored over the stunning 'Wood' photo book by Andy Goldsworthy, making plans to create some of our own
chatted and interacted with both familiar and 'new' adult friends.
The best part is, they had a BALL, felt completely comfortable and......so did I!!
Thanks you so much N and J and our FANTASTIC neighbours for including the kids in a wonderful night.
And thanks to both boys for shining so bright! Truly radiant!