Well, I survived the Guard overnighter at my house. I really didn’t think it would be that big of a deal and wondered why parents would question me with, “Are you sure you want to do this?” and the like. Now I know why they would ask such things.
The kids arrived a little after 6 pm. None had eaten, so we pooled our money and went to Little Cesar’s to get some $5 Hot-n-Ready pizzas and $1 Crazy Bread. At home we all enjoyed the food, then decided to have some fun. One girl brought her Wii and her Playstion, so of course Aiden wanted to play with her. While some kids played video games, I taught the others to play Ultimate Uno. It was hilarious. I haven’t played that since I went to Ricks College. We all took turns on the Wii (and can I say… I really want one now. Even I, the person who hates video games, had a ton of fun with it! I liked the sports games, and thre was this cool doctor/surgeon game. Crazy stuff.) and the kids had a lot of fun just talking and laughing. About 3 am they finally decided to watch a movie, so we put in John Tucker Must Die. That was pretty funny. Of course, I didn’t see much of it because at 4 am I finally said, “I gotta go to bed. ” I wanted to stay up with the kids the whole time (mostly to keep an eye on them because I promised moms to do so), but I just couldn’t. I just don’t have the stamina to pull all-nighters anymore! And then there is all the drama… Oh. My. Heck. Hearing life stories and everyone trying to one-up each other… it was pretty funny, but I sure can’t keep up with them. So anyway, the next morning we all got up. The kids ate (one girl had to leave to go to work) and Ches and I started on some chores around the house. One girl’s mom brought over some bagels, and the kids ate some more, then watched Bring It On (“These are not spirit fingers… These are spirit fingers!!”). At noon I took the guard kids to a local high school so we could watch the winterguard competition. That was pretty cool, but I have to say I was a little disappointed. I expected higher quality from a lot more groups. I was a bit surprised at song choice (soooooo many pop songs out there!) and the lack of a developed theme in the shows. I mean, they had some good ideas, but it just didn’t seem to follow through completely. Overall, though, we had a lot of fun watching these other groups. We didn’t stay for awards, so we got back to my house about 4 pm. Then the kids said, “Hey, you guys want to watch Step Up now?”
So I kicked them out of my house because we had things to do to get ready for Sunday!
I’m still trying to catch up on my sleep (not working) and clean the house (thankfully Ches is The Awesome!). The kids had fun and a good bonding experience, but I think it will be a while before I do that again! I’m not a teenager anymore. I’m 30 years old! I want to go to sleep early, dang it! I look back at being a high schooler with fondness, but I am so so SO glad that I am past that stage of my life now.