Social Family Experiment: FAILED!

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This weekend, we lurked back into the social circuit, as a family.  We have no close family living near us and just haven’t gotten out much since the birth of our fourth child–12 months ago!

It was a surprise 40th birthday party for a co-worker of my husband, given by his thoughtful wife.  Very sweet for them, an adventurous endeavor for us.

We arrive.

They live in a beautiful smaller house, with stairs leading to their basement from the living room, and–no gate!  My little dude, Dax, just couldn’t resist.  That became his goal for the night.  I could just hear his baby wheels churning, “Must get to stairs!”

Then, party central (their small living room/kitchen area) was CRAMMED with people.  The snacks were on a kitchen island, surrounded by chairs!  My 2-year-old, Mase, noted this immediately and took action, darting for the first available chair in his path.   He had stuffed himself with numerous chocolate cookies before I wove my way over and attempted to cut him off.  He then started a new pastime–handing cookies to everyone else.  Is it impolite to leave before the party starts???

Finally, the the guest of honor pulls into the driveway.  Everyone was quickly quieted-EVERYONE!  And do you think the birthday boy came straight into the house?  Of course not!  It took five minutes of complete attempted silence before that happened.  The baby couldn’t take it anymore and started crying.  Before I started crying too, I stuffed a cookie into his mouth!

THEN, Mase couldn’t fathom why I would give the baby a cookie and deprive him, so, amid the complete silence, I hear my demanding and loud toddler say, “Dax gaw cookie.  I wun cookie.”

 “Not right now.” I whisper.
“I wun cookie.” he persists.
“Shhh..just a minute…whisper please.” 
“Wun cookie mommy”
I feel people glaring.

I give him the cookie. He eats the cookie.  We’re all still being muted, then, “Wun cookie, for Evie”  Ahhhh!
Five more handed-out cookies later, the birthday boy finally walks in the door.  No rush.  “Surprise!!!”  The theme of the party was old age/death and he looked like he wanted to die crawl under a rock.

For the next five minutes, my 5-year-old daughter, Evie, sat by the food, pleading for a HUGE Krispy Kreme doughnut.  I decided to be a nice mom, with limits, and finally gave her a whole doughnut, to share with her older sister.

Later, I spied the sisters, across the room, taking another huge Krispy Kreme–each!  But then, Mase! Really!?!  His Root Beer is now covering his chair and the floor.  And now, the baby!  Noooo! “Brett, grab him!” 

It was good to be social with the family, but we’re going back under for another 12 months.

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day:  Detox my over-sugared children. 


  1. Oh my! It sounds like you had quite the handful this weekend! I'm glad you survived it and can only imagine the sugar high the kiddos were on after all of that! Happy Monday!

  2. You're brave for attempting it! With our three current children, I always find that events like that always make my blood pressure go WAY up and end up fun for the kids, NOT fun for me! I'm sure, when #4 comes along, we'll be in hiding, too!!

  3. Yep, that's why we stay home! Just kidding, well, not really…we don't go out often, but when we do we are fortunate enough to have in-laws nearby. We didn't for about a year and a half, and it's HARD!

  4. I am trying to just now resurface and my youngest just turned 4.

  5. I love the way you tell your stories. I really felt like I was there! If I haven't already told you, your blog is one of my faves! Cynthia

  6. Oh dear, you are brave! The last time we wound up in a house with ungated stairs, I politely suggested that the homeowner move her couch while we were all hanging out. Luckily, she is a mom and obliged!

  7. I'm still laughing …with you …not at you 🙂 I've been there!

  8. aw, sorry it was tough but hey, you did get some adult interaction!! and, really, Krispie Kreme donuts are too delicious to resist!

  9. LOL
    So sorry 🙁 This is why it's good that I have no friends. No one invites me anywhere and I stay at home where my daughter can act crazy and no one knows about it but me (unless I blog about it)!

  10. This post left me snickering…especially since we go through something similar every time we go out or to someone's house who doesn't have kids. I feel people's barely contained horrified looks when my little one up-ends his bowl of goldfish (again) and/or tosses his sippy for the 15th time, and his older sister tells everyone who will listen that she's wearing Tinkerbell panties. 🙂 Being a mom is awesome…it gives me a great excuse to avoid awkward social situations that I'd love to get out of. 😉

  11. Classic! I find that since having my fourth I don't get out much either. Wouldn't it be fun so send them home with some of those people that were glaring? He he! I'm not vindictive; I promise!

  12. One word of advice! BABYSITTER!!!

  13. Been there done that! LOL Thanks for the great reminder of those precious days (yes someday you will see them as such!) and for making the teen years seem not so bad! lol

    Loved your post!

  14. I don't blame your children as those Krispy Kremes should be OUTLAWED b'c they are totally addicting. 🙂

  15. It's so nice to hear I'm not alone.
    We've had very few social outings at people's houses and I'm always on pins and needles about it.
    It's slowly getting better but I emphasize the word SLOWLY!

  16. There are very few homes I am comfortable going to with all my family. Most of the time I leave places thinking I will never take them out in public again.

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  18. Yeah, we didn't go out very much either, for a long time. and we only had ONE!!! It was just too hard, and everyone lived over 1 hour away, and the baby *HATED* long car rides and screamed during them. we were a wreck by the time we GOT anywhere. So, we just stopped going!


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