The kids and I are blessed to be part of an exceptional group of mom/kid friends. Us moms get together for coffee, book club, and girls' night out events. The kids had more frequent play dates and gatherings when they were in preschool, but now that most all are in elementary school, it's rare for the kids to all get together. We've met up throughout the summer, but families are out of town, sick, etc. Today was the first day in a long time where all eleven moms and our 23 kids shared fellowship.
We took over a friends' back yard. The host filled her backyard with inflatable pools, water toys, sand boxes, water tables, painting, playsets, and a ropes course.
One of the highlights for the kids was tie-dying t-shirts. Another mom, who happens to be a 4H camp leader, brought all her tie-dye gear and helped every single kid tie-dye their shirt. Maddie was the most involved. She patiently waited her turn and followed every direction, spraying the shirt, using rubber bands, and coloring it.
Of course she picked pink and purple.
The others were going to tie-dye, until they discovered the snack table. They spent the rest of the afternoon binging on juice boxes, fruit, and chocolate animal crackers.
I corralled the boys over long enough to make a shirt.
I am so thankful that I found my tribe of mom friends, and that our kids can grow up together. It's just like having a second set of cousins for the kids to play and care for one another.