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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

The Preschool Barbecue

I'm hosting a lunch-time barbecue for Thing 1's preschool class mommies and tots tomorrow. That's right, you read it correctly. I sent a mass e-mail to the entire class (17 students) to invite them to MY home for a barbecue that I would host and at which I would serve food, drinks and snacks of all kinds. Me, the only mother in the entire school whose four year old is the oldest sibling - to TWO younger ones, one of them being a baby! I had become friendly with a few moms over the course of the year and really wanted to hang out with them a bit and see if we could continue our new blossoming friendships over the course of the summer. But I didn't want to leave anyone out or hurt anyone's feelings, so instead of just inviting my friends, I invited the whole group. And then (as if I'd been kicked in the head or lost consciousness for a minute) I suggested they bring along other siblings too.

Admittedly, it isn't going to be as big as I feared. Obviously the whole class can't come, many of the parents work during the day or have other commitments. So I think I can handle the seven or so parents coming, each of them bringing Pete's preschool buddy, and another sibling (yes, two of them are babies and clearly I don't have to cook for them). Another mom suggested a pot-luck lunch so several ladies are bringing some yummies of their own to add to my hotdogs, sausages, chicken burgers and veggie burgers. And I'm selfishly thankful that the egg and dairy allergy children can't make it . . . as I just finished smushing together 22 ice cream sandwiches.

They are *so* easy to make and uber yummsters. Take vanilla ice cream, mix in some chopped peanuts and chocolate chips (the ice cream needs to be slightly soft). Squish the ice cream mixture between two cookies, then re-freeze so they set. Delicious treats for kids of all ages! I'm hoping they're a big hit . . . and I'm demanding that they be eaten outdoors.

Speaking of outdoors, the masterminds at the Weather Network have really been toying with me today. We and our Things live in a small house, so having a large number of people over to my house IN THE RAIN is not my idea of an ideal post-preschool bash. Thursday's forecast has been changing faster than those fast-forwarded previews before a movie . . . one minute it says cloudy with a chance of showers, and within the hour it's changed to just plain rain. Well, the force must be with me tonight because the latest change is now in - an official forecast of 25 degrees (Celsuis) and sunny. How the weather can change from rain to sun is beyond me, but I'm busting out my sunscreen, floppy hat, and cute sandals!

As I'm finishing up my last minute tidying and snack making this evening (and I somehow managed to vacuum and mop floors and mow the lawn this afternoon while Thing 3 snoozed for hours and I conned P&D into thinking mopping and mowing were FUN) I realize that I am a bit nervous about this whole activity tomorrow. I don't know these people tremendously well. Although two of the moms got together when Leah was born in January and gave me the most beautiful and generous baby gift and completely blew me away, reminding me that friendship and caring are sometimes hiding in the places you least expect it. But, I digress. What if these parents don't like me? What if I do something wrong? Or totally offend them? What if I make some grave error in judgment and say something ridiculous because I'm nervous? What if I serve a burger to a vegetarian? What if my dog or children do something crazy that embarrasses me? (If you're a regular reader you know it will likely be the dog . . . eating human poop or something of the sorts again). But I refuse to give in to my insecurities and will take comfort in my belief that if I am nervous, then they are too. They are not coming to judge me, or what I'm wearing, or my home, or my children, or my food . . . they are just coming to get together with a bunch of parents who all have kids who are four years old and just finished their first year of preschool together.



Tricia said...

OMG you are ambitious! No worries - everything will go great! Who wouldn't like you???! It's a non-issue! :) I'm totally impressed how much you got done while Leah napped BTW! Oh, and SO SORRY the bag lady bag doesn't work well as a diaper bag for you. :( Glad you are finding use for it otherwise. Tricia

Phyllis said...

I'm sure your party will be a TOTAL success!! Good for you for taking this step to extend some hospitality. I'm sure you'll have a blast, relaxing with all the other moms.

Donna M said...

Good luck with the party! I hope the weather is kind to you.

dougnlarry said...

If anyone can do it, you can! And everyone likes you, so don't worry about it. :)

Anonymous said...

HOLY MOLY - You just gave me a mini-anxiety attack...Inviting the inlaws for a BBQ makes me pee my pants...You're somethin' I tell ya...I just started reading your blog but I think you're outta my league already!!!

One Crazy Chick! said...

OMG! You are crazy, but, I'm guessing you made it out in one piece seeing as how you have commented this evening on my blog. Thank you, BTW!

First, I do that sort of thing ALL the time. You know, oh sure come on over, my baby is 3 weeks old but no matter brings the kids and the grandparents it will be fun.

Only to realize after I've invited the entire planet that um I have to clean, cook, tidy, maintain, continue to live all while trying to get ready for said party.

One thing I know is that at the end of every party I always wish I did it more. The plus side is that it forces me to actually clean!

I hope it went well.

And I am totally making that sandwiches this weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hope it went well! You are a brave woman!

Megan said...

What a fun idea, in spite of the certain panic on your part. :-) Hope it turned out great! Happy POW!

McMommy said...

I cannot believe what I just read!! WHAT.A.FEAT!!!!! You have just convinced me that you are a superhero disguised as a mom....

Love the ice cream sandwich idea too!!

Thanks for playing POW! Love your blog!

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