2) I am very glad they are only 4
Yesterday was a very good day, but an...interesting night.
We took the boys to a friend's 4th birthday and they had a great time. They got Spiderman masks and rings which they wore ALL DAY. After a nap, we went to Taste of Addison. We ate lots of good food, had a few drinks and listened to music. Matthew had the best time up on Daddy's shoulders dancing to Vertical Horizon. Aftwards, we played carnival games and rode some of the rides. We even saw oddharmonic and it was nice to finally get to meet her in person, even if it was only for a few minutes.
I had a sad moment, where I saw that my babies weren't little boys anymore. They wanted to ride the BIG rides, and Scott let them. I went on a few with them, but let Scott and the boys keep going. They were spinning as fast as they could, tilting around, going pretty high, and I kept thinking how small they were. Matthew especially enjoyed himself and kept throwing his hands up and yelling! He'll be the child at the front of the roller coaster, without doubt. He has no fear.
After taking Scott and the boys home, I went over to Kim's house to help chaperone her daughter's 16th birthday. They could have used me about an hour earlier. I can't BELIEVE the behavior of these kids! They sassed directly to the adults face, cussed like sailors, many were high, drunk or both, and many even ran off. Someone brought some beer in which was confiscated shortly before I got there. The kids actually QUESTIONED how DARE they take THEIR beer away from them, that they had NO RIGHT to do that. If you are 16, would you cuss out an adult that took beer away from an underage CHILD? I think Kim, Ang and Colleen were very cool about it. They didn't break up the party, simply said no way and took it. Anyway, right as I was getting there, they were trying to cancel the party and send everyone home. It took damn near three HOURS to get all of the kids out. They refused to leave, were rude, and kept coming back. Kim's daughter packed a bag and threatened to leave. They fought quite a bit, and things didn't settle down until the early hours of the morning. I won't even go into all of the details, but suffice it to say that the girl has PROBLEMS, and we're all helping her find some treatment solution that will actually work. Parents, going to other relatives, police, nothing has worked yet.
What is WRONG with these kids? One of them actually told us that 'just about everyone in their school' is doing 'ice'. We weren't familiar with that term and found out it is crystal meth!!!!! Makes me want to move back to some really small town and home school. Things weren't like this when I was growing up. You maybe smoked some pot and drank, but it was rare for anything past that. These kids have too much time and money, no boundaries and no respect.
Kim tried to do a nice thing for her daughter. She spent a lot of time and money to plan a really nice 16th party for her daughter, and it was thrown back in her face. She was told to fuck off, told how much she was hated, and even physically hurt.
Needless to say, I came home this morning and gave my boys big hugs and told them just how much I loved them and was proud of how good they behaved. Here's to hoping it continues through their teen years.