The Fun House

We (my hubby and I) long ago decided we wanted to be the “go-to” house for our kid’s friends as they grow up.  That way we have our finger on the pulse (so to speak) of what is going on with our kids and the friends that they choose to hang out with.  That was a nice thought, especially when we lived out in the country and none of our neighbors had kids. 

When we moved in December, we moved into a neighborhood.  You know, the kind with other people living there?  My kids had an instant influx of friends because many of the children they attend school with also live in this development.

Our doorbell rings incessantly.

The thump, thump of a dribbling basketball can’t be escaped.

Whoops and hollering over fooz ball games is a frequent sound.

I have to step over a maze of legs and arms to get to the kitchen while the boys are playing Madden on the Playstation.

My bathroom is dirtier times six.

I go through bags of pretzels, popcorn and bottled water like nobody’s business.

But, this is exactly what I envisioned for our house and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I get to know what is on the boys minds about girls, grades, and friendships.  Some of them even end up coming to church with us.

While there are a few downsides, especially the unique odor that multiplies when teen boys are laying in your house, I am thankful that our house is considered the “fun” house and hope it will be for years to come.

Where do your kids hang out?

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  1. My kids are 11 and 14. We just put a firepit and a trampoline in our back yard. We ARe the fun house now! 🙂

  2. Dearest Melissa, thank you for having visited my blog. I look forward to reading yours, too, as you have a world of wonderful information.

  3. 7ClownCircus says:

    I've always wanted to be the go to house for the same reasons as you. I want my kids and their friends where I can see them and see what they are doing. I'm noticing though that it's inconvenient and a pain. 🙂 HOWEVER, I think it's worth it.


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