Before we moved to our current home, we lived in a neighborhood, and often had the girls' friends who lived in the neighborhood over playing in the yard. I knew that's how I wanted it to be.
Now my girls are older and I love when their friends come over. Last night Kat invited some friends over after our Friday night worship to watch a movie. I had popcorn ready to make. I laughed as they all entered the house, came to kitchen and one said "I'm here to taste some of Kirstin's amazing homemadeness"...I had no clue what he was talking about..I was only making popcorn. Kat came running in saying she told him he could have one of our homemade burritos (which happened to be the last one). That started the ball rolling. Next thing I knew they were heating up the leftover veggie chili, dipping chips in it, talking, laughing about meat and almond milk (one friend is the son of a local dairy farmer)..the really funny thing is 3 of the guys who were over are well over 6' and big boys (not "fat", but certainly not "skinny"), so here we are 8-10 people crammed in my narrow kitchen space eating food while I attempted to make popcorn and smoothies...and I LOVED IT! Hubby came in and said "why are they eating all our food?" I laughed and said "welcome to having teenagers over". Now, I didn't at all feel like they were begin disrespectful. If something couldn't be eaten I would've told them.
They all went into the living room to watch August Rush. I cleaned up, and went and relaxed upstairs on the bed while icing my hip (I've been fighting with some bursitis in it for awhile). I truly love having an open door and an open fridge. Yes, sometimes there's not much in the fridge (okay, usually), but I don't want that to stop me from providing something for the kids, and if they happen to chow down the leftovers, oh well!
Tonight we are having another group of friends over (many the same as last night) over for lawn games and a bonfire. How fun that will be!!! The girls have divvy'd out what people will bring. I love having people over. I Love hosting. We have a busy day with mowing the lawn and field, cleaning house and I need to make my Peanut Butter Pound Cake for a baby shower tomorrow.
I wish I had taken some pictures last night, but, well, I didn't..maybe tonight.
What about you. Do you have an open door-open fridge home? What kinds of things do you serve teens that come calling?With Joy UNquenchable,