The battle was on yesterday! After all the water balloons were popped with a sploooooooosh and all the gumdrop and toothpick towers were dismantled and eaten with a giggle, there were at least eight winners :) With eight of the eleven grandchildren in town, it's been chaos and fun and laughter all at once.
Monday night, I divided the kids into teams in an almost random way. I say "almost" because the find-your-partner-at-the-other-end-of-the-string idea doesn't work so smoothly when everyone grabs their end and starts tugging at the same time. Can you say "giant yarn knot"? The kids rescued me, though, and had a big pow-wow-knot-untangling and figured out partners.
They also named their teams:
The Presleys (well, Elvis and Priscilla later became The Green Team instead)
Ashlyn and Katie
Kobe Black Mamba and LeBron
James and Ryan
The Lightning Turtles
Victoria and Aaron
Team Alpha Funny Bunny
Kiersten and Tanner
The big part of the battle involved raiding a lawn chair fort guarded by King Ricky and King Jeff. The teams begged bribe material (ie cold soda and candy) from Queen Barb, and then they took off for the fort in a race to grab just the right prize for their team. Unfortunately for them, some of the teams succombed to the heat of the moment and traded their prize papers to Queen Barb in return for water balloons to use on the Kings. The prizes lost included a turn at the wheel of the van during a drive on the country roads out here and control of the television remote for one hour. In dispute is the you-choose-the-menu prize which The Lightning Turtles insist was not traded or destroyed, LOL. James and Ryan are the proud owners of the King for a Day prize, and we all expect to get a little bit tired of bowing and deferring to them all day today :)
Anyway, more stuff to do today, so I'd better run! Hope your day is a fun one!