I survived hosting my first sleep over

My second son turned 6. For months all he wanted for his birthday was to have some close friend over…all night…with light sabers. The thing about my second son is he melts me. I cave easy to things he asks. I get blinded by his grin and hugs. I agreed to the sleepover. Thankfully, we are set up to handle boys around here.

Party supplies:

  • Pool noodle light sabers
  • Wide open spaces
  • Dirt
  • Bugs
  • Scrap wood
  • Lego movie

The boys grabbed their new light sabers as they arrived…and then they did battled it out for at least an hour.


FireCracker has a strange obsession with the butterfly net on her head.

They took a break from light saber battles for some football. The boys that came are all sons of some of my closest friends. I know the boys well…they are all such great kids. I look forward to this group of boys growing up together, influencing each other, supporting each other…playing football on this field as teenagers.

We kept them running and active until it started to get dark. Boys are seriously so easy.

They are super LOUD and a bit stinky, but so easy to entertain.

Pajamas on and the dance party began…it was really more of a break dancing contest.

Did I mention, they were so LOUD?

They went to sleep pretty fast after the movie. Not a lot of talking, they were so tired. However, they were up by 6:15 and the light saber battles began shortly after that. They headed outside as the sun rose and began a couple hours of bug catching and dirt playing.

These three worked together to build a bridge out of scrap wood.

She can hold her own among the big boys.

Outside. Dirt. Bugs. Light sabers. Not a serene party. No cute crafts. But wildly fun to watch them together. The birthday boy declared that morning, “This is the best birthday ever! I get to wake up and catch bugs with my friends.”


I sent a text to apologize to my friends for the dirty state they would find their boys when they can to pick the boys up. Thankfully, I have friends that are totally good with arriving to find their sons covered in dirt….having fun.

I can’t believe he is six.

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  • Ashley - Looks like they had an amamzing time,such cute kids! Can’t wait to have my own someday!

  • Liene - Congratulations to your six year old!

  • liz - I cannot wait to host my daughter’s first sleepover! How much fun was this?! So cute!

  • Molly @ mixedmolly - I love that boys are so easy and fun! I love seeing dirty-from-playing-outside kids. My motto is dirty-from-playing-outside kids are happy kids 🙂

  • amanda torres - Boys a bit stinky? How about a lotta stinky? They smell like wet dog when they come inside. That was the worst part of teaching…kids coming in from the playground. Steven used to say my classroom smelled of an opened bag of Cheetos mixed wiht raisins in the afternoon. I’m not sure why he chose those scents, but he was kinda right!

  • Alice H - I love love love having sleepovers. You get to learn so much about your own child and their friends by how they interact. It is a lot of work though and boys are a lot easier than the drama that most girl sleepovers have. But I agree that THEY do STINK! Really bad. I go in with lysol spray when Z and his friends start taking their shoes off. Yuck! And he also has a Scentsy always going in his room.

  • charlene - Sooo much fun!!! I can’t wait to have all 5 of my boys outside as soon as my weather breaks, it’s hard getting only a small tease of warmth! p.s., the wood bench in one of your photos, Can’t wait to see you transform that! LOVE IT!

  • ashlee - I love this! Boys are so easy. So simple to entertain and facinating to watch:)

  • Mandi - I can see why he melts you. What better gift than time with good friends?

  • jenny - I so enjoyed this post! As a mom with three boys and a little girl, I loved seeing these photos of boys being boys and of little sister hanging right there in the middle of them!
    great party!

  • Melissa @ Loving this crazy life! - So fun! I can’t wait for my girls to be old enough for their first sleepover!

  • Heidi - Love the party. Pure and Simple. No hours and hours of planning, spends lots of cash, stressing out! Way to go! Love your style-in everything you do!!

  • Abigail C - Very wise letting them run around outside! I bet they had a blast!

  • Sarah - I never comment but just have to say this post is my 3 boys in a nutshell!! Your oldest reminds me so much of my oldest as well. My boys spend most every waking moment playing with their Legos, star wars, and bug catching. Last night they spent 3 hours catching 10 butterflies and a toad and finally came in satisfied and tired. Love these crazy loud boys and I love so much your latest project for your daughter’s orphanage! I know it must be soooo hard to wait for her to join your family. I’ll be praying for all of you.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - What a fun party! I wish girls were that easy!

  • Shanalea - Just had our first true sleepover as well. I had 4 10 years old come join our crowd. It was LOUD and easy too. I took a few to the air show the next day. There was nothing special or crafty either.

  • Lisa P. - Boys are awesome! I love the dirt mound. I’m sure to them, it’s twice as big as it is to us. So fun!!

  • Christy - I’m sure you get a thousand comments a day, and have little time to read them all and take care of children. I just wanted to thank you. I don’t know how I first came upon your blog. My husband chuckles when I log into reader to catch up on my many followings, but yours is a favorite. You see, I’m a mom. A young mom. Three small kids: 6 months, 2 and 4. And you inspire me. I KNOW blogs tend to put our best foot forward and comparison is nie to death, but I love how “YOU” this spot is. Thanks for sharing. Thanks for sharing your love of Christ. I love that. Thanks for sharing your joys you find in being a mom. Thanks for inspiring me to do better, to live more in the moment, and to be kind, gracious, and always thankful. I think you are marvelous. I hope you know that. Have a great day- because you sure do deserve it. From, another mom.

  • audra - as of mom of four kiddos under age seven and three of those being boys….i can so relate…:-) love this.

  • skippee - looks like such a fun party!!! these are the memories that kiddos will remember long after they’ve moved out of the house and even after they’ve had their own kids. you did a fabulous job! =)

  • Heidi - oh you brave soul!! 😉

    i’ve got a star wars themed party coming up for my boys (both may babies that will be 4 & 7) in just a few short weeks.

    i saw that same idea for pool noodle light sabers on pinterest and i look forward to setting the boys loose in the park for epic battles in the wild and we can return to a peaceful home.

    totally awesome mom points for you for sleep over status!! 🙂


  • Nicole - For sure! With boys, they are not “rain boots” but “mud boots”. Playing outside and getting full of dirt and mud beats video games and watching TV any day!

  • Morgan - My kids totally do the butterfly-net-on-the-head thing too!! Looks like fun! This is all my boys ever want to do! Wish we had summer birthdays since we live in the Pacific Northwest! Oh well!! Happy Birthday cute #2 boy!

  • Ko - You my dear are an AWESOME mom! You inspire me in every way! It looks like those boys had a wonderful time and it’s such a riot to see Firecracker in the middle of it all 🙂 You do know that one day down the road one of those boys will try to woo her???

  • Stephanie - Up by 6:15?! Goodness! Looks like they had a blast, though 🙂

  • Leslie @topofthepage - Okay, I’m totally hoping the boys at our party battle for an hour with the pool-sabers! Awesome. And my son TOTALLY wants that explorer’s vest. He got the matching canteen in his Easter basket and is all about it. And of course loves binoculars of any sort. Looks like it was a perfect time.

  • Liane - My son is three and I look forward to when he is older enough for birthday sleepovers! Love the photos! xx

  • Kate R - Your kids always seem to be playing in dirt/mud how do you get it out of their clothes? A magic washing machine? My kiddos are love putting their butterfly nets over their heads too! Funny I just posted about it here: