Wednesday, June 03, 2009

A Very Fulfilling Evening

This many shoes at my door means one thing: teenagers are present. Last night 13 9th and 10th graders showed up for the first night of our summer book study on Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

There are many other house groups meeting besides mine, of course. I just happen to have 9th and 10th graders on this side of town, sort of.

You all know I stress out when I have people over, but I did OK this time because it was just kids. They don't care that your entry way is stripped of wallpaper and you haven't done a thing to it because you're indecisive. No, their eyes don't look for interior flaws; their eyes look for food.

Ordinarily, people looking to me for food would send a chill up my spine due to my culinarily challenged self, but I know from experience that most teenagers aren't picky, as I have seen teenaged boys take bites out of sticks of butter, so I knew I was probably OK.

I fixed all kinds of beautiful fruit and a fruit dip which didn't turn out so great (how can a person mess up marshmallow cream and cream cheese? I don't know, but I did. It looked sort of curdled.) I also prepared veggies and dip, a cheese tray, cocktail wieners in the crock pot and the piece de resistance, iced brownies topped with chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and chocolate syrup.

Due to the dessert, I think I now have 13 disciples. So it was a very fulfilling and full-filling evening at the Crows'.

Zoe enjoyed this night because she met a bunch of new people to pee for (submissive sign of love for her, hair-pulling-out frustration for me) and she also did her tricks. The "Bang! You're dead!" trick gets 'em every time, mainly because when I hold up my hand like pistol and say "bang," she doesn't die a quick death as if she's been shot; she sort of rolls over as if she's turning after hours of leisurely tanning at the Riviera. It's quite elegant and hilarious.

So when you have guests over, do your pets do anything funky or funny, like hide or behave oddly? If so, does this mean we are bad pet parents?


Anonymous said...

1-Zoe's trick sounds amazingly hilarious!

2-The snacks sounds amazingly delicious!

3-I think these Crazy Love studies are going to be incredible! I loved ours, and it's great to read about one from the hostess perspective :D Julie & Gary were great tonight, and I can't wait for next week!

[Glad to hear you didn't panic over wallpaper or anything. With your food list & talent you provided, I guarantee that it went unnoticed.]

Lelia Chealey said...

What an awesome night! Never heard of the book, so I'll have to check it out.
Love Zoe. :)

Kim said...

We had a dog who loved baths. Not exactly a trick I know, but we always had to warn overnight guests to latch the bathroom door well or they'd find themselves sharing the tub with a shaggy black cockapoo :-)

Another time we had a small mutt (part miniature Eskimo Spitz and part miniature collie) at the same time we had a cat and a rabbit. Normally sworn enemies but ours were good buddies and liked to snuggle up together in front of the fireplace: kitty curled around rabbit, dog curled around kittie. Couldn't tell where one fur ball ended and the other started as they were all white and very pale tan.

Becky said...

Yay, highschoolers are fun!

maybe if you know there are peeps coming over you can put a little doggie diaper on Zoe.

Flip does all sorts of tricks.

most of our friends come over just to see her.

Anonymous said...

My dog is a Boston Terrier. We bought her a stuffed BT that is almost her size a few years back, and now whenever company comes over she gets so excited she has to take it out and "make love" to it in front of everyone. Very embarassing. I just realized writing this that perhaps we should hide it when we know people are coming. I'm a little slow.

Mrs. E said...

You really do know teenagers! This cracked me up. Bet they loved you & your home (food!).

Susan D said...

I don't have any pets, but it seems small children tend to act up when other people are around. They can do and say very unpredictable things. hahaha Blessings, SusanD

Bethany said...

Linda, You did an awesome job last night. Thanks for opening up your home for all of us to come hang out! We have an AWESOME group!

Rosina at Middle Ageless said...

LOL! My pooch (a white, fluffy coton) does the same. Rolls over, legs splayed and pees a little. It can get pretty embarrassing. She is so cute though and the most affectionate little being so we forgive her.

Mocha with Linda said...

The raccoons in the attic tend to do more than "play" dead. And it is not "quite elegant and hilarious."

Your house sounds like just the perfect place for teenagers. Full of love and munchies.

BTW, I took your name in vain on my blog today. :-)

annie's eyes said...

What a fun and inspiring evening! How I feel your frustration with the submissive wetting. Even when the kids come in, our springer can't help herself. We have started meeting/greeting people outside our door to at least move the problem outside. Interestingly, our dog does the same "bang" dramatics trick. Maybe they're related. Her other favorite thing is to come in when I am drying my hair to get "fluffed" herself. She never can get enough of it. As a puppy, she was scared of the hairdryer at the groomer's so I showed her it was safe, and now, I've created a monster.
Enjoy those kids this summer. It's a great legacy you are creating!
Love, A

Susanne said...

Wow, your house is going to the most popular with all that good stuff.

My dog just barks his fool head off at company all the while with his tail wagging. But once he settles down he'll just do what he always does. Shadow the hubby. And beg food off the hubby.

H-Mama said...

You're right... Kids don't care about all that stuff we tend to worry about. You're house looks great by the way!

Cute doggy trick... Jasmine does that too. Everybody always loves that...

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

I'v heard of the book before, i m not sure but I think the kids at our youth group may have done it as well.

Being a bad pet parent... well our sweet Buster just goes temporarily berserk when guest arrive. For now we banish him to his crate until he can calm down enough to be let amongst the general population. He still has so much puppy him that her get very excited when new folks arrive. Most embarrassing moments are when he make amorous advances on unsuspecting legs as we have not had him fixed yet. Getting that procedure done quickly is at the top of out to do list in the very near future. Truly the life of the party (NOT).


christy rose said...

My beagle just jumps all over any new visitor and wants to lick them right in the mouth. uck!

skoots1mom said...

love me some teens...wish i had been there...they're so much fun.

your goodies sounded good...
my doggie, who I miss terribly, used to jump up on the back of the couch and look over your shoulder, like a kitty, when guests would come to the house. He loved to play with his rope toy and would usually flop it into someone's lap, as a hint you know..

we're getting ready to start new groups in the fall, over the summer we're doing a "reading the new testament" program with them :)

Roxanne Kristina said...

I relate! And I love your paint colors!


sara said...

there is nothing better than having bunches of teenagers in your house...especially if they are not yours...they tend to appreciate even the little things you have food at all!!!

my dog has to be kenneled until all arrive because she has to make each person perfectly aware that she will and can rip their leg off should they try anything stupid!!! of course if we are having a pool party, then she runs around the pool like crazy barking, until she can't take it anymore and then she jumps in and tries to save the closest person to her!!

Dena said...

Well first, I see we have similar styles in decorating - I have the same colors and wanted the same exact rug, but was indecisive and when I finally decided I wanted it, I couldn't get it anymore. Ugh!

Pets - my crew is all old enough that if I allow them to bug you for at least one good scratch behind the ears, they'll go back to taking a nap. All except for Tucker, who will jump up and down for at least 15 min saying "pet me, pet me, pet me, pet me, pet me, pet me, pet me."

Melli said...

No. We don't talk about what my dog does when guests enter the house. Let's just say she's a black lab about crotch high and leave it at that!

I have always had visitorphobia myself so I totally understand where you're coming from. And I'm NOT Julia Child either ... I'm not even Chef Boy Ardee. But teenagers don't scare me a bit! I used to teach high school! I can handle teenagers! YOU did WONDERFUL!

And I just have to tell ya -- I LOVE your walls in your living room! Tan and RED! Whooo hooo! Beautiful!

Lois E. Lane said...

Twenty-six bare teenage feet sounds stinky to me! :)

Dr.John said...

Glad that you now have disciples. Sounds like a good evening.
Our dog dores no tricks but goes crazy when people visit. My son's dog brings every visitor a shoe.

Heather of the EO said...

Our dog doesn't do anything too crazy...I mean, other than the ol' crotch sniff, which isn't humiliating at all...

Beth in NC said...

I love the color of your family room!

And you have officially made me hungry. :o)

Sitesx6 said...

My kids behave great when we have people pets...NOT SO MUCH.

Usually I lock them away, so I can avoid any pet moments...but one time I forgot, and my cat jumped right up on the TABLE while we were eating a nice meal, and stole a piece of meat off someone's plate.


I love Zoe. I like her BANG-drop and sun bathe act! :)

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

There's so much I love about this post I don't know where to even start.

1 - It's true about teens, they don't notice the stuff adults do. God bless 'em.

2 - sticks of butter

3 - Zoe "met a bunch of new people to pee for" bwahahaha. Awesomeness.