Recipe for a rainy day play date:
Take 2 ultra-excited first grade boys home for a play date after school.
Add approximately 300 Hot Wheels cars.
Stir vigorously, preferably by throwing cars repeatedly at the hardwood floor.
Season liberally with shrieks, uncontrollable giggles, and rude noises.
Remove cats, all breakable items, and your last lingering coherent thoughts and store them safely out of the Zone of Destruction.
Set up an indoor tent. Confine boys and Hot Wheels inside for the predetermined length of preparation time. (The predetermined length of preparation time = as long as you can get away with hiding while they don’t know you’re gone.)
When the noise falls silent, panic and immediately check on your creation. It may be cooking away, working toward perfection. Or, the boys may be dead.
Recipe is complete when boys have a loud dispute about what to do next and both storm off to play in separate rooms. If your planning and preparation have been sufficient, this will be immediately followed by the arrival of another mom and the whisking away of an extra child. If not…well, you don’t want to know. Use your psychic mom powers to guarantee that your planning and preparation are sufficient.
Result? Mind blown.