Rob and I pulled back into town from Washington in enough time to get to the church by 6:00 just as we had planned. Rob had 'planned' a speghetti feed/slave auction to help some of the youth raise money for summer trips. *I say 'planned' because he came up with the idea without considering how to actually cook speghetti for up to 200 people, it's actually quite difficult!*
At any rate, after talking to some people who know more than I do we determined that it's best to cook it all up the day before and bake it the morning of. I figured it would take a couple of hours, so if we got to the church at 6:00 we'd be home and done by 9:00ish. Well, when we got to the church we found out that the kitchen was being used by a home school group until 9:00. Uh-oh. I honestly wanted to flip....at no one in-particular. A million thoughts ran through my head, namely, "How are we going to pull this off." We don't have the capacity to refridgerate 20 lbs of noodles in our fridge at home, so we decided that we would have to come back at 9:00. We simply didn't have another choice.
So, we packed up our kids and brought a movie for them to watch while Rob and I proceeded to cook a ridiculous amount of speghetti. 20 lbs of noodles, 7 huge cans of sauce and 15 lbs of hamburger later Rob and I found ourselves cleaning up the kitchen at the church at 12:30 this morning.
The problem? About this time Leeann tired with exhaustion (she refused to fall asleep in her make-shift bed in the corner of the kitchen) started running full speed around the islands in the kitchen. Mind you, it was 12:45 in the morning! Every half hour or so she would burst into tears. We just tried to keep her calm, spend a few minutes snuggling with her, and put her back to 'bed'. She survived and so did we, though I don't recommend anyone keeping their 2 year old up so late at night! (Duh, smarty pants!)
Needless to say, it was incredibly difficult for all of us to get out of bed this morning and Leeann spent the morning rather cranky. She's better now that she's had a nap though!