Finally, you're able to break free and grab a shower. You're just about ready to collapse for the evening when Bobby joins you. Bobby was mostly in charge for the time you were gone, with a bit of help from two of his older brothers. He explains to you some troubles that he had with the other boys.
In general, things went okay. The problem is that many of the younger boys were rather lackadaisical about their chores, and came close to outright disobedience when it came to doing them. They and their older brothers tended to push the limits on right up to the line. Bobby has been away at school for the last couple of years, doesn't know some of his newer brothers that well, and decided it would be better to wait and talk to you, rather than spanking.
Since nothing life threatening occurred, you can agree with him.
In specific, Noah called and begged you for an extension of his curfew Friday night. You gave it to him, but he still didn't get home on time (it was only about 5 minutes late, but after he promised you he'd be home not one second after 1am).
Clayton also missed his curfew, but it was his regular curfew, and he was only about fifteen minutes late. You'd normally allow that one to slide, except that Clay has just recently been under some pretty strict restrictions, and he's still 'earning trust' on things like that.
Johnny was home before curfew. The problem is that he left the movie, then decided to go for ice cream before coming home, and he, Ethan, and a couple of his friends didn't bother to let anyone know, which is a violation of standard protocol.
More personally to you, very few people are allowed in your library without permission. Van, because of his interest in music, is one of those. He's allowed to have up to 5 CDs out at a time. When you got home, he had more than thirty, and they were spread between the piano downstairs, his bedroom, and the garage, where they rehearse together.
Because it's a three day weekend, and because finals start Tuesday, you fill that any type of grounding or driving restriction on Noah would either be ineffective (since you're having tons of kids and family over the next couple of days), ridiculously harsh (if you made him stay home next Friday, which is graduation, and you know he's already been invited to several parties), or would cause a ton of problems (driving restrictions). With that in mind, you're aiming at giving him three swats bare, with an explanation of why you're so unhappy with his behavior.
For the same reasons, you decide to give Clay about the same thing - probably slightly lighter.
Because Johnny hasn't had any major driving-related trouble prior to this, you're leaning towards a stern lecture and a slight restriction. Ethan will probably get the burning ears about not calling, but nothing else.
And while an early adolescent, 12-year old like Van is a delight to spank, you feel that grounding him from your library for a week, after he has to refile what he's borrowed and checked to make sure everything else is in it's right place, would teach a more appropriate lesson.
As for the general troubles, you decide that, after breakfast in the morning, you're going to let all the boys know that you'll do a full room inspection in two hours, and that anyone not achieving an 'A' standard (not quite perfect), with all chores done, will be spanked/paddled (depending on age).
With all that settled in your mind, you role over and go to sleep.
You get a good night's sleep, not waking in the middle of the night like you normally do, and even sleeping in a bit.
When you finally awake, Sunday morning, a lot of the boys are already up and moving. Not realizing how much trouble they're about to be in, they're all very excited to have you back home. They're even getting breakfast ready, and asking if all of you can eat out on the patio.
Generally speaking, you'd rather eat breakfast inside at this time of year, thanks to the 88% humidty before the sun gets going, but you finally agree to it. They promise to get things set up, while you get a quick shower.
A few minutes later, clean and dressed, you go outside to see...
While it is just a bit early, they point out that on the actual Father's Day, you'll be coming back from the beach and dropping most of the kids at summer camp. They decided to get you when you could all get together.
As you're hugging and saying hello, you start to look around, and you realize a few things. Your patio has been power washed. The back of the garage (the part that faces into the back yard) and the gazebo have been painted nicely, matte white with green trim for the garage and rose for the gazebo. Your summer lawn furniture has been dug out, cleaned, the paint touched up where appropriate, and much of it seems to have new cushions - in green, blue, and rose. And finally you get a look at the pool: the far corner of it now has a 'rock' water fall, like you've been talking about adding for years.
Before you can finish admiring everything, you're pushed into a chair and a plate is handed to you. You spend the next 45 mintues chatting, catching up, thanking people, and being stuffed with much wonderful food.
Finally, breakfast is over, and it's time for the announcements you'd planned to make. Are you going with it as written, or should a few, quick changes be made?