We had a full Saturday. After bathrooms were cleaned, rooms vacuumed, windows washed, lawns mowed, bird cage cleaned, laundry put away, piano practicing complete they got the green light for friends/cousins to come over. Today the plan was a lemonade/cookie sale (which they promised to do and clean-up all by themselves.), swimming, making commercials(they reenacted and filmed an Alltel one), and playing with their beloved birds.
The cookie sale was a hit and they sold the first batch within 10 minutes. They were actually disappointed that 2 hungry boys came and bought almost the whole batch. They wanted to keep up the sale, so Tom jumped in and made another batch for them. What a softie.
A week has passed and the love has not waned for Azul,Spaz, and Duke. They perch them on their shoulders while they do their homework or practice the piano. I have put a stop to taking them upstairs and limit the "cage-free" time down from 50 times a day. Hey, for me , it beats getting a puppy.