I am missing these now. Almost every weekend, our small house is literally converted into a carnival. But that was two years ago. Now, the boys prefer to watch TV programs (basketball, Science of Stupid, etc) though they would still play chess once in a while. The small house is quieter now (our baby seldom cries). Missing these –
The good side: the boys did not ask to go malling or dine outside for they were too happy and contented to have the house to themselves!
The not so good side: I was not able to touch the TV remote control and watch news. No harm though because I was so busy cooking food and preparing snacks for the kids. They even invited some classmates to join them.
Now, as I have said, the house is quieter. They would prefer to watch TV programs or use their cellphones to play. Sometimes, they would ask permission that they play basketball outside. My boys are now acting like grown ups already and I am missing them terribly.