Before today’s post, I just want to thank you for the incredible outpouring of encouragement and support for the student I wrote about last week. While I appreciate every offer of assistance I received, I am not able to offer medical assistance to students. I reported his skin condition to our school nurse and she will reach out to his parents and, if necessary, to the Department of Children and Families to see about getting him the treatment he needs. Your kindness and generosity was inspiring to me at a time when our country seems to be needing lots of both. Thank you.
What a weekend we had! It was equal parts adventures and laziness, which I think are the best kinds of weekends. Friday kicked off a 24-hour period of awesomeness for Gracie Girl. She was the Student of the Month in her class, along with her best friend, Rosie. They were the cutest little munchkins you’ve ever seen!
Then later that day, Rosie came over for both the girls first ever sleepover! I thought Gracie’s head was going to explode. They were so excited! It was cold and rainy, so we stayed home, ordered pizza, and the girls played for hours. They played Gracie’s current favorite things: teacher and dolls.
She is obsessed with teaching her dolls. She lines them all up and makes them little paper desks. She calls roll, puts them in the “thinking chair” when they aren’t being good, and teaches them sight words and numbers. For Christmas, I got her this cute classroom kit from Melissa and Doug and she has LOVED it. I must have heard their class bell ring a million times on Friday night!
They also played Barbies, which was a hoot and a half to listen to. At one point, I heard the following conversation:
Rosie: Let’s pretend that their boyfriend isn’t here.
Gracie: Yeah, they died.
Rosie: Okay. But nobody is sad.
Around 9:00, I told the girls it was time for bed. And this is when I realized just how different girl sleepovers are than boy sleepovers. The girls were so excited to go to bed! They got their dolls, brushed their teeth, and snuggled right in. They whispered and giggle quietly for about half an hour and then they were both asleep!
(In case you are wondering, we bought a pop-up trundle bed for under Gracie’s daybed a few years ago. It has been awesome for us. We put Bean in there when we have company over and now that Gracie is old enough, we used it for her sleepover and it worked great! You can find them on Amazon. They are super easy to put up and take down. Bean and Gracie can do it themselves. I love ours!)
When Bean has had sleepovers, bedtime happens around 10:30. It never involves brushing teeth, they climb into bed with hidden Nerf guns, and they shoot each other in the dark until I yell at them to be quiet. And this goes on until I finally fall asleep, where, I’m convinced, they continue to shoot each other until the wee small hours of the morning.
(QUESTION: Do you make the kids go to sleep at a certain time for sleepovers? We don’t do them very often, and I’m always on the fence. They just seem too young to be staying up until all hours. Am I the only one who makes them lay down at a certain point? Or am I being a stick in the mud?)
Anyway, back to the ladies. They woke up early the next morning and were back to teaching school before 7:30. We had an easy cereal breakfast and then Rosie’s mom picked her up by 8:00 for a soccer game. It was actually a really easy night.
I know a lot of people have different thoughts on sleepovers. We only do sleepovers with families that we know personally and whose houses Chris and I have been to before. I’m sure that will change as my kids get older, but for now, that’s our first criteria. And we don’t do them often. With Bean, I made him wait until 1st grade to have a sleepover. With Gracie, we let her have one now as a kindergartener because she started asking about them. I would have stuck to my first grade timeline, but Gracie’s best friend has been around with our family since before preschool. Her mom and I are friends and we know their family well. I wouldn’t do a sleepover with a random kid yet, for either Bean or Gracie.
What about you guys? What are your sleepover criteria and guidelines? Any suggestions or recommendations for our family, since we are relatively new to this whole thing?