Sunday, April 15, 2012

Team Divided

This past Friday, Steve and I divided the team and did something different with the kids. He took Preston camping, and I kept Bennett at home, but allowed her to have two friends over for her first sleepover! We both had a fun evening....

Steve has never been a big fan of camping, preferring to stay in the comfort of his own home for sure. However, Brian asked him to join him at their country club for a little father-son time. It was the perfect scenario for all he had to do was pitch their tent and pay a small amount of money. The country club did all of the cooking, organized a craft for the kids, provided a kid-friendly movie at dusk, a fire for s'mores and then a pancake breakfast the next morning. To top it off, they had access to the club's restrooms!

We had discussed having our next camping trip very close to home, probably in our backyard, but this opportunity presented itself and worked out perfectly! Brian thought it might be fun for Bennett to go along since all of the other kids were 4-5 years old, but she didn't want to go. In fact, she said something like "I don't want to sleep outside with all of the bugs." We hoped Preston wouldn't be too young, but he did great!

Preston loves to hang out with Christian, and having a little alone time with his daddy was just what he needed. He was so excited to go, and came back exhausted!
My night with Bennett was going to be just a mommy-daughter night, but there were no good movies out (that she hasn't already seen), and nothing she was dying to do. As we walked home from school on Friday, we discussed different options, but she had her heart set on having friends over. Of course, having a sleepover at 4.5 years is really too young. In fact, she has only done it with her cousins. But there are a few little girls that I know well because I'm friends with their parents, so we started there.

My friend Lauren has triplets (2 girls and a boy), and the girls play great together. She gave her okay with it, and the girls were all excited. They came over late afternoon and they went straight upstairs to get changed into dress-up clothes. We then walked to the park (in their new outfits). After a short time there, we came back and they played in the backyard until dinner was ready.

After dinner, we popped some popcorn and they plopped in front of the TV and watched a barbie movie Bennett chose to rent. It didn't capture their interest long, just long enough to finish the popcorn.

By 8:30 the girls were asking to go to bed, so I set up their sleeping bags and things appeared to be going smoothly. Unfortunately it took a lot of coaxing, a few threats and another 1.5 hours to get them to sleep. By 10:00 PM, the house was quiet.

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