As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.




Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weekend Snapshots: Grand Winter Sleepover


When our Grand Summer Sleepover was postponed due to sickness and then postponed again because the sickness just would not end, we decided to put it on hold. (And every now and then a sweet grand would say, "Gran, when are we going to have a sleepover?" and melt my heart.) Then last weekend, the Grand Summer Sleepover became the Grand Winter Sleepover! 




So. Much. Fun.

Seven of the grands slept over. (The next-to-youngest stayed until his bedtime, so that makes eight for the evening.)

Party favors. Tacos. Games and conversation. Ice cream. Air mattresses and sleeping bags everywhere. Coffee. (What? Yes, Aunt Kati offered coffee to anyone who wanted to try it. #trainthemwhiletheyreyoung) A movie (The Little Rascals). Movie candy. Hiding in one another's sleeping bags while the occupants were out of the room brushing their teeth. Surprise! (Or not.) One grand hiding in the kitchen and scaring Aunt Kati when she came to get a drink of water (to the delight of all). Stories and whispers and giggles and then everyone was asleep before midnight. 

favors for the girls

favors for the boys
(Yes, I did.)




staged shot 😊


Fruit for pre-breakfast while Papa chatted and bleary-eyed Gran sipped her first cup of coffee. Papa's pancakes for breakfast, chocolate chip or pecan. More conversation. (Although this group is rather quiet in public, they are very verbal!) And then they went into the library for a while . . . and came out with an original play! A play with characters and plot and costumes. Papa, Aunt Kati, Aunt Bekah, and I were the audience and we were very impressed! And when their parents came to pick them up in the afternoon, there was an encore performance. 

narrator
detective
teacher

l to r: heiress, birdwatcher, game show host, store keeper





I am so grateful for this time spent together. Now plans are in the works for a true summer sleepover! (James 4:15 . . . "if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.")


22 comments:

  1. oh what fun !!!
    .. fart whistle ?!
    lol .. bought my father and his roomie
    whoopie cushions for Christmas. they're
    having fun with those. the poor CNA's .. wink.

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    1. Sherry, what a great gift for your dad and his roommat3: a barrel of laughs! I am giggling thinking about their fun, and the reactions of the CNA's!

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  2. You are the best Gran! Fart Whistles! LOL!

    Such a difference from the girls sweet bird whistles!

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    1. Thank you, Deanna!

      I saw the whistles in a gift shop a couple of days before the sleepover . . . and I couldn't resist! They loved them!

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  3. What fun and oh the memories that will be embedded forever. Love it. Everyone Farts...lol. I think there's a book by that name. What a great treasure of kids and grands you have and they have in you and papa.

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    1. Thanks, Ellen!

      Grandmothers can do these things, you know? I remember my mom playing Mad Libs with my son and my nephew and laughing at all of their bathroom humor . . . all the while I was thinking "Who is this woman?!" The answer: She had become a grandmother. And now I am one. :)

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  4. Aren't grands just the best? You're a wonderful grandmother - good memories for their lifetime!

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    1. Thank you so much . . . and yes, grands are the best, GrammaGrits!

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  5. I'm worn out when I have my two younger grands for a sleepover, Cheryl. You are a Super Gran to have so many at a time! No wonder they were asking about a sleepover--your family showed them such a great time. Very clever to have them act out a play. These are the moments that they will always treasure. Well done, Gran. ♥

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    1. Thanks so much, Martha Ellen! Certainly, I have less energy than I used to, but I also have lots of help! Ron inflates the air mattresses and cooks the pancakes. Kati and Bekah help with serving drinks and making beds and whatever else comes up. Plus, the grands themselves are getting older and do so much for themselves. I make sure to have plenty of (easy) food and I join in their conversations and games. That's the best part!

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  6. What fun! What a blessing they are to you and vice versa!

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  7. I bet you slept well Saturday night! Lots of planning went into the time, I could tell and they look like a fun bunch of kids! Love that they did a play. A sort of thank you to you four!

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    1. Yes, I did sleep well! They are such fun, and I especially love that they are building cousin relationships after living far away from one another for so many years!

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  8. Looks like everyone had a great time. You are very blessed to be able to have this fun time with your grands! Blessings, Sharon D.

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    1. Yes, we are very blessed, Sharon . . . ten beautiful gifts from God!

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  9. Sure looks like everyone had a good time! i know how fun these times can be, but I know how exhausting too, lol. The play was such a good idea. My grands love doing that too. Hope all else is well!

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    1. Fun and exhausting sums it up! (Although less exhausting now than when the oldest ones were younger!)

      My daughter and I were just talking recently about how universal it seems that "plays" are with groups of children!

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  10. You are a wonderful grandmother, Cheryl! Looks like lots of fun was had by all!

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    1. Thank you, Cheryl! It was lots of fun!

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  11. Oh my - that looks like so much fun!!! Wonderful memories made!

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