I recently had my two granddaughters for their first sleepover together. Kinsey has stayed with me many times but this was a first for Grace. I think Gracie’s mom and dad were reluctant for her to take this big girl step but she was sure she was ready. She came with her suitcase packed and a happy smile on her face, eager for her overnight adventure to begin.
We did all the expected sleepover activities. After swimming my girls had a fun bath, then wearing their PJs they prepared to eat popcorn and watch their requested movie, Mary Poppins. They sang with Julie Andrews and stepped in time with Dick Van Dyke and eventually cuddled in their Grandad’s lap.
When they were too sleepy to finish their movie the girls and I retired to their bedroom. Kinsey’s favorite bedtime story is The Tale of Martha B. Rabbit by Shirley Barber; she knows the book so well she has many lines of it memorized. Grace loved the book as well and I’m sure it will be added to her list of favorites. After Martha B, Kinsey loves and expects a lullaby; she is completely unaware her Nana does not have a singing voice. Gracie honored us with the sweetest bedtime song, one I am sure she sings and hears nightly. Eventually my girls closed their eyes and I am happy to say slept through the night.
We had big plans for the next day. The girls breakfast was Grandad’s cinnamon rolls with ice cream, yes, at Nanas the grands can occasionally have ice cream at breakfast. This might be a good time to say entertaining our grandchildren is always a group effort; Mike is a wonderful grandfather and takes an active part in their care. Gabriel joined the girls for our planned day, we were all happy to add his adorable personality to the mix. Before we could head to our destination of Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum Gracie asked to have her toe and fingernails polished, Kinsey quickly jumped on that train as well.
We had fun at the museum as we always do. We have a family membership and I would highly recommend it for all families. Mike brought us a picnic prepared by KFC and the five of us lunched in the museum cafeteria. After building, pretend grocery shopping, face painting, puppeteering, train riding, climbing, sliding and so much more we piled in and headed back home.
Kinsey wanted to teach Grace to play her favorite board game, Sorry. I was a little hesitant because Gracie is still just 3 and Kinsey can be quite competitive. I was pleasantly surprised we completed a game with no tears from either of my girls. I have watched my Kinsey mature so much this last year. She is 6 now and is very patient with her young cousin Gracie. Kinsey has gained a great understanding that as the oldest girl she must be tolerant and kind. I am so proud of the young lady she is becoming.
Kinsey and Grace share such a sweet love; it makes me smile and warms my heart to watch. I recently read that your grandparent’s home is the place your cousins become your best friends. That can be true if you are lucky enough to live near each other.
Gabriel has been just a small mention in this story and Colton not at all. The week of our sleepover Colton stayed in Oklahoma City with his uncles and attended Thunder Basketball Camp. I certainly love my boys equally and will write about them soon.
I think I mention often how blessed I am, I am so grateful for the blessings who call me Nana. My girls and I (and their Grandad) had a great sleepover and a memorable day.