Teagan isn't able to do overnights. Mostly. She has successfully spent the night with a friend... twice. The key seems to be Teagan's connection to the mom - if she knows the mom well and feels that the mom is her ally, she does better. She also has to be able to stay connected to me (being able to call at any time, me leaving her a note in her suitcase). She has tried, wanted to. But it just can't happen most of the time.
Our home isn't in the best shape to host a sleepover. Yet. We're working on it. I want our home to be a place where kids can hang out.
But I know that Teagan longs to have that closeness with her little besties.
For Christmas, Teagan's "favorite" gift was a moment of possible insanity on my part.
We have arranged for 3 of her friends to come have an overnight with us. Me and Teagan. And 3 other 3rd grade girls. In a hotel room. I'm the only adult. Alone. With 4 3rd grade girls.
I think I've lost my mind.
I've seen these 4 in action together. The chatter is non-stop. The volume can easily escalate. The conversations are almost impossible to follow.
Teagan and I will pick up each friend. Then off to dinner. Then to the hotel for swimming. Then to the room for... insanity. I hope to get them into bed by 10. The hotel includes breakfast. Then off to see a movie on Tuesday. Deliver each girl back home.
Then Mommy comes home and locks herself away in the bedroom for a few hours with a large glass of wine and a pair of earplugs.
We're asking the girls to bring their Barbies, favorite toys, craft projects, snacks, and drinks.
I'm bringing a book or 2, my laptop, and earbuds.
Teagan is most excited to see what pajamas everyone wears. I think that's adorable.
I'm really hoping that this will be one of those truly awesome memories for Teagan.
I fear I've lost my mind... but I also have to admit that I might be a little bit excited, too.