Our grandchildren frequently ask when they can have a sleepover at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. . . well, last Sunday, Ashton asked once again. “Grandma, it’s spring break. . . when do we get a sleepover?”
While spring break isn’t any less busy for me, it is clearly less busy for the grandchildren, and they thought a celebration was in order. And who I am to discourage them from thinking that if you want to party, head over to Grandpa and Grandma’s?
So we had a spring break sleepover!
We invited all the grandchildren who were in town. . . even little Makai spent the night! We invited parents too, but we didn’t raise any dummies! When our adult children had a choice between a free date night and sleeping in vs. spending the night helping us out with a houseful of children, they all made the same choice I would have made!
The kids arrived just in time for pizza. Grandma doesn’t normally serve pizza, but because it wasn’t spring break for me, I had just gotten home from Kanab less than an hour before they started arriving, so I was going for quick and easy! After pizza, we went swimming, had everyone shower and get into PJs, and then settled down for a movie.
I don’t know whether it was the swimming, or maybe they just didn’t have enough pizza, but my official job during the movie was providing snacks, and those kids downed 10 (yes, TEN) bags of microwave popcorn, at least 10 sliced apples, and even more clementines! (I gave up counting, they gobbled them up so fast.)
Before they headed off to sleep, I had them all make silly faces, then everyone went to sleep and slept through the night. Everyone except Makai, that is. But that was OK. . . it was good for Grandma to be reminded of what it’s like to have little ones!
By 10 a.m., parents had come and picked up the kids, and I was off to my next meeting. . . grateful for a fun spring break sleepover spent with our wonderful grandchildren! Maybe we’ve started another Gardner family tradition. . . .