Zach's best friend Thomasa has been pestering her mama for a while now about spending the night at our place. Actually the real talk was about moving in with us, but sleeping over was a first logical leap. She is only 3.5 and very attached to her mom, she's co-slept since birth. So we didn't think she was serious. Her mom finally asked if she could call her bluff and let her spend the night. I agreed, and we set up a phone schedule, both of us figuring she'd want to come home sometime around midnight. Well Miss Thing didn't miss a beat. She not only didn't want to call mom, she kept saying to me wistfully all evening, "Auntie B, I love living with you now."
Of course the fact that she has a relatively new baby brother in her life explains an awful lot ;)
The kids had a ball. We started out the evening after dinner with a sunset dinghy ride, then a bath, some playing and stories, and they collapsed! Doug got kicked out to the guest cabin and I got to cuddle with the two kids. While it was lovely having T over, who I truly love like family, I realized how much I relish the quiet of an only child (even one who talks as much as Z) when she did finally go home.
We spied a deer and a heron very close to shore. Evening dinghy rides are always the best for nature spotting.
... watching the sun set from the dinghy...
... hiding in the laundry cubby...
...after a bath, then FINALLY asleep.