The girls’ sleepover

365 Project: Days 78-79

The current play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and there are nearly 30 people in the cast and crew for this production… 20 of them being girls. 🙂 My 16-year old daughter, Hannah, is the Stage Manager for CB Productions, and she asked me a few weeks ago if we could have the “girls’ sleepover” at our house, which is tradition for every play. It helps them bond and all that jazz, and it’s a very good thing. I didn’t have to think too hard about it. Of course I said yes! I love these kids, and who doesn’t love a girls’ sleepover!?

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Well, I guess Jon doesn’t. He actually got a hotel room in the town next to us. Here’s his overnight bag. Oh, forgive me… I guess a more manly thing to call it is a duffle bag. He’s a man who needs his sleep, and he knew he wouldn’t get it here. That’s for sure. Haha!

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I love how people always squeeze into this room just outside our kitchen. It must just have the right amount of cram-appeal. (I stood on the counter to take this pic.) Aren’t they beautiful girls?

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…and funny and dramatic too.

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Not everyone was able to come, so there are 5 people missing. Boohoo… we missed them. Lots of food, girl bonding, piano-playing, singing, laughing, and chatting.

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For some reason, whenever I have lots of teenagers over, I always have to take a shoe pic. Won’t this be fun to look at when the styles have changed so much, 20 years down the road?

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They were surprisingly alert the next morning, after not getting hardly any sleep. I think some of them went to bed at  5:30 a.m. I slept with headphones on in my bedroom because I didn’t tell them they had to be quiet. I made some egg dishes and cut up lots of fruit for breakfast, which the girls heartily devoured. After a little digestion took place, they decided to go for a walk to the park, along the Mississippi River.

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They linked arms and set off for the park. Most of them didn’t even wear jackets, but I think when they got to the river, they may have regretted that. I tried to tell them, but some things they just have to find out on their own. 🙂 They had fun.

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While they were gone, I went downstairs to assess the state of things. 

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I love everything about this mess. No, really… I do! 

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I got all the angles, just for fun. This represents so much of everything good there is about good friendships.

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I told the girls I was so excited to have them over and that I was looking forward to it all week. Hannah said, “Yep, that’s my mom!” 🙂

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And then the inevitable happened. The sleepover drew to a close, and they all had to leave for rehearsal again. But before they loaded up in their vehicles and headed out…

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I had them assemble on the steps for one more pic. By this time, two more people had left, so now there’s seven people missing.

I love everything about being a momma, and days like these two are some of the most fun I get to have with my teenagers… and I love that I have the opportunity to help create a place where good memories are made with their friends. <3

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