Tegan and her Mom came over Saturday afternoon, after the morning swim class that both girls are in. The girls played for several hours together, had lunch, then we all went to the Maul together (Mall of America) on the train, which is really fun, especially with two curious kids. We went to a movie theatre there and while John and I had a mini-date watching True Grit (fun but not all that), the girls and Jeri Kay saw Tangled across the hall from us. They did wonderful, having a potty run right before the movie started and then both sitting in her lap a few minutes after the movie started. Jeri Kay loved snuggling the kiddos and we had a fun break watching something a little more adult than Curious George. I was going to say a little more sophisticated, but then Curious George can be pretty sophisticated in its concepts sometimes, teaching math and science.
After the movie John and I went to the newly expanded Lego store and I bought a grab bag of Legos, which I haven't played with yet. I will have to take pictures of whatever I do create when I play with them. Then I'll post them here. Or on my art blog, depending on how arty they turn out. :)
We then met the gang at Barnes and Ignoble, and spent probably close to two hours there. They have a fun kids' section with a stage and little tables to sit at. Lily was totally focused on the books, and sat looking through book after book on her own. Tegan was more into running around and having John chase her. It was great fun. We found a few books, including one called Oliver, about an elephant, written by the same author (Syd Hoff) as did Sammy the Seal and Danny and the Dinosaur, which I still have from when I was a kid (big kudos to Mom and Dad for saving all our books!). I was so excited to find a book by this favorite author that we hadn't read yet. You can never have too many books.
Then we went home on the train and sang to keep warm on our walk back to the house (it's about four blocks). Tegan rode on Jeri Kay's shoulders and Lily rode on John's, while I held the bags of our new books.
When we got home, I suggested the girls might want to take a bath to warm up.
After Mass, Jeri Kay took us to lunch at Pizza Luce, which was delicious. They have a gluten-free menu!! The potato pizza is really yummers.
And that was about it. We parted ways after lunch and went home for a nap. More than 24 hours together, and it was all fun and games (contrary to that saying, you know, "it's not all fun and games."). Not one fight, no meltdowns. Good sharing. Happy playing. Sweetness. I am going to remember this sleepover for a long, long time. Forever. And I'll tell Lily the story of her first sleepover again and again.