Saturday, December 9, 2023

Report Of A Sleep-Over




We had the very sweetest time with this sweet girl. Here she is posing with her mice and rabbits and their houses that she set up for them. She made them a tea party, as you can see. Linda Sue  sent her many of these things and Maggie wanted me to take her picture with them to send to her magical fairy godmother who lives so far away. She really does consider Linda Sue to be a mystical being and I agree with her on this. Maggie asks me so many questions about her and I answer them as best I can. It makes my heart so happy to think that Maggie feels loved by someone she's never met and will probably never meet. Someone who knows exactly what a girl wants and needs. 
Don't we all need someone like that in our lives?

Our girl has an amazing imagination. And she is wicked smart. She can also be the darlingest child imaginable. Last night she was telling me what a wonderful time she was having and she said, "My attitude has been great this whole visit!" I agreed with her that indeed it had been. She loved her supper of fish and cheesy noodles and cherry tomatoes and cut up cucumbers and carrots. We enjoy the meals that Maggie picks. Well, meal. She always wants the same thing. After supper came bath time after which we had purple cows that Boppy, the Purple Cow Maker fixed for us. These were made with the sparkling grape juice so you know they were gourmet. We also all got one of the little cupcakes which were shockingly delicious. At least I thought so. Publix does make a very nice buttercream frosting. 
And then- bedtime with stories. 
She picked out "The Chicken of the Family" which is a much loved favorite around here and I picked out "Miss Suzy" which she said she'd never heard. I convinced her that she would love it and I think she did. Miss Suzy is a squirrel who lives quite contentedly and peacefully in her little oak tree house until a band of horrid red squirrels come and chase her out of her home. 



Don't worry, though. All ends well for Miss Suzy despite the difficulties she faces. 
Maggie liked that story too. And of course, nothing could make me happier than reading two books to her. She had told me earlier that she was tired and indeed, after our two stories, she cozied up in the bed under a quilt and the duck and was asleep in minutes, if not seconds after I kissed her good night. She is a good sleep partner although last night, she kept pulling the covers off of me, wrapping them around herself. I finally got chilly early this morning and got up and retrieved the duckette from the closet and slept very well under that. 
Mr. Moon reports that he slept fine in the guest room with Jack although there was some foot rasslin' going on in the early morning. 

Maggie told me last night that she is not fond of pancakes anymore and would rather just have bacon, toast, and eggs. I was fine with that because despite, or because of, the fact that I've made thousands of pancakes for my children and grandchildren, I don't really like them much either. But this morning I asked her if she'd like biscuits instead of toast and yes, she said she would. 

While I was making breakfast, she and her Boppy went on a ride on the four-wheeler around the yard and down to the post office and back. 


This may be her favorite thing to do when she's here. 

Her imagination kicked into high gear when she got Ratty off the shelf where he lives. 


We had a very interesting three-way conversation for quite awhile. Ratty told me many things. I asked him if when we were asleep at night if he crept around the house and played.
"That is what rats do," he replied. 
He also spoke a little French. "Bonjour" he said to me. And then he told me that he had a girlfriend in Paris who was actually very beautiful and popular. That he was going to propose to her the next time he was in France although, "Marriage is a big responsibility."

After breakfast she and I played another game of Battle and then the matching game that she has loved since she was a child. She found her tiara that she'd left here and put it on the crocheted Pokemon character, Squirtle, that her other grandma had crocheted. 


Her other grandma is obviously talented in the crochet arts. 

And soon it was time for her to go home. I don't think she wanted to. I found her on the porch swing, holding Squirtle, and just looking out at the beautiful day. 


But home she went. There was a party this afternoon that she was going to and she needed to get home to prepare for that. I sent her with a few little cupcakes and many hugs and many kisses and many I love you's. 
Glen reports that when they got to her house, she asked him if he wanted to come in and see his daughter which cracked him up. 

You know, if I can only have one granddaughter, I am very glad that she is Magnolia June. All of the grandchildren are so very different and I just cherish the differences in each one of them. I am constantly delighted and intrigued at the people they are and are becoming. 

Time to go make the supper. 

Love...Ms. Moon




40 comments:

  1. That lovely child. Does she look like her mama! I am partial to girls, having one daughter and one granddaughter. She is going to be a heart breaker, for sure.

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    1. Honestly, she looks so much more like her other grandmother. It is almost eerie. She is, however, her very own woman.

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  2. Maggie is a quick study, I think, who absorbs situations around her and takes them in, to the best of her ability, to be her own. What an artist she will become.

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    1. She may well be a writer of books or screenplays or plays. Who knows? She has some talents for sure.

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  3. Maggie is so her own person! Complete with stories, scenarios and the vocabulary to go with it.

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  4. I love the way kids brains work. They are always full of suprises and know way more than we give them credit for. I do hope Ratty finds matriomonial happiness en France.
    Boppy looks very pleased with himself.

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    1. I, too, wish Ratty and his actually very popular and beautiful French wife much love and happiness.
      Boppy does love to make his grandchildren happy.

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  5. She is and has always been so marvelous and darling. And Suzy the Squirrel -- did I give Magnolia June that book when she was born? I have a copy from my own childhood, and I adore it.

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    1. No! You sent it to me when Owen and Gibson were little! It's such a wonderful book although it could be perceived as women-belong-in-the-home propaganda. But who cares? Some women (and I am sure some men) are happiest in the home.

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  6. She really is the most delightful child and with fabulous hair.

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    1. Oh, those curls. Now those definitely come from her other grandmother.

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  7. What a beautiful visit that was! You can see the sweetness in this child, and the dazzling imagination too. And I love that Maggie is part of this magical blog world where we grow to sincerely love people we have never met in the flesh, but know somehow to their souls.

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    1. Also that man of yours is very handsome, a fine Viking, a good and nurturing one.

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    2. I really do hope that when the grandchildren are older, perhaps even after I am gone, they will find and read these stories I have written about them, my observations of their personalities and talents and they will be reminded of some of the things they did here.
      I agree with you about Mr. Moon. He just keeps getting more handsome.

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  8. You are the most wonderful grandparents and she is adorable. I hope Glen wanted to see his daughter.

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    1. Glen DID indeed want to see his daughter and she came out of the house to greet him and Maggie who said, "Well, now you don't have to go inside to see your daughter." Kids seem to really be intrigued by the idea that their parents have parents, making their mamas and daddies daughters and sons.

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  9. I'm having the greatest success "talking" to my little grandson with Teddy bears and Mickey so I can't wait to give him his (glove puppet) Christmas presents. We have some great conversations (kinda) and I think it might be one way to get a child to talk openly!

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    1. I used to pretend to be the beauty parlor lady when I washed my kids' hair. I would put on a fake English accent and I swear, we all accepted this different woman and we would have the most intense conversations as I washed and scrubbed and rinsed my babys' hair.

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  10. I love your posts about the Grands. Maggie sounds a delight. I only have one grand daughter ( aged13) and 3 grandsons. I don't see her very often these days. She is there when I take her brother home from school once a week, but she is usually in her room. She sat next to me a a family lunch last weekend, and it was lovely to talk to her properly for a change.

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    1. Oh gosh. I know! They grow up way too fast. My Owen is fourteen now and luckily he is always up for a hug and when the grown-ups gather to talk, he sits quietly among us. He is learning.

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  11. Best sleep over ever… so pleased Maggie likes the small things sent.. keep Linda sue mythical, the reality is disappointing… by the way, Flora Jane is going to get a brother in may. Yay, baby boy, best sort of baby other than baby girl.

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    1. Yay for Flora Jane! Baby boys can be delights, too. I bet that Ms. FJ is going to be a stellar big sister. She will have changed so much by the time you get home. I am sure that the real, in the flesh Linda Sue is as mythical and magic to her and as you are to Maggie.

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  12. You and she are very fortunate un each other. What a wonderful time you both had.

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  13. Squirtle is VERY talented in the crochet art! Miss Magnolia has a wonderful attitude and it was very kind to invite Boppy in to see his daughter. Kids!

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    1. Yes, Other Grandma is a crochet wizard! Maggie had to tell me who Squirtle was. I had no idea. I have managed to have absolutely no knowledge of Pokemon despite over ten years of being told all about them by all the grandchildren. I have a great capacity to let things go in one ear and out the other.

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    2. As a Grandma, it can be a requirement. Without that ability, I would be listening to minecraft and roblox and five nights at Freddy's until my ears bleed.

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  14. Ah, the Woodsies... they are an enchanting genre of Toy that my own Grandchild loved when she was the same age yours now is. It is a sweet time of childhood.

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    1. They really are enchanting, aren't they Ms. B? And yes- this is such a good time in childhood, especially for girls I think.

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  15. I used to love having my 2 oldest grandkids for sleepovers but now that they are teenagers with jobs, there is no time for that. It makes me sad.

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    1. Dang. Do you think you'd ever take them on a little trip away? That might get them in your company for a few days.

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  16. I think if I ate pancakes as often as you have made them I wouldn't like them much either. what about french toast? I've been thinking about that lately. been a while since I made some. I don't usually do brunch on Sundays, Marc does, but sometimes I get in there.

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    1. I haven't made French Toast in years but it is good. You've reminded me.
      We tend to have a brunch-like meal on Sundays.

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  17. Sounds like a lovely sleepover for everyone.
    There was an old book that I loved as a child, "The Shoemaker and the Elves" by Ladybird publishing. I ordered it and tried reading it to Jack, he didn't like it as all. I put it away with my cherished things. Maybe one day.

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    1. I try so hard to get my grandkids interested in the books I loved as a child. Also, the books my own kids loved as a child. Mostly, it's not very successful although Hank and May did very much love my old favorites.

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  18. I'm glad the visit went well. I think Maggie may be channeling Ratatouille when Ratty starts speaking Fran├žais! Do you think she's ever seen it? Interesting squirrel story -- here in England the red squirrel would be the hero and the gray squirrels the vicious interlopers. (Red squirrels are native to the UK while gray squirrels are an invasive North American species.)

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    1. I asked Maggie if she'd seen Ratatouille and she said that yes, she had, but she didn't like the movie very much. Still- I think you may be right.
      That's funny about red squirrels versus gray squirrels. These red squirrels are real hoodlums.

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  19. So many happy memories you’re making with your darling girl. I cracked up hard when Maggie asked Glen if he wanted to come in and see his daughter. Thanks for the Sunday sweetness and laughter.
    Xoxo
    Barbara

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    1. She is perfectly correct- her mama is her grandfather's daughter. I'm sure it's sort of a trippy thing for her to accept that.

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