Maggie had no interest in going and yesterday afternoon, Erik decided Will would be able to go with him and not be too bored and cranky, so that left me alone w/ Maggie for the night. So, I deviously hatched a plan to invite cousin Taylor to spend the night with us so Maggie would be occupied with a playmate and I could "cut" the playhouse walls and possibly prime them.
It was a perfect plan. And it worked! Maggie and Taylor had the best time playing with each other. I don't think Maggie has ever had such a long period of girl play in her life. First on the agenda was a marathon dress-up session. They had a blast trying on the different princess outfits and sporting these fancy hats.
And the conversations! Soooo funny! They played princess dress up and applied about 14 pounds of lip gloss. Then they headed outside to the sandbox and play kitchen where they played "cake maker." (wonder where they got that idea) At one point, Maggie said to me, "Momma, pretend Taywor is the big sister and I am the young sister."
I had so much fun watching these girls play. It was such a privilege to watch.
When they finally finished playing, we picked up a pizza and watched Tinkerbell. Those girls ate EIGHT slices of pizza! I guess I must have starved them all day! It was so sweet to watch them wolf down that pizza like ravenous beasts, lips smacking and sauce all over their faces, then 15 minutes later, they were snuggled up under a blanket together, eyes wide in awe of the magic of Tinkerbell - wondering if maybe, just maybe, the movie might have some elements of truth to it after all.
As the credits of the movie rolled, the girls told me they were ready for bed. I took them upstairs, tucked them in and threatened them, "No whispering and staying up late telling secrets! Or I'll have to come up here and you'll be in trouble." I don't think I even made it to the bottom step before I heard soft snoring coming out of that room.
Being a Mom - it's the best ever!