OMG, you guys. GIRLS SLEEPOVER. I love it. I totally cheated and all the kids were really nice kids. One of the older girls thanked me multiple times for the meal ("Thank you for this wonderful food, Miss Linda!" and "I'm sorry you'll probably have to clean up a big mess after we leave") and helpfully informed me about the lack of jellybeans ("Miss Linda! Miss Linda! You're short on jellybeans!").
First, L and I made cupcakes.
E and I made puppy chow and then they made fruit kabobs together.
The girls set up the living room with sleeping bags, pillows, pillow pets and blankets. They read for a while, then waited at the window.
This was much nicer than when E and L were dancing around the main floor of our house chanting, "TEN MORE MINUTES! TEN MORE MINUTES!" then "NINE MORE MINUTES! NINE MORE MINUTES!" Thankfully, Karen showed up five minutes early and saved me from that.
The other two girls arrived and they all played (LOUDLY) for a while. We did some beading.
(HEART SHAPED GRILLED CHEESE OMG - also peanut butter), heart shaped finger jello, puppy chow, cupcakes, fruit kabobs, etc. It went against everything inside me to cut hearts out of sandwiches and toss the scraps. I felt a little better because A and I ate the grilled cheese crusts.
I also made fancy ice cream punch.
The girls got set up in the living room and watched Rio. Because they had all been "SO FULL" after dinner, I didn't make popcorn right away. About 20 minutes into the movie, one of the 7yos popped up and asked, "Um, Miss Linda, weren't you going to make some snacks or something?" and L was immediately, "I'M STARVING!" I replied politely to the first kid ("Soon! Be patient!") and less so to L ("I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU"). They ate jellybeans and popcorn and then I explained what a double feature is and we watched Enchanted, too.
A got the two 4yos settled upstairs and I negotiated sleeping places with the four 7yos. I made sure that everyone knew to stay inside and not turn the stove on in the morning. L has strict instructions to wake us up as soon as three kids were awake. I trust her and one other kid, but as soon as multiple children (of other people) are wandering around, there should probably be adult supervision.
Now they are all in their beds, but restless and whispering, exactly how a slumber party should be!