Riley is such a little homebody. She is driven by routines and loves things just so. To her the thought of sleeping somewhere other then her comfy bed with her stuffed animals lined up behind her was out of the question. Or so we thought...
Our plan had always been that she would go to the camp that evening, have all the typical camping fun, singing, crafts, roasting marshmallows, and then I would pick her up right before lights-out. Friday morning she surprised us all with "I think I want to give sleeping there a try". I hid my shock and replied with a very calm..."ok". Even though I was going to miss her like crazy and the mom in me didn't want her to be out from under my roof at night, I knew she was growing up and this had to be her decision.
She quickly got ready for school and ran upstairs with her printed list to pack and get everything ready. (Honestly, I think part of the thrill was packing...that girl loves to pack!) In no time, her suitcase was ready and her sleeping bag and pillow were rolled up tight. I was so surprised with her confidence when she packed her blanket and stuffed animals. She didn't worry a bit about others reactions, instead she replied with a "they are all nice mom, they won't make fun of me".
Janey came along for the big drop-off and to help get her bunk ready.
Then we had to give hugs and kisses and say goodnight!:(
I have to admit, this was really hard for me. This was the first time she has ever slept away from home.
Well I am happy to report that the phone did not ring at 1 in the morning like I thought it might. When I picked her up she was all smiles and she had a wonderful time. I was so proud of my little Riley that day. This was a really big deal. She had a fear and she met it head-on and sailed through it with flying colors. My baby is growing up and I love the young lady she is becoming.
Meanwhile...back at home...Janey loved her little night "alone" with us. After Aubrey was in bed we had a grand time. In true Janey fashion, she made a schedule of the nights activities and had everything planned.
We made popcorn and ginger ale.
Watched her Daisy Troop picture DVD
Played Monopoly Jr
Had a surprise game
and then went to bed.
We had a blast with you my spunky little monkey