Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Pajama Jammy Jam

Big announcement: we decided to go ahead and have a third kid, but we told the stork to make it a four-year-old blonde girl this time. And last Friday night that stork, he delivered. Doesn't she look right at home, squeezed into our tiny house with her new siblings?

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We're naming her "Josephine Hieronymus" in honor of each of our favorite baby names that were cruelly, summarily dismissed by the other parent. (We'll call her "Jo-Ho" for short.)

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This is actually Ellie's best friend, Chloe, and Chloe was at our home late Friday night for the girls' first-ever slumber party. We had pizza and popcorn and rented a few premium, direct-to-DVD, Disney sequel craptaculars, just for the occasion.

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The girls camped out on the couch in sleeping bags and a pile of quilts and, after lights out, they squirmed and giggled and occasionally hoarsely whispered Chihuahua! to make the other laugh maniacally because Chihuahua! = pure preschooler hilarity.

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Even with all the excitement, they were both snoring by ten o'clock, and slept clean through to the next morning when they awoke to ask A) "Can Byron make us pancakes?" and B) "This is still a party, right?"

(Do you remember your first slumber party? Best/worst slumber party memory? I'm hoping someone can pull out a good hand-in-a-bowl-of-warm-water story.)

23 comments:

Kristen M. said...

We were terrible ... when we had big group slumber parties, the first one who fell asleep (sorry Deborah!) always got toothpaste put on her finger and then we tickled her nose.

It was funny when we were 9.

jenontheedge said...

So. Damn. Cute. Not enough to make me want another one, because I don't ever want to parent a four year old again. (Hardest effing year of each child's life.)

Also? Looking at the photos of that room, I'm seeing all sorts of things that I already have or covet mightily. You are welcome to mail me those squooshy throw pillows and that fab sunburst mirror.

a Tonggu Momma said...

How about a bra in the freezer moment? And - despite what everyone else may tell you - I was totally not responsible for that.

Jennifer said...

I remember dancing to REO Speedwagon and Loverboy around Lori's living room and singing at the top of our lungs.
God bless her mother.

Lori said...

I don't remember any awesome pranks, but my best friend and I would make up elaborate "plays" and force her parents to watch them. In the day time we would put on her dress-up clothes and take turns pushing each other into her (above-ground but way more than I had at my house) pool, a la Alexis & Krystal from Dynasty (aaaaaaand, I'm old).

J. said...

That is soooo sweet. What a lovely slumber party story! I can't believe they SLEPT. What did you spike their juice with, girl?

All of my slumber party stories are nightmares. I don't recall having my hand put in warm water or someone shaving my head or making me up in my sleep, probably because I was too terrified to sleep. Yes, I was a slumber party loser -- though my 10-year-old is the queen of the slumber party, God bless her. We even had a slumber party here for New Year's Eve last year and will be hosting one again this year. (Pray for me, please.)

That's all I got.

Oh yeah, Chihuahua!

connie said...

I remember "stiff as a board, light as a feather"...

Hillary said...

Four small children hopped up on frosted flakes and one very patient and loving auntie all sleeping on a fold-out couch together.

justjuli said...

Growing up I remember simply the joy of getting to use my fabulous Strawberry Shortcake sleeping bag. It was the whip!

When I was a little older (5th or 6th grade?) Someone tried to pull the whole hand-in-the-warm-water trick on me. But I was still awake. Whatever!

My favorite one of all time would be my niece's first sleepover. She came to my house and the two of us had a blast! We played games, ate popcorn and twizzlers, and watched Shrek 2 and Elf. We camped out in the living room in sleeping bags too. She was so excited to be on her first "sleepover"! :)

dharmamama said...

This isn't about slumber parties - but my sister is giving me grown-up footie pajamas for my birthday! I'm so excited! Is that wrong?

Lisa Milton said...

I'm so impressed with both of you; the bravery to host a preschool slumber party and the fact there were no tears and wanting to call Mommy.

Success tastes good.

And Jo-Ho is mighty cute. Did you give her back?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

My youngest daughter is the sleep over queen--she went on her first one at 21 months old--all the older kids were doing it.

They're adorable.

Momma2731 said...

I remember my girlfriend and I lying on our backs in the front yard whispering, "Petunia!!" and laughing till we cried. Best memory, EVER.

Saucy said...

I used to sleep over at my fellow blogger, MJ's house. Her parents had a creeepy painting on the wall - the guy's eyes followed us around the room! We couldn't sleep unless we draped the frame with a towel.

Heather D said...

My friends and I froze my little brothers tighty whiteys - and got in trouble. My mom threw them in the dryer and they made the best clunk clunk CLUNK clunk noise. My girlfriends and I still talk about that one and giggle, 22 years later.
When I was in junior high, two of my girlfriends and I slept out on the patio and a big air mattress in the summer. At some point the covers were lifted and - serious DUTCH OVEN. If you don't know what a dutch oven is you must be married to a very polite man. To this day, none of us will own up to the gas. My guess it was a cornucopia of all three of us. We will never know.

i am very mary said...

Once upon a time, Karen had a HUGE slumber party. Heather and Mary Ann were invited to the party. Heather and Mary Ann were best friends. Heather and Mary Ann would. not. go. to. sleep. In lieu of chihuahuas, we giggled incessantly about walking sugar cubes. At some point, say 2 or 3 a.m. when the rest of the partiers were slumbering, Heather and Mary Ann were laughing riotously. And then Karen's mother came in the room to inform us that we needed to pack up our stuff because our mothers were on their way to retrieve us since we had such horrid sleepover manners. We didn't even get a warning. I don't know what happened to Karen's mother, but if you're reading this Mrs. Kratz, that was mean.

carrie said...

Wishing them many, many more fun slumber parties to come! But no - I can't remember anything slumber party related prior to last weekend when I had 9 of those things (children) sleeping in my living room! *wink*

MAM said...

Truth or Dare is a completely different game played by fourth graders vs. high schoolers. Although someone always cried, no matter what age we were.

--Mary

The Girl Next Door said...

CHIHUAHUA Totally adorable and I love borrowing other kids! CHIHUAHUA My best friend and I lived at each other's house on alternate weekends, so was that a slumber party? I do remember my first big birthday slumber party. About 20 kids at my friend's house and we wandered around the house all night with our sleeping bags deciding which room to sleep in. No room was big enough for all of us (lesson learned) so we fought over who would get to sleep with whom, most especially the birthday girl. At some point in the night I fell asleep with gum in my mouth which caused me to gag and throw up on my friend who had the unfortunate bad luck of sleeping too close to me (not the birthday girl thank goodness). Another lesson learned....

Amy Bradstreet said...

This probably says loads about me, but I pretty much hated slumber parties. The one jello fight was kind of fun, and singing to Laura Brannigan was fun for the first three hours, but then the sleeping on the hard floor kind of bit and the token bitch was always, well, bitchy and then there was the vicious girl that always ended up being um, vicious. Well, that was that one slumber party anyway.

That said, my daughter hosted her first ever all-girl slumber party for her 11th birthday this spring. They had a blast, stayed up way too late, giggled all night, no fighting, no nastiness. Maybe the girls we just mean in the '80s.

lapoflux said...

We had out first 4 year-old slumber party a few weeks ago - I am sure they are starting younger and younger. With the exception of a 4 am "Tracy I have to pee!" moment it was a huge success too. So much that my "third child" as I call her wanted to do it every Friday night.

Um... no.

Nora Bee said...

We did the bra-freezing and all. Once I had the worst sore throat ever--turned out to be strep--but I refused to miss the slumber party. It was the worst night of my life. Where was my MOM?

Miss Shortcake said...

oh, slumber parties. I had one for my bachelorette. One of my bridesmaids had the flu, and ended up spewing into the kitchen sink because she couldn't make it to the bathroom. Oops, not such a great memory. Let's see, I remember slumber parties of yore involving

a) way too much candy and pop
b) gossip
c)the "slumber party" board game
d) "makeovers"
Fun, fun!