Sleep overs again!
Towards the end of my job on the morning shift, I disallowed Olivia from having friends sleep at our house. They stay up so "late" and there's always the need for several reminders to go to sleep and stop playing/ talking/ laughing/ watching TV.
The latest the girls have ever stayed up is around 11 p.m. Then they wake up so dang early, and make more noise. They're excited to be together so they get up at 5 or 6 a.m. What the heck?
Anything past 8 p.m. was too late for me because I needed my sleep and to maintain my rigid schedule. Now that I'm off mornings, I lifted the ban.
Olivia was very excited, and truthfully, I was too. I enjoy domesticity and being part of normal family life.
Evie was the first girl to sleep over in a long time. Olivia was thrilled. They are such good girls.
After dinner, Olivia asked me to come to her room and hang out with them. Yay! I'm invited to be part of the Girls' Club! This is so cool.
They were quietly drawing and coloring on her bed. I curled my body around my daughter and watched the kids while we chatted intermittently. We weren't doing much of anything, but we were still doing so much!
My heart was swirling with contentment to be awake and simply near my daughter and her friend. It was so amazing.
Chronic fatigue acted like a blanket, and it dampened my entire being, most of my waking hours. I appreciated kid-time before, but it's so much more vibrant when I'm feeling alive and energetic.
She's nine, and I'm totally here for the experience. Gratitude.