Ella has her friend M spending the night tonight. The girls have been buddies since they were about 18 months old, and spending the night is their new favorite thing. M arrived with her American Girl Doll Kirsten in tow, along with Kirsten's luggage. Kirsten and Ella's doll, Hermione, have been sitting next to each other on the sofa all evening, having a good chat, I suppose. Right now the dolls are being changed into their nightgowns and sleeping bonnets. Later they'll be tucked into Hermione's crib for their own little slumber party.
The main activity of the evening has been watching The Parent Trap, the original version with Hayley Mills AND Hayley Mills, and the girls have been mesmerized by it. I love that they think this is a cool movie, despite its lack of animation, special effects (unless you count HM sharing scenes with herself), and princesses. They've been cackling at the pranks pulled, and getting some bad ideas, I'm afraid, and guessing what's going to happen next. It's so nice to see that they are still 6 going on 7 instead of 6 going on 13 - at least for tonight.
Lily has been hanging out with the big girls. She considers this just as much her sleepover as Ella's. She isn't quite old enough to understand that she's the pesky little sister in this situation. Fortunately, Ella and M are pretty tolerant of her presence, and her gymnastics on the blow-up mattress in the living room. Lily couldn't still tonight if her life depended on it. B and I have tried to lure her out of the room with promises of one-on-one time with us, but she'd far rather watch a movie she doesn't quiet understand with the big girls.
We've been so fortunate with the girls' friends so far. They are all really neat kids with great parents. I know at some point it will change, and they'll bring home friends we aren't fond of, so we're enjoying the good times while they last.