Sleepovers, Ice Cream, and New Friends
Last week, Amelia’s mommy was out of town, and her dad had to work overnight, so I jumped at the chance to have a sleepover. What a blast!
We started out with this super cool fort.
I found an old sheet and we hung it over a bunch of chairs in the family room. Amelia found some stickers in my craft room, and we decided they’d be perfect for her to use to decorate the fort. And use them she did. (There are more on the other side.)
Thursday night, we had popcorn, pizza, and her choice of movie (Frozen). It was so fun. We capped the evening off with ice cream before heading to bed.
Wes had this weekend off, so we all went out for ice cream Sunday afternoon. There’s a custard stand near our house, and they have amazing ice cream, plus picnic tables on the grounds so you can sit and enjoy your frozen custard. The first time I went there, I got a small cup and almost couldn’t finish it. Now I order a kids’ size. They really are that big.
Amelia finished her ice cream and decided to meet the other people at the ice cream stand. She wandered to different tables saying hi. And then she noticed a family at the table behind us with three girls and a boy. The oldest girl was probably around 14 – and obviously used to little kids, because she was an angel, and so sweet to my 3 year-old granddaughter. Amelia decided she must join them. (She did receive permission from the girl to sit “side” her.) She told them all about us and what kind of ice cream we had eaten. Then she pointed out all the things she had already discovered, and basically kept up a running monologue, occasionally asking a question or two so she could find out a little about her new friends. The kids were amused, I think. The parents were turned with their backs facing the table, so it took a minute before they realized that the unfamiliar voice they kept hearing was from a person sitting at their table. They both turned around at the same time and looked a little taken aback that they had a fifth child.
I was a bit surprised at how outgoing Amelia is. Of course, her mom is very bubbly and outgoing as well, so that’s obviously where she gets it. She had absolutely no problem mixing in with another family. And I was also very happy that she didn’t fuss when it was time to go. She thanked them, told them she “yiked” (liked) them, and went cheerfully to the car. She did, however, stop at the car and call out, “Friends! Hey, friends! Don’t go anywhere. Stay there!” I’m thinking she’s going to be very disappointed in them when she goes back in a couple of weeks and they aren’t there.
It was refreshing to watch her talk and interact with others. Too often, we get so wrapped up in ourselves (and our electronics) that we miss out on human contact. I think people would be happier if they actually spent time with real people instead of just cyber friends (although I do love my cyber friends!).
In honor of our ice cream trip, here’s a card I made with our local Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Group challenge colors for August.
The colors are Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Daffodil Delight. I used the Cool Treats stamp set (just for You’re in Pool Party), the coordinating Frozen Treats Framelits for the ice cream cones, and the Cupcake Cutouts Framelits for sweet (which apparently gave me some trouble coming out of the die. It’s not quite as disheveled in person!). A little of the Washi Tape Basics Pack 2 and 3 and that’s it. This is a very clean, simple card for me. No sponging, no smudges, and lots of white space!
These colors were super fun to play with. They’re perfect for an ice cream card.
Tune in tomorrow for my Crafting with Mom experience this afternoon! Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a wonderful day!