I got an email from Grampy earlier last week. He wanted to know if we were going to have Amara for a sleepover this weekend. In his words, “I’m Jonesing.” He hadn’t seen Amara since her last sleepover three weeks ago! I am much luckier in that I had been to her house a couple of times and had sold Fruit Pops on campus last Friday so I had seen a lot more of Amara than he had. Still, it is not nearly as much fun as when she sleeps over.
She spent the night with us Saturday night! Grampy and I are feeling much better now.
A few months ago, when The Girls from across the street were here they had admired the calendar we have of Amara hanging in the hallway. Amara had suggested I make them one from all the photos I have taken but we had decided a book would be better. A week later, I got a Shutterfly coupon to get a free book. I figured that was a sign I should make it and I did. So the first thing we did when she arrived was head across the street to see if The Girls were home so that we could give them their book and so that Amara could see if they could play. They weren’t home. This was our third trip trying to deliver our book (and to see The Girls) so Amara was a little dejected as we headed back home.
I wasn’t worried at all! I knew that Grandma J had my back! I knew that at our house waiting on her bed was a box! A mysterious box. What could be inside? I love that she is 9 years old now and can really read things like postal labels. She knew immediately that it was from Michigan but it wasn’t from anyone she knew. What is in the box and who is it from?
I told her before she opened the box I needed to show her something on my computer. She was even more intrigued. I took her into the office and opened the browser to a wonderful post at by Grandma J over at What Happens at Grandma’s House. The page opens to her Granddaughter Bree’s beautiful smile. Bree is wearing a wonderful Halloween necklace that you just have to see! As I scrolled the page down to show Amara the collection of necklaces, I explained that Grandma J had given Bree a little box filled with all the things needed to make those necklaces. “Cool.” I told her that Grandma J had also sent a box to my friend Grandma Debra for her Granddaughter Kate to put together. “And she sent one for you!” Her face lit up and she could not get that box open fast enough!
As she pulled out the little orange box with her name on it, I ran to grab the camera. I never thought there would be anything else in that box! But, there nestled in purple tissue paper were three catnip snakes! Of course, Amara and Grampy aren’t as well read as I am so they didn’t know about Grandma J’s amazing skill at making cat toys! She had sent three of them, one for each cat. All thoughts of crafting stopped as we went to give Twursula her snake. Twursula loves catnip so much more than the other cats. She is addicted to her catnip ball, which she plays with aggressively every morning while we watch the news. That catnip ball may have been replaced!
Once we had our fill of watching Twursula, we went back to the table so that Amara could start making all of her necklaces! Grandma J had included everything! All we needed was a glue stick and she was having a blast. She showed it all to Grampy and to her parents the next day.
All of this was followed up by barbequed hamburgers, French fries and a movie. The plan for Sunday morning was to get up and make pancakes and bacon! Amara woke up starving so I started the bacon and she started the pancakes — this week we had purple and blue with purple and pink colored sugars! Amara was really hoping that the girls might be home and up by the time we were done with breakfast. It was still a little early so we watched the lizards playing on the fence out back for a bit. We watered my plants out front in hopes they would come outside. We rode our bikes and she rang her bell in hopes that they would come outside. Grampy pumped up our bike tires and we rode some more in hopes they would come outside. Finally, we got the Shutterfly book and went over and knocked. Twice. Just as we were walking away, the youngest girl came to the door! The older girls weren’t home but Amara gave them their book and she even got to stay and play with them for a little while.
She went home a happy little girl! Grampy and I are feeling much better now, too!