Just before Christmas, my niece asked if she could have a sleepover at our house while she was visiting her Meemee and Pops. Of course, I said yes because we hadn't seen Natalie in a year, and Sophie was quite excited to have her little cousin over.
On the night's agenda was coloring, watching a movie, eating junk food, and sledding, which Natalie was especially excited to try out. She doesn't see a whole lot of snow in her home state of Texas, after all.
Natalie adores her Uncle Mike.
After covering themselves in Lisa Frank stickers and then playing Candy Land with Mike (he's grooming Natalie to be a board gamer like himself), everyone got bundled up to head outside in the freezing, dark night and drive to the hill at a nearby school. I normally don't go for playing out-of-doors these days, but I did agree to go along and take a few photos.
Her squeals were so cute!
I have no clue how these two managed to get down the hill this way, but they did...
This was just a second before Sophie took a hard spill on the little snowboard we brought along...
But she survived okay.
When I was a kid, sledding was my very favorite thing to do when there was snow on the ground... I'd walk to the big hill where all the neighbor kids would gather, and we'd use flattened cardboard boxes to slide down on. They were very slippery, and it was exhilarating to go as fast as we could. When I recalled this fond childhood memory, I decided to hop on board one of the sleds and give it a whirl for old times' sake. This is how I pictured myself looking as I glided down that beautiful, snow-blanketed hill...
But when I was looking through my camera, I realized with a sudden jolt that those carefree, cute days of my youth were gone... oh, so very gone.
Live your childhood, young Natalie. For soon it shall pass, and ogredom will greet you.
After sledding and hot chocolate, it was time for bed for the cousins. I allowed them to bring popcorn and reindeer eyes to the room with them, and they watched a DVD.
It was such a fun sleepover! And despite all the junk food, the girls slept soundly until late the following morning. :)
I'll be back tomorrow with a picture of my new release. Enjoy your day!