Yesterday was one of those days. The day got off to an unfortunate start with Meagan having one of her sleep seizures. Luckily it didn't last over a minute, but, typically when this happens she is very sleepy for the majority of the day. When it was over she was still asleep and stayed that way - and seemed consistent with her pattern that she was going to stay asleep for a while. Since she would probably rest most of the day I knew we were going to stay close to home. The older girls were disappointed we weren't going to go to the playground or run errands as originally planned so I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a little imagination to help distract them and let Meagan rest.
By the time all this had transpired it was almost lunch time. The girls had been playing baby dolls and "grown ups" and asked me if it was ok if they put make up on. "Sure!" I said. I told them to get dressed up and we would go to a 'restaurant' in the house for lunch. They all got dressed up, put make up on, and brought their babies to the kitchen. The girl's decided to name the restaurant "R'KAM's" after Reilly, Kaitlin, Anna and Maura. Once they decided on the name, I told them to go wait until we "opened" and made them menus with lunch and drinks detailed inside.
Once R'KAM's opened, they came back into the kitchen and were seated. They ordered their drinks and food just like in a real restaurant, waited for their lunches, and then ate together through giggles and conversation. They did everything we would do at a "real" restaurant (ask me for refills, order additional food, take their babies to the restroom..etc.) and seemed to have a great time. I love how they felt so fancy and special.
Once lunch was over and plates were cleared, they asked for the bill. I gave it to them and they paid, got their babies, and headed out to continue playing. When I went to the table to clean up the last few items, I saw the money left for the bill. I also saw on Maura's placemat she had left me a coin and her Ariel doll. When I asked her about it, she said she didn't have enough money for a tip so she left me her favorite toy as well as the money. It made me proud of her sweetness, but also giggle at the same time.
At that time I went to check on Meagan. She was still sleeping so I went back downstairs. The girls had been riding bikes (running errands, excuse me...) outside but it was really hot so they already came back in. They seemed "bored" so I asked them to put their shoes away and come back to the kitchen in 5 minutes. While they put shoes away, I made movie tickets for them. I set up their chairs in our living room and put a movie in our DVD machine. I called the girls back in and they were so excited to "go to a movie" together. They each got their tickets, which I ripped for them at the entrance, and they took their seats. They ordered popcorn and waters and enjoyed having some time inside the cool air from the heat outside.
The girls came in again and asked me if we could please do the restaurant for dinner too. I told them that would be fine! This time, Reilly said she wanted to be the server. She came in the kitchen early before dinner and designed her own menus. She also made a waiting area at the start of our kitchen doorway and as the other girls came in, she sat them like a hostess. She got high chairs for babies, and gave out menus. She fixed drinks and served the food I made. The girls had so much fun talking and calling me "Ma'am" and pretending they were "growned up" (as Maura says).... It was a lot of fun and I loved watching them just be carefree and enjoy their day.
Taking food orders