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Sleepover Olympics

February 16th, 2014 by Lila Steinhoff

Not Sochi, No Snow, Just Everything Else

Grandson Malcolm and two of his friends picked tonight to have sleepover at Gran and Grand Dad’s house. Malcolm comes often, but this is the first time for the girls, Cheyenne and Savannah. First event was to check out the swing in the mango tree and the fireman’s pole left from the dismantling of the playhouse built in 1979 for Malcolm’s father, Matt.

fireman's pole



Next, we raided the closet for board games.



They settled on Othello and chess. Savannah took home the gold in Othello, but Malcolm washed out in chess. Gran managed to win this time. Malcolm was the reigning champ, because he won the very first game the two of us played… and the second one.

Supper from Scratch

Have to keep up the sleepover games participants’ energy, so supper began in the garden with the kids cutting fresh herbs to make their own pizza sauce… parsley, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, thyme and basil.


Savannah and Cheyenne prepped the herbs and smeared the sauce on the crust.



Malcolm helped with the pepperoni and cheese. I added a few black olives, and the pizza was ready to put in the oven.


Wait Time

Rather than stare at the oven, all moved on to Lincoln Logs assembly.

Lincoln logs

Next event was riding the barber chair up and down.

barber chair

A little music before supper was provided by the trio.


Dinner Is Served

The pizza looked and smelled really good coming out of the oven.¬†The review of the pizza was 12 ‘thumbs’ up. (Shoe removal was necessary.)


Not much left. Guess they won’t be having cold pizza for breakfast.


Letting Supper Settle

After pizza, there was time in the yard in the dark with glow sticks and two-way radios.

gglowsticks and two-way radios

 Dessert was served al fresco in the porch swing.

ice cream


After so much activity, the participants at the sleepover Olympics unwound with a movie… Star Trek: The Wrath of Kahn. Savannah was worn out and fell asleep in the first 30 minutes.


Malcolm and Cheyenne made it to the end and had to be persuaded that 11:07 PM was, indeed, bedtime.


So Much FUN!

I am sure those attending and participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this week have had the time of their lives, but it couldn’t have been any better than the sleepover event at our house tonight.

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