It was school holidays this month and first your Dad got the flu, then you and your Mom got it. Mom made a bed for you in the lounge with the two couches. You had such a blocked nose you could hardly hold your head up and spent most of the day just lying down. Your Mom was also really sick and sounded like a tractor when she coughed. When Gumpy and I came to fetch your Dad for Rugby one Saturday (Dad was better by then) I went to the Broadway pharmacy to get you both some medicine.
Your holidays weren't a complete waste. You were able to try one of these before you got the flu!
You did have one sleep over at our place. We slept in the end room because it is quieter there.
But, for some reason it didn't go well. We had a lovely dinner, played afterwards, you had a shower and then we went to bed. I let you play on the tablet for a while before switching off the lights at about 8h30pm. But, you couldn't settle and you wanted to speak to your Mom. When I phoned her all we could hear was crashing and banging and shouting and you thought something was happening to them. Turned out that they were in a movie and we could hear all the noise. Tammy phoned back and you said goodnight but you still couldn't settle. You wanted to sit up. I suggested that you might fall asleep if you lay down. "I'm not falling for that one!" you said. I had to stop myself from laughing out aloud!
Then you told me that it isn't fair because at home you have to sleep all by yourself. Your Dad has your Mom. Gumpy has me, but you have to sleep all by yourself ... whaaah... more crying!
Eventually you went to sleep. When you woke up in the morning we discussed having a plan for sleep overs. This is what we decided. We wrote out a list of things to read before you come for a sleepover.
I am sleeping with my Granny and Gumpy for one night. I will be back home the next day.
I will phone my Mom and my Dad before I go to sleep to say goodnight.
I will keep a photograph of my Mom and Dad next to my bed so that I can see them before I go to sleep.
I will not play exciting games on the ipad before I go to sleep.
We printed it and now have a copy in 'Emily's drawer' in the entrance hall.