Friday night Elliott stayed the night with us for the first time. We told her about it Wednesday I think and she looked forward to it and kept asking my mom if it was today yet. :) When I called Anna to see if Elle was ready for us to come get her, Anna said that Elliott kept asking where we were. Once we got her, she had her bags all packed and she was so excited! It was sad to say goodbye to Beckett because she didn't understand why she couldn't come too. Our first stop was Cici's so we could eat pizza and play the crane game. Let me just tell you, I don't recommend going to Cici's on a Friday night. It was packed! Which meant our crane game was crowded and everyone was winning all of our goodies! She had her little purse with her and had it packed with quarters and we played the game until we won a little pumpkin head man. She didn't understand why we had to leave and why we couldn't stay and win a goody for Mommy, Daddy and Beck too. (Last time we won 9 so winning 1 was quite a shock to her.) Once Unc reminded her that we needed to leave so we could get back home and build our tent she totally forgot about winning anything. She was so excited! First we had to stop by Home Depot because Elliott packed her hammer and wanted to build something while she was with us and Finley's room needed new fan blades so we decided that Unc and Elle could do that together. She LOVED Home Depot! They already have their Christmas stuff out so that was a huge plus and their baskets are pretty fun to ride in for a kid. After we got home was when the REAL fun began though. She and Unc put up the tent and changed the fan blades and then we made our smores and ate them in the tent. We laughed and laughed because we all spilled chocolate everywhere and Ellie's hair got stuck on her face because of her marshmallow mess and when I told her she was funny she said, "You can say that again!" It was such a great time! After that we played Hi Ho Cherry-Os and she won. We even let Spanky play with us. He got 2nd place in the first hand but he kept knocking all of his cherries off of his tree. Elliott thought the funniest thing was when Lyle wanted in the tent and would "scratch" at the side over and over again. After two smores each and several games, it was time for bed. And I mean real bed. Not in the tent. She got extremely hyper right before bed and wanted to dance and then she finally hit the pillow and was out like a light. In the middle of the night she woke up and said, "Chelsea? Don't leave me." which I thought was so sweet and then at 6am she rolled over and said, "Goodnight Chelsea." and kissed my shoulder. It melted my heart! She is just the sweetest natured little thing ever! When we woke up around 8:30 we went to the donut store and came back home and ate in our tent. I said, "Just let me know when you want to go home." And she said, "We have so much to do today! We have to eat donuts, make animals on the wall (puppets), and play the cherry game!" So she definitely wasn't ready to leave yet. Unc got out all of the old fan blades from Finley's fan and took her out to the porch so they could "build". They screwed all of the blades together to make a large piece of nothing, but to her it was something. After a few hours she was ready to go home which made me a little sad. But I kept hanging on her words from the night before. "This is the best campout ever!!!!" When I told her that her parents were on their way to get her she told me that I needed to take her home. I tried to tell her they'd be here in a minute and she said, "But Beckett's waiting on me." Which I thought was really sweet. Even though my feelings were hurt that she was ready to leave, she made me feel much better when she asked me Saturday night if she could spend the night again. It's no secret that I think my nieces hung the moon, and Elliott just totally confirmed it to me this past weekend. It was definitely a sleepover I'll never forget and it was indeed, the best campout ever.