My kids got to sleep at my in-laws' house tonight (called Mimi and Papa by the kids). This is usually a weekly occurrence, and involves packing pj's, clean clothes, and bedding ... and battling over how many animals/dolls/special items can come, too.
Both Naomi and Josiah almost always feel the need to take armloads of their favorite things with them wherever they go: to church, the park, someone's house, shopping, anywhere!! Even though we've lost things (some temporarily and others permanently), and I always warn the kids that this could easily happen again, they still want to bring their precious things with them (this could be a stuffed animal, a doll, a cap, a book, a bag of colored glass pebbles, pink plastic high-heeled shoes, a gift bag full of dress-up items, a swimsuit, you name it!)
This afternoon I told my children that they could only bring TWO animals/dolls to Mimi and Papa's house. I expected an argument or even a tantrum, especially from my daughter. But instead she looked at me and said, "Mom, will you take care of my animals for me tonight?" I told her I'd be happy to, and to put them in my bed so I could keep them company while she was gone. This completely satisfied her.
So I'm thinking of Naomi as I crawl into bed with Minnie Mouse, pink lamb, pink poodle (on a lead), and whoever else I find under my covers!