Okay, this is definitely NOT quilt related but I'm extremely disturbed and need some advice.
You may or may not know that we been lucky enough to have had our 3 grandkids stay at our house for the past 5+ yrs, at least every other weekend, sometimes more often (I started out watching them on Fridays); we have bedrooms for them (they are 7, 5 and 3) as well as all the toys etc -- they effectively live here on weekends. We've joked that they go to boarding school during the week and come home on weekends. We have absolutely loved every single minute of the time they are with us!!! We feel very lucky, having always believed it could change any time (the oldest has started playing soccer, for instance, and doesn't come every weekend now).
What has been happening recently is that Emma, the 5 yr old, has been extremely more and more vocal about NOT wanting to leave our house. Just a little bit of background---the 3-1/2 yr old boy is a big whiner (I say that with lots of love...but it's true). He whines about everything.
So Emma, who is no shy violet and not easily manipulated, has always extended her stay with us by days; when they were with us in Oregon, she stayed an extra week. We took her to Hawaii in the spring, which we all loved. She stays until Tuesday on weekends, frequently, before she started back to pre-school. You get the picture. She always asks for more time with us;
Well, the past two or three times she's visited, she's actually said to us that she wants to stay with us FOREVER. That she doesn't want to go back to her house; she cries when we leave our house to bring her back (actually says, "take me back HOME.. [to our house]"). Apparently she cries when she's at her house, wanting to go back to our house. They won't FaceTime me any more because Emma cries and misses me;
So today we took Emma back after the weekend with us and of course she cried in the car and lamented going back. But when she got home, she was crying about leaving our house and my daughter texted me that she thinks we need to eliminate the sleep-overs. I'm on the verge of being devastated. I'm not sure what she's thinking... if we visit instead, I'd imagine Emma would beg to come back home with us etc etc.
I don't know what to do. I said I was very sorry and that we love having the kids.
Has anyone had similar experiences???
Hope this isn't too heavy for a Sunday afternoon.
anyway, we are heading up to the cabin tomorrow for a week or so away and time with some friends wine tasting up in Walla Walla.