Lacking siblings, Elizabeth's lucky to be able to spend a significant amount of time with her various cousins. Maria's closest chronologically in age, but when Elizabeth, Erika and Maria hang out, it's usually Erika and Elizabeth playing and Maria doing her own thing.
When Elizabeth goes to Erika's house, she seems to shed her clothes nearly instantly. I've learned to budget an extra 20 minutes to find stray clothing and convince Elizabeth to remove her borrowed finery in favour of the boring old stuff she left home in.
In part because they would like more dress-up time, Erika and Elizabeth have been campaigning for another sleep-over. Since Auntie Yukiko is away in Japan, we thought Uncle Chris might like to have a bit of a break and offered to have the kids here for a night. Mommy took the three girls to the Museum of Nature first where we met up with Auntie Heather, Josie and Daniel briefly. We were able to borrow the double-seat car stroller, which was a great treat for the girls (not so much for me!)
On the way out of the museum, Elizabeth and Maria got into a bit of a kerfuffle. One pushed the other. The other pushed back. This led to pinching (Elizabeth) and slapping (Maria). Elizabeth apologized but Maria was having none of it. So she had to walk until she was ready to say sorry. Elizabeth was so upset by Maria being in trouble that you would have thought that Elizabeth was the one who had to walk. Eventually they made up, but by that time we'd missed our intended bus home and were in danger of missing the last one altogether. So then we had a nerve-wracking march across the street with Maria howling about her hands being cold (because she absolutely and completely refused to wear her mittens) and Elizabeth howling about Maria howling. Erika was a model child, which was just as well! We made it to the stop and huddled like ladybugs to keep warm in the absolutely frigid temperatures. We made it home, but I think such adventures are better kept for earlier in the day, when tempers are a little less frayed around the edges.
The actual sleepover was much less eventful. Elizabeth insisted on sleeping on the floor like her cousins. Erika ended up moving across the room to find "a quiet corner where NO ONE IS GOING TO TICKLE ME ANYMORE Auntie Mary" (though she may have done her share of the tickling). Daddy, too afraid to stay upstairs lest his sleep be disturbed, slept in the guest room. Actually everyone slept pretty well in the end, though you wouldn't have known it by how sleepy they all were in the morning!
Elizabeth thought maybe the girls should move into her room permanently, but luckily agreed that it would be just as nice to have Daddy back upstairs again.