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a sleep over

September 15, 2010

Back in July the girls and I packed a tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and a backpack full of late night snacks to attend a sleep over on a baseball field. Fifth Third Field, Home of the Toledo Mud Hens to be more exact. Every summer the outfield is offered up after a Mud Hens home game to boy and girl scouts to set up camp and spend the night. Mr. Riddle and William attended many of these when he was in cub scouts. We girls were ready for our turn.

We made it to the game…
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and walked in a mini parade on the field…
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We took our seats and sat back to enjoy the game. But in a half hour the sky went from this…
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to this…
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Thankfully we had enough time to eat our hot dogs before the rain came.
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And we went for cover. Except Kayleigh. She thought she would wait it out.
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But then changed her mind when the monsoon hit…
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During that time Solanna entertained us with some fancy footwork and a reenactment of “Singing in the Rain” minus the umbrella, and Gene Kelly’s fedora. She almost has the moves down though…
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We huddled together in an attempt to stay warm.
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Which gave an excuse for photo opps.
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It wasn’t too long after this that sirens went off for tornado warnings and a slight air of panic hit everyone in the stadium. A few children were crying and some adults had looks of worry on their faces. We tried to stay calm and found a place to hang out and wait to see what would happen next.
Fortunately, nothing. Security came through and said the game was canceled, we were to go on our merry way.
Originally, the plan was for Eddie and William to attend the game with us and head home to get some father son bonding time in. I think they had hoped to watch some highly violent, testosterone filled, suspense movie. It was not to be. Instead we left a little disappointed that the rain ruined the evening but very much relieved that we were going home together safely and without incident.

Fast forward forty-eight days and we returned to Fifth Third field for a make-up sleep over.
(I’m on the left… the one with her shoes tied)
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With the end of the Mud Hen’s season there would be no game but two movies were played on the big screen for entertainment and we had fun hangin’ out with Muddy…
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and Mudonna…
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After the first movie we were permitted on the field to pitch our tents…
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and get comfortable.
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Seriously, if it weren’t for the drop in temp over night, we would have gladly slept on the outfield grass. It was so dense and cushiony. Just like a carpet.
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The girls and I watched the movie, snacked, talked, had a tickle fight (no one won) and got some good, old, quality girl time in. An announcement of the lights out got us in our sleeping bags and then it was a race to see who fell asleep first. Kayleigh won. Solanna and I fell asleep listening to people talking and police sirens around us.
At 7 am, on the dot, “Hang on Sloopy” was the wake up call.
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We broke camp…
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packed up our gear…
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had a morning chase…
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and gave the whole experience two big thumbs up.
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We picked a place to eat breakfast and I tried my best to think of anything to get “HAAANG ON SLOOPY!” out of my head. For the record, it wasn’t until later in the day that I could sing anything else.
I wonder what the wake up song will be next year :)

Until next time,
~Victoria

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