Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sleepovers and Secrets

Hi, everyone! It's Katia, and last night I had a sleepover with my friends Remy and Liza. Wanna know what happened? Read on!

I was daydreaming about skating when my friends arrived for our slumber party. "Katia!" they called.

"Hey, what's up! I'll be down in a sec!"

So, I climbed down the ladder to see my friends.

"Hi, Remy! Hi, Liza! I'm so glad you could come over!" I said.

"Me too!" they answered, but Liza seemed a little less excited than I expected.

"Hmm," I thought, "Maybe she's just nervous about spending the night away from her new home for the first time."

We all changed into our pajamas and climbed into my bed.

We started the night off with some popcorn! I asked Remy and Liza to tell me what's been going on at their school, since we go to different private schools. They go to a school for performing arts, but my school is just a regular private school.

Remy started giggling like crazy, "You'll never beee-LIEVE it! Guess who asked for my phone number?!"

"Who?!" I asked.

"Peyton! He's the cutest boy in my class!" Remy squealed

"No way! Did you give it to him?" I asked.

"Of course!" Remy blushed a little.

The whole time, though, Liza was pretty quiet. I wondered what secret my friend had.

After we finished the popcorn, we moved on to play Barrel of Monkeys. Remy was being spacey, probably thinking about Peyton, so she wasn't playing very well. Usually, we play best out of 5 to see who wins. It's almost always Liza. She's so good at Barrel of Monkeys, but tonight she just didn't seem into it. Remy had another giggle fit, though, and knocked the posters off my wall, so we decided to quit playing for the night.

That's when we decided it was time for a chat with Liza.

"What's up with you, Lizonka? Are you homesick?" I asked her in Russian, using my pet name for her.

"Net, no," she answered, "I'm not homesick."

"What's wrong?" Remy asked gently.

"I guess I am homesick, but not for my American family," Liza said quietly. "I miss my friends and my cousin, Dasha, in Ukraine. I wonder every day if Dasha is okay at the orphanage, but I don't know how to find out."

"Hmm," Remy began, "Have you told your new family about your cousin? Maybe they can help you write to her."

"Yeah!" I agreed. "I'm sure they would help! Will you ask them?"

"I... I don't know..." Liza was about to cry, so Remy and I reached out to her.

"We'll go with you, if you want," I said, "Your new family is really nice, and they love you a lot. I'm sure they will want to help."

Remy nodded in agreement as Liza sighed.

"Yeah, okay. Will you really come with me?" she asked.

"Of course we will!" Remy and I said at the same time.

We hugged Liza close and just sat together for a few minutes. Then, my mom said it was time to go to sleep.

So, we all laid down to go to sleep...

Well, at least until my mom decided we were asleep and went to bed too!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our sleepover! What's your favorite thing to do at a sleepover? My friends and I love to play games and tell secrets!


  1. Salut, Katia!
    It sounds like you girls had a fun sleepover. I hope you are able to get Liza and her cousin back in touch. It's definitely hard to be so far away from the people you miss. I would love for one of my friends to join me in the States someday.
    My sleepovers back in France were calm. My friends and I would listen to music, take pictures, and share the latest gossip and share secrets. My sleepovers in America are, um, wild. They play loud music, and their favorite activity is prank calling late at night. It's very, very tiresome...

  2. Oh fun .. we love to have rootbeer floats and play games .. telling secrets and talking late at night is always fun. You guys had fun and it is so great that you are going to go and help her out with support .. it would be great if she could write to her cousin, too bad they will not adopt her too.


  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! My favourite thing about sleepovers is staying up late to chat, but I also like playing board games and eating junk food.

    I think you were right to suggest that Liza talk to her parents about her cousin. I'm sure they'll understand and want to help. It would be nice if they could write, or even talk on the phone or visit.

    Or maybe they could even adopt her cousin, too! Do you think they might?


  4. Hi, Sabine! My mom won't let us play loud music because my little sister goes to sleep at 8. She's only 6. We can play music as loud as we want at Remy's house though!

    Hi, Taryn! I've never tried a root beer float. I've never even tried root beer! I'll have to see if we can do that at my next party.

    Hi, Summer! We haven't talked to her parents yet. She's still trying to decide what she wants to say to them.

  5. Hi Katia,

    I can understand needing to take time to figure out how to ask things like that. I spent awhile waffling about whether to tell my big sister (who has custody of me) that I was interested in finding out about my biological family. I finally told her and she was cool about it - she didn't really even seem surprised - but it was hard to get up the nerve and to know what to say.

    Good luck to Liza! I hope she can find the right words to say what she's feeling. :-)


    P.S. You've gotta try rootbeer! You don't have to wait for a party. I think you should just tell your mom you've never had it and ask her if you can try some next time you go to the grocery store. Floats would be a fun thing for your next party, though; those are more of a special occasion thing.

  6. Hi Katia! I hope Liza has been able to contact her cousin! Your sleepover sounded really fun. My friends and I like to tell secrets, scary stories, and stay up late!

    Love, Reese <3

  7. Hi! I love your blog! :)
    ~ Jess