Heh. In the years since I had small children, I've forgotten all the reasons kids can come up with for avoiding bedtime. There's the old standby, "I need to go to the bathroom." And the follow-up corollary, "I need a drink."
But there my grandchildren have such fertile minds. They come up with a host of thing my own children never thought of.
"I'm too hot."
"I'm too cold."
"I forgot to kiss Poppy goodnight."
"I want to talk to Mommy (or Daddy)."
"My feet itch."
"I can't find my dolly."
"I want a story."
"I need to go to the bathroom--again."
Eventually, they fall asleep in between thinking up new reasons to get out of bed. And Nanna fosters that notion by dragging their butts out of bed early in the morning.
Monday night they were bouncing off the walls, impossible to corral, so they didn't fall asleep until midnight. Tuesday morning, I dragged them out of bed at 9:30 AM and kept them running until 9:30 PM. I noticed they ran out of reasons to pop out of bed pretty quickly.
Today we'll go swimming and have a bit more healthy exercise. I've also noticed that I haven't had trouble sleeping since they came to visit. I'm too darned tired to move. I believe I've discovered the cure for insomnia.