Sleeping Beauties {part 2}

Over two years ago, I wrote about my love of sneaking into the girls' room for that one last kiss before I went to bed.  Looking back at those pictures, the girls were so little.  They seem so big now, which is laughable because in reality they are only 5 and 2.

As a self-admidted sleepy-kiddo watcher, I have found a new thing to love while my kids are counting sheep.

The girls have always shared a room, so we've had over two-and-a-half years of nightly "Go to bed!"  "Quiet down in there!"  "Stop talking and go to sleep!"  We should really just make a recording a la Ferris Bueller and save our voices.  But every night, it eventually falls quiet.

They stop playing,
Stop reading,
Relax and drift off to sleep.

When I was little and shared a room with my sister, we would screw around, but it was always in our own beds.  It wasn't until Molly moved across the hall to her own room that I would sneak out and sleep in her bed.

I was so clever.  My mother would kiss her goodnight, kiss me goodnight and by the time she was down the hall, locking the front door, I was slipping into my big sister's bed.  I was certain my mother had no idea.  Surely, if we were going to bed, my parents were too.  Never mind that it was 7 PM and Murder She Wrote was on.  I haven't even asked if I ever made it back to my own bed in the middle of the night, or stayed there until morning.  I just remember being with my sister, asking her stupid, made-up trivia questions about rhino and elephants and feeling safe.

Twice now, Nate and I have gone in for our nightly kisses and found Avery not in her own bed.
And not in her usual, unusual spots of the closet or the floor.
It's not until we looked above in Olivia's bunk that she was found.
(if you follow me on Instagram, I'm sorry for the repeat, but they're just so stinkin' cute, I can't resist.)

Being a little sister, I know how safe you can feel with a big sister.
Parents are always heroes, but a sister - they're something better.

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