Rich and the girls picked me up from the train station and because the train was a bit late, there was only about 20-25 minutes before we had to head upstairs for The Bedtime Routine. The start of The Bedtime Routine is me saying, "Allie, get Elmo. Em, do you have Lion? Come on, let's go upstairs." (Anna changes her bedtime buddy. She usually sleeps with Orange Guy or Baby Zebra and they usually stay in her bed.)
Em couldn't find Lion tonight so I tore through the first floor, checked the van and looked outside. No Lion. Em cried and said that she couldn't fall asleep without him. I kept looking and she finally settled down with Tiger saying that she was Lion's mommy and that maybe we could find Lion in the morning. She was exhausted.
I looked in beds, under beds, in drawers, in cabinets, in closets, under couch cushions, under couches, through the dirty laundry, in trash cans, in shoes and in bags. I know this may sound ridiculous but I was so upset that we couldn't find her best buddy. Rich tried to convince me to just pick up and not tear through everything looking for him because when you aren't looking for something, you'll find it. I couldn't control myself.
We sat down to eat dinner while I searched the internet for a replacement. I actually found the original packaging in the basement (one of the benefits of keeping random items or of being a hoarder) but couldn't find any on Amazon. I searched a few other websites and just as Rich asked, "Can you find any?" I looked at my plate and then up and there was Lion.
We have a chest that holds CDs (I know, so 1999.) There's a green bowl on top and I actually opened those drawers and looked in the bowl. Lion was hiding behind a box containing a My Little Pony that was in front of the bowl.
I ran upstairs and tried to wake up Em but my little baby was so tired, she slept through me shaking her arm. I placed Lion in her arms and smiled.
Little Lion had a birthday party a few weeks ago. Em set up a bounce house in the family room and all of his classmates were invited. Anna has a stuffed doll (Snow Princess) that she has renamed Brigitte. (Yes, you say it with an accent.) Em was mad because Brigitte had invited herself to Lion's party and Brigitte isn't even in Lion's class.
A bit off topic but the girls sometimes play so realistically that we don't know that they are just playing. For example, during this birthday party, Rich and I heard someone saying, "Ouch! You are hurting me!" We made a move to the family room to break it up only to have the girls tell us that the buddies were hurting each other.
During the party, I was sitting at the counter in the kitchen. I couldn't see what the girls were doing but the party had moved into the kitchen and Lion was opening presents.
It amazes me how it only takes two minutes for them to create a scene like this.
But it takes longer than two minutes to clean it up.