One morning, during our Kiawah vacation, Alain took the girls out to the beach to build sandcastles (it was too cold to swim). I stayed behind as I needed some down time to buy groceries, clean a little, etc. When I walked into the bedroom that Sophie and Clara were sharing, I was overcome by the girlishness of the room and all the things they'd brought from home to make them comfortable. They'd definitely made the room their own. I felt this strong need to capture a few things....
This is the shared dresser that separated their two beds. By next year Sophie will surely have moved on from Critter Club books but I love the glittery letters and soft colors of the covers. Each night she'd sneak her flashlight under the covers to read while Clara fell asleep. And Clara's little ladybug nightlight.....one day soon she won't want or need that anymore. I know because Sophie just gave up her nightlight a couple of months ago. Gulp.
A bunch of shells the girls collected on the beach were lined up on the dresser. I'm sure Sophie did that. It really warmed my heart.
I know it won't be long before Sophie stops carting her stuffed animals on our travels. I only allow three on each trip ~ otherwise she'd bring twenty. I still get sad that Blue Man, the infamous Blue Man, gets left behind nowadays.
And Clara's loveys.....all three of them....they go everywhere with us. How much longer will this last? On this trip, our first attempt at having Clara share a room with Sophie and sleep in a "big girl bed", her bed was covered in extra pillows that we used to buffer her and hopefully prevent any falls from the bed. I'm insanely excited to report success!
The girls are growing so quickly. Yes, they can drive me totally insane. Oh my, yes, they fight way too much. They can be really messy. But I love, LoVe, LOVE having two daughters. I've made my peace with pink. I embrace their interests and do my best to soak up the best moments. It won't be long before teeny magazines cover the dresser and no stuffed animals, loveys or nightlights will be necessary to comfort the girls away from home.
In the future I know I will miss these days and just seeing photos of their favorite possessions on that long-ago vacation to Kiawah will melt my heart!