I'm sitting here in total silence. It's magnificent!!
Staley had a sleepover at her cousin Lila's house last night, and is spending the day with Lila today. She couldn't have been more excited, exclaiming, "This is going to be the greatest night EVER!!" The bar was set extremely high when Staley informed us that this sleepover was going to be "even better than State Farm Play Day!" Based on the pictures and texts from Aunt Jill, apparently the girls had a fabulous time dressing up in princess dresses (of course), catching bugs, and telling secrets. (Not sure what kind of secrets you are keeping when you're 4 and still inform everyone in the house when you've pooped or what you got them for Christmas, but I guess secret telling is an important part of a sleep-over nonetheless.) And I'm sure they are having a fabulous time having the whole day to play together, keeping Aunt Jill's house full of noise and activity.
At our house, however, I am sitting here in total silence. Adelie and Briggs are both napping, the house is picked up, and all is calm. It's amazing how one less child makes everything so much quieter. And calmer. And cleaner. True, Staley keeps up a steady stream of chatter and song all day long. If she's not talking to me or singing me a song, she's talking and singing to herself. I usually can hear her singing and playing all throughout "rest" time, so there is generally never true silence around here. But Staley's not an overly loud child. And she's not wild. And she's not messy. And she's not difficult. But apparently subtracting one child from the mix just slows everything down, turns down the volume, reduces the drama (and tattling and arguing and crying), and makes everything much more calm. We definitely miss Staley when she's not here and I'm looking forward to seeing her in a few hours, but I'm not going to lie. I'm really liking this silence.