I know I did a big post of Emma's little shenanigans recently, but I just had to share this one from last night. At about 9:00 (yes, we go to bed later than most families) Emma started heading up the stairs and said, OK guys, goodnight. I'll see you in the morning. Ross and I looked at each other completely shocked! This NEVER happens.
We finally have her sleeping in her bed and not on our floor, but it takes a nightly ritual to get her there. Scriptures, brushing her teeth, saying this week's Article of Faith 3 times, singing primary songs, saying a prayer, tucking her in bed with Pinkbunny, singing all 4 verses to I am a Child of God, talking about her day, promising to keep the door open, and giving her big hugs and kisses. If ANY of those steps are missing she will let us know. We have tried to cut it short in the past, but now we realize that it is just quicker to catch every step.
So, as you can see, having her voluntarily march herself off to bed before we had even started the bedtime routine was shocking, and a bit exciting to us. I knew she was tired as she had refused to take a nap, but this was still very different. Ross and I looked at each other and decided to just run with it. However, I was unwilling to see my girl go to bed without a hug. When she was half way up the stairs, I asked her to come back down and give us big hugs and kisses.
That is when we discovered the reason for her hasty retreat. I had left the box of Mike and Ikes we had bought at the store that day on the floor. Ross and I were eating them while watching NCIS on Hulu. She had found them, quietly picked them up, and was planning on gorging herself with them on her bed in privacy.
She loves giving hugs and kisses so much, that she forgot for just a moment her sneaky mission. She turned around to head down the stairs, saw my eyes land on the box, and quickly hid them behind her back and gave me a smile that said something to the effect of "If you really saw it, then we can pretend I'm just playing, and if you didn't see it, I might still be able to eat all of them by myself."
Unfortunately for her, I did see them. Not surprisingly, when the box was put away, she ran and got the scriptures instead of putting herself to bed. Funny girl!