slumber party

We have plenty of bedrooms: a haven for me and the Mister, 4 for the kids and someday– when we put that Home Improvement 101 book to work– a guest suite in the basement for you to visit.

For the kids, room sharing works out pretty simply: 2, 2, 1 and 1. But no one, NO ONE wants their own room. Sure, Ben tried it for a bit but quickly went back to sharing with Stefan, his life-long bunk mate. And Mary finds her singleton pink room an insult, “It’s no good being the baby of the family! I need someone to sleep with me.”

And so, every single night, she hauls her purple polka-dot sleeping bag and giant floral pillow to one brothers’ bedroom or the other and camps out on the floor. We don’t fight it. It’s just part of the nightly ritual to see where she ends up. Many nights, she sleeps on the opposite end of Gabe’s bed and I form the blankets into “pockets” to keep them from kicking each other.

But her grandest victories, her happiest nights are when she convinces brothers to decamp to her room—


and that, is bliss.
May 11, 2009
May 15, 2009



  1. Annie

    May 13, 2009

    Oh, my goodness. What a picture. Bliss it is.

  2. Lindy

    May 13, 2009

    Sooooooo cute!!! Ellie brings her “sleeping bag” into our room every night and sleeps on the ground. I hate to admit it but I kinda like it, because i know that it just won’t last that long.

  3. Abi

    May 13, 2009

    those moments make me so happy to have kids! man yours are so beautiful!

  4. Blue

    May 13, 2009

    so fun! i’ve never been upstairs in your house, so i had no idea what the setup was. love it!

  5. jess

    May 13, 2009

    i want to be you when i grow up. how do you have such gorgeous, well-behaved, loving children? what is your secret??!!

  6. Jeanelle

    May 13, 2009

    Oh yeah, you totally don’t enjoy being a mom. 😉

    LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!!!!!!!! And get that guest suite done because I would love to come for a visit.

  7. Tracy

    May 13, 2009

    OH my word – that picture is priceless!

  8. Linn

    May 14, 2009

    So very, very sweet.

  9. Amy H.

    May 14, 2009

    Hi- I’m Amy – from hillishilarity – and I am so in love for that picture. It is candy coated preciousness.

  10. Alyson (New England Living)

    May 14, 2009

    That is the BEST picture! That will be treasured for years. I love when siblings enjoy each other like that.

  11. WIKKY

    May 14, 2009

    I am a total advocate of sharing bedrooms. So great! What a sweet reminder that our kids just LOVE being with eachother!

  12. Travelin'Oma

    May 16, 2009

    This photo is a memory-maker. Love it.

  13. Reluctant Nomad

    May 16, 2009

    that’s sweet…

  14. Kelly

    May 17, 2009

    Excellent capture – I’d have this one enlarged for my bedroom wall, something you’ll NEVER want to forget….its lovely!!!!


  15. Teachinfourth

    May 17, 2009

    I followed Linn here…I love your photography. I am much better at taking shots with natural light; you seem to have mastered the shots with the flash.

    I’ve enjoyed poking around your site.

  16. Molly

    November 23, 2010

    When I was Mary’s age I slept on my older brother’s floor every night. He was my protector from bad dreams. You are so blessed to have such wonderful children that love each other as they do.

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