Both of the kids have spent the night, even some in a row, with Grandma & Papa before. Greg and I have left town without them, even. But this is the first time the kids are going out of town without us! I'm not so sure I like the feeling of the apron strings being snipped away slowly. The house doesn't sound right without the two of them.
Last night, just minutes after Heather left the house, Stephanie got all blue and said she missed her sister. Said she was bored. This morning when I got Stephanie up, the first thing she asked me was, "Where's Heather?" When we got home from school tonight, Stephanie asked if we could call Heather. Except for things like school and an occasional outing, they are not used to being apart. It's so sweet to see her miss Heather so much. Now if only she can remember the feeling of missing the next time they argue senselessly over some miniscule tidbit.