"Where's Buni?" Julie cried. "I need to find Buni."
Buni is Julie's well-worn baby blanket that she sleeps with every night. Well, he has to be here somewhere.
Julie and I looked everywhere downstairs with no luck. I called up to ask Gretchen to look upstairs, but she came up empty too. I looked in the car and failed, although I did collect more recycling for the cart.
I figured there was always the chance that Buni had fallen behind something in the living room, which was in pretty thorough disarray from several days of four little girls running around, so I picked everything up off the floor and the tables and put all the furniture back where it belonged. The room was now much cleaner, but Buni was still among the missing.
While this was going on, Gretchen looked in the car again at my suggestion and then in the basement. Still no joy.
I figured I'd check upstairs. Gretchen told me she'd looked in the office and the guest bedroom, so I double-checked Julie's bed to no avail.
And then I picked up the sheet that had fallen off of Katie's bed onto the far side of the room.
And then I picked up the pillow that had been under the sheet.
And under that was Buni!
Julie came up and happily collected Buni, I took the rest of the recycling out, and then we finally watched Caillou as Julie fell asleep at my side.
She was a very tired, but very happy little girl. :)