The Story of Bed time: Life Stories Series

Welcome to part V of my “Life Story Series.”

If you missed out on last months adventure, feel free to click here: “The Story of Grocery Shopping

In case you need a refresher, “Life Story Series” is a 12 month personal project that myself and a group of  very talented photographers are participating in.  It shows just a little glimpse into our lives. It’s a way for us to capture our memories creatively – just us.  At the end of this post you’ll find a link to one of my photographer friends that’s playing along and she’ll be linking to someone else. It’s a whole big circle of stories in pictures. So grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or wine), click through and enjoy!

This month I’m sharing a glimpse into our bedtime routine.

We start off with a bath. Bubbles and toys await.

Is it my turn to get in yet? Because clearly, I bring the awesome to this party.


Someday, I’ll be embarrassed that I once bathed with my siblings. Or maybe I am already. I guess we won’t know will we? My vocabulary is a little limited, so for now, I’ll just make my embarrassed face and see if anyone notices.

But today I’ll give myself a bubble beard and live it up.

And once we’re all good and clean we dry off, get lotioned up, brush our teeth and get into our nice, cozy footsie pajamas. Then we settle in for a nice story. And by “nice story” I mean “Charlie the Ranch Dog.” Because while other stories are nice, too – they just don’t compare to Charlie. You see, they don’t have the big dangly ears or the droopy eyes or the floopy skin (if you’re read Charlie, you’ll understand that reference) and my toddlers – well, they know the difference. In fact, they know the difference so well that this is what happens if we attempt to read a story that does not include this lovable k-9.

Why, God, WHY? That’s not CHARLIE!

::dramatically heave self of floor in fit of rage::


And finally we stop torturing our children with just any old story and we give in.

And suddenly, all is right in the world.

I’ll apologize in advance for the limited angles I was able to get for the following shots, but as you’ll see – I have something in my lap that makes walking around to photograph a little difficult.

My cuddle buddy.

Why hello, Charlie. So we meet again (and again, and again 🙂

(the view from my lap)

We like to turn the pages.

And the little man gets sleepy in my lap.

And then it’s on to the best part of the story. The part when Charlie howls.

We all get in on the howling action (yes, even the baby howls…does that count as one of his first words?)

Okay, okay. Some of us get more into it than others.

* Weird fact about my dog. He’s a basset hound. They’re KNOWN FOR HOWLING. It’s what they do. Except mine. Mine only howls when prompted.** And by prompted, I mean only when a MAN howls first. I’m totally serious here. If I howl, I get blank stares. If my husband or father howls, Baxter joins in.

**Baxter does occasionally howl in the middle of the night, totally unprompted, while sleeping. We call it the Werebasset. He has no idea he does it because he always wakes up both startled and terrified.

Whew! That was exhausting! Time to thank Baxter for his nightly participation.

And then we settle in for the rest of the story.

And it’s time to say good night.

And it’s off to dreamland with a sea of stuffed animals and a trusty, fluffy Pengy by our sides.

These photos I know I’ll cherish always. Before I know it routines will change. My cuddle buddy will soon leave my lap. Pengy will be demoted eventually and books will become more involved. I’d be lying if I said that bedtime wasn’t overwhelming at times – because it is. But this is our routine (for now) and I love it.

I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into the everyday. If you’ve enjoyed the “Life Story Series” CLICK RIGHT HERE to see the next photographer participating  – {Heather Wilson (fellow twin Momma!)} and be sure to like my facebook page so you don’t miss out on Part VI!

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very very cute!!!! your kids are adorable..thanks for sharing your bedtime routine!!!!

I love this series and the tantrum over the book not being charlie is so absolutely adorable!

Love the bath hippos! What a cute glimpse into bedtime!

Oh my gosh – I love it so much! Especially the howling!!!

I think the night time routine is the most endearing part of childhood! LOVED your story this month <3

Great images. That last shot is so sweet!

These are awesome! I love reading them. Funny about the dog howling — or should I say NOT howling?

Danielle! Oh my goodness, I am laughing so hard I have tears. This is WONDERFUL! Love, love. love. Did I mention I love it? Fantastic story. 🙂

Seriously cute!! I love the protest to reading a different book 🙂 (and the background info on your basset is just hilarious!)

So very cute

I LOVE this so much! Even if it is occasionally exhausting, there is something so sweet and magical about bedtime with little ones. Thanks for sharing with us!

Oh I think this is my favorite life story if yours yet!!
LOVE the story telling and amazing images…well done!!

adore these!

Photographing our bedtime routine is one of my favorite things to do… I love that you have to read the same book every night. (We do too) and I love how adorable your little ones are in their footy pajamas.

Ohh bedtime looks so fun in your house. Your images show such great emotion, love them!

Danielle, I totally love you and your whole family. And I’ve never met you. That might make me weird, but more, I think it speaks of what an amazing photographer and storyteller you are. I am always entranced by your images and being a part of your bed time ritual via the interweb was just all sorts of awesome.

thanks for sharing such a sweet story! I loved it!

SO, so sweet! And I totally love that Baxter takes part! So special!

Heather Wilson

I LOVE the shot of your dog howling…ohmygosh, so cute!

And I can totally relate to the melt-down if not everything goes as it should…lol…but, I only have one doing that (so far!) Thank you for sharing!

I'm telling you, this segment always brings tears to my eyes – so beautifully written with the fun photos you take. And I have to ask, where did your girls get their beautiful curls from?

Danielle Frank

Aw, thanks, Carrie ! I love doing this project 🙂 The girls actually get their curls from me, I had the same hair when I was younger – now I just straighten it because the it's too long to curl nicely.

That was beautiful. Thanks Danielle! Your babies are all beautiful.

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