We hear legends of mystical children who go to bed at 8:00pm every night. Ours do not, but I didn't start this post to complain. I was just sitting here in the office after tucking in the girls for the night and after fifteen minutes Ella wandered in, whispering "tried can't sleep" with such an earnest expression that I couldn't really take a hard line with her(not that it would have done any good anyway). So I asked her if she'd lie down on the futon in here, which sometimes works.
She tried lying down for about ten minutes, then got up again and whispered, "stack of books?" So I tiptoed downstairs, removed an entire section of kids' books from the bookshelf, and carried them up to dump on the futon beside her. For 40 minutes, she sat there going through them one by one, occasionally whispering softly, and then eventually she rolled over without so much as a g'nite and fell fast asleep at 10:20pm.