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Say #GoodNightRoozle: The Little Girl Who Draws Herself to Sleep

I think for most of us parents, there comes a time in our lives where we struggle and battle with our kid’s bedtime. Whether it’s the ritual or length – there seems to be a consensus that bedtime can easily turn any evening into a disaster within seconds. That’s why Casey Carey-Brown’s little girl “Roozle” has captured the hearts of thousands with her bedtime drawings.

On her blog, Casey writes that it stemmed from the never ending bedtime questions that postpone sleeping. She finally “handed Roozle a notebook and crayons and sent her to bed.” Her kid then proceeded to draw until she passed out, crayons in hand. Then it happened again, and again. Casey got her evenings with her wife back, Roozle went to sleep contentedly.

So many times we get caught up in what our routines should look like. We should read a story, the kids should go to sleep after, the lights should be off, the bed should only have a stuffed toy or two. Yet if we want to admit it, bedtimes rarely look like that. Bella falls asleep under about 270 pounds of animals after sending them through all kinds of adventures until she falls asleep. We tried everything on earth to get that perfect 8:00 bedtime, only to realize it wasn’t worth the fight.

I absolutely love Casey’s refreshing look on bedtime, but her admittance that at first she had her doubts. I also love that she’s continued the saga on Instagram for all of us to follow along with Roozle as she draws herself to sleep. Below are some of the pictures from the now viral hashtag and post #goodnightroozle :

 

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    Click through to see more pics of Roozle and her bedtime routine.

  • Princesses 2 of 15
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    I love that she drew a princess while thinking of her mom. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram 

  • Sleep Anywhere 3 of 15
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    I look at how she is sleeping on that notepad and wonder why on earth I have to have 3 pillows to get comfortable. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Hot and Cold 4 of 15
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    That snowman is the cutest thing ever. Then so are her little red cheeks. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram 

  • Careful 5 of 15
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    I'm so impressed by how careful she is with her things. I'm pretty sure Bella would lose a finger with that clipboard, but Roozle has got this down. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Too Much 6 of 15
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    Coloring in your Hello Kitty robe is hard work.

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram 

  • Let’s Be Friends 7 of 15
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    That clipboard is like a lovey. So cute. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Christmas Eve 8 of 15
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    This was Christmas Eve, and Roozle was in a new house and new bed - still coloring away. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Just One Night 9 of 15
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    Apparently the clipboard didn't rate a snuggle that night. ;)

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram 

  • Moments 10 of 15
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    Just - oh my goodness. The crayon in her little hand!

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Hold On 11 of 15
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    Roozle must never move when she finally falls asleep. I think it's pretty amazing how she can just pass out in these positions. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Love 12 of 15
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    This was Bella's favorite picture of Roozle. She thought the heart was amazing with all the "bumps" on it. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Tiny Artist 13 of 15
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    Look at how good she is at coloring inside those lines - and using all kinds of colors. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • Portrait of a Child 14 of 15
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    I don't know what's cuter - her hands or that Christmas tree. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

  • The Teething Snowman 15 of 15
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    Casey said on Instagram the snowman was wearing an amber necklace - the kind used for teething. Love it. 

    Photo Credit: Life with Roozle on Instagram

 

A big thank you to Casey for permission to use her adorable photos of Roozle. You can find more of her family on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Diana blogs at Diana Wrote about her life with a daughter here and three sons in heaven, life as an army wife, and her faith. You can also find her work on Liberating Working MomsShe Reads TruthThe New York TimesStill Standing Magazine, and The Huffington Post. Smaller glimpses into her day are on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

 

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