Have you ever waited really really long for something to happen? Something that all around you for years everyone else got to have happen? Well, Ellie's smile last night rivaled her 'disneyland-smile' as she lost her FIRST tooth. That's right at age almost-eight at the end of second grade. Ellie endured watching others lose their teeth for almost THREE years! She would tell her dentist that 'she just doesn't believe any more that her teeth will fall out'. Well, after months of wiggling it got really loose. And daddy spent all afternoon pulling and yanking the darn thing hoping to be the one to pull it out. It was not happening, so we go to get ready for bed and she said that she knocked it a little looser while brushing her teeth.We settle in to read our book before bed (Fablehaven) and I suggest that she try twisting it like a key instead of pulling and wiggling. Lo and behold 60 seconds later I hear a gasp of surprise and see a tiny tooth sitting in her hand. And cue the music, we have the happiest girl in the world. We were under strict instructions NOT to enter her bedroom after bedtime so she could verify the tooth fairy was real. People have said at school that it's parents but she hadn't even had a chance to try it out and find out for herself yet. So I pinky swore and she woke up to four shiny quarters. Happy girl.