We do date nights with our kids every Monday. Last week Zo had her Daddy and I had Cam. We switch off every week. We’ve been doing date nights for over a year now. It ensures that each kid gets specific individualized attention. Usually what we do is up to them, but sometimes, like when we’re particularly exhausted, we’ll just split up into different rooms and watch movies or something. Zo usually likes to play with my make-up or do our nails.
Last night Zo and I had a mommy/daughter date while Daddy and Bug stayed home to watch Sergeant Bilko. It was a unanimous family vote to push date night to Tuesday this week so we could swim on Monday.
Zo actually wanted to swim last night, too, but I just wanted to hang for a little bit. We hung out in a bookstore for about an hour. She wanted EVERYTHING. She ran from book to book to toy to book. It was so cute. She was acting like she had never been in a book store before. But usually I’m on a mission and tonight I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. I kind of just let her loose – reminding her not to make a mess or disturb other customers, of course. She wanted some seven dollar unicorn and I was thinking, “I could make that for less than three!” She liked the sparkly horn on it. We settled down in a chair and I had her read me Hop On Pop. (I was going to buy Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, but it was $27!!! I’m ordering it on Amazon today instead. And I found this great little book – excerpt shown – called Bebe Day by Day. That is in my Amazon shopping cart as well.)
Then we walked around the mall. She, of course, wanted to run outside and play in the fountain. As soon as she saw a certain department store sign from view of the fountain she started yelling, “Let’s go see [a family friend]! I know he’s working!” We were going to go straight up to see him, but the store manager was still lurking around. I wanted to go look at some little girls dresses for ideas of what to make her this summer. She grabbed this dress and says, “You couldn’t make me thiiiis!” I’m pretty sure it was a dare.
These are the last two dresses that I made her.
The pink one I got the idea for on some kid website. But it didn’t have the belt (which is purple, but you can’t tell in these pictures). And their dress had a hidden zipper, but I really like this 80′s look. It adds a little punk to the princess appeal. Plus, purple and pink are her favorite colors. She wanted to wear it for Easter. I didn’t really want her to, but it was her trip so I let her anyway. She paired it with Hello Kitty knee-high socks. She’s so cute. The other one I have had a pattern for and have made her variations of with different fabrics. But I never made her the floor length with the ruffle. She wore this for her school’s Valentine’s Day party. She wants to wear it all the time, but she wears out clothes like your average six year old. If she wants to, I’ll let her wear it for her Kindergarten Recognition Ceremony. These two are her favorites so far. But I’m always making something new. I just haven’t decided what next. And I have pieces for a romper that I cut out months ago and still haven’t sewn.
When we talked to a store clerk she said the manager was staying especially late. Zorrie thought it would be a good idea to waste some time going up and down the escalator. Why not? So we did and then we went to look at hats, because I knew she would have fun trying them all on. And she did try on quite a few! With this one she was pretty adamant that I show her Daddy. I told her to stand still so I could take a picture. “Are you sending it to Daddy? I want to do a video to say ‘I love you”!”
“Baby, Daddy knows you love him and we’ll be home in just a little bit. Stand still I’m taking it now.” She froze.
Finally I got a text from our friend saying the manager was gone and we went back upstairs to have a visit. She was being a butt, but not more so than usual. She had a conversation and says, “Mommy your turn” as she went to sit down.
We were going to go get a snack before we came home, but she said her tummy hurt. We came home and they both climbed into Daddy’s lap and watched some Oso, before brushing their teeth and goodnights.
I’ll do a post on our version of goodnights sometime soon. But I kind of want to do a Kentucky Derby dressing for your body type post first.
I hope your week is going as well as mine is!