We were invited to attend the first communion of the daughter of friends of ours. (I feel like that sentence has too many ofs in it.) The event took place last Saturday. 99.9% of the time, I allow the girls to wear whatever they want to wear. Within reason. They don't wear sundresses (unless over a shirt and leggings) or shorts in the winter, for example. Their semi-crazy outfits don't usually bother me. We've gone shopping with someone in pajamas. Whatever.
It's a battle I don't fight. Don't sweat the small stuff. You know?
Something in me snapped last week though and decided that for this one day, I wanted my children to look nice. They love to wear dresses and they have a few new sundresses (like 1 or 2 each) for this summer but I wanted something a little nicer (but inexpensive, of course.) I mentioned to the girls that I might purchase new dresses for them on my lunch break from work and they flipped out. OMG. How could I forget that they, and they alone, are only allowed to pick out their clothes?
So Friday after school and armed with a coupon, we hit up the OshKosh outlet store, where each of my children picked out a lovely new dress. The dresses ended up costing less than $10 each. And the girls had their adorable new (bought on super sale) sandals from Gymboree. We were good to go.
Well, there was still the potential for someone to flip out and declare that she wouldn't wear her new dress.
I had about two minutes for photography as I didn't bring my camera to the church or the reception and of course (OF COURSE) Anna would not participate. Which is a shame because she looked absolutely adorable (and stylish.) Her dress was blue with a sleeveless top and three tiers of floral fabric for the skirt. She wore her pink sandals and for awhile, she had a matching pink headband on her head, which she picked out herself. I didn't say a word lest she rip it off of her head out of spite.
Don't worry, Anna. The camera never sleeps. I'll catch you in a few weeks at Evelyn's christening.
*** Okay, only one more week of the annoying vote button left. Seriously though, I really do appreciate all of the support.
I'll end with examples of what happens when I only have time to fire off 5 pictures.