Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I won a battle

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.




Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

They are adorable, as usual! Shopping is probably 3 times as fun for you!

Hope's Mama said...

Ooh I hope we get a look at Anna's dress. Allie and Emily's are gorgeous! (See, she doesn't always dress them in "tacky" clothes - sarcastic dig at the haters!!)

Emily said...

Well, if how cute Emily and Allie looks is any indication of how cute Anna looked, then I think you may have had cuteness overload at your house. It's a little ridiculous how cute your girls are. I hope they learn to use that power for good and not evil :-) I'm kidding, of course. Bravo on getting them all in coordinated outfits!

Stacy said...

My son likes to wear comfy pants or shorts (sweats) and t-shirts. My daughter likes to pick her own outfits. I have to the realization that I only fight it if it is really important to me. For instance, Jack knows he can't wear comfy pants to church, but he can change into them afterward. It's all I can ask for from my almost 5 year olds.

Tommie said...

My five year old hs been known to go to the grocery store in her Barbie Princess Charm School dress with tights and a long-sleeved shirt under it. People sometimes give us looks but you know what? She's covered appropriately for modesty and the weather, she feels good in her princess dress and in the end, who cares?

I say keep on letting your girls set their own sense of style. They're beautiful, confident, happy kids. Isn't that what we all want for our kids?

Victoriaaa said...

This is what i'll miss having a little boy, i dont find stuff half as lovely as the stuff they make for girls. The dresses are gorgeous.

KimB said...

Laughing at Anna ripping off the headband in spite. Hilarious. She's an INDIVIDUAL dammit and demands respect!

I have one like that. Although probably not so extreme. LOL

Olusola said...

Gorgeous & I'll close my eyes and imagine Anna's dress. :)
I've been voting for you like a fiend, and it's been a rollercoaster from 1 to 3 to 2 back to 3. I'm rooting for you girl!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the comments!

And I agree, sometimes kids just need to be kids.