When installing Boo's yarn twist extensions last week I was so looking forward to skipping hair day, minus a little maintenance, for the next month. But wouldn't you know it, not only did I end up spending more time than I thought I would have on hair this weekend, I also attended princess tea party at The Disney Store. Yes, me. The biggest tomboy on the planet.
With pink beads in her hair from last week, and Tiana's dress being green, I had to change out the beads to match. Okay, I didn't have to, but seeing as how I'm raising my daughter to be just as OCD as me, there really wasn't much choice in the matter. Her beads needed to match her dress. Period. *insert Boo stomping her little foot at me* Little did I know it would take me the entire length of The Princess and the Frog to go from pink to green. Note to self: 7 beads on each strand (comprised of 3 different shades) is very different than 3 beads, all the same colour.
The tea party? Believe it or not, an email landed in my inbox talking about how our local Disney Store was going to host a Princess Garden Tea Party. Boo already had a scheduled playdate with friends, but what better way to spend the time together than at a tea party? I knew all three of the girls had princess dresses (Boo received her lovely Tiana dress as a birthday present just recently), so we agreed that it would be a great way to spend the morning.
I'm clearly a mama who doesn't get out much, especially to events such as these, so I was floored to see the number of kids in attendance. Let's put it this way: The party started at 11am and we arrived early to check things out at 10:20am. By 10:30am the place was packed. PACKED! Although little princesses were squeezed together like sardines into the back of the store, each with their own entourage of photo-taking caregivers (clearly I was no exception), everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. Boo and her friends J and A appeared to be in a slightly overstimulated daze from all of the goings-on, but who wouldn't be!?! As big a tomboy as I am, the rushing childhood memories overtook me while seeing my daughter amongst all the princesses and I had to let myself just step back and take it all in.
Surprisingly, Boo sat patiently listening to instructions, checking every once in a while behind her to make sure I was still there.
She followed directions very well, following the Disney Store employees instructions. There was a trivia session where the princesses had to guess the name of the princess described. Boo has only seen The Princess and the Frog, but she was more than happy to sit amongst the other princess, listening to them belt out answers with glee.
Changing the colour of her beads, along with dealing with the mob at the mall, might have seemed like a complete waste of time to some parents. But for us, it was a magical morning; she got a sticker, to wear her princess dress, to spend time with J and A, and she got to participate in her first Disney experience, so when all was said and done she really did feel like a special little princess.
For me, I couldn't have asked for anything more than the smile that she wore on her face, even after she fell asleep at naptime. But finally getting my money's worth out of my wedding tiara that she wore with her princess dress doesn't hurt, either!