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The Mermaid and the Shrimp

So, I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging lately.  It has been a very crazy month, or two.  I never realized just how much work it is having two kids.  It’s no joke when people say that having another child is like having 10 more.  Add a full-time job into the mix and there is little or no time spare.  My weekends are now a rat-race of Target runs, tackling piles of laundry, and trying to spend some time with the kids.  Needless to say there hasn’t been any time left to write.

There is one thing I insisted on finding time for and that was making my daughter’s Halloween costume.  She had been talking for months about being Ariel, the Little Mermaid.  I brought her to the Disney store and asked her if she liked the Ariel dresses they had.  She said,”No mumma.  I want to be Ariel the mermaid.  I need a looong green tail and seashell boobies.”  Well, not sure if you’ve ever looked for a mermaid costume for a toddler, but none of them have tails.  I decided to get to work.  After a couple sleepless weekends, I was able to transform the little princess into the mermaid she wanted to be.  I found a great shrimp costume for the little man, so the two were a perfect pair.

My Mommy Made It for Me

So yesterday I told of our vacation to Disney.  I know…riveting.  Well, there was a moment there where my daughter truly melted my heart.  She made friends with some other little girls that were waiting in line to see Rapunzel.  When they were playing, I heard her say “Do you like my pretty dress?  My mommy made it for me.  Look, it twirls!” and she began to dance.  It brought a tear to my eye.  This may seem corny that her saying this meant so much to me, but the majority of the time I feel over worked & under appreciated.  It’s nice to know that she acknowledges the little things I do for her- sometimes.  I need to envision this moment the next time she gets into my expensive make-up.

A Real Vacation

We recently decided it was time to have our 1st “real” vacation as a family.  Since our daughter was born, all of our “vacations” were spent traveling to visit family.  Lets be honest, these trips can be less than enjoyable.  Running around from house to house, showing our child off like she’s a prize winning show dog to people we haven’t seen in years- not fun!  So…… we decided to go somewhere we would all love.  Disney World!  (Yes, I realize that my husband and I are in the few adults that actually enjoy this place.  Most find it a form of torture to spend $$$$ to wait in long lines with whining kids in 100% humidity.)

We were a little afraid of how the princess would act since we were right in the thick of the “terrible twos” stage, but I have to say her behavior was not that bad.  I was afraid we might have to leash her like Cam & Mitchell did to Lily on Modern Family.  I used to be fully against the leashing of children…until I actually had 1 of my own.  Now I fully understand why the person who invented the “child leash” is a multi-millionare.

The vacation was somewhat enjoyable for me- defintely not as fun as a child-free trip, but seeing the way her little face lit up when she first saw Rapunzel & Cinderella made it all worth it.  She was in Princess Heaven.  She still fit in her Snow White dress I had made her for Halloween and insisted on wearing it over & over.  The skirt is now permanently a nice shade of Dirt.  Here are some of my favorite photos of her in all her princess glory:


A Dress for the Princess

As you all know by now, my daughter is obsessed with everything princess.  Especially Disney Princesses.  We decided to have a princess theme party for her 2nd birthday, so of course she needed a princess dress.  Well, she is very tiny for age.  We looked at the Disney store and all of the dresses were 2 sizes too big.  Here were my options 1) Buy an overpriced dress, made of cheesy fabric, & alter it to fit her or 2) Design & make her a dress.  Since I haven’t been working, I chose 2) to make her a dress.  I wouldn’t let myself spend more than $10 though.  I marched my butt down to the $1.99 fabric store to see what I could find.  I wasn’t sure which princess I would make her.  I found some blue & silver fabric- perfect for Cinderella.  Also, found some silver trim.  All for under 10 bucks!  I went home & sketched, then put my pattern making skills to the test.  I have to say I’m quite proud of my results.  I even beaded the front bodice to give her a little sparkle.  She loved her dress!  She was also able to wear it a few nights later when we went to Disney Princess’ on Ice.