I wanted to try something new for Christmas this year. In addition to spoiling my kids rotten with manufactured junk (because who can resist?), I wanted to give them each an experience. I wanted to give them the gift of time. So Jeff and I brainstormed and came up with three unique activities that reflected our children's individual personalities and gave them each a date for Christmas. Jeff got to go with the boys, and I went with the girls. (Well, actually, Jeff just went with Logan. Sawyer is still a little young to appreciate it, and he gets more one-on-one time than anybody!)
First up was Savannah. I gave her the choice of a sewing date or a pedicure date. She chose pedicures. This girl loves being pampered!
She was so excited the whole time. She kept saying the funniest things that reminded me of how much I love her and what great friends we will be, even long after she "needs" me. The nail salon we went to was called Happy Nail Salon. They were so sweet and we had the place to ourselves which was great. It was a mother/daughter duo that did our pedicures, which seemed appropriate. As we left, Savannah said, "Mom, my nails really are happy!"
She also told me, multiple times, that this was the BEST. DAY. EVER. (Go, Mom.)
After our nail appointment, I let her choose a restaurant for lunch. She chose Pei Wei. This has become a favorite of my kids ever since they discovered they can order plain noodles with teriyaki sauce on the side. Boring, but, hey-- they are happy, I am happy, we all win. As we sat down to wait for our food, Savannah said, "Tummy, are you ready for paradise?"
Then, when we were about to leave, I asked if she was finished, and she said, "I dunno. I have to talk to my tummy about that." See what I mean? This girl is a clown.
Logan and Jeff had their date a few days later. They both got much needed hair cuts, then ate at Firehouse subs, and went to see Star Wars together. I will admit I was awfully jealous of this date. I wanted to see Star Wars so bad, but I also wanted my boys to have their date without mom tagging along. In the end, I sneaked away with Meg to see it later that night, so I didn't have to sacrifice all that much. Logan LOVED it. Really really loved it. Since then, we have purchased the first six episodes, and he has watched them all multiple times. I think I have been trumped as the biggest Star Wars fan in our house.
After lunch we went to Build-a-Bear. Whoever invented this concept is brilliant. Such a money hole. But my kids love it. And I love it. So we keep coming back for more. All the kids have a bear from Build-a-Bear except for Izzy. She has a penguin and a My Little Pony, but it's the classic bears that the kids always play with. So I insisted that she make a bear this time.
I had Savannah take some pictures of us after we got home with her new bear, Lucy. I sure love this cutie pie...
... and her love of silly faces.