Friday, July 10, 2009

Granting Wishes

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The story: My princess has been drooling over this princess dress at Target for a while now. We started a sticker chart so she could earn it, but when it came time for the prize, she always went with ice cream instead. :) Then this week I had to take her in to get two cavities filled (which I'm sure had nothing to do with all the ice cream....) I was very nervous, we haven't had the best experiences at the dentist. Picture me sweating, bear-hugging her arms, while the dentist tries to poke around her squirming, screaming mouth with a sharp instrument. That was a waste of time. In any event, I've been talking up the dress and told her if she did what the dentist asked, we'd go get it. I talked to her about what to expect--how they'd count her teeth, and clean them, and use a fun flashlight to look in her mouth. I left out the whole drilling bit, thought it should be a fun surprise. Then I told her over and over how she and I would go to the store, just her and me, and get the dress.

After she lovingly held and twirled the much-hyped, anticipated dress through the store, I go to pay for it. THIRTY bucks!?! It had been hanging on the wrong rack this whole time. And what am I to do now? I've never spent that much on an entire outfit for my kids, let alone a dress up. Every one likes to allocate their money differently, and clothes are just not one of my high priorities. I live to find a good deal. So thirty bucks. And I didn't fight it because there was a long line of shoppers behind me.

It may have been worth it though. She hasn't taken it off since. And I may never have to buy her any other clothes again :) Yesterday while I did dishes, she was in the front room twirling and looking at herself in the mirror and I overheard her say:

"I love when my dreams come true, Mom."

Direct quote. I wrote it down as soon as I heard it. It melted my heart.

24 comments:

hayley said...

Photography AND finding super cute clothes without spending a lot!! Two pretty sweet talents:)

katie, dave, lucille and winston said...

thirty bucks is hard to swallow, but that is the sweetest thing I've ever heard.

Nicole said...

I'm so easy these days - I cried a little that Abbey's dreams came true. So sweet. Except the deal on the dress. Boooo.

Randy, Alanna, and Keira said...

Years from now you won't remember how much the dress cost, just all the fun she had wearing it. That is what I always tell myself when I spend to much money! She is so beatiful. Don't you just love little girly girls.

LeAnn said...

The money comes and goes, but that moment she will always remember. You Rock'n mom way to makes your Abby's dream come true.

Natalie said...

O' if only my dreams only cost $30! Darling girl in a darling dress: great post!

Tiff and Trev said...

How sweet!! You are such a good Mommy, Ash! Too bad her dream dress wasn't on clearance, but how could say no to that cute little mug?! Just think though, you have at least one more daughter who will be able to use it (if Abbey ever takes it off :o) )

jayne said...

What a great mom you are. And Abbey is right. I love it when my dreams come true too.

Kyle and Shayla said...

If anything it was worth it for those beautiful pictures! I hate when that kind of stuff happens your heart just sinks. Especially when you know you don't have a choice in the matter and that your going to have to buy it:)

Sullivan Family said...

how sweet....I got the same response from Tyler and Josh when we bought them a new game for the Wii!! It's so amazing how different boys and girls are!!

Katherine said...

Those pictures are breathtakingly beautiful. WOW. What a cute story, and what she said was so sweet. Good job biting the bullet and shelling out the thirty bucks. I think it was a worthwhile splurge.

melissa said...

Lovely. Taking kids to the dentist is so traumatic. When you think about it, making Abbey's dreams come true for $30 bucks is a steal. ;)

val said...

oooh. so cute. i bet you died when it rang up $30 but you made the right decision. that quote is priceless. so glad you wrote it right down.

kenzie said...

Those pictures are so amazing. She's so lucky to be gorgeous and have a mommy who is so good at capturing it. I'm glad her dentist experience was worth it in the end.

lauren said...

Such a cute story.... and great pictures!

Tina said...

Oh that is so sweet! And the pictures are adorable! What a beautiful little princess!!

Melissa said...

It's perfect and well worth the money!

Allison and Noah Riley said...

Oh. My. Goodness! I'm like Nicole - I almost cried when I read that. How do kids have such a sweet little way of delighting in the joys in life? THAT's what it's all about.

Give Abbey a squeeze for me - the type of hug that says, "you're keeping things in perspective for your aunt." Or maybe a little less wordy.

Adam said...

Hey Ashley! Long time no talk :) Good lookin family. Hope things are well with everyone.

Melody said...

"I love when my dreams come true!" That's the best! How easy it is to make their dreams come true at 3. It's worth $30 isn't it? Should I go buy Eirik his 4th light saber that he keeps begging for? It's different from the 3 he has because it collapses all the way in. He can't understand why I don't think that's that different. Dreams of a 3 year old.

Jennie said...

That's so cute! What a fun mom you are Ashley...making dreams come true one dress at a time!

The Hodsons said...

Beautiful dress!! I bet she feels like a princess.

Christin said...

I love the dress and the story. Summer had a dress-up that she wore day and night when she was 4. It is such a magical time!

cacrowell said...

Ohh, that is such a twirling dress! The shoes totally jive with the outfit--so darling. :) Totally melt-your-heart story! So cute. Love how she's holding the dress in her cute little hand--way to capture it all Ash.