Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I realized. Wearing too much lipstick makes you look three years older

"Why don't you pick out the most fanciest dress you have?"

"Because. Well... then I would be the most beautiful girl there and I don't want to make all of my girlfriends jealous." She replied.

She dressed herself in what she thought was a simple dress and took my hand leading me to my closet. "I want you to look fancy for my Mother's Day Ice Cream Social. Can I pick out your outfit?"

"Of course, gorgeous."

She skipped over the dozen little black dresses and picked something "more happy" for me to wear and I smiled at my most awesome intuition. All of my old bridesmaids/prom dresses in teal, bubble gum pink, and lavender were safely hidden in the basement. She smiled when she saw me. I realized I don't wear enough color for my children.


Hand in hand, just the two of us together, we walked into her preschool classroom. "Why are you taking a picture of my picture, Mama?"

"Because. It totally makes me smile and I never want to forget it." I realized I take way too many photos.


She drew a picture of me. I realized I wear too much lipstick.


And filled out a questionnaire about me. I realized I aged 3 years and grew blue eyes.

At the end of the night, when I looked into her big brown eyes still racing with excitement, I realized that I don't wear enough color, take too many photos, wear too much lipstick which apparently ages me three years, and most importantly I realized that one-on-one time with each child is desperately necessary. She was on cloud nine. As was I.

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60classy comments:

Elaine A. said...

You are both beautiful, too much lipstick or not! ; )

I'm loving the idea of an ice cream social. Think I need to suggest that at my kids' school (wink, wink!)

rockanddrool said...

so sweet!!
nothing like kids to give up reality checks...in so many different ways!
xo

Heather @ Domestic Extraordinaire said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening!

And *gasp* take too many photos?!!? I don't understand.

Kelly said...

I love one on one time with my boys but as I'm sure you know, with three kiddos it is hard to pull off. It is so special when we do though. Sounds like you two had an awesome time. I had to LOL at Lola's picture with the raincoat and hat. Too cute!

♥spoiled mommy♥ said...

Awww-that is so sweet. I remember those days when my older 2 would do those questionnaire's...hold onto those, great memories.
And you both looked gorgeous!

Kim said...

Awh.. I love this..it sounds like a GREAT evening!!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I love this post. Is it okay that I'm crying a little bit? She is adorable.

Amy said...

Adorable! You're both adorable!

Wendy said...

How precious is she? I hope I have a daughter one day. How fun!

Loukia said...

OH gosh, how very sweet and adorable! She is so beautiful, and you look great too! A Mother's Day Ice Cream Social? I cannot wait until my kids are in school! I am so looking forward to all those types of fun events.

And it's so great when you get one on one time with your children. They need it as much as we do!

Krystyn said...

Awww...Lola telling it like it is. Kidding.

How special that you got that one on one time with her.

Cecily R said...

It sounds like the perfect kind of Mommy Daughter date.

Incidentally, Gracie filled out one of those questionnaires for me once and I was in my 70s and weighed 47 pounds. Neat.

3 Peanuts said...

So cute and YES on n one time with each child is so wonderful!!!

Crystal D said...

What a fun night! You both look just adorable. You look great in purple. :)

Kari said...

That was just beautiful! I love her picture of you - priceless.

Managed Chaos said...

I was hoping we'd get to see Lola's fashion choice (she did a great job BTW). Color is a GOOD thing.

Her portrait of you (in all your magnificant red lipstick) had me LOL. It's so sweet to see her impressions of momma.

Now I need to figure out how to schedule alone time with each of my own children.

haniaski said...

Two gorgeous girls!

Jill said...

So sweet!! I never realized how important mother's day is in the States as it's my first one here in the last 6 years! In fact, my munchkin has a luncheon on Friday - and has been giddy about it for the past week.

Love the photo of the two of you - it's too darn cute.

Stephanie said...

Beautiful dress! Quality time is SO important...you're such a good mommy!

Flea said...

Awww! What great realizations. Also realize that most kids her age would give their parents many more than three years. The lipstick probably makes you younger.

Tara R. said...

Oh, my... her answers to the survey made me all teary... so very sweet. You both look lovely in your 'tea party' attire.

Meredith said...

That's so sweet. My daughter said her momma was special today because she has her fave color on her new shirt!!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

That is so sweet.

You look a wee bit like Lucy Ricardo in her picture. Just the mouth. I love Lucy Ricardo.

Kari said...

Ok...is one of the "mouthy Mommies" on the advice site, you?

carrie said...

I love those preschool "socials" so much! I am really going to miss that next year when my baby is in kindergarten! :(

BTW, you both look beautiful.

Tiffany said...

One on one time is so important, isn't it? These are moments that you both will treasure for years to come. They are wonderful little daily miracles - spending time with the people you love most and recognizing it for the wonderful moment it is. Hooray for you!

Jessica said...

So sweet! That is so wonderful that you got to have a special moment with Lola. She'll talk about it forever. And you both look smashing!

Marinka said...

I love that photo of the two of you. And I love how she chose a beautiful white dress for herself.

Karen said...

I LOVE that one-on-one time. I covet it desperately. Aging 3 years to get it is definitely worth it.

Don Mills Diva said...

But you have to admit, she totally nailed it with the shopping part...

Pu├ža said...

I love the pictures! All of them!

I understand the black issue as I often wear that colour too.

The dress she picked was great, and your portrait too, I guess she emphatizes your lipstick not because you put too much but because she does not wear it at all, so she realizes there's a difference between your lips and hers.

I find so funny you've grown up blue eyes!

:o)

I am P said...

They make you realize the most amazing things in such innocent ways. I love one on one time, it is so special for both!

jen said...

ah, there you go making me cry this morning.
beautiful memory. glad you captured it.
husband noted that i took over 400 pictures while he was gone for 3 days. there is a funny line between too many and not enough. i'd rather err on the side of too many but still leaving me enough time to be in the moment.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

:) I love those things. Happy Mother's Day! You looked beautiful, and not too made up no matter what she says...

Lynette said...

LOL. Maybe her picture was interpretive? It was nice, either way.

I realized that maybe I was going out when my daughter wrote my mom likes little black dresses. Ouch

Indy said...

You looked really nice in color last night!

Kel said...

hahaha...how sweet! You're children adore you and that is wonderful!
~K
BTW - her picture is too cute!

Courtney said...

Sounds like a great time & you both are beautiful...even if your lipstick made you age!

Kat said...

Aww. How sweet is that? You two ladies look so pretty! :)

MommyTime said...

That one on one time is so important. I totally agree. Recently my son painted pictures of me and my husband. He gave his daddy ENORMOUS eyebrows. I almost fell over laughing. It's funny what they notice.

Allison Says said...

Aw, what a sweet story! That dress is lovely--you do look nice in more color :)

Kash said...

Love her answers and the picture of you. It looks like you!

Legallyblondemel said...

Ha! I particularly love the line about when she is at school, you go shopping.

Happy (early) Mother's Day!

anymommy said...

And, your daughter thinks you're a great mom because you cuddle with her. I'd say that makes you about perfect.

LceeL said...

You can NEVER, EVER take too many photos. That said - she is gorgeous. Just like her Mom.

The Clark Family said...

What a beautiful post! I love the honestly of children, and how she accessorized you too! Go OhMommy!

mamatulip said...

I love the questionnaire! So cute! (and you two are so beautiful!)

Kate Coveny Hood said...

I like how you spend all of that time they are in school going shopping. That whole mom job is a breeze, huh?

Domestic Goddess (In Training) said...

What a great dress she picked out. I am pretty sure my 10 year old stepdaughter would put me in jeans, a nightgown, heels, and a suit jacket. She's suggested that outfit to me before.

Jaina said...

No such thing as too many pictures ;) Sounds like a wonderful social. :)

mpotter said...

that sounds like such a nice day!
kudos to the school for putting on such a production.

how fun for you to see yourself through her eyes.

enjoy the one-on-one!

Every Day Goddess said...

Lovely picture of you both. Very nice post. I love the pictures kids draw of their parents, interesting to see what we look like through their eyes :)

Kelly said...

How flipping cute! You have story book children, honestly!

Chandra said...

Well, that was just to stinkin cute! I think the lipstick picture is adorable!
The picture of the two of you is so precious, she looks ALOT like you! What a fun evening for you both!

Rachel said...

Awesome!

How cute are y'all and Lola's pic is just precious!!!

I think they age us just for fun and I love that when she's at school, you are shopping!

She had to get her fashion sense somewhere ;-)

Anna See said...

What a wonderful experience for the two of you to share!

Lisa said...

what a lovely pair you are. and there is no such thing as taking too many photos, I promise!

Blessings From Above said...

That is so precious! Sounds like perfect the "mother/daughter" day.

Diva Ma said...

This was SO sweet! Kids are funny!

Kari said...

Wonderful post! And, you do look great in color!!!!

 

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