Olivia received this tunic about a year and a half ago and it was way too big, and I was really upset because I loved it so much. Finally, it fits her this year as a dress and paired with some tights, it was the perfect outfit for the 60 degree fall weather we had yesterday.
About a month ago, one of my girlfriends sent me a text that read something along the lines of: “OMG, DISNEY ON ICE ON SEPTEMBER 14TH, LET’S GO!”
Girl, you had me at Disney.
Dominic and I have been talking about taking Olivia to a Disney on Ice show for probably about a year. It’s just that every time we planned it, something would come up. My sister, my girlfriend Steph, her sister in law, my other girlfriend Stef, and her cousin joined us in our little girl’s night. Unfortunately, Dominic wasn’t even able to make this show but we all had just as much fun!
I honestly don’t know which part was my favorite: watching Olivia light up when she put on her princess dress, watching Olivia light up when she saw the entire show, oooooor seeing Mickey Mouse…
I’m gonna go with a tie between all three ;)
Here is my little princess in all of her glittery (really, really glittery. like, glitter on everything she touched, glittery) glory:
Ugh. Can you even handle that? I sure can’t. I cried when I saw her. I’m a crier, I can’t help it. (Her “Yook, Dada! I’m a princess!” just about killed me.)
“A portrait of my child, once a week, every week, in 2014.”
Olivia: When your godmother and I were little, we would go see Disney on Ice once a year. We loved it so much and couldn’t wait to take you someday. That someday was tonight. I honestly don’t think I will ever be able to forget the magic in your eyes as you sat and stared in complete awe through the entire show. There’s nothing better than knowing that I was apart of making that magic happen, and I promise to always bring as much magic in your life as I possibly can, my little princess.
(P.S- this is my absolute new favorite picture of you)
As most of you know,, I have a pretty
small big obsession with Target.
But who doesn’t nowadays?
They just always get it right. Always. Their clothes, home decor, even their office supplies are freakin awesome. But my fave? Their seasonal stuff. Somehow, every year, they seem to out-do themselves from the year before.
Dominic, Olivia and I went there this morning to get some Christmas lights (among other things….because at Target you never just get what you went there for.) and all around the store there were little hints of Christmas, I loved it!
Which brings me to this week’s Ten Things Friday. Here are ten….
The other day, Olivia was playing on her little baby sofa, when all of a sudden, I heard a loud bang. She had hit her mouth on the back of the sofa. I quickly picked her up to console her, and after about 30 seconds of her whimpering, she started to say, “Minnie! Minnie!” and hopped off my lap, to pick up her Minnie doll that was on the sofa.
She came back to me, and with the saddest sad face I ever did see, she pointed to Minnie’s head and said, “Head, mama. Minnie’s Head!” and she was whimpering again.
It was in that moment, I realized, Olivia wasn’t crying because she hurt herself, she was crying because Minnie had hurt herself. Olivia was sad, worried, about her Minnie hitting her head.
And as I sat there, holding Olivia holding Minnie, and rubbing and kissing Minnie’s head (we’re in the stage that mama’s kiss makes a boo boo all better), I started to cry a bit. The good kind of cry.
Every day, I grow prouder of my daughter. Every. Single. Day. And in that moment, she was upset for someone else’s pain and discomfort. Even if it was just a stuffed Minnie doll, to my daughter, Minnie is way more than that. That’s her BFF. And that makes me proud.
Olivia is starting to feel emotion, and act on it. I love it. I love how sensitive of a person she is. She gets upset when she hears other people crying, she knows and absolutely hates when other people are fighting/yelling, and she comes to rub your face or give you a kiss/hug when you need it the most.
When we’re out, or even when we’re watching a movie, and she sees people laughing, she laughs too. She says hi and bye to everyone when we’re at the grocery store, and did I mention she hugs and kisses without being asked to? It really is the best.
There are a lot of things that are my favorite about my daughter, but the way that she feels, the way that she loves, that’s my favorite.
It makes me so excited to see her soul grow, to witness her touch other lives, to watch her emotions influence other people. She has definitely already influenced at least two people- Dominic and Me. We are better people because of her. She taught us things we already knew, but taught us to do them more fiercely, which is an amazing thing. She has taught us patience, admiration, appreciation (especially of the small things), kindness, immaturity, not caring what other people think (although that one is more for me than Dominic, he already has that quality!), and many more. But most importantly:
Our girl loves with abandon. She loves, but doesn’t expect it in return. She hugs random strangers, she says “love you” to more than just family members and she always makes you smile when you’re feeling down.
The way she loves is such an inspiration to us, Dominic and I definitely hit the jackpot with this girl.
Olivia Rose, you have the most beautiful soul, and we are so proud of that.
Happy Thursday, Friends.