A few months ago, when my super talented daughter, Macie, won a prestigious art contest with her Easter Basket submission, she received a gift card to Toys R Us. Of course that meant an immediate trip to the most fun store on earth!
|Here is Macie with her first Prize Winning piece of Art- notice the Blue Ribbon?|
|Here she is with the Toys R Us gift card.|
After spending hours combing through each aisle for the perfect toy for Macie, we stumbled upon the Barbie aisle, and this is what we found.
Tears welled up in my eyes as I saw the Barbie "All Dressed Up" head. I had no idea they still made them! I was flooded with emotion as I dropped to my knees to get a better look. There were all of the old accessories. Nail polish, make up, a brush, but also new additions like a flat iron, and fake nails with decals. My kids stood in confusion watching my eyes well up with tears. (Ok, maybe I didn't really cry... or maybe I did...) I explained that this was the toy I had always wanted. Oh, how I had dreamed of having a Barbie Head of my own to do her makeup and braid her hair. It was probably the toy I wanted most in my childhood. I snapped a pic and sent it to JT to show him the toy I had always wanted. He laughed and told me to buy it. But the practical
It has been a month or two since Macie's artistic triumph and the day at Toys R Us. I had completely forgotten how my dreams had almost come true, when Blake lit up with excitement one afternoon before Mother's Day.
He came running to me and said "I know what I am getting you for Mother's Day!! It is something you have always wanted!" I shouldn't have been surprised, after all, he is JT's son and JT is one of the most thoughtful people I know. I laughed a little and wondered if I would be getting some Ninjago toy or Hot Wheels car. (I should have known better than to be skeptic of his motives, that is something that Riley or I would have done, but not Blake.)
When Mother's Day arrived my kids were as excited as I was to open gifts.
|Don't mind my no makeup, towel, and robe, it was Mother's Day!|
|Riley scratching her nose- this is why I should always double check the pictures even when JT tells me "it looks great!".|
|Best Friends For Life!!|
|Blake styling Riley while Riley styles Barbie.|
|Macie joined in on the action.|
(Don't get me wrong... I still like jewelry and flowers and personal trainers at the gym and all of the wonderful gifts that JT gets for me! *I need to mention that so I don't get a Hot Wheel Track for next Mother's Day*)