Now you know how my Gracie is super-dooper girly, loved ruffles and dresses and wears flowers in her hair almost every day, right?
I have no idea where she got this from.
Now my oldest, Ellie, is a different story. Wearing a dress is cruel and unusual punishment. Tights are torture. And the last time I bought her something with ruffles, the look she gave me made me shudder at the thought of her being a teenager. You could almost hear her eyes rolling. I swear. Now she will wear pink, but that's about a girly as it gets.
(disclaimer: She read this before I posted it and said, "MOM! I DO have a shirt with ruffles." And she does. Have one single shirt with a teensy-tiny ruffle on it. I stand corrected.)
So I have a really hard time finding clothes for her. Grace is easy. If I love it, she'll love it. If its a dress, she'll love it. If it has ruffles, she'll really love it. But Ellie.... I've returned more clothes that I've bought for that girl... Even stuff that I think isn't that girly, she'll reject.
Luckily, I've found a few stores that I can almost always find things for her. There are several kids clothing stores that I refuse to shop at. I firmly believe that 8-year-old girls should look like 8-year-old girls, not tiny pop stars or reality show contestants. No inappropriate slogans on tshirts, no super revealing outfits and nothing written across their bottoms, thankyouverymuch.
77kids is American Eagle for kids and one of our favorite stores. I've found a ton here for her - that casual surfer girl style is perfect for a kids like her. And my favorite - their slogan is "Good for 77 washes" - their stuff not only lasts, but gets softer with age.
Crazy 8 is another store I usually do well at for her. Crazy 8 is owned by Gymboree, so you know its good stuff. And when you hit the sales, its crazy cheap. (Even when you don't hit the sales they have good prices!) The outfits we fight the most about are outfits appropriate for church. I don't think they need to get decked out, but nice clothes are a must (like jeans without holes). But Crazy 8 is saving my sanity with these cute outfits!
Afraid to try the latest trends because you don’t have the body of an 18-year-old supermodel? Never fear! Many of this season’s hottest trends are wearable for all ages and body types. Don’t be shy - trying a new trend can be scary! Try one at a time and mix them in to what you already own. Summer is a great time to try something new. Here’s a couple of spring and summer trends that just about anyone can pull off:
*names have been changed to protect the, um, innocent*
Girl A: "TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED!" Girl B: "YOU TOO, YOU MEANIE!" Girl A: "YOU'RE THE MEANIE!" Girl B: "WELL I'M TREATING YOU THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED BECAUSE YOU'RE BEING SUCH A BIG MEANIE!!!!!!!!"
I believe this conflict was about post-it notes.
While I am bursting with pride with their use of Biblical Principles, I thik we need to have a discussion about applying those Biblical Principles, don't you?
SIDEBAR: Within two minutes, they had apologized, made up and were happily playing together. The sudden bursts of drama these two sisters have positively confound me.