Margot fell in love with Fancy Nancy after I borrowed the book from the library. If you don't know Fancy Nancy, you should. She's a little girl who just likes fancy things: fancy words (preferably in French), fancy accessories, fancy manners, fancy facial expressions. I got the idea to have a Fancy Night after about a week of reading the story several time daily. Margot had been getting up a lot at night, so I promised her that if she spent a whole night in her bed without disturbing anyone, we'd have a Fancy Night.
She succeeded, so on Friday we headed to the Dollar Store. Money can't buy happiness, they say, but if you're four and the money is spent on boas, tiaras, masks, and sparkly things, it comes pretty darn close.
The girls were thrilled to wear make up for the very first time...it was to be a Fancy Night, after all. Jude loved getting dapper with daddy while the girls accessorized.
I got ready last, and I wish I'd had a camera to capture Margot's face as I descended the stairs in very high heels and red lipstick. Her eyes were absolutely shining and for once, she was speechless. I couldn't stop giggling! I made sure to give daddy a big smooch to the wide eyes and squeals of our kids.
We had pizza and pink lemonade (wine for the grown ups). We said Darling a lot, raised our little fingers when we took a sip from our fancy glasses, spoke in French, and used our very best manners. We had parfaits for dessert, and stayed up late.
It feels as if we might be emerging from the Survival Mode we've been in since Norah was born, and that we are entering into the FUN of parenting four, if the laughter around our dinner table was any indication.
Do you have any fun dinner traditions?