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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

I had promised Kennah on her fourth birthday (Nov. 12) that we would plan a Girl Day, when she and I would spend the day together doing things that are fun for us but that don’t even remotely interest her dad or her brothers. We had a hard time pinning down an actual day to do it, but she never forgot about it. “When are we going to have Girl Day?” she’d ask. To which I’d answered, “Soon, I promise,” so many times that I think she could hardly believe it yesterday when I announced that today would be the day. “Do you mean after this day, when we wake up, it’ll be Girl Day?” she queried, scarcely daring to hope that the time was so near at hand. “Yep, that’s right,” I found myself repeatedly reassuring her.

Clearly, Kennah craves time alone with me—a fact that I’m reminded of nearly every night as she waits up for me to finish reading to her older brothers and taking care of numerous pre-bedtime tasks. “Are you finished with all of your chores yet?” she’ll ask between yawns, having set up her Disney Princess Old Maid card game or her Strawberry Shortcake Strawberryland board game for us to play after all of the boys are in bed. And when she does, I can hardly bear to tell her that the chores are never finished. So I don’t. Instead, I play a game with her and help her afterward to fall asleep—hoping that I can stay awake to tackle a few more chores before I, too, must close my eyes. I know these times are precious, and I hope they’ll always be as important to her as they are right now. A friend of mine with four daughters—all much older than Kennah, including two on the brink of the teen years—assures me that they will. Each of her girls “will take as much as I can give them,” she says.

And so today I think we’ve begun a tradition of sorts—one that I hope to repeat at least semi-annually, although I reserve the right to call a Girl Day whenever the budget will allow it and we’re in need of one. 🙂 Following are a few photos from the first Girl Day, during which we each got our hair cut and styled (by our friend and fabulous stylist Renee Bau), enjoyed pedicures (a first for us both!) and had lunch at a tearoom (the Urban Tea Loft).

Newly trimmed tresses.

Newly trimmed tresses.

Premiere pedicure.

Premiere pedicure.

Pretty in pink.

Pretty in pink.

Tip-top toes.

Tip-top toes.

Icing on the cake.

Icing on the cake.

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2 comments

1 Wardeh @ GNOWFGLINS { 12.21.09 at 6:38 am }

Happy Birthday, Kennah! Looks like you and your mommy had a great day together! 🙂

2 Wendy { 12.21.09 at 11:26 am }

That’s so sweet! Finally, you get a “Girl Day.” Sadly, though, no matter how many daughters you have, “Girl Days” are hard to come by. I like both yours and Kennah’s haircuts/styles! She’ll remember that day forever!
–Wendy, who has had far too few “Girl Days” herself, despite having three daughters! 🙂

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