Several months ago, my parents bought a year-long pass to Disneyland and used it to lure their grandchildren to visit them in California. Since children under age 3 are free, we decided to celebrate Carmen's not-quite-birthday by flying out and spending a couple of days in the Happiest Place on Earth.
The real story, though, is the impression that those few days have had on our family. Because since mid-February, this is what my children have worn pretty much every day:
In total, I have made:
- 2 pairs Mickey Mouse shorts,
- 1 pair Mickey Mouse shoes
- 1 pair Mickey Mouse gloves
- 1 Minnie Mouse hotpad set
- 2 Minnie Mouse dresses
- 1 Minnie Mouse skirt
- 1 Minnie Mouse pettiskirt
- 1 pair Minnie Mouse bloomers
Olivia cried and cried when I told her she had to wear something different to preschool the second week. She has since complied, provided I style her hair into ears and put a bow in the middle of her head.
Carmen switches off between Mickey and Minnie...and Lady and Tramp and Cinderella and Aurora and Piglet and any number of other characters. They spend hours in their room playing dress-up. No one else is allowed in, and I am only summoned periodically to fasten buttons (although Olivia has gotten pretty good at that).
The funny thing is, with all this clothes-changing, we still occasionally see Carmen running around wearing only a backwards shirt. Well, fashion is as fashion does.