Making you smile is optional.
No, my child is not stomping her foot in anger. She just loves her light up shoes. In fact, the bonus cool factor is the only reason she'll wear sneakers. I take my wins where I can get them.
(I used to be one of those parents that proclaimed I would never let my daughter wear light up sneakers, thinking they were obnoxious. I can admit this. I was a schmuck then. Now, I'm just a pushover.)
John and I had a date night on Saturday, leaving Sprite with my parents for the evening as we took in dinner at a nice restaurant (Reservation, yo!) and a highly acclaimed movie. As payment for babysitting, I made a complete dinner (meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans), dessert (homemade flat apple pie courtesy of The Pioneer Woman's cookbook along with storebought vanilla ice cream) (just being honest) and set up a screening of Despicable Me, a feature my parents hadn't seen yet and Sprite hadn't memorized yet, so it was still kind of new to her. (Okay, she does know how to imitate "It's so FLUFFY!", but I could easily blame that on playground gossip.)
While we enjoyed our time out, and only called home once to make sure everyone was still on speaking terms, I did mention to John during our dinner that I would have preferred what I had made for my parents in lieu of the salty mess I abandoned after a few bites.
We did love the movie though! The King's Speech was wonderful, made brilliant by the actors and the story. John noted the next morning when we were discussing movies that he wasn't interested in seeing The Black Swan. I asked why, considering the action that was drawing most men to the movie. It seems John was one of the few remaining males on this planet that was not aware of Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman's "friendship". Now that he is aware, he is currently making plans for another date night very soon, this time to join ranks.
Imprompu Facebook Status Filler:
As written on January 12th: Jennifer's daughter is looking forward to being a "princess in distress" at this weekend's superhero birthday party, but the way she's been behaving lately, I may just have her re-cast as an evil villian.
I even broached the subject with the party's hostess, my friend Tracy. I don't think she quite believes me when I tell her my daughter has a vicious snark level, but then again, she has twin five year old boys. I think she may be somewhat numb by now.
Unfortunately, due to Sprite's sick day and a half last week, I am doing double time (and double portions of tea for the caffeine kick) to catch up, so it's a short one this week. Longer than last week though. And hopefully shorter than next week. What can I say? It's perfect for snacking.
Now go see Keely and complete your Tuesday obligations..