Anna June has a couple of indulgent parents. On Saturday evening, Ben and AJ had napped late and I was trying to wake them up and get them ready for a fun-filled family trip to the neighborhood grocery store. This, of course, was met with some resistance. Anna June said she was going to come, but she couldn't get her beloved Cinderella earrings to work - she's worn them so much that one of them has gotten to where it won't stay on her ear. She was very upset. I pointed out to her that she got a Toys R Us gift card for Christmas that was just waiting to be used. So we quickly abandoned our grocery plans and went out for a sandwich on the way to they place "where a kid can be a kid".
It was really interesting to see which kinds of things Anna June picked out. She knew she had to make choices, so Ben kept having to run to put things back all over the store when she'd decide that she didn't, after all, need another magic wand.
She came home with some new paint, a really nice kid-sized stainless steel water bottle emblazoned with "Princess" on it, and a cool purse set - a similar set is pictured above. It has a sparkling pink bag, a key on a key fob that has sounds of a real one, a flip phone - complete with a ring tone and noise-making buttons, play money, a play ID card, plastic lipstick and eyeshadow, a comb and mirror, a heart-shaped ring, and, best of all, heart shaped earrings. She was quite a hit at church and at Nana's house for dinner last night. This morning she wore her jewelry to school but she chose (wisely) to keep her lipstick in the car console so it wouldn't get lost.
She has been funniest of all talking on her play phone. She has called Aunt Beth, Aunt Liz, Daddy, Mommy, Grandpa, Grammy, and, for some reason, her friend Drew's mommy. She has complete imaginative conversations, including salutations and sign-offs like "See you 'morrow!" She is having a blast and was kind of mad that she couldn't bring the whole thing to school with her. We let her take it to the playground yesterday and while I was walking Radar around the track, I looked over and saw Ben holding the sparkling pink bag and princess water bottle while AJ was on the see-saw - it was so cute I couldn't stand it.
Best of all, there's still room on the gift card so that if we're in "need" of something else, we can make another trip out there. Thanks again Grandpa and Grammy!
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