Sunday was a day for a family outing. Mike, the kids, Joe and I went to the theatre to see a Christmas panto called Snow White. Going to the show took the entire weekend. On Saturday the girls went to get their hair done. Sadie kept saying, "I'm not going to cry," when she talked about getting her hair done. Later she determined that she was going to tell Bill, the hairdresser, that if he was going to was her hair he needed to use water, not just soap. We agreed that she would give him instructions on how to wash her hair. She nodded her head decisively, pleased to now have control over what was going to happen. Bill looked amused as she gave him instructions but got right into it, asking her both permission and direction all the way through the wash and cut.
Ruby got her nails done while Sadie got her cut, then they swapped places. Ruby loves getting her hair done and agreed, reluctantly, to her mother's wish to have her hair cut a little bit. She likes and trusts bill so she sat back and relaxed as he did her hair. She falls almost into a trance when she gets her hair done but she did agree to a picture just as she got into the chair.
So with hair and nails done we went home and did some cooking. The girls really got into decorating their gingerbread people. Ruby was insistent that her's was a girl. They robbed some of the marshmallows from a box of Lucky Charms to add to their choices in decorating the fine fellows.
Sunday morning involved all getting dressed up. Well, that's not entirely true. The girls got dressed up and the rest of us guys just got dressed. We all figured we made a fine backdrop for the two elegantly dressed girls who made their way with us to the theatre.
What was the slight hitch that we experienced?
I'm not going to tell you.
I'm not going to write it down.
It was small.
I choose to remember what we laughed about.
Because that's what I want to think about when I think about the girls first night out at the theatre.
(Should Ross Perry ever read this, I want you to know that you've added a new phrase to our lingo with the kids. On our way out I was joshing with Ruby about something and I said, "Hey, watch out or I'm going to go all Evil Queen on you." Ruby laughed so hard I thought she was going to fall over. It's now part of our lexicon.)