Today was one of those days as parents that you never forget. While Alyssa was so sick this month we talked about what she wanted to do for her birthday (she was sick the weekend of her birthday so we were planning insteading of celebrating) and I don’t know if it was because she felt so crummy and just wanted to feel better or if it’s a sign of things to come but she wanted a massage, a manicure and a pedicure. So today we left at 9:30 a.m. for our girl day. Now before any of you visualize a little pampered beauty queen nine year old let me show you what she was doing Friday night…
So on a typical day she is as dirty as any little boy on the street, but today she was all girl. We really had fun, I taught her how to tip, we talked about how thankful we are that we are able to do these kinds of things because I work hard and make enough money to pay bills and have fun. We called Lena when we were done (Lena wasn’t included because she can’t stand the thought of a stranger touching her feet or giving her a massage..what a surprise…ha). We went to The Old Spaghetti Factory for lunch and then made a trip to Jungle Jims for the first watermelon since last summer…yum. We are going to have a fondue night later (I’ll try to get some pictures of her pretty nails before her next worm digging).
We bought new flip flops to show off those pretty pink toes, the blister is from a new pair of dress shoes that she insisted on wearing to school this week. While I was sitting beside her in my own pedicure chair taking this picture I thanked God that I was able to do something like this with Alyssa, I want Alyssa to know she should always take care of herself and that she is worth pampering. I want this little girl to have the confidence and love for herself that I never had because no one ever made me feel like I deserved the best and that I could pamper myself. Alyssa is the biggest blessing in my life and it’s days like today that I’m reminded she is growing up and before long she’ll be too busy for me just like Lena and Shane.
How cool is that?! I’m so glad you got to enjoy a day of pampering. Yes, you are teaching her valuable lessons about her worth. You’re a good mom. Our kids do get too old for us I suppose but they always remember moments like this. And if its any comfort – when they get even older, they come back. Its always great to get a call or visit from Cody and he always hugs me now – he used to never do that.