I have to admit, when October 31st rolls around each year, we are usually one of those families that stays home, closes the blinds and turns out all the lights, and then huddles around inside with a movie, some candy, and the determination to ignore the ringing doorbell.
Well, this year our church decided to provide a safe alternative to the usual festivities, so we threw a fantastic Fall Festival and invited the whole community. There were activity booths, jump houses galore, stage shows, mini doughnuts, caramel apples - the works!
I decided I would dress Emma up, but since I never found any store-bought costumes I really loved, I was just going to make her a "princess" using some of her dress ups. To make a long story short, I had to wake Emma up early from her nap so we could get going. I said, "are you ready to go to the jump houses at church?" and she said "yes!" and woke right up. Then I said, "let's get your princess outfit on", and she replied "I don't want to be a princess! I want to wear my clothes!". So, around and around we went for a few minutes while I tried to convince her she would make a beautiful princess, and all the other kids would be dressed up too. She wouldn't have it. Until I remembered the new dress-ups she got for her birthday - a sparkly, pink, Flapper dress.
That's right. My three year old daughter went as a Flapper. To church.