Twelve Day Experiment-Day 4

Hello Friends,

Another late night, “buzzer-beater” post. Apparently “my true love” wasn’t dealing with weekends when he/she was giving gifts. So, yeah, I’m having a harder time with this challenge than I thought.

Today we are going to go in a different direction while still sharing our holiday time activities.

Princesses? In December? Yes! Sweetie attended a princess-themed Birthday Party today, celebrating a school friend’s 6th Birthday. Dresses were provided and princess makeovers happened complete with lipgloss, blush and nail polish. What?!? On my little girl?!? Heh, only until Sunday night-thank you dress code!

So the venue was all princess-fabulous and the girls loved it. Anna and Elsa joined the party and led the games and songs and singing and sing-a-longs. The Birthday girl was beaming and Sweetie had a blast…or maybe a “ball” (again with the missed opportunity to be witty).

So why show Birthday Party pics today? Well, as all the Dads out there can tell you, this will happen to you when you own daughters. The specifics might vary (we have a unicorn spa party next week) but you will find yourself in this situation. I may not go full wig and dress like the banking commercial, but overall I am alright with a princess party for my girls. Additionally, we here at the detour know that Christmas is all about Jesus’ Birthday, but we recognize that other people have Birthdays too. Those of you who know us (namely me) know where I’m going with this. So be sure to celebrate your December Birthdays accordingly.

So I hope you had as sparkly and fabulous of a day as we did. Malls? Crowds? Not for me, not today.

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Birthday Cosplay

We had a surprisingly busy spring this year. Wife and I have been distracted by a home renovation project that will soon become the focus of our lives, and probably the focus of some posts, too. Add to that the other life stuff that happens every day and here we are already in June. Because we were so busy, we decided to keep Sweetie’s birthday party low-key this year. Tough to do in general, but she has been attending parties for classmates and friends and that just adds to the pressure.┬áNeedless to say there was not much to post about from this year’s party. It was nice and all, but nothing like last year. So I decided to take you all back..

Sweetie chose a Curious George theme for her 3rd birthday. That was great because there is plenty of stuff at the local party store for Curious George – he’s a popular little monkey. Sweetie’s godfather, Micompadre, upped the party ante though when he asked/suggested/challenged me to dress up to fit the theme.

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Micompadre let me know that he owned a monkey suit and would happily join me in the fun, as you can see. With his support, and a giant costume store just down the street, it was on. Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat were in attendance.

George!!!

George!!!

Now despite the obviously high quality of our costumes, not all of the kids loved it. In fact, many of them had a look that was either incredulity or horror. We kept moving and didn’t stay in front of any child too long in order to avoid breakdowns. And thanks to the quality costumes and unseasonably warm day, our time in costume was quick.

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Just a man and his monkey friend

I have to give all credit to Micompadre. Without his push I would not have added this to our party planning. There are wonderful and fun places to go when family supports you. So something else to add to the list of things I didn’t see myself doing: cosplay for a birthday cause. But the parents out there are not surprised; they’ve done it too. To the would-be dads: expect to wear many different hats as a father, some that you never thought you would even consider. I think this is especially true for a stay-at-home dad. But when you see your little girl’s face light up, and the mood of the party shifts to “fun-silly”, it’s worth it.