Like A Million Bucks

1:15 AM

Last week Jeremy and I decided we were going to each take the kids out for special dates.  Deliberately planning a special day together with my kiddos was so much fun!

mommy and daughter

I took Emma Grace out first mixing a little of our old favorites with some new ones.  We went to brunch at Mimi's Cafe.  Brunch was always our thing in S. Africa.  It was our special girl time.  I love Mimi's and figured my girl would, too.  I was right.  What little girl wouldn't love Mimi's pancakes that look like Minnie Mouse ears!

mimi's pancakes

At brunch, I asked her if she wanted to know the day's activities or be surprised.  She chose to be surprised.  The look on her face as we went throughout the day was priceless.  I pampered her with a polish change at the local nail salon (only $5 vs. a $25 pedicure).  She informed me that she didn't want to leave the chair after they were done!

toenails painted

painted toes

Then it was off for a haircut!  Normally I try to trim her hair myself, but I forgot my hair scissors in Africa and it had been over a year since it was trimmed, so a proper cut was in order.  Long layers and three inches on the floor later and I had one fine looking miss! 

haircut

We had fun the rest of the day with a few other activities, and I had a beautiful teachable moment.  Sometimes I think so hard on the things in life that are need vs. want.  Mainly because I'm a frugal junkie.  As the day wore on, I began contemplating everything.  Should I pay to get our toes painted when we can do this at home?  Should I really buy her that bottle of lotion even if it's only a $1?  And in those moments, I felt such conviction.  As sure as anything I felt God say, "YES!"  Because those little things made her feel like a million dollars and you can't put a price on that. 

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  1. Wow Jen what a sweet memory to make with your daughter. I love the "little things" in life that allow you the opportunity for a "snapshot moment". Kudos to you mommy for taking the time to do this! Love it!!!

    Rachel Spears

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  2. What a wonderful mother-daughter day, I'm sure your daughter will remember it for years to come =)

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  3. I'm glad you guys had a fun day. I look forward to doing things like that with Isabelle as she gets older. I love what you said at the end of your post. I had a similar moment not long ago when I was buying some warm slippers for Isabelle. I had 2 pairs picked out...one was cute but plain purple, the other was a good deal more expensive but had disney princesses on it. I knew Izzy would LOVE those, but struggled spending the extra money when the other ones were just as good to me. But I felt like God was trying to tell me He wants to give good gifts to his children, so it was okay for me to do the same. I splurged and bought the princess slippers and I'm so glad I did because she thinks they're fabulous!

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