Sunday, April 4, 2010

Fashion Show!

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Plus, I just put up a review of a totally awesome caramel apple factory. If you want to see how they're made and drool, go visit here.


Spring has finally sprung here in Chicago - and oh my, I really hope I didn't just jinx that! That of course means that the wee ones have started to wear outfits that don't involve covering them from head to toe. In fact, we even had a record high 83 degrees on Thursday that necessitated a mid-day clothing change.

And that mid-day clothing change made me realize that the wee ones are truly growing. It isn't just my imagination. In fact, Mister Man has grown three inches since his checkup less than six months ago.

With that in mind - and knowing that they had to have something suitable to wear for Easter today - I insisted that we do their least favorite activity. Yep, it was fashion show time. I promised them something fun once we finished, and they reluctantly agreed, provided that they got to choose the five outfits we were going through that day.

We'll start with Little Miss, since ironically she was far more cooperative in this endeavor, although she is usually the more difficult of the two. Maybe my little girl is really turning into a little girl (ignore the hair please - she had just woken up from her nap, and my mom didn't use conditioner in her hair after swimming class).

As a reminder, they got to choose which outfits they'd try on.  Our first selection is a lovely 2009 Fourth of July ensemble.  This is one that I am going to have to hide until the holiday this year, as I recall she greatly enjoyed putting it on repeatedly last summer.  Unfortunately, the entire outfit still fits.  On the plus side, the elastic waist on the skirt is now close enough to fitting that she will be able to run without holding the skirt up.  Am I the only person who has an issue with Faded Glory being placed prominently on a t-shirt that displays our flag?  (Yes, my mom bought this one, not me.)

Her next selection was, not shockingly, a Twins ensemble.  This is a t-shirt that passed down from Mister Man after he outgrew it.  I see that she will also be wearing this one frequently this summer.  The capri pants are getting a little short, but this will at least get us through the first part of summer.

I had a difficult time approving this outfit, as she's worn it for the past two summers already.  Yes, you read that correctly.  This has a second skort that she also tried on that she has finally outgrown.  While they fit in the waist, they were a sligthly indecent in their length.  That skort?  24 months.  This one?  3T.  The shirt is a 4T, and I can see that again, we will only be able to wear this for the first few weeks of summer before it is gracefully retired.

Once again, Little Miss has chosen a Mister Man hand me down for her outfit selection.  Is anyone noticing a trend?  My poor mom.  She so isn't getting her girly-girl.  On the plus side, the Willie t-shirt will definitely make it through the summer.  I'm reserving judgement on this skort, however.  It seemed loose, and at four and a half, running around holding up your pants just isn't going to be allowed.

For our final outfit, Little Miss went with the un-shocking choice of Tinkerbell.  She was thrilled to note that this 5T selection passed muster.  These pants, however?  They went into the donation pile.  I don't think we can justify wearing them any longer.

With Little Miss being as compliant as she was, I was able to sneak in all her summer dresses, as well, in the guise of seeing what she could wear for Easter today.  Her first selection was a lovely dress that would look much better on a girl four inches shorter.  This was also placed into the donation pile.

Our second attempt was last year's Easter dress that was ankle length at the time.  Although definitely shorter, this may be our winner.  I'm thinking that 6pm on the day before Easter was not going to yield a new dress for her.

We moved on to one of her favorite dresses last year.  Little Miss long torso is definitely outgrowing this dress.  However, while we won't be wearing it for Easter, I am holding on to this one for a few weeks until I am certain that she has something else to wear when needed.  This one is at least decent.

Little miss's final selection was this once mid calf-length dress.  After deciding that she looked like she was headed to a 60's minidress party, I told her that this also had to be placed in the donation party.  However, after seeing the green dress that one woman wore to Easter services this morning,  I am rethinking that decision.

Mister Man was next on the docket, and he proved to be less happy about the fashion show. Actually, he was fine with the fashion show aspect, but he did not like the picture taking portion. Go fig.

Interestingly, Mister Man's first choice was to pair a shirt I'd bought him last year purposely too big with a pair of soccer shorts from last summer.  The shorts will stay until I can buy a new pair, but they're quickly headed for Little Miss's closet.  The shirt confirmed that Mister Man is not yet into size M clothing.

Next up we have a pair of shorts that my mom bought last year - size 7 - that apparently will fit all summer long.  Thank goodness I have some clothes I know he can wear.  That shirt may last us for a few weeks into summer, but it appears destined for the donation pile.  I was quite proud of him for matching nicely - relatively - for his first two outfits.

His next outfit also matched beautifully, and this shirt looks like it might make its way through at least half the summer.  The shorts only prove how much he's grown in the past year.  Yikes.  I'm amazed he was able to button those without giving himself a hernia, but he said they actually felt fairly comfortable.

I lost all faith in his fashion sense here, although it's possible that he grabbed five shirts and then five shorts and only tried to match them up after they were out of his closet.  That's the theory I'm going with anyway.  These shorts are also headed for the donation pile.  And yep, this is another M shirt that I bought him last year for the future.  The future has not quite yet arrived.

So far, five outfits, and we're only able to keep about half the clothes.  I did a quick peek at some of their other clothes in the closet and saw a few 2T shirts and such in Little Miss's closet and some 4T and 5T clothes in Mister Man's.  Apparently we'll be doing more fashion show, soon.  And I might put up some of the more entertaining outfits - if they let me!

In the meantime, I'm begrudgingly making my shopping list.  I suppose Little Miss needs at least one dress to get her through the summer.  And Mister Man might need more than one pair of shorts this summer.  time to start clipping those coupons!


WeaselMomma April 5, 2010 at 6:04 AM  

They are adorable.

Melisa with one S April 5, 2010 at 6:43 AM  

It's so tough to keep kids in clothes when they just KEEP GROWING! I remember one year, my older son went through three shoe sizes.

Connie April 5, 2010 at 9:23 AM  

How adorable! Love the fashion show! Kids grow so fast, it's hard to keep up!

Angie's Spot April 5, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

We're spending 1 day this week going through all of the summer clothes because the high for the next 5 days is supposed to be 86. We went from winter to summer overnight. Bleh.

And that apple entry that you did was great! I might have to break down and purchase 1 for myself before the year is over. LOL!

MaBunny April 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

How cute! I hate trying to get Nicole to try on clothes anymore. It is a necessary evil though. Mr Man has grown taller hasn't he - wow! Little Miss is sure a cutie too. It is surprising how fast they can grow!
( I have a contest on my blog too today through friday)

merlin April 5, 2010 at 12:07 PM  

they look adorable, I really like how you put everything together.

Together We Save April 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM  

They are cuties!!

septembermom April 5, 2010 at 6:26 PM  

They are cute in everything!! Jillian fights wearing a dress. She likes to "pretend" to wear them.

Unknown Mami April 5, 2010 at 11:27 PM  

Those are the best models I've ever seen at a fashion show!

Alexis AKA MOM April 5, 2010 at 11:43 PM  

OMGosh looks like our house! I went threw all the clothes this weekend nothing fits .. ugh! Hit up the thrift store for some new digs for the boys :)

Karen April 6, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

Ah, the fashion show. My kids hated that as well - it must be a rite of passage.

And you know that stripes and plaids are all the rage now, don't you? Mister Man may be onto something there. ;)

Michelle April 6, 2010 at 10:13 PM  

WeaselMomma - Awwww, thank you. I like to think so :)

Melisa - Three? THREE? Geez, Little Miss is still wearing 8s, and Mister Man is still only a 13. They can wear the same shoes for over a year, I think!

Connie - It is hard, isn't it? It doesn't seem quite fair that I don't get my favorite outfits one last time.

Angie - We did the winter to summer, too, although it's going back to winter. I'm impressed you can do all the clothes at once.

Marcy - It's hard here, too. It takes a lot of cajoling. And yes, he's grown at least three inches in the last six months.

Merlin - How *I* put things together? Oh no no, I can't take credit. That was them. That was ALL them.

Denise - Awww, thank you. You're so sweet.

Kelly - I'm almost afraid to ask how one "pretends" to wear a dress.

Unknown Mami - Yeah, although don't ask them to walk with a book on their heads!

Alexis - Yep, I'll be going to the clothing rummage sale next Friday. We need more, I think. I just have to figure out what soon!

Karen - Call me curmudgeonly, but I'll skip the stripes and plaid trend, thank you.

Pat April 6, 2010 at 11:23 PM  

What a cute idea--having your kids do a fashion show so you could see which items need to be donated...and it looks like they had fun doing it, too. My youngest, Tim, got almost only hand-me-down shirts from his 2brothers, but not pants--they didn't make it. By the time Tim was 7 and Ben was 9, they were about the same size.

Michelle April 7, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

Pat - It's the only way I can get them to do it. And we have WAY more to go. This is going to be a long process. On the plus side, the 2T shirts that I was sure weren't going to fit her look just fine.... *sigh*

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