First, somewhere between the wine section and the guy passing out the fudge samples, Avery yanked her front tooth out. I'm sure I don't have to tell you the excitement that this event causes in a 6 year old and her siblings. I will tell you that we stopped mid-aisle, not caring who was behind us or trying to get past us. We all shrieked, jumped up and down and hugged each other, as if we had just hit the Powerball jackpot. It was a glorious moment.
There was some slight panic when she thought she dropped the tooth in Costco, but after a good 10 minutes of searching every spot we had been since it first fell out, we realized that it was just stuck to the Kleenex she had wrapped it in. Whew.
Next, the kids went off with their dad and found a little picnic table. Usually, when those four go off on their own, they come back with bags full of candy bars and boxes of every fruit snack you can imagine but, I must admit, this discovery was their best one yet. Of course, it wasn't as cheap as the candy is, but we've been wanting a little outside table ever since the wooden one we had rotted in the rain. Plus, this purchase doesn't cause hyperactivity or cavities. So I'm happy.
They are ecstatic about it. Avery informed me that they would be eating all of their meals on this table from now on, forever! I informed her that no meals would take place on the rug, but we'll deal with that when the next meal comes. (Side note: The table folds up so that it will lay flat or lean up against a wall. Able-to-be-hidden is one of my favorite qualities in a kids' item.)
The third, and final, life-altering event involved the gorgeously pink dress that Reese is wearing in the above photo. As we walked toward the checkout lanes, we passed through the clothing section. There was a rack of little girls' dresses, overflowing with all sorts of pink, fluffy, shiny, and rustly concoctions. Reese thought she had died and gone to Heaven. She stood there, wrapping her arms around each dress that she loved and then, as if her life wasn't perfect enough at that moment, her daddy said the words that every woman wants to hear: "If you want one, you can have one...they aren't expensive." She spent several minutes going from dress to dress, trying to find the perfect one. I saw this one on the end and, trying to distract her from the black and white horror with the monstrous magenta rose on it, showed her this one. She turned to look and her eyes got wide. She immediately dropped the offensive one on the ground and ran to me, grabbing the dress and twirling with it in her arms. "This one! This one! I have to have this one!" she said as she twirled. After the excitement had died down a bit, she looked at me and said "Momma, when I look at this dress it makes me want to go faster."
I know exactly how you feel, Baby. I have the same reaction when I see that Sephora box arrive on the doorstep.