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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!