Last weekend was our street’s block party. It was a warm summer day and normally I’d strap on some wedges and a cotton sundress. However, I quickly realized that there were going to be a lot of kids in attendance. And Guinevere would be in heaven, wanting to run with them, ride bikes and jump around. I also knew that I’d want to be able to kneel on the pavement next to her to write her name in chalk and jog behind her bike to appease her requests of “faster, mommy!“
I’ve talked a little bit about my journey with personal style, but the truth is that while I’d love to wear leather shorts and stilettos or backless sundresses and strappy wedges every day…they aren’t practical for life on the weekends…time with my daughter. My wardrobe is in a transition of finding pieces that will work to climb on a playground and sit in the grass to blow bubbles – and still let me feel stylish. I never used to document the casual outfits. I thought the pretty/edgy/trendy outfits were the most Instagram/Twitter/blog-worthy, and skipped the others. But after my 30×30 challenge, I realized from the comments and tweets how much others did like the casual outfits – so I’m going to start sharing them. Likely on Fridays, but today’s post is early since tomorrow will be a big second birthday post 😉
Would I have felt more of myself in that sundress and wedges for the block party? Definitely. But I couldn’t have run around with my toddler – and I refuse to be a sideline mama. As long as this kid wants to play with me – I’ll be thrilled to join her.
With everything going on, I tried to grab my little ALMOST TWO YEAR OLD (!) for a picture. She was far more interested in her popsicle. So I gave up after a quick kiss and sent her on her way.
Her godsister’s bike was a huge hit. Made me thrilled that I bought her a similar one for her birthday – I wasn’t sure she’d actually be able to peddle it, but seeing how much she enjoyed it – yep, I can’t wait to see her unwrap her own!
And I had to include this picture of my sweet goddaughter. From that zebra sunhat to the tutu swimsuit and Hello Kitty sandals, she might be rivaling me as the block fashionista!
At one point, the kids were playing some sort of game where one person called out a time and they moved forward that many steps. Guinevere didn’t understand the rules and was just stomping along with the big kids until the leader spun around and everyone ran – right by Guinevere. She got SO upset the way they all jostled and sprinted off away from her, and came running to me in tears. I thought she might say her elbow hurt or something dramatic and instead she pouted, “Mommy, they have to be NICE to me!” Oh god, it was so hard to not laugh – she thought they were being mean to her. I kept a straight face and gave her a big hug and tried to explain that they were playing a game. She finally decided that she was “all better, mommy!” and put her chin up. I tapped her bottom as she trotted back over to join back in.
Later, she decided she was hot (and we all were – it was sunny and humid and we were all sweating!) and I glance over – girlfriend is picking up ice cubes from the beer bucket, sliding them on her chest and putting them down her romper, then wiggling her butt to let the ice cubes all fall out the bottom. Over and over again.
Oh, that girl. She just makes my heart grow every day – I love her fiercely.
All of the sudden, the sky opened up. Guinevere looked around frantically at the raindrops falling and screeched “WHAT IS HAPPENING?!”
A neighbor suggested that she hide under the table to keep dry and she did – with her popsicle – while we tried to pack everything up.
She then bravely popped out, and realized that the rain was fun! She was sprinting like a mad woman and splashing in puddles and I laughed and let her as I tried to hustle all the food and stuff back home.
Finally, everything was in the garage, and right before Guinevere and I ran upstairs to take a bath, Tyler took a picture of his two little drowned girls.
It was a perfect day, friends.