...and i think I did good! Today was Emma's 8th birthday. As I said in my last post, we celebrated it yesterday, because today I had to take her to her dad's house in Waterloo. Everything yesterday went really well. I even conquered the buffet with no ED involved. Still, I wanted today to be a special day for her.
I let her have toaster strudels for breakfast, which are her favorite, but I usually don't buy them. I sent her to school with cupcakes for her class. In her lunchbag I put a cute birthday card and a charm necklace to suprise her.
hen i had an idea to get her hair curled at the salon. When she got home from school I told her about it and she did not want to do it. See, she has had some pretty bad experiences with me trying to curl her hair. One time I accidently burned her ear (just a little). but I told her that the ladies at the salon were proffessionals who knew what they were doing and it would be fun. She still didn't want to do it, but I dragged her to the salon anyway because I knew she would like having stylish hair once it was done.
So she got in the salon chair and was making her "whiny noises" and looked really unhappy. I had a bad feeling for a little bit that maybe I had made the wrong decision and I was ruining her birthday. But once the stylist turned the chair so Emma could see in the mirror what she was doing, she perked up a bit. Her hair turned out so cute! When we left the salon, Emma had a little spring in her step and a smile on her face. We got in the car to go to Waterloo, but we had to make a stop at a gas station, and Emma said "mom, do you think if anybody sees me, they will wonder if I am a super star or something?"! It was priceless!
I try to teach my girls that the most important beauty is whats inside. But Emma is kind of an akward duck, and her hair is usually a frizzy mess, and i just don't get the feeling that she feels that great about her looks. It was just so nice to see her walk with confidence and feel extra special!
The whole drive to Waterloo we listened to her Hannah Montana cd (the whole thing 3 times) and Emma just rocked out. She was so excited to show her dad her hair and kept wondering what he would say. When we got there her dad made a big fuss over her and I was really glad. He was taking her shopping for her birthday presents and it looked loke they were really going to have a good time.
So as I drove home, I really felt satisfied in my heart that Emma had had a good birthday. I love her so much.