One Good Day
Yesterday, the girls and I had an awesome day!
The seventy-some-odd degrees probably contributed in some way, AND the fact that after a week and a half of a terrible head cold they were FINALLY back to their normal selves...
I found this "It's a Small World," vintage Disneyland tee thrifting this week for Remy and she LOVES it! The girl has a fondness for my vintage thrift finds and I am pretty proud and excited about that. She wanted to wear the tee today, and she agreed on leggings, she had a tutu over but opted to leave it. I try to give them several choices and options and they ultimately choose what they wear. Anyone else's kiddos fighting them on jackets?! It's November and the girl HATES coats, jackets, anything that covers her shirt... Still able to get things on Arlo...for now.
So the girls have been super interested in this mystical place called Disneyland lately. They see the castle and hear that twinkly tune at the beginning of Disney movies, and Arlo will belt out, "It's the Disny castle! It's the Disney castle! Can we go to the Disney Castle?!" (This is by no means an ad for them, although it makes a very fine one.) So I showed them someone else's Instagram picture of the castle at Disneyland. Remy said, "Huh. That's not the Disney castle." They both seemed neutral to the image I showed them.
Today, I decided to show then a YouTub video of the Small World Ride at Disney and I didn't realize, or remember, that the ride was that long! I went a couple of times as a young girl. The tee shirt inspired me to show them something visual. Arlo requested I sing the song to her before bed and it has been stuck in our heads ever since this morning. Not complaining. How AMAZING is that ride?! I mean think of all the characters and movement and color and craftsmanship and the wonder it has created ALL these years! Pretty magical, really.
After the video, we took a little cultural detour on the way to a park palliate. I took them to an Asian Market in our neighborhood. I have taken them before but they were BABIES! IT was fun to see their excitement and curiosity. Arlo was smitten with a bag of strawberry marshmallows. We found a couple Hello Kitty things like snacks and stickers, which made the perfect treat for our playdate.
We didn't have a lot of time, I probably should have taken them another day, we can always go back, but I definitely wanted to show them the seafood area. Expansive and FRESH! Pretty creepy living things in that ocean... eek! Not a big seafood eater here.... but it was interesting and stimulating for the senses and it was new and I love exposing them to interesting and unfamiliar ideas and places. It is true, the world is very small, Walt, and so we find ourselves immersed in diversity, intentional or not, but our zip code is sort of a pocket of National Geographic so to speak with all of the different cultures living all together. In fact, this particular market also has African, Indian and Arabic groceries and items as well. Pretty neat.
After the market, we met up for a playdate at Westlands park. It was so warm and sunny and leisurely. The girls did the slide I don't know how many times, I eventually stopped nagging about them putting their shoes on, and then they found the sand box and they were happy as those clams we saw earlier. Wonder what that expression means anyway.
Whether it's Disney someday, or markets today, I truly am honored and lucky and HAPPY to be discovering it all with these two.