Novalie and I had two special mommy/daughter days this year before school started. We wanted to do too many things to fit in one day.
Day One: We went to a local waterpark. It is so funny to me that I went to this waterpark when I was Novalie’s age. They have added a river raft ride and a lazy river since those olden days, but it was so fun to take Novalie on the dragons that I have been on numerous times. Although, this time I got motion sickness from a waterslide. Pathetic old age. Besides that….we had so much fun. Total summer lovin’ water fun. We swam and swam and swam and swam. We got a little crazy going around the lazy river. I can’t tell you how many people I bumped into. I felt like one of those obnoxious teenagers that don’t look where they are going. I didn’t care though because Novalie and I had so much fun (and I apologized a lot). We were in our happy place.
Day Two: We got up and went into the city. Our first stop was Build-A-Bear. Novalie gets a back to school stuffed animal each year to help her feel safe and brave on the first day of school. I am sure one of her other 5,172 stuffed animals would do the job just fine, but it is a tradition, so what are you going do? Go to Build-A-Bear, that’s what.
Seriously, how cute is this?!
After the purchase of “Crumbles” the dog (this is one of my favorite names Novalie has come up with for a stuffed animal, I love her creative brain), we headed to our favorite restaurant.
Benihana, how we love you!
After our delicious lunch, we went to the movies. Going to the movies the day before school has been a tradition since kindergarten. I am feeling lucky that there has been a kid movie out each year for us to see. This year’s movie was, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” Novalie thought it was too sad because Timothy had to go back in the garden. There were so many scenes that mirrored my own experiences. There were some really sweet scenes.
On to the pet store we went for a collar and name tag for Crumbles.
Watching the name tag being engraved.
Our last stop of the day was to get school supplies. I was disappointed in her school supply list. I wanted to buy notebooks, binders, markers, pencils, erasers and pencil boxes. We didn’t get to buy any of that. Her list consisted of things like baggies, kleenex and hand sanitizer. I snuck some of those other things in just to get that giddy back to school sharpened pencils feeling.
I love this daughter of mine so much. I love these special days we have just the two of us where we can do whatever we choose. No friends along, no to-do list, no cleaning, no chores. Just one on one awesomeness. I cherish days like these and tuck them away in my special memory spot. It is so important to me to have these special days where we laugh all day and just soak up each others goodness.
♥Happy Mommy/Daughter Days!♥