Oh Gosh! The years are going so fast. I know. I know. That is a broken record phrase that all parents say. But, it is true!
The days of the “daddy/daughter” dances are closing in faster than I’d like to think about. My daughter just hit her #8 birthday and that is 1/2 way to 16!
Eight is a pretty great age (as they all are). But, at 8, we are still young and fun, but also able to have “grown up” conversations and I can hear her thoughts and opinions.
Sorry, I’m straying from the point. I’m trying to tell you about the daddy/daughter dance.
My daughter has only been to a couple of these but has the absolute best memories from them. The calendar dates did not work out for our family the past few years when it was “daddy/daughter” dance time, so I think at their last one, she was only 4 years old!
Ever since that dance, she has been asking for the next one. What little girl doesn’t like the chance to get all dolled up and treated like a princess from her daddy for an evening?
Since the dates will work out for us this year, I took the opportunity to squeeze in some mother/daughter time as well! We went on a special little afternoon outing just the two of us to pick out a dress.
Now, if you know my daughter, you will know this is a big deal. She hates shopping. She disdains going into stores and looking at clothes. It bores her.
Which that is a good thing for me because she will pretty much wear whatever I bring home for her (for the most part). She does have her opinions on her clothes but overall she is very easy going.
There aren’t many shopping dates for us throughout the year. But, we do have a few shopping traditions we keep and look forward to, but other than that, shopping is not on her list of fun things to do.
So, I very much enjoyed getting to do “the mom thing” of helping my daughter pick out a dress for the dance. We even had a little bit of fun with some dressing room selfies.
I can remember my mom helping me in the dressing room growing up. She would grab sizes for me, help me hang up the clothes, and give her opinion. We had a lot of fun together doing those things.
And I love getting to share these experiences with my daughter as well.
The dress shopping was very easy. We only tried on a handful of dresses, we both liked the same one. So within in 15 minutes of walking into the store, we had a dress and were ready to go. We LOVE the dress we picked for the dance!
I tried to treat her to some new shoes to match her dress, but she was done with the shopping by then. HAHA! She said she was good and didn’t need any. But that she was ready to go eat.
So, I was also able to share my love of sandwiches and good sweet tea.
I LOVE the daddy/daughter dances. It not only means she gets an evening with her daddy, but I also get a mom/daughter date as well!
(Not to mention the night they go, I will get to have a “boys night” with my boys at home.) It’s a win/win situation all around.
If you live in the area, you can still get tickets for the 2018 Daddy/Daughter dance that will be at The Wedding Barn venue. I really love this venue. It is the same place that we go to for the annual tea.
So mommas– if the dates work out for you, encourage your man to take your daughter out for the evening. It is absolutely precious! It doesn’t have to be their daddy. It can be a grandparent, uncle, brother, or just one of the great men in their life. You steal your daughter away to get her all dolled up and then send her off to have a fun evening!
There are only a few fleeting years to be able to do these kinds of things. The Wedding Barn venue is beautiful and there will be heavy hors-d’oeuvres, music, dancing, pictures, door prizes and …..cupcakes!
All the money from this event goes to the Distinguished Young Women of Arkansas organization. Distinguished Young Women of Arkansas is a scholarship program open to college-bound high school, senior girls.
When: February 15th
Where: The Wedding Barn