Sunday, May 01, 2011


I'll admit, I have a little bit of a thing about cartoon characters...especially on textiles...shirts, shoes, bedding, etc. I think it's tacky. At this point, the idea that you could have a disney princess bedspread hasn't entered Isabelle's world, and I'm trying my hardest to keep it that way.

Also, I have to say that I am trying to instill a little bit of good taste into my girls. I don't think it's all that important in the big picture, outside of general cleanliness and modesty, but never-the-less, not a bad skill to possess for an American woman. So, you can imagine the kunundrum we have run into recently.

We were at a Wal-Mart last night getting a few last minute items. Isabelle was irrepressibly drawn to the TACKIEST item of clothing God ever allowed to be created. It was a pink, taffity, ruffly dress with Rupunzel on the front of it. Yuck. She was all like, "Ohh and ahhhh" Like I have been trying to do with McDonalds, I decided to take the brainwashing approach.

Just a bunny trail, the following conversation happened on Friday between me and Grace:

Grace: I want some chicken nuggets (as we passed a mcdonalds)
Mommy: No you don't Grace. They hide chicken feet and animal bones in those chicken nuggets. They are so bad for you! They might even make you sick!
Grace: No! No!
Mommy: Yes, it's true. It's very disguisting.
Grace: Okay, I'll just take some french fries, then.
So, I tried the same thing with the tacky clothes.

Mommy: Oh Isabelle, that is just the ugliest thing I have ever seen. It is so tacky.
Isabelle: (Offended that I could call something so pink and lovely tacky) Stop saying things are tacky mom! Everything is not tacky!
Grace: (feeling left out and apparently taking the conversation very personally) Ya, I'm not tacky, I'm bea-ful!

We can't say our children lack in self esteem!


drowninginblessing said...

laughing out loud! I understand the battle. Although I succumbed last week... Abe got a Lightning McQueen racing shirt that had "tacky" all over it. I was afraid he would want to wear it ever day, but so far, he's left it in the closet for those days when he's safe to wear his favorite shirt in the shelter of our home. :)

deanamelody said...

Haha, love the whole nugget conversation!! The little cuties!

Aunt Brenda said...

I can just imagine both of those conversations. However, little girls just need some fun things(are those the items grandmas and aunts buy?) And Grace is exactly right, she is beautiful and so is Isabelle.

Anonymous said...

Danielle thats so funny one persons tacky is anothers beautiful. dad

Anonymous said...

that picture of grace makeing such a face is so funny and cute i miss them,they look beautiful in what ever they wear,it's good for them to be little princesses some time. love you all granny.

Oma said...

It's all part of growing up - you need to let them express themselves. They are only 2 and 4 and they need to dress up and pretend. Remember when you put that towel on Jona's back and told her she could fly......!!! LOL