just what we needed

friday night is usually date night, 
but wade was in canada skiing,
so nikki an i got to have a date.
we've been rubbing each other the wrong way the past couple of weeks so i thought we'd better spend some alone time,
no piano practice, no dance, no school projects, or spelling, or room cleaning, or chores, or whatever else can vex or frustrate one or the other of us.
just us.
aaaaaaah.  it was just what we needed.

we ate out at one of our favorite restaurants, the one wade hates and never wants to go to so i always reserve it for girls' outings... not that those happen ever anymore, but this certainly counted as a girls' night out in my book.

nik instructed me in the proper way to roll your eyes.
i don't think i've got it down as well as she does,
but she did give me some good tips to work on.
really.  she had a list.

in the makeup store nikki couldn't get this perfume to work.
it had no smell.  
it wasn't until the sixth spray that i realized it was body glitter, not perfume.  man was her face be-dazzeled!

we shopped around
then we hit claire's (which store i really can't stand, but what little girl doesn't love that place?)
followed by very frappy frappuccinos.
i like vanilla bean with skim milk.  
nik likes strawberry with 2%.
whipped cream on top, of course.

then we went up and down the escalator approximately 6 times.
nikki thought she was in heaven.
why do kids like that so much?

then to the pet store where nikki drooled over the parakeets and came up with a plan as to how she might earn one.
we'll see.
"did you know parakeets are easily trained and are natural clowns, mom?"
i do now.

then we went to one more store where nikki confirmed it really was her lucky day after she lost her scarf, searched the entire store, searched the car, then went back into the store to ask the store clerk who, miraculously, had it up front.
i think it was actually my lucky day.

 the best part of the whole night for me, and i think for nik too, was that nikki got to just talk and talk and talk the whole time about whatever she wanted to without having to take turns with any other kids and without interruptions.
a couple of times she stopped and asked if she was talking too much.
i just smiled and shook my head.

what a sweet little lady that nikki is.
(and when i say "lady" i don't mean to imply that she's lady-like, since at dinner she also taught me the art of passing gas without making a sound... or a smell.  i'm very skeptical of that one.)


Bille said...

What a couple of dolls, beautiful dolls. Sounds like so much fun. I am ready for a girls night out with my girl(s).

Amy said...

What a fun evening. She is getting so old! You are both beautiful girls!!

Becky said...

oh my! Isn't that THE most lady like thing to do...relieve yourself without scent or sound. HA! I'm so curious...

What an awesome girl! Such a simple but fun girls night out! Good job mom! And is your hair different? Have you always had bangs? You always look so gorgeous! And your daughter is following suit.

My daughter is only three and a half but it's funny how when I feel friction between us, if I just take a little time to really be with her and doing something with her she enjoys, both our moods change.

I love families! Especially mothers and daughters...I can say that since so far only daughters.

I am MommaCat said...

So sweet and so fun. I can't wait to do that when Kady get's a little older :)

Adri said...

What a beauty your girl is! You, too! Glad you had a fun night out. Wish I could join you for things like that.

And, skiing in Canada? Wow!

Heather said...

This is probably really weird since I haven't seen, talked, or viewed your blog for years but Ryan was chatting with a friend a few weeks ago and they discovered that you and Wade were in Ryan's friend's ward (Chad Aland). Anyway, I was just thinking about you and thought I'd give your blog a looksie. So just thought I'd say "hi" and I have to say that your kiddos are absolutely adorable.

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