Girls Day Out

November 29, 2007 by Kailani  
Filed under my family

This past Saturday, Girlie Girl and I had plans to do a big girl’s night out. Unfortunately, MIL decided at the last minute that she wanted to visit and ended up staying the weekend. When I told her about our plans, she insisted that we stay home so that she could spend time with her granddaughters. DH told me not to change my plans but I felt bad and ended up canceling.

I dreaded telling Girlie Girl because we were supposed to see Enchanted and she’s been talking about it non-stop ever since it was released. Needless to say, she was disappointed but took it pretty well. She’s much more mature than I give her credit for sometimes. MIL, on the other hand, spent the evening watching her Korean Dramas and didn’t even play with the girls. How’s that?

Anyway, yesterday after school, I decided to let her skip piano class and surprised her by going to see the movie instead. I think I was more excited than she was! I mean . . . a chance to see McDreamy as McCharming! Well, he really wasn’t the actual Prince Charming of the movie but he is to me! It was a great movie and I totally recommend seeing it.

The great thing was that since it was a Tuesday afternoon, there were tons of parking and no crowds! Yay! The shopping mall (where the theaters are) was so festive with all the lights and decorations! And can you believe that Santa was sitting there all by his lonesome? I figured this wouldn’t be the case next week so we seized the opportunity for a visit. Since there was no one waiting in line, Girlie Girl was able to talk to him to her heart’s content. Know what she asked for? A mop and a broom to help Mommy clean the house! Santa looked at me and said, “How can I say No to that?”

But the absolute best part was when we were driving home and she said to me, “Mommy, you are the best Mommy ever!” It was a great reminder that once in awhile it’s okay to just forget the scheduled activities and just enjoy life.

When was the last time you did something spontaneous? Share!

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Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.
Kailani

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30 Responses to “Girls Day Out”
  1. Marie says:

    It’s funny you should ask. I just took an online personality quiz, and my husband and I were chuckling over the very accurate notation that I have a spontaneity score of zero.

    Marie’s last blog post..Play With Yourself!

  2. Renee says:

    I’ve already said all I have to say about your MIL… what a piece of work!

    That’s so cool you two got to see Enchanted. DD really wants to see it too.

    As for the last time we were spontaneous…hummm that’s kinda hard cuz we’re so busy. But sometimes I try to do something she isn’t expecting. Usually though it’s because we’re nearby and I don’t want to drive all the way home.

    Renee’s last blog post..Puppy love and sadness

  3. Pamela says:

    on Saturday we went to Mr Magoriums Magical Emporium (with two grandkids) and we didn’t care for it that much. We decided we should have gone to Enchanted.

    Awwww… warm and fuzzies with Girlie girl and Santa. Make my cheeks crinkle, too.

  4. Sher :) says:

    I’m afraid I’d probably score the same as Marie. One of these days I might just go crazy!! :)

  5. tonya says:

    Awww what fun….I got to have a similar day a few weeks ago with one of my girls and we had a blast!

    I’m looking forward to spending it with my other one in a few weeks….good quality time!

  6. Baby Advice says:

    Good for you! I think it’s great that you skipped piano and had a fun afternoon!! It sounds like you both had a really great time! The pictures were great! I hope we are as lucky when we take Alex to see Santa!!

  7. Summer says:

    Oh my gosh, how sweet that she asked for a mop and broom to help you out!

    I want to go see Enchanted too.

    I do spontaneous things every day. I’m not a planner. I like keeping things wide open and I pick up the kids and go whenever I feel like it.

    Summer’s last blog post..The joy of a new toy

  8. Desert Songbird says:

    The photos of GG are too cute! She sounds like a very compassionate and understanding girl. You’ve done well with her, mama.

    Last night was somewhat of a spontaneous night. I decided at the last minute to take the kids out to eat instead of cooking at home. This after an unplanned activity earlier in the afternoon. I agree that once in a while it’s nice to go off the schedule and just do something more relaxing.

    As for an actual “play day?” I haven’t done that in a while. Hmmmmmm……

    Desert Songbird’s last blog post..A Bird in the Hand…

  9. JessicaK says:

    What a great memory for the two of you! Some of my best memories are when my mom just did something great like that out of the blue.
    We tried to take a drive and look at Christmas lights in the historic district last night as a spontaneous thing, but sadly no one over there had their lights up yet. :( The boys took it well, though.

    JessicaK’s last blog post..Let the Gifting Begin

  10. Melli says:

    ROFL! I would have to share my whole LIFE! I live verrrrrry spontaneously! My plans can change at any given time with only one moments notice! Especially if FUN is involved! I was always and forever stopping by school and taking my kids out for the afternoon! Of course… I worked at the school and was able to “know” in advance if it was a “safe” day to do that! (no major lessons, or no testing…) That helped! But sometimes I think I did it too much! But life is short…

    Melli’s last blog post..Thursday 13… In Which Nana Explodes!

  11. amy says:

    I’m just not going to comment on MIL, but will comment on what a great mommy to take Girlie Girl for a fun mother/daughter day and forget about schedules for a while! It seems like it was very meaningful for her and you! Oh and yes, to see McDreamy on the BIG screen is my motivation to go see the movie :)

    amy’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen: How Amy got her groove back!

  12. Angela says:

    That is an adorable Santa picture! (And she is so precious asking for cleaning supplies to help you out!)

    I’m so glad it worked out for the two of you to still have a mommy/daughter day out–especially after she handled her disappointment so maturely over the weekend.

    Thanks for the review of “Enchanted”…it’s on my list of movies to check out, for sure!

    Angela’s last blog post..Field Trip to the Children’s Museum

  13. Colleen says:

    Such a wonderful time out! It’s so important to remember to skip out and do the fun stuff.

    I can’t believe you MIL was so selfish!

    Colleen’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday – AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

  14. Write From Karen says:

    In regards to MIL *pointed stare*

    ‘Nuff said.

    A mop and a broom? *blinkblink* She’s SUCH a gem!! What a sweetheart. Do you want to know why she asked for those items? Because you are the bestest mommy in the world. Because you allow her to skip piano lessons and surprise her with a girl’s day out. She is going to remember doing these fun things with you, Kailani. What a great mom you are.

    Spontaneous? Me? HAHAHAHA. Okay, seriously, I do have moments. For instance, yesterday, I went Christmas shopping (well, Christmas looking – I’m still getting ideas), and I saw this old Super Nintendo game that my son has been wanting for a few years. Apparently, it’s pretty rare. But I wasn’t sure it was the right one, so when I asked my son, he whooped and hollered and asked if we could go to the store and check it out. We went, it was THE game, and we spent the rest of the night actually talking (this is my teenage son who never talks).

    It was the best last-minute decision I’ve ever made. *smile*

  15. tracey says:

    Sometimes we can be TOO spontaneous. Well, maybe not to all people’s standards, but we are renowned for saying “screw the house, let’s go DO something” and leaving the mess behind. My husband is usually the instigator, but I love to take them to the movies or zoo or whatEVER, just cause. We hit the zoo on Sunday and on Saturday, I’m surprising them with a trip to a Lego exhibit! Maybe that’s not TOTALLY spontaneous, but I have tons of other stuff I should be doing, so I think it counts a bit!

    Glad to hear Enchanted’s good! We usually wait for the movies to come to the cheaper dollar shows, but I’ll definitely take the kids when it gets there.

    tracey’s last blog post..Conversation with Evan today:

  16. tracey says:

    Sometimes we can be TOO spontaneous. Well, maybe not to all people’s standards, but we are renowned for saying “screw the house, let’s go DO something” and leaving the mess behind. My husband is usually the instigator, but I love to take them to the movies or zoo or whatEVER, just cause. We hit the zoo on Sunday and on Saturday, I’m surprising them with a trip to a Lego exhibit! Maybe that’s not TOTALLY spontaneous, but I have tons of other stuff I should be doing, so I think it counts a bit!

    Glad to hear Enchanted’s good! We usually wait for the movies to come to the cheaper dollar shows, but I’ll definitely take the kids when it gets there.

    tracey’s last blog post..Conversation with Evan today:

  17. Holly Schwendiman says:

    That is so awesome! I’m so happy for both of you – nothing tops those spontaneous and spoiling mommy moments. :) Way to go mom!

    Hugs,
    Holly

  18. Christine says:

    You know, GG is growing up to be such a lovely young lady, it’s because she has a wonderful Mother.

    The last spontaneous thing I did with the kids, would be the day I took them to see “Rattatouille”, and out for ice cream.

    Glad you and GG had a great and very special time together!

  19. TopChamp says:

    that just sounds like a perfect day. Your wee girls are so cute though – you are doing a good jobx

    TopChamp’s last blog post..guide dogs for the blind

  20. Melissa says:

    You certainly are the best mommy ever! I would love to see Enchanted, but there aren’t any other’s in my home that are excited about it. Maybe I’ll treat myself…
    Spontaneous… wow… um… it’s been awhile. :S

  21. Melissa Markham says:

    That’s an awesome story! Shame on your MIL! We are looking forward to seeing Enchanted!

  22. momto3cubs says:

    Aww, sounds like a nice afternoon :) Thanks for the movie review. I was wondering about taking my boys to it. And what a great Santa picture!

    I say next time MIL stops by, go about your plans as usual!

    The last spontaneous thing I did was just a few minutes ago–I tried making a quick trip to the store after dropping off my oldest boy at basketball practice. The store was a very bad idea with a hyperactive 5-yr-old boy along.

    momto3cubs’s last blog post..My first Christmas present…

  23. BeachMama says:

    Sounds to me like Girlie Girl really deserved the treat you gave her by taking her to the movie and being spontaneous. She was so gracious to stay home and visit with Grandma that it is wonderful you had the opportunity to do this for her.

    I haven’t done something like that in a while, but J’s turn is coming up soon.

    BeachMama’s last blog post..How expensive is a bag of milk?

  24. Fresh Girl says:

    I’m going to have to see this movie — you’re like the fourth or fifth person who has talked about seeing it and that it was really good.

    Sounds like a great day for you and your daughter — you’re right, it is important to shuck the “have to”s once in a while and just do something fun. :)

    Fresh Girl’s last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #38

  25. Rach (Heart of Rachel) says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Like you, I would also like to watch the movie again.

    Glad you and Girlie Girl had a wonderful time together. Awww, those are heartwarming words from her.

    We always try to be spontaneous because it adds to the fun.

    Rach (Heart of Rachel)’s last blog post..Aloha Friday #9

  26. Waya says:

    That is so funny about the Korean Dramas Kailani b/c my Mom can’t have enough of it! You are a great Mom!! I can’t wait to have my girls day out with my only girl as well!!

    Waya’s last blog post..In-laws

  27. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    What a great time you guys had! I love doing special things with each of my girls whenever I get a chance too. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen very often though. I think the last time I did something spontaneous though was yesterday when I decided at the last minute to take the day off for Hannah’s birthday. :)

    Deb – Mom of 3 Girls’s last blog post..NaBloPoMo is over…

  28. Dana says:

    That is so awesome!!! What a great daughter you have..and what a great mom YOU are. Yea, the spontaneous times – those are the best. I have a hard time giving up my “schedule” to do things like that, but I am always so glad when I do. It creates priceless memories.

    I saw Enchanted on Monday of last week and I LOVED it. It was a very cute and wholesome movie. And McDreamy…wow, he is such a doll!!! Anyway, we enjoyed it too (so did Brandon, but don’t tell anyone he might be embarassed.)

    Sorry I’m late on this post!

    Dana’s last blog post..The Writing Is On The Wall (Literally)

  29. Sarah @ Real Life says:

    Oh, this was so inspiring. I get so serious about life sometimes, and I know my girls would love a spontaneous fun day!

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