What a delightful place Denver is! It's never about the place, though, it's always about the PEOPLE. Spending time with my sweet girl Sierra just fills my heart UP! I am so grateful for the bond we share.
Yesterday as we were strolling through Nordstrom Rack, she stopped and hugged me, and said, "This means so much to me, Mom. When I first moved to Denver, I would notice the daughters shopping with their moms, and I felt so sad. I missed you. I wanted to be shopping with MY mom." Awww...she is the sweetest thing ever!
Yesterday we were searching in earnest for a Halloween costume for her to wear Saturday night. She kept hoping to find a ready-made TACO to wear. The night before while we were at Ted's Montana Grill, our favorite place for Red Rock Chicken Sandwiches, Jason looked at her and asked, "What is it about the taco that appeals to you? Is it just because it's so random that it's funny?" She nodded enthusiastically. I was puzzled, but not surprised. She either likes to be randomly silly, or very elegant. I was determined to help her find something besides a TACO costume.
Mark was a great sport, and accompanied us to the thrift store in Westminster. They had some AWESOME stuff. I found wigs, hats, and boas. Sierra would have none of it. "I am NOT trying on hats here, Mom. I have a thing about lice." I just laughed at her.
"You don't have to try them on, but you have to take pictures of ME trying them on!" Ever the doting daughter, she complied. My kids and I had always tried on every hat in every store we'd ever gone to so I couldn't believe she wouldn't play with me. I guess this was our first "second-hand" experience. As I donned a PERFECT white wig, I told Sierra I just know that most of these costumes were only worn once by some darling little child having fun on Halloween, so I just get over any of the heebie-jeebies that bubble up in me, and try on the hats and wigs. It was so fun!!! She would have none of it, but she did take pictures.
As we walked through the aisles and aisles of costume possibilities, a brightly colored sequined dress caught my eye. "What about THIS?" I pulled it off the rack, and noticed immediately how tiny the dress was. The sequins were green, blue, and purple, and looked like a piece of Mardi Gras perfection. "This would even fit you!!!" I could tell by the gleam in her eye she was hooked. She held up the peacock-colored dress to her. It was perfect.
After we bought her dress and went to lunch with Mark at Macaroni Grill, she and I headed to find a headdress while Mark rested at the hotel. We scoured the shelves of Michael's Craft Store, and found the perfect accessories: peacock feathers and a turquoise feathered hair clip. The piéce de resistance: a peacock pin. Her outfit was complete. Mrs. Peacock, of the Clue game fame, WISHES she looked this good!
Today we're going to the Denver Botanic Gardens with our handsome men. Tonight, the kids will hit the city in their costumes, and have fun with their friends. Tomorrow, Sisi and I are going to a yoga class taught by one of my friends I met through Happier, Lexi. My sweet girl turns 24 tomorrow, and we're spending the day together while the guys go to the Broncos/Redskins game. This weekend just gets better and better!