Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fancy Friday

As you've probably noticed, our Ellie likes to be "fancy".

Here she is with an outfit inspired by the book Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy. She has copied the outfit of a character in the book as closely as she can, using her own clothes and those from the dress-up bin. She even stole Cutie's stuffed dog and made a leash for him out of my fanciest yarn.

Ellie has also been in need of a new reward system as her enthusiasm for the old one has petered out. I thought of one that fits her perfectly! This week, Fancy Friday was born. Ellie earns "tokens" (old lids from milk jugs that I've been saving for a while, knowing I'd find a use for them. Ellie decorated them with stickers and now they are suitable tokens) when she does her jobs, gets ready for the day, gets ready for bed and is kind to her brothers and mommy (this has been somewhat of a problem lately). She can also earn up to 5 tokens a night for sleeping through the night; each time she calls us into her room, we take a token away.

What could possess her to do all those things so she can get decorated garbage, you might ask? If she earns enough during the week, we get to have Fancy Friday!

On Fancy Friday, Ellie gets to pick the fanciest outfits she can come up with for both of us, as well as decide on our hair-do for the day.
It's hard to tell, but I have pigtails. According to Ellie, that's as fancy as it's gonna get with my short hair. She also picked my "fanciest" Sunday dress and plenty of accessories. I was a little worried that she'd want me to wear my wedding dress, but she decided against that one.
We're also both wearing high-heeled shoes, of course.

Even Cutie got to dress up.

Here's Peanut, amidst all the fancy-ness.

We had manicures and pedicures. By the way, fingernail polish can take your paint off the wall. So don't let your chubby 15 month old get a hold of a bottle and smash it on your living room wall/floor. When you try to wipe it up before it dries, it will take off some paint. Who was the genius that decided to make these kids' fingernail polish jars out of glass?

We also read fancy books and had a lovely muffin tin (more on that Monday).
And we finished off the day with Pizza and a Movie Night, Mary Poppins style! Very fancy!

All in all, it was a very fun day and a fabulous form of bribery--I mean motivation--for our fancy girl.

I look forward to doing it again. She's slept through the night 2 night in a row! Yee-haw! It's pretty sad when the child keeping you from sleeping is NOT the 2 month old, but the 4 year old who'd rather get up at 3am, blast her "kid music" and play, color, read books and dress up in her room than sleep. We're hoping that's over now.

I wish you all a fancy day!


  1. That looks like a lot of fun. I might have to use that one as a reward. That Snoring Princess book looks cute, I'll have to get that and read it to Brooklynn.

  2. How fun. I'm glad that the "fancy" bribe is working out so far. I hope it lasts until Ellie is sleeping through the night all the time.

  3. This is Shannon, Kristi's SIL and I was just wondering where you get all the cute muffin tins. I love this idea and would love to use it with my boys. Leave a comment on my blog or email me:

    P.s. I hope its okay that I read your blog.

  4. I love all the fanciness!!!! I had a dream about visiting you guys the other night, I may have to follow through on a Fancy Friday :-)