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The Piñata Day

Today Lucy and I woke up and had nothing planned. That’s not super normal for us, so we took the morning slow. Lucy played and talked about a recent birthday party while I made a list for the store.  It seemed obvious from her imaginings that Lucy is suddenly really into piñatas. Since her birthday is coming up, I thought, hey what fun. I’ll go let her pick out a piñata for her playdate party (a couple weeks away) on our way to the store. Fun, easy, done.

GUYS. I did not expect the reaction I got. I only had my iphone for documentation today, but this is worth sharing.  Can I just say first that La Casa De Las Piñatas on University is amazing. Every kind of piñata you could dream up, plus they do custom orders and their prices are really affordable. I’m such a fan.
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So picture this… small girl newly thrilled about piñatas (thanks to Saturday’s birthday party and a Dora Explorer book from the library) walks into a room COVERED in piñatas, many of which are shaped like all the cartoon characters that she’s ever loved hanging out in colorful paper. There were plenty of ooohs and ahhhs. She was pretty set on this star piñata with the Frozen characters on the front, when the Piñata Maker led her to the princess section. “Sorry,” he said, “we just sold our Frozen one this morning.” But sure enough, about 26 seconds later, Lucy yelled, “ELSA! She has a blue dress on! There’s ELSA!”

So the kind man took her down and it was love at first sight.

Reams Photo | Valentine
Reams Photo | Valentine
Reams Photo | Valentine

As we paid, both of the men who worked in the store said, “Good luck with the hitting part. She’s not going to be very happy when the kids hit it.” But they gave me a free hitting stick, so we were on our way.

Lucy asked to hold Elsa’s hand in the car and then explained her grand plan for how she wouldn’t have to hit Elsa. She definitely didn’t want Elsa to “break open.” So instead, Elsa will hand out the treats to all the children individually. This is her explaining the plan.

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And then relishing in her new backseat companion.

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Then Elsa proceeded to spend the rest of the day with Lucy, doing all the things Lucy did. Here’s lunch.
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Reams Photo | Valentine

And storytime.

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Reams Photo | Valentine
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And playtime.
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When Paul got home he asked me, “so what’s the end game here?” I have no idea. But I’m pretty sure it doesn’t include taking a 4 foot piñata with us everywhere we go.  Probably.

March 12, 2014 - 5:24 am

Lenore Barnhill - That is adorable. Yea, I’m not sure you are going to do too well when people try to hit her open and break her …

March 12, 2014 - 6:12 am

Auntie Cheri - You cannot make this stuff up! I love love love this story and my adorable great niece and her adorable mama. Thanks for sharing. Oh btw, is Elsa’s bday March 11th? Gotta get it on the calendar ya know.

March 12, 2014 - 9:27 pm

Granma - This is so unbelievably touching! I love seeing Lucy on daily activities and suddenly, it is an adventure! and you and Paul go right along into it with her! Thank you for giving her that gift. She is the cutest little girl ever!

April 14, 2014 - 6:02 am

Playdate/Swap Party » The Reams Family - […] Then came the pinata. Don’t worry, we didn’t beat up on Elsa. Instead, our huge Frozen pinata gently handed out treats to the assembled children. […]

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