Today is Hendrix, Ellington’s god-brother’s, fifth birthday and he invited Ellington to Disneyland with his family to celebrate. We are cognizant that Sienna sometimes feels left behind. So that Sienna didn’t feel left out, Lateef thought of a special activity and planned a fun daddy-daughter fairy date. She often says, “what about me” or is told, “next time, Sienna”. So, we decided to wait until the morning of to tell Ellington he is going to Disneyland. This was primarily so that he wouldn’t tease Sienna. But also so he wouldn’t drive us crazy about it in anticipation! Just telling him an hour and a half before leaving was pretty brutal (“mooooom, are we leaving for Disneyland yet??!!”).
Lateef woke up early and found a show called A Faery Hunt to take Sienna. He said he wanted to leave before Ellington so she didn’t feel left behind. A Faery Hunt is a live interactive children’s show featuring fairies as actors. It was named “Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles” by Nickelodeon. He planned a proper daddy-daughter fairy date.
I started getting Sienna dressed and Lateef came in and said that she should wear her fairy costume because everyone comes dressed up. He seemed pretty excited about taking her. So sweet. We couldn’t find her wishenpoof (what she calls her wand ala the show Wishenpoof, which is a show about a little girl who can make wishes come true). But they sell wands there! The performance was at Los Encinos State Historic Park. However, it rotates to various places around LA and in two weeks will be at Griffith Park.
To be honest, Sienna didn’t love it. She’s only two years old and we think she was a bit young for the British-style dialogue and songs. We took some videos of the show and are going to watch together. We will go again in a year or two when she is older.
But, it honestly didn’t matter that she wasn’t into the show. They got to spend the morning in a beautiful park together. They met another dad and his kids and talked about a future playdate at Adventureplex in Manhattan Beach. And Sienna got some quality one-on-one time and did something new. We have been trying to give each of the kids more 1:1 time and this daddy-daughter fairy date was perfect and also special.
Lateef said it was pretty awesome (I didn’t attend because I was dropping Ellington off at Disneyland). He said that it is held in a beautiful historic state park and it was nice to be outside with nature. He also said that the performers were really good and told stories and sang. There was also some diversity with a beautiful black fairy that Lateef wanted Sienna to see.
Because she didn’t love the show, daddy found a cool park nearby. Sienna got to climb, run and play. I mean, honestly, that’s all she really wanted to do!
Lateef also told me that people were complimenting Sienna on her costume all morning. I met them for lunch after and as she walked down the street, she knew she looked pretty great. Although I don’t want her to get a big head, I do love that she can have such confidence at such a young age. Self-image and how you feel when you go out into the world is important as a child and your entire life. A positive self-image can give you the confidence to interact with all types of people. How you feel as a child can also shape your self-confidence as you go through the world as an adult. You can do anything, sweet sweet Sienna!