being true to yourself at 12 & Cali baby:)

Popping in to say hello:)  I am busy working on those 3 projects I purposed to finish in May!   Oh wait till you see:)  but I wanted to share a bit on what Grace is off doing.   Last week we helped our little preteen Grace get ready for a vacation..and no less to Cali?  We are getting all sorts of Instagram pictures and Facebook updates on all kinds of fun they are doing.

my baby is living a small dream of going to California...my little sister offered to take her with them on their family vacation!

I have a ginormous fear of flying and the fact that she thought of Grace wanting to see the world and her love to travel and her momma's fear's that the reality of that ever happening much in her life is what prompted her to ask:)  

anyhow...she wears the most amazing combinations to school.  I don't know where she gets it!  She thrift stores shops..loves it!  I always buy things on clearance if possible.  Rarely will I pay full price for anything.  She goes against the grain of what kids in middle school wear.  She wears lots of skirts paired with sweet shirts..little cardigans/jackets..all funky prints mixed together but on her it looks so darn cute.

As crazy as it sounds she gets made fun of at school for it.  Funny thing is though..she doesn't care!  not like her momma!  I would succumb back then.  Not now of course:) but at 12?  She doesn't follow along with what everyone else is wearing.  She doesn't look down on them in anyway either.  She is fighting for being herself and wearing what she enjoys and she is a voice for others .. encouraging them to be who they are.

Nikki and I took her shopping so she could spend some of her money for some clothes.  She can now shop in the juniors which we LOVE.  She can still wear girls stuff but I forget she is almost 13 and so much of it looks TO young.  She isn't drawn to the inappropriate stuff so I am thankful for that.

here are a few camera shots of each dress.  She wanted to see herself to decide which one's she was going to buy.  She only had SO much;)

She tried on lots of little dresses...and found a couple of cute shorts, some sunglasses and a really cute pair of neon yellow sandals.

She thought she could pair these with things she already had at home..smart girl:)

After an hour and a half of shopping we went to Planet Sub and grabbed some sandwiches..mine was the Green Turkey..guacamole,turkey,bacon, salsa, sprouts and cream cheese...toasted...yum yum

We got home and big sister Nikki painted her toes and she straightened her hair.  Oh..earlier in the day she got her hair highlighted and we had to leave the hair shop early so she didn't get blown out so it was wavy...you natural wavy hair girls KNOW how ugh this is yes?

on the way to school the next day...crazy picture miss Grace:)

To wrap it up...the time coming into being a little girl to a young women is a time of learning who you are and being able to stand up to peer pressure with grace.  Not succombing to what everyone else thinks of  you.  I have been very vigilant in drilling this into her because after school she has to live with herself and I want her to be secure in who she is..and be TRUE to who she is.  

I enjoyed our time together and I am grateful for the opportunity my sister gave her in seeing a piece of the world.  You never know where this little muffin will end up???  Maybe a real Cali girl someday??;)

giving you all hugs..:)