Everyday princess

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Lying in bed asleep, I all of a sudden have the distinct feeling that someone is watching me.

I open my eyes with a start and standing there right before me in all her glory is Snow White.

It may be 5.30am on my day off, but I can’t help but smile when I see my three-year-old, Curly-locks, wiggling excitedly from side to side letting her princess dress swish around her.

“I am Snow White today,” she says proudly.

For the entire day, she will let her imagination run wild taking her away to a magical land of dwarfs, evil Queens and Prince Charming. She is adamant on wearing her costume while we do the groceries, go to the library, while we visit my Grandma in hospital, basically wherever we go. She particularly loves the attention she receives from the old ladies at our local supermarket who stop to ask her where her dwarfs are.

“They’re at my place,” my usually shy little girl will respond.

“Grumpy is at work.

“The others are just hanging around. Sleepy’s asleep,” she says shaking her head as she rolls her eyes and smiles.

Curly-locks has a cupboard full of beautiful clothes, but these days she is content to live in a princess costume. I have the Snow White, Rapunzel and Cinderella costumes on fast rotation. If we’re faced with a devastating situation where all three costumes are dirty we fall back on her ballerina outfit, a hula skirt and lei, a cowgirl hat with plaits, or a pirate hat and eye patch.

She has more toys than she could wish for yet most days she is far more interested in dressing up and escaping to a world of make believe than playing with toys.

If we do play with toys it will be her kitchen, tea set, a hand bag, shoes, any sort of prop that will her help create one elaborate adventure after another.

Some days she’ll invite me to a tea party with a group of her friends – Ellabella (her imaginary friend and sometimes big sister), Dora, Peppa, Cinderella, Rapunzel – you know the drill.

Other days she will quietly and busily spend time in her kitchen mixing together a range of ingredients to make me carrot and sausage soup or a rainbow unicorn Dora sparkle ice cream.

Occasionally she likes to talk about what she will be when she grows up.

“I’m going to be a doctor when I grow up,” she says.

“I’m going to be a doctor and fix Baby Smiley’s thumb.

“No, I’ll be a fairy and an angel.

“I’ll be a fairy doctor,” she eventually decides.

Three is fast becoming my favourite age. I love watching Curly-locks in her own little world always busy creating, imagining and asking questions. She is curious and fiercely independent, yet is still happy to curl up in my lap and declare her love for me. Her confidence grows daily and she is forming friendships.

I know there will be a day when she no longer wants to live in a princess costume, so I’m enjoying and encouraging every second of it while I can.

Does your child have a big imagination?

Linking up today with My little sunshine house for Sunshine Sunday writing to the prompt – Imagination.

38 comments on Everyday princess

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    February 9, 2014 at 6:29 am (3 years ago)

    Great opening – what a lovely post. I do love watching them dress up. The boys used to wear the superhero stuff everywhere we went…my daughter is much more a just at home gal.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 6:34 am (3 years ago)

      I just read about your daughter’s bustling cafe, Lydia. Hilarious.

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  2. Bec | Mumma Tells
    February 9, 2014 at 6:39 am (3 years ago)

    This almost perfectly describes the goings-on here with Big. Often she has declared he future “fairy doctor” status. These two girls of ours may end up colleagues! πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 6:48 am (3 years ago)

      Lol, Bec. I just love this age, don’t you?!

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  3. Kate
    February 9, 2014 at 7:16 am (3 years ago)

    She sounds gorgeous. I do love the name ‘Ellabella’. I never had an imaginary friend, but I did always dream I was Superman’s son…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 7:17 am (3 years ago)

      Ahh Katie. I just laughed out loud. Superman’s son?! Hilarious πŸ™‚

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  4. Alicia - One Mother Hen
    February 9, 2014 at 7:20 am (3 years ago)

    My kids have huge imaginations! It makes me sad to think that one day it will all go away, but at the same time so glad that they had it in the first place.
    We have one of those miniature wheelie bins of dress ups, the princess and fairies costumes are well loved here too πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:25 pm (3 years ago)

      I read about your kids’ imaginations earlier today, Alicia. Just gorgeous πŸ™‚

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  5. Susan
    February 9, 2014 at 7:23 am (3 years ago)

    I agree- 3 was my favorite age for our grandkids! I miss the imagination, the tea parties and the rock n roll performances we had! Now at almost 16 and 12- not much use for us old folks. But I do have wonderful memories- I even tried writing a few down. Enjoy!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Susan! Rock n roll performances sound awesome and remind me of me and my sister. Glad you managed to capture a few of the memories by writing them down πŸ™‚

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  6. Toni
    February 9, 2014 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

    I used to dress up in princess shoes. We also used to use the coloured pegs and laundry trolley and pretend to go around the house serving everyone lunch.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:26 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. That is so cute, Toni!

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  7. Lisa@RandomActsOfZen
    February 9, 2014 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    Renee, 3 was absolutely my favourite age for Bell! She couldn’t choose professions, so it was a split between a policeman, a princess and a tree πŸ™‚
    There was also much dressing up with tutus, handbags and lots of fabric scraps. These days her imagination gets a good workout through books. I’m just so grateful she loves the library as much as I do.
    Your princess has such a beautiful imagination, just make sure you drink in every single detail, it goes way too fast, honey xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm (3 years ago)

      A tree, Lisa?! That is hilarious πŸ™‚ Bell sounds like such a treasure. I’m glad her imagination is still being put to good use through books xx

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  8. Zanni Louise
    February 9, 2014 at 11:08 am (3 years ago)

    Isn’t it wonderful to sit back and watch and listen to these games Renee? I love it. I can relate to this so much, as Elka is definitely more prone to playing imaginary games and dress ups than playing with toys. But toy play can also be imaginative.
    Such a lovely post. I love that photo πŸ™‚
    Thanks for linking up! Zanni xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:33 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni. I love hearing about the adventures Elka gets up to. She is a real character! x

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  9. Erin
    February 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm (3 years ago)

    We have a huge chest full of dress ups for all ages, and all even the older ones still occasionally dress up:) Fantastic that your girl can have her choice of princesses:)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

      That chest sounds like it is well used. I can see us having enough costumes to fill a chest in the near future πŸ™‚

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      • Erin
        February 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm (3 years ago)

        Renee, many of the clothes I’ve cobbled together and made our own outfits or saved things from opshops, give bags that look like dress ups. I really should put together a dress up post, to show ideas

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        • mummywifeme
          mummywifeme
          February 10, 2014 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

          Sounds like a great idea, Erin!

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  10. Nicole
    February 9, 2014 at 3:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a magical time in a child’s life, full of wonder and marvel. Where does it go? I wish we were all able to spend a day as a princess to remind us of life’s simple pleasures. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Wouldn’t that be lovely, Nicole!! I’ve seen that Target has Disney princess nighties for adults. Maybe we should invest in one πŸ˜‰ x

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  11. Tegan
    February 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Your little miss looks absolutely gorgeous as a princess! I saw a photo yesterday of a security guard at Disney Land and apparently he asks all of the kids dressed up for their autograph. I thought it was a great way to get involved with the kids and their imagination!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm (3 years ago)

      That is so cool, Tegan. The little ones would absolutely love that!!

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  12. SarahD @SnippetsandSpirits
    February 9, 2014 at 10:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Very gorgeous and what a beautiful mind to be nurtured. My boy is into hanging with imaginary super hero’s what a different world to Snow Whites. But his main buddy is Cinderella she takes care of him holds his hand and gives him cuddles. It is just so precious isn’t it. x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2014 at 6:20 am (3 years ago)

      Aww bless. That’s lovely x

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  13. Sam Stone (@A Life on Venus)
    February 10, 2014 at 10:54 am (3 years ago)

    Yeah our little miss is always doing imaginative play, since starting school she plays “Principals” and is forever marking the role.

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  14. Emma Fahy Davis
    February 10, 2014 at 7:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh how gorgeous! Our gremlins had a Princess day in kindy a couple of years back and I’ve got some gorgeous pics of our olive-skinned, short curly haired Snow White and Cinderella πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2014 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my gosh, I can just picture them! Gorgeous!

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  15. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    February 10, 2014 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Awwww a fairy doctor! That is just gorgeous! I hope she grows up to be exactly that lol! xxx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 10, 2014 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Me too, Lucy πŸ™‚ x

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  16. Samantha Turnbull
    February 11, 2014 at 11:33 am (3 years ago)

    While I’m not the biggest fan of princesses myself, my three-year-old does love to dress up in her princess and fairy gear… what I’m most proud of is that one day she’s a princess and the next she’s Spiderman – it’s all about giving them choices and letting them find their own way, I guess!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 11, 2014 at 9:04 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s right, Samantha. I haven’t introduced my little girl to Spiderman yet. Will definitely have to do that πŸ™‚

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  17. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    February 12, 2014 at 9:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Isn’t it great when they have such a great imagination, my middle is the best at it – but my oldest is getting better, she loves princesses, although sadly growing out of them. I hope you are well Ren, sorry been so slack recently, life is UBER hectic right now, I’m sure you know what that is like xxx Em

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 12, 2014 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Believe me, I do!! I hope you are well too and that things settle down for you soon xx

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  18. Gaye Gee
    February 13, 2014 at 6:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Renee
    My you just brought back a rush of memories when my darling Nicole (now 23 yrs old) had that same snow white outfit she would want to wear day in and day out. It even had to be packed for a holiday to Fraser Island when she was 3yrs old and had to be worn for Christmas Dinner in the restaurant. I have a beautiful pic of her in that snow white dress in her photobook that I gave her for her 21st birthday celebrating her life in photographic images
    You brought a huge smile and a tear to my eye
    Thank you for passing on your beautiful memories.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      February 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

      And thank you so much for reading, Gaye!!! I’m so chuffed my story touched you and brought back memories of your own Snow White πŸ™‚ I can see me having a similar photo book for Curly-locks’ 21st πŸ™‚

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