Saturday, March 17, 2007

At least it isn't matching adult track suits

Today was one of those days that I love. One of those days where you watch the guy you fell in love with years ago riding up and down an escalator with your daughter and fall in love with him (and her) all over again.

We woke up to a really snowy day here. In fact, it's still snowing. After a beautiful week that promised spring is just around the corner, this is kind of hard to take and took away the usual excitement of doing some outside stuff (the nasty wind didn't help motivate us either).

We didn't really have any specific plans but we decided to start off at what Emily calls "the bagel shop." It's a great Ottawa bagel joint called Kettleman's. They serve Montreal style bagels. If you don't know what this means, man, are you missing out. Simply put, they are much chewier and denser than New York style bagels (which I tend to refer to as bread with holes). They are traditionally poppy seed or sesame and the dough is slightly sweet. The closer you get to Montreal (Ottawa is just two hours away), the more often you'll find them. Anywho.

After the bagel stop, we decided to head to the Byward Market. We haven't been down there in ages, although we used to often be there every weekend when we were child free and full of spontaneity. We picked up some maple syrup as it is by far the cheapest place to get it - much cheaper, for some reason, than getting it at the sugar camps. We had a great time going through the Market Mall (a building in the market that houses a few cool shops and little eateries). Emily was perfect Emily - in awe of everything, pointing out things on the way, and talking about food most of the time.

From there we went to the Rideau Centre and did some browsing. "Mom, this mall is awesome!" was proclaimed a few times (apocalypse coming, my friends) and Emily loved the big open spaces to run around in, looking heartbreaking in her little barrettes, curls and ski jacket.

I took the opportunity to pop into Old Navy to browse the kids' section. I picked up a few things. Afterwards I met John and Emily at Second Cup for the snack Emily had been asking about for the previous hour. I showed off the purchases Hope and I made. Specifically this:

John's face clouded over. He started to shake his head and said "no, no, no, no." Then went on a diatribe about how I'm one step away from wearing track pants and thinking they look good and that it is a slight against humankind to dress our children in the same outfits, blah, blah, blah.

I think it's going to be damn cute. I think it's cute to have older and younger siblings, once in a while only, in the same little outfit. Am I wrong here? Am I one step away from buying matching windbreaker suits for John and I?


Anonymous said...

Embroidered sweatshirts for the whole family are just around the corner for you!!
-Pam & Jim

sognatrice said...

Oh those are so cute! FWIW, I agree with you. Every once in a while, and especially in summery pink dresses, dressing your girls alike is adorable. Your mention of matching track suits reminded me that people actually do that. Wow. I think you're still OK though. So long as can see the issue, you're still good.

Shan said...

Those are adorable. I am so going to check them out.

Personally I think it's sweet when big sister/little sister dress alike - sometimes. I got the girls matching PJ's from Old Navy for Christmas. My Mom picked them up similar outfits from Gymboree that I just had their pictures done it.

I know Abby loves it when Maya wears the same thing she is.

As for the matching track suits at least do the updated look like Mike's cousin and her husband. They have perfected it. He wears the grey shirt and black bottoms, she wears the reverse. And yes I am serious.

Melissa said...

It sounds like you all had a fun filled day with shopping and family...what could be better! The dresses are adorable and of course it is okay to dress them up the same every now and then. I have to say though looking at the pix of the snow and then scrolling down and seeing sundresses was hard to put together!

Undercover Angel said...

We had snow today here too.

When my oldest two boys were younger I used to dress them in matching outfits. I thought they looked adorable...

Anonymous said...

Old Navy did you say? Hmm... I bought a dress there for myself last week! Too bad it wasn't the pink one or I could have been one of the girls (c;