One of my friends alerted me to a great little fundraiser this past Saturday, The Wands and Whimsy Character Breakfast at O'Charley's Restaurant - where princesses, super heroes and other familiar characters came in full costume to visit with the kids as they ate breakfast.
Gianna couldn't stop gasping and pointing and running to meet her 'friends.' Yeah...so much for eating breakfast. She was completely enamored by these precious ladies....and boy, did she grill them on their stories! She stumped a few of them, too.
I didn't know if kids would be wearing their own princess dresses (I should've guessed they would!), so in an effort not to "overdo" it I put her in this little Fancy Nancy number that my sister-in-law sent for her. It was perfect. (And Holly, I spotted some on Ebay, FYI. :)
Some of her favorites....
How beautiful is Belle?
Oh, and anyone who knows Gianna knows how she ADORES Snow White. Let me just tell you, that this young lady was as close to Disney as we have gotten. She had the high little voice. Knew all the story and stats and she even sang just like Snow White. Gianna was a complete groupie.
...and guess who managed to convince Snow White to accompany her to story time?
Snow White kept her doe-eyed look and sweet smile the entire time.
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And as MUCH as Gianna loves all the princesses - especially Snow White, there is one dark character that she has become obsessed with....the Evil Queen from Snow White. And if you don't know her name, Gianna will quickly tell you it is Maleficent.
When she awoke Saturday morning, Gianna's first question was, "Will the mean queen be there?"
I seriously doubted it, but assured here there would be princesses.
But alas, I was wrong! As I was visiting with a sweet couple - also adoptive parents, who actually knew me from my blog (go figure) Gianna tore off and ran across the restaurant. I saw my friend there, so I knew I had a minute to visit before I had to run off.
And guess who she found? Apple and all!
Apparently, before I caught up with them, my friend noticed how awestruck G was and whispered her name to the queen.
"Oh, Gianna - I've been waiting for you!"
I can only imagine what Gianna's face looked like.
And maybe there was a little mutual admiration going on.
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The girls and ladies of Chi Omega Sorority volunteered to raise money to benefit the St. Nicholas Center which was founded and run by a friend of mine. The Center provides therapeutic, educational, and social services to children with Autism, Developmental Delays, and Neurological Disorders in a fun and positive setting. Let me just say that is was well worth the $6 tickets. Gianna told me not long after we arrived, "Mommy, now we don't have to go to Disney World!" Hmmmm. That $6 ticket may have saved me quite a large chunk of change! :)
Kudos Christy and gang!
What a wonderful event.
Next year, I'll blog a little reminder beforehand, so some of our local friends can join us.