June 8, 2011

Flower Girls

Here’s a book idea. ‘Julia’s Guide to Living Fabulous’.

I have to share with you that when I was little, I was NOTHING like my kiddo. Nothing. I was quiet, I was shy, I was scared of my own shadow. My daughter at age 5 has achieved a level of confidence in the world that took me my entire life to acquire.

I know a lot of people must feel this way about their children, but I look at her and wonder, where did she come from??

(The glasses and the purse came from our recent excursion to the Hello Kitty store! Thanks Grandma! Oh and thanks for the hat and shoes too! Grandma is Julia’s chief supplier of sparkle.)

My kiddo reminds me of the little girl from Forsythia & Me:

Forsythia is a multi-talented girl.

She dances, she ice skates, she does pirate ballet, she plays the piano upside down. She thinks the forsythia flower was named after HER, not the other way around.

Her best friend Chester is happy to bask in her glory, until she is felled by a cold and has to take a little breather from being Soooooooo Fabulous. This gives Chester a chance to shine and do a little impressing of his own. Neither he nor Forsythia knew he had it in him! LOVE this book.

Princess Hyacinth is another amazing girl. Her talent is a bit . . .airy.

This story is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! We loooooooove this one, we get it from the library so often, I can’t believe I don’t own it. It is So Much Fun! The Princess has some kind of congenital floating problem and has to spend her life literally weighed down with royal jewels, tiaras and heavy clothing. Life is . . .boring. (And heavy.)

But then she makes a friend.

And she discovers that if she is tied to something, she can float around the skies, which is NOT boring and is in fact, the BEST THING EVER TO HAPPEN TO HER IN HER PRINCESSY LIFE! But what happens when she is not tied to something? Hmmm? Cliff hanger, right? Now you totally want to find out what happens, yes?

I thought so.

If I have to pick a big winner amongst this week’s Flower Power Bower (yeah, that’s right), and that would be a tough one because all these books are great – I’d have to pick Princess Hyacinth. She’s a cool chick.

Motto of the day? BE FABULOUS.


  1. I'm pretty sure that as an adult I don't even have half the confidence that my nearly four-year-old daughter has. MHC would be proud.

  2. I just learned about forsythias myself this past spring! All of a sudden I started seeing them popping up EVERYWHERE. Gorgeous yellow bushes! I was so envious of everyone who had this gorgeous plant in their yard, and had to have one, so we got one! And then I found that the yellow doesn't last long. They bloom for a short time, and the rest of the year they are just leaves. Looking forward to some pretty yellow next spring, even if it is only for a short while.

  3. Maura -- maybe our girls will be at MHC someday together?? Legacy baby!
    Alexandra -- That's so cool! I think they are really beautiful. The short while plants, like the peonies, they make you wait all year, but those high reward blooms are worth it! ~Melissa