First Girls Day

Girls day is a tradition in our family. My mom and I take them whenever necessary. Sometimes Emily joins us, other times not. She’s not as big of a shopper as we are.

Girls day pretty much always follows the same format. Pile into one car. Shop. Eat lunch (usually Olive Garden, unless there isn’t one nearby). Shop. Talk. Shop. Talk. Go home exhausted and broke. The perfect day, really.

The weekend before Valentine’s Day, Chad and Emily wanted to go out and celebrate. They asked my mom to take Arionna overnight. (I’d just had her the weekend before). My mom said that Arionna needed proper shoes, because she was on the verge of walking and asked to have her all day to get her some new shoes.

Then she called me and Ari’s first Girls day was set.

We picked her up on Saturday morning and got to see her crawl for the first time. 11 months old. She also took her first steps that week. Big week for her.

Then we headed out to lunch. Olive Garden.

It was Ari’s first Olive Garden experience and she loved it. Not surprisingly.

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The coasters may have been her favorite part….

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After lunch, we drove out to Como Zoo to visit the Conservatory. I wanted to capture her 11 month photo shoot, which would be her final monthly shoot.

You saw some of the photos at 11 months, but I’ll share a few more here.
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She was less thrilled by the tiger statue.

After the zoo, we took her back to Woodbury for some shopping. We went to Stride Rite for her first every pair of actual shoes.
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Getting her feet measured for the very first time.
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In the pair I picked out for her…
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I think she likes them!

And so, we bought them. Well, Grandma did.

Then, for more fun, we headed to Charming Charlie’s for some accessory shopping.
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I was pushing her when I caught her reflection. She looked so big to me, just then, I stopped to take a picture. Must have been the new shoes.
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She really enjoyed trying them out.
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Or maybe it is just the mirror…?
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Our first girls day!
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It was fun helping Ari learn to accessorize…
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All in all, I’d call it a highly successful Girls’ Day. And I think she’s broken in!

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