You know, it has been a long time since Faith and I have gotten to hang out as just sisters. My mom is a nurse, so Faith spends a lot of afternoons and evenings with us while my mom works. Emma LOVES her Aunt Faith, and in truth, Faith is probably a bigger help to me with Emma than I am to my mom with Faith. We love to have Faith over, and most of the things Faith and I get to do together also involve Emma. Plus, Faith is only 12 years old. So it's not as easy for me to find things to do with her as it is with my other two sisters, Randi and Kasie, who are 24 and almost 21. Randi, Kasie, and I do a lot of BIG GIRL things together, and I know Faith often feels left out since she is so much younger. As a result, I struggle with finding opportunities to connect with her, and remind her that I'm not just Emma's mom, I'm also her big sister. I want her to always feel like I am here for her and she can talk to me about anything. It's important to me that we have a relationship beyond Emma. Well, thankfully since Emma was staying overnight with Aunt Mandy, tonight was an excellent opportunity to do just that!
We started our evening at a Chocolate for Charity event at a local church. My aunt owns and operates a local bakery, The Elijah Company Bakery, and she was asked to participate in the event. Since I occasionally help them with PR and I have sent several brides her way, she told me about it and asked us to stop by. Trust me, we are huge chocolate lovers, so it didn't take a lot to twist our arm! Basically, you pay $5.00 per person at the door and you get to walk around and try TONS of chocolate desserts! YUM! All the money goes to charity, plus each baker offers up an item to be auctioned at the event and the money from the auction goes to charity as well. It's a great idea and it was great publicity for the bakery. Of course, my aunt's chocolate decadence cookies (my absolute favorite cookies in the entire world!) were the best dessert there and they even impressed the judges! The Elijah Company Bakery walked away with Best Overall Chocolate Dessert at the event and we were thrilled. It was a fun way to start our night, and while chocolate isn't a GREAT dinner choice, it was perfect for sister fun night! We loved every minute of it, and after that we headed to a movie!
I took Faith to see Disney's Prom, which was released this weekend and she has been wanting to go see it, but NOT with my mom...LOL! Anyway, I was excited to take her, because secretly I thought it looked pretty cute too. If you haven't heard of it, here's the trailer.
It was rated PG, and in my opinion it was a perfect, coming of age film for any preteen or teenage girl. It got a lot of bad reviews for being too "squeaky clean", but I mean, seriously?! What's wrong with a clean teen movie for a change?! OMG! A movie about teenagers who aren't sleeping around, pregnant, drinking or doing drugs?! What was Disney thinking?! The audacity! (Hopefully you're picking up on my sarcasm.) I personally thought it was a very cute movie and I loved the soundtrack. I want to download it! Faith and I were rocking out in the theater to all the songs. We loved it.
After the movie we hit up Target for a few "mom" things and got some Starbucks. Now we are just chilling at home watching "Say Yes To The Dress" and getting ready for bed. I am looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow and just enjoying my morning without the 6:00 AM wake-up call from the other room and refilling Emma's milk cup 27 times before 9:00 AM. Who knows, we may even play hooky from church?!
I truly had a great time tonight, and I am so happy for moments like these with my sister. She is a special part of my life, and I enjoy making her feel special. She deserves it.