So, when I got home Tuesday night, I asked her how Camp was. She was bouncing around the house as usual and only slowed down a little to say, "Oh mom, we didn't do it." I squinched my eyes up and said, "What do you mean? You went to school today, right?" She answered, "Oh. Yeah!" I continued, "Well, was it fun?" She responded as she continued playing, "Yeah." I shrugged my shoulders, realizing I wasn't going to get any more information from her.
The next night, I came home and asked her the same thing, "How was camp today?" She stopped what she was doing, came over to stand in front of me, cocked her head to the side and announced, "Mom. We didn't do it again today."
I was confused. "What do you mean, 'you didn't do it'?"
She answered with serious confusion, "Camp. We didn't camp today."
Dawning understanding overcame me and I replied, "Ohhhh. Oh, sweetheart, did you think that you were going camping?"
She nodded, "With a tent. When are we going to put up a tent and camp?"
My heart ached for accidentally misguiding her expectations, and I explained, "Summer camp is different from camping. Summer Camp at your school just means you go to your school and do fun projects at your school. You're not going to actually put up a tent and camp at the school or outside the school."
She looked crestfallen. I grabbed her around the waist and pulled her to me. "I guess you really want to go camping, huh?"
She responded in a small voice, "When can we go camping?"
I sighed, thinking to myself that I would probably die if I had to sleep outside in the 95 degree weather that we have this time of year (yes, I'm a bit of a princess like that). I briefly contemplated if there was any way to get a fan out there to make it bearable and then quickly dismissed the idea. I finally answered her after hemming and hawing for a while, "Well, it's too hot to go camping this time of year, but maybe we can talk to dad and see if we can work something out."
She seemed fine with the answer, but man, I feel like I need to make it up to her somehow. Maybe indoor camping with a tent in the living room is the answer.
To make it up to her, I allowed her to do my hair and dress me up that evening. Here's the progression of pictures. I was quite dazzling by the end of the evening and even George was thrilled about the game.
The first attempt:
The second attempt:
First addition of jewelry: 2 bows, 1 necklace:
Second addition of jewelry: 2 bows, 1 necklace, 1 bracelet
Finally: 2 bows, 2 necklaces, 2 bracelets:
And then I took it all off as I put the kids to bed and they asked innocently, "Why did you take off all your bows and jewelry?"