Hopping Along to Wonderland: Part of the Journey of Motherhood is the Fun Along the Way

For the past four years, my daughter and I’ve been attending the “Mad Hatter” event where a section of our local mall is transformed into Alice’s Wonderland. It’s a hopping good time with Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, and the Easter Bunny along with many interactive activities and treats for children. As we waited in line, I looked down and thought it was so cool that my five year old and I were wearing identical sneakers. Of course, mine were much larger, but they were still the same.

Then, I noticed the bunny footprints leading to the event. They made me think about how we both are on journeys: Quinn as a child having experiences for the first time and simply enjoying life and having fun with a few lessons along the way, and me not only having Quinn follow my lead and in my footsteps but me sometimes figuratively putting myself into her shoes and reliving my youth through her experiences. My sweet girl helps me to not take life too seriously and to just enjoy the face paint, chatting with characters, crafting and taking pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Sometimes I feel like Alice in Wonderland going down the rabbit hole of motherhood. I may be a bit nervous at times and struggle to find my way on occasion, but when I think about the wonderful journey I’m having with my little girl, it’s not so scary, and I look forward to the many adventures to come.

All the best,

Tanya

Can’t Be Late for an Important Date: Easter Fun at the Mad Hatter Event

Last year, I took my daughter to the Mad Hatter event celebrating Alice in Wonderland and the different characters at our local mall, and we had such a wonderful time. So when I received an email to RSVP for it this year, I wasted no time adding us to the list.  I just love when I stumble across something that both my daughter and I can enjoy, and I love it even more when it’s free! Alice and the Queen of Hearts made appearances, there were coloring, crafts, tasty treats and the Easter Bunny was there too. I initially stood off to the side as Quinn went to meet him, and she then turned towards me, signaled with her hand saying, “Come on, Mommy! You can be in the picture too!”

Though her smile was not as big as mine, she said, “I was so excited Mommy! The Easter Bunny gave me a high five and a fist bump!” This weekend, I actually had three stacks of papers to grade and was tempted to not attend the event since we had a play date scheduled for later, but boy am I glad that I did. Seeing how excited my little girl was made it all worth with it.

All the best,

Tanya

P.S. If you live near Willow Grove Mall, there are two more free Mad Hatter events on April 5th and April 9th. Click here for more information.

What Would We Do Without It Wednesday: All About the Freebies

Popcorn, cookies, lollipops, juice, water, the Mad Hatter, coloring activities, photo props and the Easter Bunny too: today, my daughter and I enjoyed attending the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at our local mall. This event was fantastic for my daughter but was totally awesome for me because it was all for free! That’s right, free! Anyone who is a parent or has cared for a child at one point or another knows that it can get quite expensive to provide children with the basic necessities, let alone special treats and outings from time to time.

When I was a little girl, I did not necessarily know the financial obstacles my mother, as a single parent, endured in raising me and my two siblings. One of the reasons may be that she would always find free or low-cost events and activities for us to attend, and I was not focused on the cost just the fun I was having. Though I am not a single parent and am doing okay financially, I still love finding a good bargain and saving money. It gives me such a good feeling knowing that I can put a smile on my daughter’s face and keep a little money in my pocket. What would we do without free events?

All the best,

Tanya

PS. If you are in the Montgomery County, PA area, the Mad Hatter Tea Party will be taking place this Saturday, March 19th as well.