let your light shine

No two girls are alike, and this was made painfully obvious by this fun day that we planned way back in January of 2016, which sadly I am just getting around to sharing now.  The idea was to have a mini-spa day.  We brought in a hair stylist, make-up artist, masseuse, and nail technician and after their spa day, each of the girls got to do a little photo shoot.  

It's only been 18 months since we did this, and already so much has changed for these girls - it's a treat to look back at this snapshot in time and see how they each wanted to commemorate their spa day.

M decided she wanted to be a super hero.


That hair defied gravity, yo!


S went for a Madonna-inspired look.


The eyebrows, right?!  So perfect!


SJ decided she wanted to look dead.


I especially loved when the make-up artist put lipstick on her hands and grabbed SJ by the throat to give her the appearance of being asphyxiated.


D went for straight glamour.


I don't think D quite knows exactly how beautiful she is, inside and out.


C was a vegetarian and went for the anti-Gaga meat dress look in this fruit and vegetable outfit.


She became an omnivore shortly after this photo was taken.


And M just wanted a little boho chic.  She got taught how to apply foundation for a natural look.


She's so Instagram.


These girls won't always be this easy to amuse and these moments are (were!) fleeting.

This is my friendly reminder to let your kids be themselves, to encourage them to let their own freak flags fly, and to remember that in those moments when you're not sure if you're going to make it through, this too shall pass.
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