White long sleeve t-shirt
A t-shirt layered on top
Jeans or yoga pants
Headband, pig tails or pony tail
This is what she wears Every. Single. Day. She may mix it up by wearing a gray fleece, a gray sweatshirt or her green puffy vest.
On Sundays she usually keeps it simple wearing black, gray or khaki. It kind of drives me nuts because it's so boring. But she is slowly coming out of her shell, the other day she surprised me by coming downstairs dressed like this for school...
....I was so excited to see her break out of her mold. I'm realizing that she is blossoming right before my eyes. On Saturday I took her shopping to Aeropostale, she had been begging for weeks to go. Apparently, that brand is the "Esprit" of today. I remember begging to go to "The Bon" so that I could get my white Esprit bag with multi-colored letters. So when Maya started telling me how badly she wanted an Aeropostale t-shirt because that is what all the fifth graders wear, I gladly took her. She was so cute taking her time looking at all the shirts. She found the ones that were on sale and tried a few on. We settled on two t-shirts and one dress. They were having a great sale so I only spent $29!
(The best picture I have of the dress)
She was beyond thrilled and so was I. It was the beginning of many shopping trips together. Even though I found some darling button up shirts and flouncy tops she just wasn't interested in them. Eden is my fashionista and I know we will have lots of fun shopping together...
But I love my Maya even though we don't share the same love of fashion, I love that her sense of style totally suits her personality. It's interesting to watch my children turn into their own person and find their own voice. All I know is my existence, and what I like and why I like it. Watching Maya discover herself is so much fun and annoying all at the same time. It is hard sometimes to bite my tongue (like this morning) when she wears something that I don't think matches or is ill fitting, but if she is comfortable than why should I care? I have to let her take violin even though I want her to play the cello. I have to buy her sneakers and crocs instead of cute sandals and ballet flats. Instead of having a lazy Sunday morning before our 1 o'clock service, I have to go to choir practice with her because she wants to sing but she isn't comfortable singing without me. (And people...I don't sing, except to my children at bedtime)
The best part about watching Maya discover herself is watching her testimony of God and Jesus Christ grow. She loves the scriptures and understands them far better than I did at her age. Her faith and her testimony is hers and hers alone. Aric and I do our best to teach and provide opportunities for her to learn but in the end she has developed her own ideas because of the experiences that she has had. It makes me so happy. That is why I don't care that her "uniform" is a little on the boring side and not super stylish, because I know that the person that is underneath those t-shirts and yoga pants is one amazing girl. Someone who is going to make the world a better place, someone who is going to live up to the potential that Heavenly Father has given her...I wish I could take credit for all that she is and all that she will become, but I can't. Heavenly Father sent her to me that way. I think part of the reason I got her was because Heavenly Father knew that Camden was going to rock my world and that I was going to need some reinforcements. How blessed am I that He gave me two incredibly good, kind, loving, and patient spirits to help raise him!
(Notice the PINK sweater and jewels on her shoes!!!!)
Just For Fun...
This is a picture of Maya dressed up as Selena Gomez for a "Super Star" birthday party that she was invited to. This is as glam as this girl gets!
Here is another fun picture of Maya dressed up for a "Royal Wedding" birthday party.