Girls are lucky, they can do anything, wear anything, and look however they want. If they want their hair short, want to wear jeans, play sports, etc., thatâ€™s all fine. However, if boys want to wear dresses, play with makeup, or watch MLP (My Little Ponyâ€Šâ€”â€ŠI learned that from a Brony), then they are made fun of. Whatâ€™s the exception to the rule?
Having two little girls has opened up my world to a quite a few new experiences. This last Saturday, Anya and I were hanging out at home while Vanessa and Nadia were at the dojo. Here are the activities we did that I never would have done before we had girls.
My LittleÂ Pony
We watched a My Little Pony episode called â€œPower Ponies.â€ Ok, I was actually working on this blog, but I was sitting on the couch next to her and glanced up more than a few times. The episode was actually funny! I laughed out loud more than a few times. Imagine The Avengers as MLP. The villain was so over the top, it was comical. The plot was ridiculous, and it was clearly made to be campy.
I can honestly see why boys would also like this cartoon. Itâ€™s too bad that boys are made fun of for watching and liking My Little Ponyâ€Šâ€”â€Šremember the boy with the MLP backpack that was in the news?
Both of our girls love My Little Pony, in fact, for Fathers Day 2013, they gave me a My Little Pony t-shirt because they thought it was cool. I felt funny wearing it at first, and got quite a few weird looks, It was about this time that I learned the term Brony. People would stop me and ask if I was one. Nope, just a guy that has two little girls. This last May, I got another MLP t-shirt. Itâ€™s got Doctor Who as a Ponyâ€Šâ€”â€Šaka Doctor Whooves. Iâ€™m not a crazed fan, donâ€™t sit down on my own to watch the tv show, Iâ€™m not a Brony, but the shirts are funny and I have been known to watch a little bit of the show if itâ€™s on.
Last point on MLP. A few weeks ago when we were at Trader Joes, I noticed another grown man wearing a Pony shirt. When I mentioned my kids would love it, he mentioned that there is actually a Bronycon in Seattle at the end of Mayâ€Šâ€”â€ŠEver Free NW. If weâ€™re in town, Iâ€™ll bring the girls, and my camera. How could I pass up an opportunity to take photos of that?
Brushing TheirÂ Hair
Iâ€™ve learned how to do a ponytail, pigtails, braids, and the proper placement of various hair knickknacks. It really is heartwarming to see your little darlings all â€œcutesifiedâ€ and read for the day.
How do you keep your three year old entertained when itâ€™s cold outside, and you canâ€™t take another game of Candyland? Let her have â€œrainbow nails!â€ I let her pick a different color for every nail on her fingers (we replicated them on her toes too). What I find most amazing is that my wife has countless colors of nail polishâ€Šâ€”â€Šitâ€™s amazing whatâ€™s under the bathroom sink.
Amazingly, painting her nails and getting her to sit still took about forty minutes. Thatâ€™s pretty good entertainment value for a three year old, and it made for some cute photos.
Photos were shot with a Fuji X-T1.