Unicorns and a dad that knows his girls.

Four years ago I had my first Mother’s Day.  In the morning when I woke up Danny had a present for me.  He had been so excited about it all week and I had absolutely no idea what it was.  You never really know with him.  Flowers (which surely would be dead after a week in his closet)?  A piece of jewelry?  Maybe a card and a barrel full of candy which I would always enjoy. I should have known better…..

I closed my eyes and held out my hands and when I opened them, I held this……..

unicorn poster

I remember looking down at it, kind of confused.  Then I lifted my eyes to my sweet husband sitting across from me holding our baby girl, and he had the biggest smile on his face.  At that exact moment, he WAS the definition of what it means to be proud of yourself……because you’re pretty sure you’re awesome.

To be honest, I was still a little confused. Does this go in our bedroom?  Our kitchen?  Our living room?

“Isn’t it exactly what a little girl would pick out?”  He asked me.  Then I realized my wonderful, thoughtful husband had scoured the store looking for something he thought Isla would have picked out herself.  A unicorn print, duh!  It was then that I thought, He’s right, he is pretty awesome.

Fortunately, I hid my momentary confusion well and I don’t think he ever thought twice about it. You see, that is what is sort of magical about Danny.  Most dads get their wives flowers, or candy or jewelry for mother’s day, but Danny thinks along a different line.  He chose a gift my 5 month old daughter would be proud to call her own.

So, here we are 4 years later and I have finally found the perfect spot for my unicorn print.  I’m slow to commit to anything, so it’s not really unusual for me to take half a decade to hang something on the wall.  I mean, come on, that requires me putting a push pin in my wall and that is commitment.  I found these cute little tassels and clothes pins in the dollar section at Target and just strung some gold and white string to hang the picture from.

About a year ago I had this really grand idea that Isla would have a horse themed room, but then I remembered that…..

#1. she’s not me

#2. this is not my bedroom that I’m decorating, and

#3. even if it was my bedroom, Danny doesn’t really want to sleep in a horse themed room either.

Fortunately, Isla tends to lean towards unicorns, which is about as close to a horse as I’ll get, so I’ve gone in that direction.  The poster now hangs near the unicorn head above her bed.

unicorn head

Seriously though, this unicorn head was one of my most glorious bargain hunting moments. I got it at a local retailer’s garage sale event for $3.  Later that week I saw a brand new one in the store for $89.  It was fate!

Is it weird?  Maybe.  Does Joanna Gaines have one of these hanging in her house? Probably not.  Isla and I both love it though.  It makes us happy, and I live by the theory that your home should make you happy.

Now, I look at Isla’s room as it is finally coming together and I cannot express my gratitude for the unicorn print.  It reminds me of my daughter, the one who gave me the best job on the planet (hello moms out there!)  It reminds me of my husband, the one who thinks differently from most (hellooooo all you awesome dads out there!)  And, at the end of the day, all that matters is that these memories and that silly unicorn poster make my heart pitter patter.

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