What's wrong with this picture? Absolutely nothing in this house! Dressing up (dress up) has been a natural part of growing up 'round here and I'm thankful that it's still a part of their grown up years.
When Erin was little (these pictures are of Audrey) she was the dress up queen. She didn't just like to pretend she was someone else, she was someone else. She would wake up and put on the outfit of the month bringing me the hairbrush and directing me in the proper do. The personas that stand out most in my memory (obviously they were the longest lived here) were Dorothy of The Wizard of Oz, always Toto was in her basket, Princess Leia, remember Erin has a brother who is 9 years older than her, and Princess Putra, from a stage performance of The Princess and the Pea.
A memorable couple of years from when Cory and Hillary were still little and Erin and Audrey were just babies had our home school focused on the pioneer days as we worked through the Prairie Primer. The dress up box held bonnets, pinafores, prairie dress, coon skin cap, buckskin jacket, black powder gun... These are some of my favorite memories.
We now have our dress up trunk. When I go through it I realize that it's been maturing along with the girls. There wasn't room to hang on to everything so Dorothy dresses and prairie bonnets have mostly been moved out to make room for evening gowns and tea hats. I gave some of them away to the mothers of youngers in our group over the years. I have a suspicion though that many of the oldies are tucked away in boxes in the basement. I hope so. It's almost time to restock for my grands!