Remember when Natalie dressed up like Anna from Frozen?
Well, here's a picture.
She loves Frozen. She loves the characters. The songs. For Christmas she wanted the Elsa dress. But here was the problem: so did half of the world.
See, when the merchandise first came out I knew it would probably sell out when the movie came out. So I thought, hmm, I bet Anna will be more popular. I bought the dress. Felt proud of myself.
And then the movie came out. Everyone wanted Elsa stuff. Elsa, Elsa, Elsa. I'd ask store managers, hey, do you have any Elsa stuff?
"Ha! No!" they'd say. "It flew off the shelves after the movie and we have no idea when we'll get more."
Every place I went, it was the same thing. Want Anna toys? Sure! Elsa? Not happening unless you're related to Beyonce.
I told Natalie, sorry, you won't be getting Elsa stuff for Christmas.
"Santa can make it then," she answered.
"Well, no, Elsa won't allow that," I fibbed. "You've seen the movie, you know how Elsa can be." I nervously twisted my fingers. "But it's okay, you'll be getting My Little Pony stuff. You LOVE My Little Pony stuff." I distracted her and it worked.
Still, after the holidays I was determined to find her the dress for her birthday in March. It had to happen. eBay! There's eBay. I typed in Elsa and..
...wanted to pass out.
Basic Elsa dresses were going for $200? What? WHAT? Were people on crack!?
I thought, oh well, Natalie has many other dresses, she'll be fine.
And then I got an e-mail from DisneyStore.com informing me that dresses were re-stocked.
"ELSA!" I shrieked, scaring the cat. I quickly logged on and....there it was. The Elsa dress. In stock. In all sizes. I frightened the cat again as I raced for my purse and grabbed the credit card. I could imagine half the world on the site and was paranoid it would sell out as I stared at it.
I clicked submit on my order and crossed my fingers. Please don't get canceled. Please don't let it be a mistake.
The dress arrived and it was gorgeous. The plan was to make Natalie wait for her birthday.
But then it snowed and I thought, "Oh, I can take pictures! Who knows when it'll snow again?" We aren't in the East Coast or Chicago so seriously, who knew when the white stuff would appear next?
And so I placed the dress on a hanger outside the door and told Natalie Elsa had dropped something off for her.
"It better not be a pile of snow to bring inside. It's too cold for that," Natalie said, heading for the door. She opened it and gasped. "The dress! She made it for me! I knew it! Can we call Elsa so I can say thank you?"
My eyes went wide. "Er...well, no, she's...uh..traveling with Anna and Elsa and Hans.."
"Not Hans. Hans is mean," Natalie cut in.
"Right. Not Hans. Kristoff."
"And Olaf and Sven?" Natalie wondered hopefully.
"Yes! Of course!"
The dress is beautiful.
It even has a little snowflake cape, like in the movie:
She pretended to make more snow:
And she built Olaf:
She sang Let It Go and threw a glove like Elsa did:
She tossed snow in the air as she sang:
"I'm pretending to build the castle."
She began tossing snow at Daddy's truck. I stopped her. "You'll make Daddy nervous."
Do I think the dress is worth the money?