As might be expected, Jack wants to be a robot. (He also wants a robot birthday party, and a robot to open for his present on his birthday, which he patiently explains on a regular basis). So, that will be accomplished with a cardboard box and some spraypaint!!!! Lainey however, wants to be a mermaid princess.
Me: What does a mermaid princess look like?
L: A mermaid princess is a beautiful princess who dances (she then gracefully dances and twirls around to prove her point)
Me: What does a mermaid princess wear?
L: A beautiful mermaid princess dress! (As in, "Duh mom, of course")
Our conversation continues on like this for a few more minutes, until I wise up and give her some paper and markers.
Me: Draw it for me?! (Now we're getting somewhere, I think to myself, as she gets busy drawing)!
Me: Okay.... let's think about her dress... should I sketch something out to design the dress?
Me: maybe she'd wear a dress something like this?!
Lainey looks at this for about 10 seconds and bursts into tears! "You don't know what a mermaid princess looks like!" was the gist of what she said. At this point, I made the "X" on the sketch you see above... to indicate, we will NOT make a mermaid princess costume like this! This is INCORRECT!!! Our costume will look NOTHING like this one!!!
Me: May I try again? I think I might be able to make a better mermaid princess drawing...
L: MUCH better!!! THAT is a mermaid princess dress.