Ella’s four years old! Mary is generally pretty conservative financially, but one of her extravagances is the kids’ birthday parties. A local business does theme parties and Mary and Ella picked out the Fairy Princess Tea Party. Lots of three-to-five-year-olds overrunning the house, painting their faces, and generally having a great time.
I was somewhat chagrined at the proportion of Disney Princess gifts (and the corresponding lack of chemistry sets and the like), but there’ll be time for that.