Gabi and I drove downtown a little early and spent some time at the Pioneer Place Mall window shopping. We met up with Chris at the food court where he reassured me that it did not look AT ALL like a maternity dress. The three of us walked the festive eight blocks to the Keller Auditorium to find our seats for the grand occasion. On our way to the balcony, I ran into a dear lady from my church. She introduced me to her friend and then asked me, "And when is your little one due again?" I flushed with embarrassment, the kind that spreads all the way to your toes, and stammered something about having already had the baby in August. "I knew this looked like a maternity dress!" I spluttered to Chris after she hurried off. "Babe, seriously, it doesn't! She probably just forgot that you had the baby already," he calmed me. By the time we reached our seats and other friends had told me what a great dress it was, I felt relieved and ready for the big event.
The Singing Christmas Tree was everything it should be - bright lights, gorgeous scenery, "snow" falling from the ceiling, and talented guest artists. They announced each artist in turn, and when Katie Harmon came out, my jaw dropped. Not because she was obviously ready to pop out a baby at any moment, but because she was wearing THE dress. My dress! I turned and glared at Chris. "Don't say that it doesn't look like maternity!" He mouthed, "I'm sorry, babe," but I could tell he was enjoying this joke that life had played on me. My friend Rachel leaned over and whispered, "Well, at least you obviously have good taste!"
Despite the dress mishap,( I mean, who wants to wear the same dress as someone else, especially when it is maternity and you're not even pregnant), I had a great time. Gabi squealed with delight at Santa, Frosty, and the "snow" most of all. It makes me feel like the season of Christmas has really started!