Do you know who Gavin is? He’s Mazzy’s boyfriend, as she has let me know on more than one occasion. You’ve seen Gavin making eyes at Mazzy on the top of the Empire State Building, dropping his jaw at Mazzy’s Frozen birthday party and inserting himself in the middle of our family photo when Harlow turned two.
This summer, Mazzy announced she and Gavin got married at camp.
“Oh really?” I said. “What does getting married mean?”
“Getting married means kissing on the lips.”
This makes perfect sense if you think about how all the Disney princess books end. “And then they got married and lived happily ever after” next to a picture of Cinderella and Prince Handsome in an embrace.
“Did you and Gavin kiss on the lips?”
Let’s just say, Gavin is on Mike’s radar. That’s for sure. (Sleep with one eye open, Gavin.)
When we are not worried they are growing up too fast, Gavin’s mom and I think their relationship is absolutely adorable, so when Gymboree reached out about a collaboration to show off their Valentine’s Day line, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
We were going to take Mazzy and Gavin on a date! I mean, a play date, but also kinda like a date date.
But first, we had to pick their outfits. Let’s start with Mazzy, which was pretty easy because almost everything was pink.
I chose the colorblock skirt, the words of love tee and the heart zip cardigan. Then we accessorized with the hearts loafers, hearts tights, hearts headband, and heart purse. Yes, I know that’s a lot of hearts. We completed the outfit with a Janie and Jack coat, scarf and mittens— it’s cold in NYC!
When I first told Seri she had to pick out Valentine’s Day clothes for Gavin, I could tell she didn’t think she was going to find much in Gavin’s boyish style. But she was pleasantly surprised to find ninjas and robots featured in the selection along with the most awesome monster socks ever.
Next, we got children’s lifestyle photographer Dave Robbins to make sure we captured Mazzy and Gavin’s first date just perfectly. You know, because they’ll want to use the photos at their wedding, I AM SURE.
Are you ready for the cutest date ever?
When Mazzy stepped out on the street, she turned to me in her fancy coat, purse dangling from her arm and said, “I feel like a lady.”
Oh my goodness, this was just too much.
We met Gavin at Very Special Flowers, a flower shop in the West Village. Gavin got there first and surprised Mazzy with a small bouquet of pink roses.
Then we headed to Jeffrey’s Grocery for a bite to eat.
“How do you guys feel about sitting at your own table?”
“We’ll be at a table right next to you.”
Maybe we should eat at separate tables all the time.
It was early and Jeffrey’s wasn’t serving dinner just yet, but they were very nice and let the kids sit down for a glass of orange juice. Otherwise, how would we have gotten shots like this?
Next, we were off to Magnolia Bakery for the city’s most popular cupcakes.
Mazzy and Gavin went nuts selecting sugary treats and trying to convince us they could handle more than one. Since they hadn’t eaten dinner yet, the answer was a firm “maybe later”.
They looked so cute, Magnolia sent us out with a box of six and two pints of their famously delicious Banana Bread Pudding. Thanks, Magnolia!
Since the kids were hopped up on sugar with no real substance (I do not recommend this at home), Seri and I roamed around the neighborhood looking for a place to eat a real dinner.
Roaming, at the very least, provided lots of picture taking opportunities.
We even passed a pet shop with puppies in the windows. Try dragging two kids away from something like that.
Finally, we decided on Morandi, a pasta place on Waverly Place. It was too dark for good pics but the best way to end a date, especially a date between two five-year-olds is with a big bowl of spaghetti. I also give Morandi big points for supplying crayons. At the restaurant, Mazzy put a napkin on her lap and used a fork. Whoa. Maybe pretending to be a grown-up is not such a bad thing?
Everywhere we went, people stopped to ogle the two of them in their Gymboree outfits. They looked insanely adorable. Everything was comfortable and suited for play, but with it all coordinating so well, they made quite a statement.
“Are those kids famous?” a waiter asked me at Jeffrey’s Grocery.
“Only to their moms,” I answered.
Ack! Don’t show that picture to Mike.
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