It all began when Ella got a hand-me-down Sleeping Beauty costume from some friends. This year, it finally fits her well and she's been dressing up in it for several months. Then, in October, Disney re-released the 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty on DVD and images of Sleeping Beauty were all over the place.
Ella started asking me to buy the DVD...but she was a bit concerned about the evil character Maleficent. So, I decided it would be best to get the DVD from the library before we shell out hard-earned cash for a DVD that Ella would never watch. So, yesterday we checked out the DVD from the library and had a Family Movie Night. Yes, I even got Brett to sit down and watch it with us -- Ella cuddled with him the whole time so that he could "protect" her if it got too scary. Part way through the movie, Brett asked when it was made. The colors and fairy magic were screaming 1960's. For instance, the fairies fight evil with rainbows and flowers. Seriously.
Ella did enjoy the film and we awoke this morning to her singing "I know you I walked with you once upon a dream!" Not the whole song. Just that sentence. Over and over and over. She also decided to dress up and reinact the sleeping scene. She used our coffee table as her bed and even completed the look with a fake rose from one of my vases. Yes, the girl pays attention to detail! I had overlooked that small fact but if you check out the DVD picture above you will see that Sleeping Beauty does indeed have a rose in her hands. Here is my little Sleeping Beauty.