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Request: G-Dragon has a daughter that is 4 years old and does not know if he is her real father because he is never around.
(For optimal immersion, I am naming your daughter Mirre.)
“Wake up, baby girl.” I whisper softly, brushing the tips of my fingers over my daughter’s soft cheeks. With a tiny giggle, the corners of her lips begin to widen, revealing the adorable smile that melts my heart every time I see it.
“Morning, eomma.” She stares up at me with bright, beautiful eyes that remind me so much of Ji-Yong. She is a spitting image of him. He has always taken pride in it, when he is around, that is.
Leaning down, I press a kiss to her forehead. A hearty laugh falls past her pink lips when I lift her right out of bed and into the air, smiling widely up at her. Bringing her back down, I rest her on my hip and carry her to the kitchen where I set her on the counter. “What would you like for breakfast, love?” I ask, leaning on my elbows.
“Whatever is easiest for you.” She smiles at me. I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by love.
“How did I end up with the most considerate, intelligent, gorgeous, and loving daughter in the world?” I sigh, wrapping her small body in my arms and hugging her impossibly close. She giggles loudly as she squeezes me back. With a sigh, I release her and look through the cabinets to begin making her breakfast. “So, Mirre, your birthday is in a few days. Appa and I would like to know what you want.” I inform, already knowing and having already bought the deluxe doll house she has been swooning over for months.
I wait for a few moments, but when the silence goes on for too long, I furrow my eyebrows and turn around to face her. To my surprise, a frown has settled itself on her pouty lips. “What’s wrong, Mirre?” I ask, becoming concerned.
She looks up at me with a tiny jump, as if she were just startled out of deep thought. “Is G-Dra- G-Dragon my real appa?” She asks.
Every ounce of breath has left my body as I stare at my daughter in complete shock. My mouth slips ajar, the words I was going to speak caught on the tip of my tongue. How do I even respond to this? Why would she think Ji-Yong isn’t her appa? Why would she refer to him as his stage name? I know she has heard me call him Ji-Yong. Many more questions fill my mind but by her silence, I can see she is becoming uncomfortable. “W-What makes you think he isn’t your appa?” I question somewhat sternly.
A frown settles itself on her face. “He never comes home.. I can’t remember the last time I saw him. He didn’t come to my last birthday, he missed Christmas and he missed your birthday, too, eomma. You’re always sad.” Mirre looks up at me with tears leaking from her eyes.
From the wetness on my cheeks, I’m also crying. I didn’t even realize I was sad about this. Mirre brings up a good point. I’ve been ignoring the fact that Ji-Yong is never around. I never wanted to accept it and it has always been easiest to ignore how much I’ve been hurting. “And now you’re crying again.” Mirre sighs, her bottom lip quivering.
“Hey,” I smile, wiping my tears away quickly, “I don’t want you to worry about me, okay? Ji-Yong is your appa. He will be here for your birthday and he will be around more often. I promise you.” I hold my pinky out, grinning when she links her own tiny pinky with my own.
“Hey, babe.” Ji-Yong greets upon answering his phone. My immediate instinct is to melt into his words, but I refrain.
“Hi.” Silence spreads over the line. I can tell he knows something is wrong, which is exactly why he isn’t saying anything.
“Is everything okay?” He questions cautiously.
He genuinely sounds concerned, which leads me to bite my lip harshly, desperately trying to hold back tears. “Ji-Yong..” I murmur, tears already beginning to slip down my cheeks.
A sigh falls past his lips and I just know he is running a hand down his face. “Don’t cry, love. C’mon, you can tell me.” He says softly.
With a deep breath, I am able to compose myself. “You’re never around.” His stunned silence prompts me to continue. “When’s the last time you saw your daughter? She asked me today if G-Dragon was her real appa. She barely even knows who you are.” I rant, all of the words just spilling out of my mouth. “Think about that for a while. Maybe you’ll start putting you daughter before your career, G-Dragon.”
“Happy birthday, my love.” I sigh, kissing Mirre on the cheek. She giggles happily, staring up at her deluxe doll house. The last of the guests have left, and I can just tell how exhausted she is from all the exertion and playing.
“Thank you for the presents, eomma.” There is a hint of sadness to her voice. I can see in her eyes that she misses her abeoji. “Appa isn’t going to come, is he?” She murmurs, her sad, little eyes gazing at the floor boards.
I immediately engulf her in my embrace. “I don’t know what to say, my love.” I sigh, at a complete loss for words. How do you explain to your daughter that her abeoji cares more about his career than he does his family? “Appa is just-”
“I’m here!” A voice suddenly yells from the doorway. Mirre and I both snap our heads towards the direction of the noise. Standing in front of the door, holding a giant, wrapped box, with sweat pouring down the side of his face, is Ji-Yong. “I got stuck in traffic for three hours.” He gently places the box down and leans against the wall. “I tried to get here on time.. this was my chance to show you both that I’ve changed and I messed it up..”
Before his spiel can continue, a tiny squeal interrupts him. “Appa!” Mirre shrieks, bursting out of my hold and sprinting as fast as her miniature legs will take her towards Ji-Yong. “Appa!” She jumps into him, effectively knocking him over.
“Hey baby girl.” He laughs holding her tightly to his body. “I missed you so much.”
“I missed you, too, appa.” She cries. I can see the pain in his eyes just from those few simple words. He makes eye contact with me, but I quickly avert my gaze. “I thought you didn’t love me anymore.”
Ji-Yong lets out a choked sob. “No, baby girl. I love you and eomeoni with all my heart. You two are the only girls I want in my life.” He says sincerely, running his fingers through her hair.
“Did you get me a present?” She asks excitedly. He nods, prompting her to run over and rip away the wrapping paper. “Appa.. eomma already got me this doll house.” She giggles, looking over at him with innocent eyes.
I hold in a laugh, shaking my head. “Oh man… do you want me to return it and get you something else?” He frowns.
“No, it will do.” She grins. “Now my dolls will have two houses!”
As I stare fondly at our daughter, I don’t notice Ji-Yong make his way over to me. “I’m sorry for never being here for the two of you.” He whispers. Heat rushes to my cheeks and I hold back the urge to start crying. “I didn’t have my priorities in check. I don’t want to mess up what I have. You and Mirre are my life. And I’m sorry it took me so long to figure that out.” He runs his fingertips over my cheek. “I love you.”
“It’s going to take more than an apology and some sweet words to convince me otherwise.” I state matter-of-factly, smirking at him. He flashes me a smile before leaning down and pressing a kiss to my lips.
“I’ve got a lot planned for you, love.” He grins cheekily, pressing another kiss to my lips. “You’ll see soon. I’m changing my ways.”
“Appa!” Mirre calls. “Please come build the doll houses for me!” With a quick wink to me, Ji-Yong goes to help assemble the doll houses. I stare adoringly at my small family, knowing that things are going to turn around and only get better from here on out.
My biggest issue with LA Beauty and the Beast merchandise:
There are two versions of the dress. The first version which leaked early and the second version that is on display in Los Angeles and in the final movie.
Here is the first version:
As you can see, the sides are very plain and we see slight layering towards the bottom. There is not much detail in terms of designs on the material. Furthermore, there is what appears to be a bow/ruffles in the back.
THIS is the dress all of the merchandise is in…
However, it is not the dress that is used in the final film.
THIS is the final dress:
I think this dress is gorgeous! It is simply elegant. The three layers are beautiful and all detailed with lovely patterns. THIS is the dress the merchandise should be in.
Now I know merchandise is planned way in advance. It all was most likely approved before the dress change. HOWEVER, if you are going to change or update something as iconic as the yellow dress, the merchandise should reflect that change. I have noticed that some merchandise like the pin set and top include the new version of the dress but for me that is not enough.
I am sad that we might never see a doll with the movie-accurate Belle dress. From what I know, the LE Belle’s dress will be based on the first version as well. I am hoping in the future Disney will re-release a live-action Belle doll in some way, maybe in a deluxe doll set.
I bought Emoji Lagoona a while ago, but wanted to do a quick review.
The emoji dolls are super budgets and come on a completely unarticulated body, but I thought the Lagoona from that line was cute.
I had a spare body from a doll with glue seepage and swapped the heads.
The main reason I got this Lagoona is because she has earrings, a rarity even among deluxe monster high dolls. Her emoji appears to be surprise (:o) and the expression is present on her earrings, dress, and shoes.
Her shoes are a translucent aqua green color and have fish motifs as well as a scale texture that doesn’t photograph very well.
The dress is a half print, a really frustrating cost-cutting measure but I think it still looks cute. She has a teal and coral color scheme reminiscent of swimsuit Lagoona, and a similar 1970s style.
Her hair is styled in a cute flip. made out of a cheaper fiber than saran, not sure if all budget dolls are going to be like this now. It’s rougher but not the worst hair texture I’ve felt.
Was she worth the retail price? No, but I thought she was neat enough to rebody.
Better pictures of the Elena of Avalor deluxe 12" doll gift set set coming soon to the Disney store. The whole crew is here!!!
Elena comes with her adventure dress, her coronation dress and the outfit (shirt, pants) she is wearing in upcoming episodes…
Isabel also has her blue dress and coronation pink dress. 13 pieces in total! Can’t wait to get this 💃🏻😍
Picture credit to mominloveforever.com and newmommybliss.com
<b>Little girl:</b> *opens her present, grumpily tosses It to the ground and looks up at mom, screaming*<p/><b>Little girl:</b> Mom, Im too old to dolls!! I said I want a phone!!<p/><b>Little girl:</b> *throws a fit because no one buys her a phone*<p/><b>Me:</b> *looks over to see deluxe doll set and pink doll house*<p/><b>Me:</b> The things I'd do for those dollies..<p/><b>Me:</b> *internally throws a fit because no one buys me dolls*<p/></p>
“Happy Birthday, Anna!”
Some Kristanna shots with the Frozen Fever Deluxe Set!
(The Anna in the photos is actually the one from the Summer Solstice Set, since I want to keep the Deluxe Set Anna holding the cuckoo clock, and also that Anna doesn’t have “stockings” on her legs)