Thank you all for your comments on the post about my mother-in-law. I still wasn't sure what I was going to do about it all but last night some friends of ours came over for dinner and during the course of our conversation I had an epiphany of sorts. This couple had their first child one year ago and in the ongoing struggle between the wife and her in-laws (they were really mean - even at one time suggesting that if she came to visit she could sleep in the closet like Doraemon, ha ha ha - who says this stuff?) they haven't really let them come and visit this little boy. As I was relating how I've dealt with my in-laws I realized that I need to let my MIL buy something significant for Emi as she begins elementary school. It's really the right thing to do.
So today Emi and I went to look at the dresses. In the car on the way I explained what we were going to be shopping for and she said, "OK, but I don't want a skirt". As soon as she said this, I was glad I had decided to take her first and look around. Once she realized that everyone would be wearing dresses she agreed to try on a couple of outfits and we were able to pick one that she liked (still $80) so I'll tell my MIL on Thursday when she comes to get the girls that she can go ahead and buy that one for Emi. I'm debating whether I need to go along to make sure there's no confusion but I'll wait until Thursday to decide that.
Since we were there, we went over to look at the ceremony dresses for mommies, too. I still can't decide but one thing I know for sure is that I will not be wearing a silk-flower corsage!