Rich and I were both home last Friday. Again. We seem to have quickly established a routine of dropping the girls off to school before sneaking in a breakfast date.
As Rich reminded me, who knows how long this will last. It's not very often that we are home together on a weekday and inevitably, at some point in the future, it will change so we need to take advantage of it while we can.
The girls outgrew their sneakers back in the fall or early winter. Although, Anna has still been cramming her feet in hers and she doesn't complain. We survived the winter without because, well, it's the winter and they don't really need sneakers. They had been asking for "light up" sneakers and so we decided to hit up the outlet mall.
Our first stop was Gymboree, where bathing suits were on sale for $9.99. The girls fit into size 4T bathing suits now. (Although, when Allie tried hers on at home, the sides up top were big. I may return it.) I also found 1 pair of shorts on clearance in size 4T. There were hardly any 4T items left in the store. We then checked out a "Mommy and Daddy" store. 7 For All Mankind. The last pair of jeans I purchased was for $10 from the clearance rack located at the back of the Gap outlet store. They were too long so I chopped the bottoms off and they have now frayed into semi-floods. I managed to find a pair of new jeans for $50 and they were the softest, most comfortable pair of jeans I have ever tried on so I bought them. Unfortunately, I am not 6 feet tall so I need to remove 8 inches or so from the bottom.
We found "light up" sneakers (aka Twinkle Toes) at Skechers. Buy one get 50% off the second but not the third. So much more than I ever wanted to pay for sneakers. Ack! But the girls are wearing them and love them and now I don't have to answer phone calls at work asking what shoes they can wear to the playground.
The girls needed new spring/fall jackets to replace their old ones, which were size, ahem, 24 months. After our ice cream stop, I took off for OshKosh with Allie and Em while Rich paid the bill with Anna, who was still eating. We struck gold. Spring/fall jackets were 70% off and were $18 each. Rain boots were 50% off, which was not a huge bargain but cheaper than the ones at Target.
OshKosh is my new favorite store. The clothes at Gymboree are so freaking cute but they are so wide and my kids are super skinny. OshKosh clothes seem much thinner and fit better. It took so much willpower to not buy anything other than the coats and boots. The girls asked for some items too. In little, sweet voices that melt your heart and make you want to buy whatever their hearts desire. "Mommy, can you please buy me that sundress?" Walk away from the clothes. WALK AWAY FROM THE CLOTHES.
Oh, yeah. Ice cream stop.
Anna ordered a kid's size peanut butter cup Friend-z. It took her almost two hours (not all at the restaurant) but she ate the entire thing. Allie inhaled her sundae. As Rich says, "Allie loves her ice cream." Like mother, like daughter.
Oh, yeah. Spring is here.