Last Saturday found us at the local outlet mall. I don't like shopping there on the weekends due to the traffic and massive crowds but they were hosting a AAA day (show your card at the information booth and receive a booklet of discounts!) and we were in desperate need of a few items. The wedding for Rich's niece is in a few weeks and the girls had absoluely nothing appropriate to wear. In addition, Rich and I both need some summer clothes, including a proper bathing suit for me, and we were hopefully that items would be on sale.
Clothing a family of five is expensive. I wear the same outfits to work week after week because I don't have time to shop like I used to and I refuse to spend, spend, spend. I used to shop all the time because I had free time and I could be picky looking for items on sale. I can't do that now. Plus, clothes don't fit me like they did 7 years ago. Boo.
I did have a coupon for OshKosh and although I hadn't planned to buy any school clothes for the girls now, I did allow them to pick out an outfit. They will need them when the weather turns soon enough. I bought a pair of jeggings (jean leggings) for Anna and they look so freaking awesome/cute on her. My kids are too skinny for most pants so leggings are a staple in our house.
The bathing suit store was a total bust. Even though I'm older now, most of the suits in there are just not me and look "old." The girls were shopping with me in that store and provided plenty of entertainments. First, they were dancing to the store's music and kept pointing out bathing suits that they thought looked nice. "Momma, look at this one. It's so pretty." When we reached one of the sections near the back of the store, I muttered, "Hmmm. This looks like the old lady section." Well, Allie dediced to announce, "Yes, this does look like the old lady section." A much older gentleman waiting for his wife in the dressing room had a good laugh over that one. Then the girls proceeded to point out the "boobies" on all the mannequins. I even heard, "Look, that one is naked!"
My kids are well behaved in general and definitely in public places. They don't run around or pull clothes off of racks or climb on racks or scream. But they are kids and I still need to watch them. My mind can only multitask to a certain degree and then it shuts down, which means that I can't really shop with 3 five year olds.
So the success story of the day happened in Carter's.
I guess these are supposed to be for the holidays, which occur in December. And this is August. Hey, works for me! So does a sale and a 20% off coupon!
I think that Allie and Emily should switch sweaters but that's how they want it. I'm just happy that they look appropriate for a wedding and that they coordinate.
They are supposed to be hugging but Anna is rebelling.