I took vacation days for Wednesday and Friday, the days before and after Thanksgiving, last week. It's the only way to go, man. Sadly, those five days at home passed by before I was ready for it to end. The girls had a half day of school on Wednesday and when Rich arrived home from work that night, I headed out for some (unfortunately, quick) pre-Black Friday shopping. A little secret I stumbled upon a few years ago is the fact that many of the stores at the outlet mall run their Black Friday sales all Thanksgiving week, not just on Friday, and apparently, most people are too busy traveling or preparing for Thanksgiving the day before to go shopping. On my side as well was the freezing rain. I've never seen the mall so empty. In a few stores, I was the only customer. I picked up a ton of needed clothes for the girls for Christmas presents. Here's what I purchased at Gymboree for only $70: 3 pairs of pajamas, 4 long sleeved shirts, 1 long sleeved shirt with a hood, 1 long sleeved dress and a pair of fuzzy dress boots. My only disappointment was when I discovered that they no longer had the dressy Christmas clothes out. Those had been replaced with sweaters that were meh looking.
My main goal for the long weekend was to clean up and clean out the girls' rooms. Their definition of clean is a bit different from mine. Mixed in there were some holiday activities and Rich ran a local 5K. (He placed 5th for his age group. YAY!) I finally, FINALLY purchased the proper size comforter/quilts for the girls' beds. We cleaned out bags and bags of old books and gave those away along with too small clothes. There's still more that I want to do to their rooms but we're off to a good start.
This bedroom is supposed to be an office but in order to give everyone her own space, we use it as a bedroom.
Love the haphazardly placed poster she received with her Scholastic book order.
And love catching a kid reading a book. Who was Abraham Lincoln?
Am I the only one who feels like laundry is a part time job? It seems like my weekends revolve around it.