Sunday, August 3, 2008

girl time

Stu & Mason are off to Boy Scout camp this week so Paige & I have big pink-flavored plans. First, we had to get our fave drinks at Fusion Bubble Tea after church today. Actually, in our wild excitement about going there (the boys just never appreciate the yum-factor), we arrived before it was open so we popped into the bagel shop next door for a Cinnamon Delight to share.

After a round of Blended Almond Milk Tea (the mom choice) and Passionfruit Slushie with Passionfruit chewies, we headed to Goodwill for some back-to-school shopping. That sounds kind of mean, I realize - taking my kids to a thrift store to get their school clothes. I'm not a miser, and it's not that we can't afford new stuff (and not that I don't go completely crazy occasionally and purchase entire clearance sections of GAP). But I want my kids to understand that a) fashionable & quality stuff can be found secondhand, b) saving money wherever we can means we have extra $$ for vacations & birthday parties and other times we want to splurge, and c) reusing whenever possible is an earth-friendly mindset to get into, whether or not we see the effects in our lifetime. I found 4 pairs of pants for Mason, a pair of Italian leather shoes for Stu, and a few school supplies while Paige scored 4 pairs of pants, a sweater, and two dresses. Grand total (after my 25% Birthday Month discount!) = $61. Trying not to be smug.

We came home after Goodwill because even though there was much booty for her, Paige is not a dedicated shopper and was ready to be done. She proudly showed off her finds to neighbor Jen then retreated to the solitary joy of Return to Never Land.

Now we are returning the extraordinarily overdue Return to Never Land, getting a new mindnumbing Disney tale delightful children's movie of her choice and something for me that Stu will not care to have missed (read: Anything that induces sobbing and/or has the word "Love" in the title). Then we will take ourselves out to eat and talk about boys. Or the new clothes. Or kittens. Regardless, it is a time to relish.

17 comments:

Tootsie Farklepants said...

Yay for girl time!

I've got something for you on my blog.

EatPlayLove said...

how fun. My hubby took our oldest to the movies yesterday and I have to admit I was a tiny bit jealous of their fun outting together!

Texan Mama@WhoPutMeInCharge said...

OMG - did you say 25% discount for your birthday month? I had no idea. Do they do this in other states? I will have to notify my local Goodwill ASAP. I am a frequent shopper there. Just got a Nine West purse there for $3. Yay me. And Yay You and your fam!!!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Laura and I have "chick nights" when Tom is working late. If he comes home before she goes to bed? We make him put on a dress. I have photographic evidence of this, which I will eventually post for your snickering pleasure, k?

Sound like you had fun!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

One on one time is always fun--although with such a big family as ours it's pretty unusual. Sometimes the kids get a little disconcerted when all the attention is on them; just not used to it I guess.

San Diego Momma said...

I must now get the blended almond milk tea.
That sounds simply delightful and refreshing.

Also: I buy almost EVERYTHING from Goodwill. Yesterday, I scored an Ann Taylor blouse, 2 Gap tops, a Banana Republic shirt and a killer pair of jeans. All for $25!

I'm sorry. My having to list the things I buy from Goodwill is a disease. An annoying, irritating disease.

JCK said...

I'd be all over that smug thrift store. You GO! I'm quite impressed by your lead.

Oh, the big girl time. It sounds really, really good. I enjoy my little girl time, too.

CamiKaos said...

I want to weigh in on the Kitten topic. Kittens are cute. they are good and wonderful and adorable and I love them...

dkuroiwa said...

It's a damn good thing I don't mind doing things by myself...or that I have friends who let me borrow their little girls!
Around these parts, "girl time" is "me time"...and that's not a bad thing...at...all.
And "boy time" with my boys just isn't the same...at...all.

Glad you two are having such a good time...enjoy the rest of the time!!!

KD @ A Bit Squirrelly said...

We have some really good consignment and thrift stores close, but I always wantt o go when I can LOOK which means ALONE which means, not likely to happen because of the leeches, err I mean kids. Sounds like a great day!

Karen said...

I love that one on one time. It's so rare. Glad you all got a girls day.

And I am totally jealous you have such a great goodwill near you. I wish we did. But my girls love hand-me-downs and our close resale shop, so hopefully they are learning all those things you mentioned too. ;-)

Lisa Milton said...

I just picked up some great jeans for Lexi, same deal.

I'm glad she has never thought to complain about used clothes, especially when I find some great stuff.

(Zack was the only whiner. I swear it is far harder to find 2nd grade boy stuff that hasn't been put through a wringer. I can't believe the stuff we got from Mason was so pristine.)

Danielle said...

I've been lurking for a while reading your blog. I really enjoy it! And I too am a Goodwill fan. I LOVE it, I love it even more on 50%off Saturdays which here in Phoenix they have every other week! Woo-hoo!!

Amy said...

I love when I get to spend one on one time with my daughter. With two younger brothers and a husband that is gone for 8 months - it makes it kind of hard though!

Ms. Tami said...

Hooray for Goodwill! I haven't been in years because I have 3 little monkeys that like to hide in clothes racks! So instead of treasure hunting I'm monkey hunting!
BTW, I hope you don't mind...I'm tagging you again! :)

only a movie said...

Girl time is the best. So is Goodwill. Glad you had fun. Oh, hi - like your blog.
:-)

angel said...

it sounds awesome!
makes me want some mommy-n-me time...

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