Spending money I don’t have to spend on school clothes.
See, when you home school, your kids can spend the ENTIRE day in their pajamas if they choose, especially if it’s the dead of winter and it’s snowing and there is already 4 feet of snow on the ground.
But, I digress.
This weekend, Russ & I took the kids on a trip into Reading to do some school clothes shopping. This was our first real clothes shopping expedition with all of the kids together and I think we figured if we can travel cross country with all nine of them, surely we can shop with them together.
Traveling is fun.
Shopping…. Not so much.
It started out fun, until the boys realized that we were not, in fact, going to buy them the newest Madden Football game for Wii and the girls realized that they could not spend the entire amount allotted for them on skinny jeans. Of course, we also had Emma insisting that she NEEEEEEDED everything within her sight and Will who just wanted OUT of his stroller.
Shopping with all of the kids involved quick stops ( spurts, if you will) to keep the boredom at bay. The girls wanted to linger and the boys… wanted to go home.
It didn’t take long until we realized that we could not take all of the kids shopping for clothes on empty stomachs, so we spent $85 at the food court replenishing ourselves while Will DESTROYED the floor around us and then got back to the torture at hand- watching Stephanie & Gabi try on jeans.
Suffice it to say, it was not the best thought out plan by Russ or I 😉
It did end in the kids thanking us for what we bought: 9 pairs of jeans, 15 shirts, 4 pairs of sneakers, some jewelry, one Backyardigans backpack for Will that came with a free lunch box for Keith (thank you Toys R Us!), and a package of wipes all for $285.
Granted, we are NOWHERE near done, but it was a start.
By the time we got home, the kids were EXHAUSTED and although they hadn’t been thrilled by the afternoon out, all of them were happy to be home, sitting down for movie night together (Clash of the Titans) and having a snack of nachos & iced tea.
What started out as a day I thought might be the death of me, finished as a day surrounded by the people I love most snuggling on the couch together.
In other words, Perfection.
Playing along with Twinfatuation for Makes My Monday.