Shopping & Packing

This may come as a surprise, but I don't consider myself much of a shopper. Don't get me wrong, I could be! I could easily spend my weekends hopping from store to store, searching for that perfect pair of jeans or a cute little shirt to go with those shorts I have at home. I could also spend hours browsing the local B&N in search of the next best read. Oh, yes, I could easily become a hardcore shopper if the funds were available.

But I don't frequent the mall because there's always something more pressing to spend my paychecks on and I'm not very good at window shopping. If I'm browsing, I'm buying. So I don't go. At least, not often.

However, as we all know, there are times when shopping is necessary. Family vacations happen to be one of them. My feeling on the matter is that everyone needs to look good in the hundreds of photos I will undoubtedly take. Last year's wardrobe just won't do, not even if it still fits! Besides, I doubt my boys have very few items remaining that haven't been stained or soiled in some irreparable manner.

This said, you can imagine what I did this weekend. I shopped. Friday night I went to the Outlet Mall and picked up both of the boys a couple of outfits. Saturday I hit Kohls. Oh my. I love that store! I love the clothes they carry and the shoes and the accessories... I also loved the Early Bird Sale we lucked into. I got quite a bit for $127.

Once the shopping was done - for me and the boys only - I had to figure out what to do with them once we got home. Remember the boys have no idea why they just got new summer wardrobes. We want the vacation to come as a complete surprise, which means packing the new clothes into the suitcases right now is impossible. Instead, I've got piles of clothes on my dresser. If I wasn't so excited, I'd probably be annoyed.

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