Friday, December 31, 2010
Oh, My, What a Day
Yesterday, I spent the day shopping with these two. They both had gift cards to spend from Christmas and a little bit of cash. On the way into town they had this conversation...
Chandler: So what kind of colors do you think you're going to buy today?
Casey: I don't know. I haven't really thought about it.
Chandler: Well, I'm going for all dark colors...you know...brown, black, gray, maybe a navy blue or a really dark purple. And I am definitely looking for some prints! You know, leopard, cheetah, zebra stripes, and maybe some plaid.
Casey: Oh, yeah, I do like the prints.
And this is what scares me. It was a look into the future and my children are either emo, goth punks or strippers. And I'm not sure which one I would prefer.
I tried really (really, really) hard to channel Chris during this shopping experience. The girls love shopping with Chris because he doesn't have an opinion on what they should buy with their money. He doesn't try and talk them out of things. He doesn't try to steer them in a certain direction. He just holds their coats, keeps up with their money and gets down the items that they can't reach for them. He occasionally tells them if something is too see through or too short.
I spent the day cringing. My girls are apparently full price girls and this makes me very sad. Why? Why can't they see that they could get so much more for their money if they just went to the sale racks??? But, it was their money and I was channeling Chris. When we entered Claire's Boutique...I wanted to cry. It was my own personal hell. And yet, I loved this place as a child. Chandler spent 30 minutes debating on whether or not she should spend $8.50 on a pair of fingerless, silver sequined gloves. In the end she decided not to (and has regretted that decision this morning).
She did, however, buy this shirt for herself at Children's Place. Yes, it was full price. But she came downstairs this morning singing some song about being an "angel from Heaven", while waving her arms around as she glided through the room.
Casey purchased these items for herself...the shirt from Children's Place and yes, she is wearing the entire package of flower hair clips from Claire's at once.
Chris asked her to strike another pose. This one was some "attitude." So she did. My favorite part about this picture? The fact that Ike is sniffing her hiney.