We were late to church today. That’s nothing new. One of my kids absolutely cannot manage to get ready on time. I try to keep this in perspective. For instance, he is GOING to church. That’s something.
After church, we went directly to a hair salon for haircuts for two of my boys. Is there anything more boring than waiting for someone to get a haircut? I think not.
We picked up lunch on the way home and then before I could doze off, I left the house again with my daughter to buy shoes.
Here’s the problem with having an 11-year old daughter. Her feet are still growing and so the shoes I bought last Easter don’t fit this year at Christmas. And the shoes I buy for Christmas will likely not fit at Easter. And because we live in southern California, “fancy” shoes aren’t worn very often and I don’t want to spend a fortune on them.
Anyway, her “fancy” shoes don’t fit any more and we have a Christmas brunch to attend next weekend, so she needed shoes. We went to my favorite shoe store (Famous Footwear). I brought along two “rewards” cards that were coupons for a total of $20. Today was also buy-one-get-one-half-off with an additional twenty percent off after that.
We shopped the Clearance racks and found a pair of dress shoes (white or cream, we couldn’t tell–and really, probably off-season but it could be seventy degrees next weekend, so who cares?) and a pair of RocketDog flip-flops (so cute).
The total for both pairs of shoes, including tax was $3.88.
That would be my best shoe buy ever except that once I paid zero dollars for a pair of flats at Famous Footwear. (They were $5 and I had a $5 coupon.)
Anyway, I love a bargain.
When we got home, I put our Christmas tree together. Fortunately, last year I’d purchased additional white twinkly lights to supplement the pre-lit branches because last year some of the branches didn’t light up. Last year it was extremely frustrating to discover that fact but this year, I knew it would happen so when sections stayed dark, I shrugged and fixed the problem without losing my mind. (I hope I get bonus points for that.)
My daughter and youngest son put on all the ornaments while the dog frolicked around barking her fool head off at us. She’s not had a walk for a few days because we noticed her limping and decided to try to restrict her activity to hopefully clear up that problem. So she is extra feisty.
I wandered the house with various decorations, looking for good spots to place them. I almost finished but not quite. Tomorrow I’ll either put the rest of the things up or I’ll put them away. I did note that we still have both Baby Jesus and the spare Baby Jesus which made me smile.
Finally, it was time for a nap, a viewing of The Amazing Race and then work. I just finished making my son’s lunch and now it’s 2:00 AM and time for sleep.
And now, I brace myself for an extra busy week which includes not only a year-end dentist appointment for three of us (yuck) but also a Christmas concert, soccer tournament, and Christmas brunch in addition to all the regular craziness.