I’ve been holding off digging through the girls’ clothes for vacation because I knew once I brought the bin out, clothes would be everywhere until we left. I finally dug through things at the end of last week and it wasn’t good. Delaney had one pair of shorts that fit her! Yikes. I feel like the girls grew incrementally from birth to age 4.75, and then BOOM! They’ve grown so much the last few months. Legs are longer, waists are bigger, it’s crazy.
I knew we would need to do some shopping, so we had planned to go to the Mall of America* on Saturday. Never again. Well and truly, never again on a weekend. That place is a catastrophe with any sort of traffic at all, they just can’t handle it or figure it out. Honestly. It can’t be that difficult can it?
Anyway, after some rides (Caden rode the big rollercoaster!) and some dinner, we headed to Old Navy. The girls are in a bit of a weird place size wise. They need the longer shirts that come in the Girls size, but need the shorter pants in the Kids size. But sometimes they can wear the Girls bottoms? Basically, we need to try everything on before we buy.
We divided and conquered. Mom, Delaney and I hit the Girls section looking for shorts for her. Dad and Caden hit the Kids section looking for ….? After digging through the shorts to find Delaney’s size, Mom told me Caden was in a dressing room, so I headed back there with Delaney and a pair of shorts for her to try on.
My girls LOVE to shop and they LOVE to try clothes on. This was like nirvana for them! And to have people bringing them things in the dressing room? Oh they were in heaven. It was also chaos.
“No Caden, you cannot get that full price skirt.”
“No Delaney, you don’t have to try on the dresses, we know they’ll fit.”
“No Mom, Caden doesn’t need any more pairs of shorts.”
“Yes Dad, they actually do need flip flops.”
No, yes, no, yes, no, yes, you can get one too then! Over and over. My dad was shaking his head, but although it’s chaotic, it’s the only way to get through it and make sure we get clothes they like and fit. They each got a pair of jean capris, cardigans, and flip flops, Delaney got four pairs of shorts, we found a bunch of dresses on sale, and they each got beach hats that kill me they are so adorable. We are now set for vacation. (Actually, after picking up a pair of sandals for Delaney yesterday, we are now set for vacation.)
*I avoid the MOA like the plague. It’s huge, you can’t find anything, it’s inefficient, I hate it. But, Delaney wanted to see the ice castles (which we never made it to), and they’ve fallen in love with the bubble bars from Lush and that is the only store in MN. Next time I will simply order online, although we bought enough to last us a very, very long time.