Some days it is just awesome to be a kid and our weeks before returning to school were pretty awesome.
Sweet friends invited us to go swimming with them and on this hot week and it was so much fun.Mall of America for some ride fun for the girls.
family of 6! (No girls, you are not invited even though you have asked a million times.)
Every year I take the girls school shopping together and the fitting room scene is enough to give me an ulcer so this year I was much smarter and gave them each their day!
Back to school shopping individually was brilliant and so much fun. Both girls were so different but fun in their own ways.
The first day was Tess and I. She was easy and so sweet. In the first store we were in the fitting room and she said to me in her most genuine voice, "You can't imagine how fun this is for me Mom." It made my day. We hit two stores and Tess had all she needed to be ready to start the school year. Very no nonsense, found what she liked, tried it on and done. Brilliant on her part because then we had time to ride on rides at the mall. When it was time for lunch she picked The Rainforest Cafe. After riding more rides it was time to head home. On the way home she said to me, "You should really stop and get yourself a treat because all day has been for me." Actually, the time alone with Tess was a a treat for me too.
Sydney and I also had fun together on her day alone with me. Her shopping methods were very different but cute. Because we couldn't buy everything she fell in love with, we went to a million stores, she tried on a million things, put aside her favorites and then we went back to all of her favorite stores and made decisions on what we could buy. Much more time consuming but she was happy just shopping and didn't need rides! I also enjoyed shopping with her because I really like some of the clothes she picks out. I enjoy how very different they are in their personalities and styles. When it was lunchtime Sydney picked Noodles & Company, I am pretty sure she could eat there every day.
As our tradition continues, Steve took the ladies out for sneaker shopping and they did a great job as usual. He has taken them school shoe shopping for the last several years and it works out great. This is what they settled on. How many Dads take on this task?! I am impressed.
One day we met Steve for lunch by his office, this was a treat for the girls but really it was a treat for me!
awesome library next door to his office.
Back to school is never complete without haircuts!
Look at Tess's face, her face says, "Wow, Great Clips actually got a head of hair wet! My hair must be bad!"
The 5 of us really had a lot of fun in our last few weeks, it was sad to see them be over. I must sign off now and save our Great Minnesota Get Together for another night! Have a great weekend!