Back to school shopping season!! You can’t miss the sale ads, commercials, and overall buzz about this time of year. Usually Jim and I ignore all of that but this time it’s different. Gabriel, my little BABY BOY, is going to preschool for the first time!! We had to (unfortunately) withdraw him from Holy Cross, here in WI since we are moving, but we did enroll him in a new school in Ohio. He is all set with his backpack and school supplies and yesterday we went clothes shopping! It was unbelievably fun….for mommy!:) LOL. Gabe could care less but it was a huge, exciting, emotional event for Jim and me. It also reminded me of when my parents took me school shopping as a little girl and how different it was then. I would see a mannequin with the COOLEST outfit, but never in a million years dream of buying something so expensive. My parents never splurged, and couldn’t afford to go all out and spend much for school. It didn’t matter, but at the time I was so bummed that I wouldn’t be able to buy the latest trends and stuff in the store. If it went on sale around Christmas time, then it was a possibility, but before that…not a chance. Looking back, I am profoundly grateful for those experiences (even though I wasn’t at the time) but it gave me an honest appreciation for nice things. Even today, I hardly EVER buy clothes unless they are on sale. That’s just in my make-up, plus, I happen to love the thrill of a great bargain!:) Still, it just felt good to go in, see a mannequin in Gap kids, and be able to buy the exact outfit (NOT on sale) for Gabriel. He is going to be such a little prepster for school and he looks so handsome in his new big boy clothes!! It just feels good as a parent, coming from my background, and being able to provide for our boys.
Anyway, speaking of shopping. we are getting so pyched for our trip to New York in a few days!:) It’s going to be non-stop until then, but being busy is good, we’ve been having a blast lately.