Today the kids and I went to the mall; Eden wanted to go shopping for me and her little brother. So Connor and I were banished to the rest of the mall, while she shopped in Target.
For two hours.
I have no idea what she was doing in there; but I figure she probably spent at least half that time in the shoe aisle. I have never met another human being who can window shop for shoes as long as this kid can. I'm not a shopper, people, but I have a daughter that could happily live in the mall if they had pull-out beds in those park benches. I spent about an hour walking around the extremely crowded mall, and the rest of the time on a bench, texting Jeremy to whine about how bored I was.
Connor spent the time carefully waving to every single person that walked by us, but after a while he got fed up with that and started yelling directly into my ear. Someday my daughter will understand the depths of my love for her, because normally wild horses couldn't drag me out to the shopping mall on a Saturday, let alone the Saturday after the busiest shopping day of the year with Connor in tow. Connor has a short attention span for shopping, and when he's finished he tends to let me know at top volume.
Anyway, I've informed Jer that next year, he gets to take Eden out Christmas shopping, because he loves shopping even more than I do. And by loves, I mean hates with a fiery passion in the depths of his soul. I figure it will give me time to do all of my own shopping, wrapping and decorating while they're out. And if I'm feeling particularly evil that day, I'm going to tell her that what I really want for Christmas next year is shoes. I'm not sure they'll ever come home.
5 weeks ago