My kids are constantly asking for "dates". This is a time alone and out of the house with mom or dad. They each keep a record of the books they read. When they complete 25 books they get a date. But sometimes they just need a break and some time to relax. This is especially true for my older girls whose days are consumed with school work and helping at home. Sometimes, they just want to have an uninterrupted conversation. I can respect that.
This past week I sensed a real need for the two oldest to have a date. They are getting to the age where shopping is fun and they were in need of a few things to finish off the winter. I dug through my stash and found nothing.
I had a Khol's gift card that I had been holding on to for some time and decided to take Hannah shopping. We had the best time thumbing through the winter clearance. I loved hearing her opinions on the clothes and having my own personal fashion show. I wasn't spending any money and felt able to relax a bit. It was so much more rewarding then going shopping for myself!
A few days later Lydia and I went out. First we went to Goodwill to look around. She's an artist and a treasure hunter so Goodwill suits her just fine. We found two adorable dresses and two brand new pairs of shoes just her size. All of this for under $15!!
The Target in our town is across the street from the Goodwill. All the clearance that doesn't sell is donated to Goodwill. Brand new shoes for $3.99!! Then we headed on over to the pet store and spent an hour holding and petting the puppies and examining the beautiful fish. She wants to be a vet someday.
I love knowing them. I love making them smile. I love being their mom. I love teaching my girls that there's a lot of fun to be had without spending a lot of money.