December 7, 2013

Christmas Shopping

I am not a shopper.  In case you have never gotten that message, I am stating it loud and clear now.  But once a year I do enjoy a Christmas shopping trip with Allen and the kids.  I love the decorations and the music.  And everyone seems to be in a much better mood than the rest of the year.  This trip is usually limited to Target where everyone can find just about everything on their list.  The fact is, we mostly do all our shopping on line, so Christmas shopping is more about the aesthetics of the event.  And lunch.  Pa insists that no outing to church or otherwise is complete unless you eat lunch.  
 Addison is not strong enough to support himself in a buggy yet.  And truthfully, the way he likes to suck on everything in sight I was not really wanting him sitting up and sucking on the handle anyway.  The kids made him a cozy place to hang out for the duration.
 And while we are on the topic of Addison, let it be known this is the first time since before he was born that we went to Target and no one bought anything for him to wear.
 It is so much fun to watch the kids choose gifts.  They put so much thought into each one, whether it be a hat or a pack of chewing gum.
 Checking out does take a long time.  The kids occupied themselves with Rock, Paper, Scissors.  The lady out the checkout thought it was so cute that the kids kept telling Allen, "Don't look, Pa!"
 So Carmella doesn't really go out very much.  I try to run errands during her nap time so we don't have too much interruption into our routine.  But she loves outings.  While we were sitting at a traffic light she started shouting and screaming.  What do you think she was so delighted by?
 Yeah, the Chick-fil-A cow.  Go figure!
 No, we did not go to Starbucks.  But, while we were sitting in the van, Allen let Winnie take some pictures.  I thought she did rather good with this one.
 And this one.  

"Once again we find ourselves enmeshed in the Holiday Season, that very special time of year when we join with our loved ones in sharing centuries-old traditions such as trying to find a parking space at the mall. We traditionally do this in my family by driving around the parking lot until we see a shopper emerge from the mall, then we follow her, in very much the same spirit as the Three Wise Men, who 2,000 years ago followed a star, week after week, until it led them to a parking space." - Dave Barry, humor columnist 

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