Shopping, hiking and good “clean” fun (with pics)

Looking for Best Shot Monday? It’s the post below. 🙂

It was a marvelous weekend around here and it started early. Jody took Friday off of work so I could have a day to do things for myself. Woohoo! I started the day by running an errand to the post office to mail off my contest winners’ items. Then I hit up Kohl’s for their awesome end of the season clearance. Since the prices were so low, I figured I would pick up some things for the kids for next summer.

For Ava, I got 3 shirts, 1 skort, 1 dress, 1 pair of shorts and a pair of capri pants, all in size 5. (She’s wearing size 4T this summer, so I figure 5 is a safe bet.) It was the first time I’ve shopped for her in the girls’ department rather than the infant/toddler section and it was quite different. I guess once you are a girl, you want to start dressing like a little hootchie-mama. Ugh. I’m so not ready for that with a 4-year-old (which she will be next year). I managed to find some respectable things though and felt like I did all right. It just took more time to weed through the hootchie clothes.

For Julian, I got a bathing suit, 3 shirts, 1 sleeveless romper, 2 pairs of footed pajamas, 1 shorts/shirt set, and 1 long-sleeved romper all in size 24 months. I was surprised to see tons of cute little girls’ stuff left on clearance, but not nearly as much little boys’ stuff.

As I was walking up to the cash register, I thought about my own wardrobe which consists largely of green shirts this year and I decided to briefly look for some things for me. I found 1 t-shirt (in pink – woot!) and a camouflage skort.

All in all, I bought 18 items and, with my extra 15% discount coupon, it came up to a grand total of $94! Gotta love the bargains at Kohl’s. 🙂

After my shopping spree, I headed home to nurse Julian, then set out later in the day to do some reading (in peace and quiet). I stopped at Starbucks for a Blueberries ‘n Cream Frappuccino and found out they are having a story time, as well as a craft free of charge there on Thursday, so we might try to go to that. After I had my cool beverage, I went to Border’s to hang out in a comfy chair and read. (More on what I’m currently reading another time.)

After about an hour, I picked up pizza for dinner and headed home.

It was a lovely, relatively kid-free day, and being away from them for a few hours made me appreciate them all the more. I think Jody should take the day off more often. 🙂

On Saturday, I packed a picnic lunch and we drove up to Rocky Mountain National Park to do some hiking. We hiked to two lakes (Nymph and Dream). Ava rode in the backpack on Jody for part of the time and did a fair amount of hiking herself, and Julian rode in the Ergo on me the whole time.

Nymph Lake 8/11/07Daddy n the kids at Nymph Lake 8/11/07Ava & daddy hiking near Dream Lake 8/11/07Mama and Julian at Dream Lake 8/11/07
Ava having an apple 8/11/07Julian trying to have an apple 8/11/07Ava doing some bouldering 8/11/07Ava in the backpack on daddy 8/11/07

It was a beautiful day for hiking, and apart from not remembering how much elevation gain there was on that hike (which is all the harder when you are packing a kid – boy, was I getting winded!), it was a lot of fun. Ava really enjoyed hiking on her own and did well in the pack too. Julian started getting a little fussy at the second lake so we decided to call it a day and head back to the shuttle bus which took us to our car. Both kids conked out on the drive home, and I was close to doing so myself as well. 😉

On Sunday, I tackled some of the clutter I complained about over the weekend, specifically cleaning up my “office” area. I filled an entire Vitamin Cottage bag with paper and receipts to recycle! Why I’ve saved every single receipt from the grocery store (and every other place) for the past year or so is beyond me. I’ve developed a new system and it involves only saving receipts on things I might actually need to return – not groceries. (So smart, eh?)

I should’ve taken a before and after shot, because my desk looks sooo much better now. I feel better about it too. It was good to make a dent in the huge decluttering task I have before me.

It was nice to have a relaxing, fun and productive weekend all in one. 🙂

15 thoughts on “Shopping, hiking and good “clean” fun (with pics)”

  1. Old Navy had some great clearance stuff last week, where they had some racks at $1.97. Cool, huh?? I love to bargain shop. And I TOTALLY agree with you about the hoochie clothes.

    🙂 That hike sounds lovely, too. Great shots.

  2. OMG Ava looks like a natural. WOW look at her go!! I hear you about the hoochie mama clothes….it is getting harder for me to find ones for Alison. Sounds like you made our wonderfully though..that is always a bonus!!

    A nice clean desk really does something for your senses doesn’t it? LOL. It is amazing how different you see things once the clutter is GONE!–BTW I save all my grocery receipts as well. I have no idea why. I come across them and I just can’t figure out why in the world I kept it. HAH.

  3. Sounds like a great time. I’m so envying you the good weather and time to go out an about. It’s so horrible rainy here that we’re stuck inside.

    Love to see another baby carrying family in the woods!

  4. I love the apple pics – so beautiful.
    I feel exactly the same about the size 5 GIRL clothes. I can still get away with some of the 5T stuff from Target and Old Navy, but we are moving on up, too….and Hoo-oo-oochie! *sigh* Guess we’ll have to start making our clothes like Stacy does!

  5. It sounds (and looks-cute!!) like you had a very pleasant weekend. I love it when my weekends are a mix of the relaxing and the productive.

    I have to get over to Kohls myself before all the bargains are snapped up!

  6. What great deals you got! Your photos are also very beautiful. Love the one with Ava eating an apple and Julian following suit. Jody is quite strong to carry Ava around at 3 years old! Aidan is already far too heavy for us to carry around like that, but if you’re going for a hike of any distance, it’s probably necessary.

  7. Ohhhh I’m envying you right now hehe. Hubbs did come home tonight and took the girls to the pool so I had some quiet time in here. And girl.. I love me some Kohl’s too. Love their clearance sales.

    Your pictures are awesome!

  8. Awesome hiking!! We adore hiking too.

    Sounds like you totally scored on the sales. My daughter has been growing so much I am afraid to buy too much in advance. Hopefully she will slow down on the rapid growth a little …

    Yay on organizing. I so need to get things here settled a little more, always feels better once it is completed.

  9. Sounds like a really good, productive, healing kind of weekend 🙂 Love the pics, especially of Ava hiking purposefully behind Jody 🙂

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