Today is my only day off this week and I needed to make the most of the day. It also wasn't technically a full day off considering I had to bring outfits from work to a fashion show being put on by a local Girl Scout troop. To try and keep it more on the fun side verses a work obligations I decided to bring along my oldest niece Lilly. So she was my little assistant for the day.
She loved the fashion show and it was a nice event to be involved in as a community outreach. I loved how excited Lilly got, as she watched each one of the girls come out especially the ones wearing clothes from my store. I think it is important for girls to be involved in activities like Girl Scouts. I was involved in 4H and it made a huge impact on my development and social skills. I know that dealing with my social anxiety would be even harder if I hadn't had those experiences growing up.
After the fashion show we did one of my favorite hobbies, shopping! As far back as I can remember I have loved shopping. I even love grocery shopping. When I was in my early teens I talked my mom into letting me make a menu for the week and do the grocery shopping. To me shopping is more than just buying things. I love the planning and searching that goes a long with the process too. Not that I don't get carried away in the moment and end up at home with items I really didn't need.
Todays shopping trip had two missions, one to get gifts for my other niece's upcoming birthday and camping supplies for the concert in June. We started at the clothing stores first since they are near my store. Of course I couldn't just buy gifts for the one niece, I let Lilly pick out an outfit for herself. I would have done the same thing if Maddie was with, in fact I'm sure I have. We also decided we better get the boys outfits. When I buy clothes for the kids it is more for my enjoyment then theirs, it is like having living dolls. I love playing dress up.
Our next stop was at Menards to get the tent I had seen on sale while researching tents earlier. I think I did more research on the tent then I did when I purchased my car. I started second guessing myself again and ended up getting the tent I had planned on but one size larger. We also picked up several other camping related items. I am happy to say at least I have a camping trip planned. I have a bad habit of buying things for a new activity and then not following through. I really do want to try and embrace camping, I feel like I am evolving and could handle roughing it.
We ended our shopping trip at good old Walmart. I needed to get a few things for the work week and a few more small items to add to Maddie's gift. Lilly had also been waiting all day to pick out her yarn for her blanket I will eventually be making. The plan was to have all of them done by Maddie's party but that is in only six days and I'm only half way done with Waylon's and would still need to finish Lilly's.
I am now exhausted, I am pretty sure I did shop till I dropped. Yes, the retail therapy was nice but the time with my niece was the best part. I love all my nieces and nephews so much and feel so blessed that because I don't have kids I can give them the extra love and attention. They will also make excellent camping buddies.