Posts Tagged ‘shopping’

Getting the Look

December 15, 2012

Once again summer has snuck up on us, the children have grown out of all their clothes, and we are staring down the barrel of a Queensland Christmas with a wardrobe full of jeans, tights, and long-sleeved shirts.

Time to go shopping!

First I went through Fainjin’s & Babess’ drawers, removing all the too-small clothes, as well as some they just never wear for whatever reason.  That was reasonably reassuring – they both have lots of t-shirts that fit them, at least.  I don’t really know how this happens.  We must have started with hundreds of t-shirts in several sizes, because we never seem to run out, although we hand on dozens each season.

Space now made, we went looking for new things.  I told them that they each needed a “smart” outfit for Christmas.  We have a couple of church things to go to and it would be nice if they didn’t look like complete scruffs in the Christmas morning photos.

Babess was thrilled.  She waltzed through the shop saying, “Let’s try this on!  And this one!  Here’s a pink one of those! Did you get that one, Mum?  I like that one too!”

Fainjin was the opposite.  “No!  I don’t want to look smart!  I want to look awesome!”

Apparently awesome means t-shirts with ninja lego or angry birds on them.  We found some short-sleeved button shirts and plain shorts, and persuaded him into the changing room.

Babess merrily tried on dozens of outfits.  Sadly, she is so small and slight of figure that most things didn’t fit.  The smaller sizes were too short, and the larger sizes ballooned out over her chest.  She sobbed when the pretty dress with roses and a net petticoat was put away, but she does like the pink dress we chose in the end.

Fainjin grudgingly tried on one of the shirts.  “Hey!” I said, “You look really handsome!  It makes you look older, quite grown-up.”

He preened.  He looked in the mirror.  “I look like I’m about seven,” he agreed.

Apparently looking older is awesome when you’re nearly six.  He happily tried on the rest of his clothes, and because he is average size for his age, they all fit.  Lucky boy.  Now he has two smart and awesome outfits for summer!

© UpsideBackwards 2012.

Shopping List

July 24, 2011

The Dad and I were working on the weekly shopping list.  As we checked the pantry and cupboards to gauge supply levels for the essentials, Babess appeared in the kitchen in a state of great excitement.

“I hab a chopping list!  I hab one!”

“Excellent!  That saves us a job!” I said.

“What’s on the list?” asked The Dad, ever the practical one.  (She’s three.  Her handwriting is a little… illegible… so we have to ask her what she’s written.)

“Uuummmm jelly beans…  and cwackers…  and pasta… and cheese,” – mostly stuff we need, except perhaps the first one.

The Dad looked at her seriously.  “What about toast?  Do we need toast? Is it on your list?”

“Oh! No! It isn’t!  I go and put it on!” and she raced off, anxious to have a complete list to feed the family for the week.  So responsible.

© UpsideBackwards 2011.


September 29, 2010

We popped in to our plumbing supply shop this afternoon, with Fainjin and Babess in tow.  We needed to check a couple of things for our renovations, laundry taps that we’ve ordered and towel rails that we haven’t.

It’s a lovely shop to visit for adults – they have a real coffee machine and are very hospitable.  You can play with taps and showers and there’s even a back-lit bath-filler where the water “changes colour” from blue to red as it heats up.  I was feeling a bit sorry for the kids, though, this renovation thing isn’t very interesting for them.

I needn’t have worried.  As soon as we arrived, they both said “Yay!!!” and took off.  As Babess disappeared around the corner, I heard her say “TOYS!”  We’ve been to this place a few times, and they knew where to look.

The toybox at the shop is always more interesting than the toys at home.  And if you get bored, you can go into all the showers and collect the drain-covers… until Daddy tells you to put them back.  (The staff just laughed – they love having kids visit).

© UpsideBackwards 2010.

New clothes, new shoes

September 1, 2010

We took Fainjin shopping yesterday.  He has grown, and all his trousers are flapping around – or more accurately, slightly above – his ankles.  I’d also realised that his shoes were slightly too small.  And all the “spare” hand-me-downs from various people that we had as backups were the same size.

So we found him three new pairs of pants suitable for daycare before his tolerance for trying on clothes expired.  Then we headed for the shoes.  He only tried on a couple of pairs, but luckily one pair fit and were considered acceptable.  I think the flashing lights helped.

As he walked to daycare this morning, I worried that he would fall or walk into something.  He was holding his new pants up above his ankles, walking stiff-legged, and staring at his feet to see the flashing lights.

© UpsideBackwards 2010.

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