Let me tell you, this whole no purchase February thing is pretty darn hard. How hard you ask? Well, let’s use this past weekend as an example. President’s Day Weekend. Lots and lots of great sales for children’s clothes. Tons and tons of clothes on clearance. Did I buy any for Charlie? Nope. I stuck to my guns and didn’t buy her any clothes.
And this was really, really difficult. It would have been so easy to jump in the car and run to Gymboree and Kohl’s to grab stuff that was on clearance (with additional markdowns and coupons as well). Does Charlie need more clothing? Yes, she does. I need some stuff for her for next winter (I like to shop a year in advance to buy stuff cheap). But, I kept up my resolve and didn’t go shopping for her this weekend. I did spend a small amount this weekend. $10 on a new 16GB flash-drive. But, this was something that was needed for organizational/decluttering purposes in our home and I don’t think it was too bad of a purchase.
(BTW – Are you following the new blog over at www.365homefix.wordpress.com? There’s a few things up, with many more to come)
Instead of shopping, we went to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for their Paleopalooza. Charlie was really afraid of the dinosaurs when we got to the museum, almost crying when she saw them, but before we left she asked to see the “saurs” and then as we were leaving, John was holding her and she could still see the dinosaurs as we went down the steps, she kept saying “Bye, di-saurs. Bye, di-saurs.” So I guess she liked them in the end.
By far, her favorite part of the museum was the butterfly exhibit. They grow and hatch butterflies and you get to walk through a butterfly room where hundreds of butterflies fly all around you. You aren’t supposed to touch the butterflies, as you can damage their wings. Charlie was very careful about not touching the butterflies, but she would point them out to us. And, if one landed near her, she would get up close to it, squat down, and watch it. Then when the butterfly would fly away, she would spin around watching it fly, giggling in sheer delight.
We also got to watch a reptile show. When he brought out the alligator, Charlie kept telling me and John, “Mama! It Tick-Tock! Tick-Tock!” As in Tick-Tock, the crocodile that goes after Captain Hook in Peter Pan and in Jake and the Neverland Pirates. She was very excited.
We had a great time and it’s something we’ll definitely do with her again. She’s at such a great age, curious about everything. It’s so cool to see her mind working when she stops to think about things. It’s another sign that she’s growing up, but that’s ok.