Okay, so first of all, I love my in-laws, and I am sure it is not just them (my parents would probably be equally guilty if we lived closer to them!)
Yesterday, I drove up to in-laws town to ride with them up to the big city (okay, the pretty dinky sized city that impresses those of us in towns of 2,000 people!) We got to do some shopping. We went to JCPenney, Bob's Unique Camera and Gun (okay, it wasn't Bob's I don't remember the name...), Dollar Tree, (My MIL and her exchange student went to the Buckle instead), Walgreens, and Walmart.
It was a pretty exciting trip for me, as I had a bigger budget than anticipated. Shortly before I left, I checked our account online to see how it compared to Quicken, and found out that we had recieved a reimbursement from hubby's employer that I had forgotten about. (It was seriously delayed when his boss ended up in the hospital and unable to work for 2-3 weeks). Best thing? I found a really pretty purse on clearance for $19.99 at JCPenney, and they were doing a 50% off the clearance price sale, so it was $10 and some change with tax. (I was planning on waiting one more month to try to find a purse at a thrift store in Denver, but I figured I'd probably have to spend at least $5 at a thrift store, and this way I have a purse I can use!)
So, all went well. I let Eva pick out something at the dollar store to keep her occupied. She chose ABC cookies and shared them very nicely with Charlotte. Then comes Walmart!
I started shopping first, since I had a pretty big list, and eventually the in-laws caught up with me, and the girls wanted to go with them. As I was leaving, I heard MIL tell Eva to have grandpa take her to look at the toys. I specified before I left "NO BUYING TOYS!!!" Do you think that helped???
NOPE! So, an hour or whatever later, when they finally were checking out, I met up with them, and of course there were new toys for each girl. Grandpa and Eva had picked them out. For Charlotte, they chose a Dora the Explorer plush doll for ages 3+ (Charlotte is 14 months!) and for Eva they chose an ATM bank, which upon further investigation, is for ages 6+ (she's almost 3 1/2). The ATM bank requires that in order to open the drawer, you must have the card in the bank, you must push the withdraw button, key in the amount you will withdrawl, press the withdraw button again, and key in your four digit passcode. I had to repeat this sequence about 5 times on the way home until she fell asleep in the car!
Fortunately, my in-laws traded cars with me so I didn't have to move two sleeping girls and all my purchases to my car. So, I need to go get dressed to drive back up there for my "Full of Grace" study group meeting...then drive home this afternoon, then drive back up tomorrow because hubby wants to watch the Superbowl there, but we have to go to church down here first.
Did I mention that it's a 40 mile drive???