Saturday, Abby and I got to spend the morning out, just the two of us. We went to Merle Norman, and both of us got make-overs. Then we headed to Rome to Toys ‘R Us for Abby to spend a gift card she had gotten for her birthday. It was there that I realized that I am raising possibly the most indecisive person on the planet. I am not exaggerating when I say she looked at every girl toy at least twice. And picked them all up and looked them over and played with them. And then started all over again. This might not bode well for future shopping trips for us. I might need to start some kind of shopping training program because I need my shopping buddy. But I also need the shred of sanity I've been able to hold onto.
After the 42 hours we spent at the toy store, I was in desperate need of a caffeine fix, so we headed to Starbucks. Abby thought she was hot stuff because I let her have a hot chocolate with extra whipped cream.
And then we headed to Sam’s, where we ate lunch off of all the free samples. Because that’s how we roll. How redneck is that? Hitting up the local Sam’s club for the free food samples… But I’m here to tell you, there is nothing that thrills an 8 year old little girl’s heart more than a day filled with make-up, toys, Starbuck’s and free food. Come to think of it, that’s pretty thrilling for a 34 year old, too.
On the way home, Abby told me thank you for the hot chocolate and that she loved spending time alone with me. It was pretty much a perfect mommy day.
Fast forward to yesterday morning. That same sweet little girl was copping an attitude like nobody’s business. Everything I asked her to do, she argued about. I finally had to send her to her room to adjust her attitude after I realized that I had been arguing for 10 minutes with an 8 year old over why she couldn’t use the iPad.
Last night, she was back to her sweet little self. Mood swings. At 8. Those teen years are going to be a doozy, I think.