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Shoozapalooza! - Karen's Musings
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There are some things you may never have known about me... and I know you're going to find them shocking. But there are two things in this world I really despise: shopping malls and shoe shopping in particular. I know, they may take my girl card away! But on Shabbos we took all of the kids to synagogue, and they were all cute and adorable, but it was clear that they all need new shoes. We've never actually bought them shoes, and we do have some hand-me-down shoes but mostly in sizes too small or too large. So... I made plans to take the kiddeos to the outlet mall on Sunday to purchase some shoes! And I informed my husband of this plan in the morning morning right before feeding him my traditional Sunday morning pancake breakfast. (I swear, next week I'm making waffles. Honest. I'm so sick of pancakes it's not funny!)

And so, after an aborted morning nap and sending the J-man off with his grandmother, we packed up a lunch, rounded up jackets for all the kiddeos, smooshed a pile of diapers in the diaper bag, looked in vain for my shoes (failed and used a different pair instead), put two strollers in the car, and packed the kiddeos into carseats. And off we went to the outlet mall. (Seriously, do you have any idea what kids' shoes cost these days?? Gah!) We'd never been to the outlet mall near us, but we figured it was worth a shot. We left about an hour later than my original plan dictated, but having triplets means being flexible, right? Of course right!

We parked by the food court and arrived just about noon, and went in and sat down for lunch. We figured if the trio was sated they might not torture us too much in the shoe store. 


 Sam was not feeling terrific, as he's got a cold, complete with runny nose (as you can see), so he was content to pick at his bagel and occasionally shove a piece of pasta in his mouth. But he consistently threw his turkey and other delectables on the floor.

Nevertheless, he was happy to pose for a picture, runny nose and all. :)  

Eliana never misses the opportunity to smile. She was tired from the aborted nap (in fact, she was the only one who DID try to nap, and unfortuantely got woken up a bit prematurely, poor thing). But she ate so nicely at the mall, and I was so proud of her. Until her bagels started landing on the floor. Then I stopped being quite so amused...
Abby smiling up at me. She also enjoyed throwing her food on the floor - but she first had a really good time blowing air through the tubes of rigatoni that we brought. It was fun to watch! :)

 I had a hard time getting a good picture of her because she kept trying to grab the camera every time I tried to get a picture... She was so excited to see me taking pictures!

After we finished eating lunch, we put everyone back in the strollers and rolled on down to the Stride Rite outlet. Fun times! We put fear into the hearts of the Stride Rite Employees as we glided in and asked them to please measure the tiny little feet of our tiny little trio. Of course, my three couldn't make life easy on me, could they? Oh no. They all three wear a different size. (And Abby's feet are two different sizes!). They didn't have the shoes I wanted for the girls, but I did get them cute white and pink sneakers (slightly different styles so I wouldn't mix them up, since they are different sizes. And I got a pair of brown shoes for Sam. They are all so cute in their new little shoes, but no one wanted to stay still for pictures...


After the shoe store, which involved us buying the shoes, realizing I'd reversed the sizes (Ellie should have had wide, Abby should have had medium, but I did it backward), returning the shoes, repurchasing the correct sizes, and then finally leaving the store, we braved walking across the hall to the Children's Place to Purchase the J-man some jeans. He blows through jeans like, um, insert some really witty interesting metaphor here, okay? So even though my mother just purchased some new jeans for him, I knew it couldn't hurt to pick up another couple pairs. Besides, it gave me an excuse to pick up two stripey sweaters for the girls at $3.99 each. Not too shabby. :)

The kiddeos were EXHAUSTED. Poor little Abby fell asleep in the stroller and Ellie and Sam were fighting hard against the inevitable. We whisked them off to the car where Abby promptly woke up and refused to fall back to sleep and Sam immediately fell asleep for the whole ride back. Ellie didn't sleep but she at least stayed happy and calm. When we got home, I put everyone in their cribs (Sam barely stirred) and Abby RAGED against the idea of a nap (as per usual), but everyone got a nap. When they woke up, we took them out to dinner, because we were feeling particularly brave and adventurous.

And finally, we returned home and the J-man was returned to us - at last: 


And this is the exciting life that we lead.


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From: boobalah Date: February 24th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC) (Link)
By those standards, I fail at being a girl too. My feet are an arthritic mess, and one brand of shoes makes them happy. So I buy Naturalizer shoes online in my size. Nice and easy. And since finding long skirts is difficult to do in malls, I do that online to. Shlepping to the mall just seems like to much effort for uncertain gains.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate the mall. I hate shoe shopping (for kids OR adults). I hate it all. I even hate online shopping (for clothes and shoes, anyway).
From: boobalah Date: February 24th, 2009 02:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Online shopping I don't mind, mostly because I can do it in bed while watching an episode of The Daily Show. Besides, there's a handful of shops that I go through and check regularly, so I'm usually not trawling the internet extensively for things.
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: February 24th, 2009 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)
lol I'm tired just reading that. buying shoes for just one kiddo takes a lot out of me, I can't imagine 3!!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate shopping for shoes - kids' shoes, adult shoes, any shoes. I always send Seth for Julian's shoes. Always.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
where are there outlet malls near you???
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 12:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
and ps, i hate shoe shopping too. we have to shlep to pittsburgh to get my shoes becuase i need special birk inserts and they (surprise surprise) dont sell them here. interestingly enough the store is owned by a frummy and has been in the family for like....50 years or something like that.

also, the striderite outlet has really cheap prices! like $30 a pair!

what size does j-man wear? jeans i mean? my boys surprisingly keep theirs a long time
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
We went to the stride rite outlet - Sam's shoes were $26 and the girls' shoes were $22 or less.

J wears size 5 jeans.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah ok. that's not bad at all then!

ah a size 5 is right what levi is about to go into and right where asher is growing out of. otherwise we'd have some!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
We went to Arundel Mills (in Hanover). There's also Potomac Mills, but that's almost twice as far.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 02:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh that's right. i never found arundal mills to be much of an outlet store really. they were always pretty over priced in my experience.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
well, the stride rite outlet was certainly WAY cheaper than the regular stride rite store. Children's Place was mostly regular prices, but was very large and had a very large sale section (Children's Place always has a sale section, but this was a proportionally large sale section, and I found cute sweaters for the girls for $3.99 each).
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
i guess it depends which store in the mall you go to? arundal mills always overwhelms me!

although most indoor malls overwhelm me....

although i do find that the stride rite outlets are usually good priced.

what is it with kids shoes that they HAVE to be so expensive? i wish i could go to walmart!
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ellie's shoes were like $22 I think and they were originally $48. So I'm not complaining. We weren't there to go strolling around the mall - I don't do that. We went in, had lunch, went straight to Stride Rite (I had looked at a mall map before we arrived at the mall - Stride Rite was right near the food court, that's why we did it this way), Children's Place was right across the hall, so we stopped there, and then we left from Children's place and went straight to the car. That was IT.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
no definiteyl not complaining! the boys have to go to sride rite too and we always go to hagerstown.

you're awesome about doing the in and out with the mall. hagerstown doesn't bother me as much because it's outside. something about a mall freaks me out. i just dont like it. it's weird.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hate outdoor malls, especially with all these kids and crappy weather.
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
i can't understand it myself. becuase there is no reason to prefer an outdoor mall. but given a choice, i take that one over arundal mills any time.

maybe it's the location and the clientele? your area of the state terrifies me.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: February 24th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Which makes no sense because we have fewer rednecks.

Edited at 2009-02-24 03:08 pm (UTC)
journeytoernie From: journeytoernie Date: February 24th, 2009 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
rednecks dont bother me ;)
sandrahoo From: sandrahoo Date: February 25th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm exhausted just reading this too!
I wonder if it wouldn't be worth it to try and buy one of those shoe-sizer-thingies like all the shoe stores have - just so you can get the correct sizes at home and shop online, ebay, etc. and not have to be bothered as much. (I don't mind online shopping though - it's the returns when things don't fit that are aggravating)
I guess different brands fit differently anyway... or is that just what the shoe salespeople want me to think!
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