On Monday Jill had boy scout duty with Isaac, so we got to spend much of the day with Irene. I decided we would leave Grandpa at home while we girls went shopping at the mall.
I don't like shopping, but Irene does, and I like Irene. Shopping seemed like a good way to get her off her screens and actually spend time with her. It worked. We had fun.
We parked in the parking garage at South Center Mall, and entered the mall through The Container Store. This is a relatively new addition to our mall. If you have one of these stores around, you might know what I mean about them being addictive. We could both spend an hour in there easily.
There were cool stools,
and basket attractions
And Irene needed to leave her mark on the kids drawing table.She said this is very cool stuff, but at that price we left it hanging for now.
While I waited for tech support in the Apple Store, Irene entertained herself with an iPad Mini and found an app she noted on her phone to download later. Sadly, my sweet little iPod Nano on/off button cannot be repaired, so I can replace it, or just use it on my plug in sound system at home. Subsequently I have mastered downloading all of my walking music onto my iPhone by upgrading all of my iTune apps. Got that?
Then it was beverage break time at Starbucks. Irene's drink of choice is the Vanilla Bean Frappe. I go for the Grande Non-fat Latte, and a bit of chocolate on the side. On coffee breaks playing with your phone is standard practice. (Just a note - Irene's phone is a used iPhone with games and photo ability, and that's about it. No Internet, no texting.)
Another new store that we all like is the Lego Store. We did a lot of looking, but no buying. Lego were big in the Christmas haul, so the kids are stocked up for now.
We went into a couple of clothing stores. Justice is geared just for pre-teen girls, and is always a place to see what's "in" this month. Irene did find a hot pink selfie stick that was "just what I need"! Grandma bought it.
Irene and her mother were at Target recently and Irene saw clothing she really liked. She talked me into driving over there. When I saw that her picks were almost out of stock, I had her try on the separate pieces to a matching outfit we managed to put together. She was very excited and wanted to wear them out of the store. Then I told her she didn't even get to take them home yet. I was putting them away until her birthday in April. While she was disappointed, she quietly acquiesced. She gets it. Grandma is not that soft of a touch.
After three and a half hours of shopping, we went home for a late lunch. She had her standard favorite at Grandma's house - Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup, saltine crackers, and an apple.
Not long after that, her mother and brother were ready for her back at their house.
Later, I got a photo of Jill and Irene taken using the new selfie stick, and a text about Irene chattering on about her shopping trip.
I had a great time too!