So it is every unlike me, but I completely forgot to charge my camera before we went out, so I don't have actual pics of our day, I had to rely on internet pics! Ha! But at least there is something to go by.
Arnold and I had planned a day trip out to Charlotte, to celebrate our anniversary. Originally it was going to be on Friday, then we had ice around here, the schools were called off, and we all stayed around here. Then on Saturday we lost one of our sitters because her daughter had the stomach bug. So we really thought we weren't supposed to go anywhere! It was bumming me out. Plus, it was still a little icy around here. So we just decided to stay around the area and do whatever we wanted, a crazy day of fun, wreckless spending, eating and just WHATEVER! We had saved up some money from Arnold's recent band gigs, to use. And mom and dad graciously said they would watch all 3 kids for us! (thanks guys!)
So the day started with us dropping the kids off with their Grandparents around 10am. We had wanted to get out earlier, but we were waiting on the roads to start and thaw. It was still tricky getting into their neighborhood, and as soon as Brooke stepped out of the van, she spilled and fell right on her butt! Haha, but she is ok and we were ok after that. Then Arnold and I left and since it was too early for lunch we decided to do a little shopping. I wanted to look for some shoes, so we went to Ross.
I couldn't find an exact pic of the shoes I got, but they were brown flats, with a buckle, kindof like these. They are cute, and will go with just about anything!!
Then Arnold called me over to the men's shoe section and informed me he was going to buy these!! These crazy tacky shoes, but he fell in love. They were Merrells, and actually a good brand and a good price, so I guess whatever he wants ;) But yeah, they are tacky. What do yall think???
Then we went to lunch at Red Lobster! We were actually the very first customers in there, since we got there right after 11am, when they opened. I love that place, but it is pretty expensive, and we only go on special occasions. I got the garlic shrimp scampi for lunch, and a side of mashed potatoes, and a salad. Arnold got a plate with an assortment of seafood specials. And they of course brought out their famous buttery biscuits that melt in your mouth! They are sooo good and I was tempted to eat two baskets full, but I cut myself off before I got sick ;) Arnold and I had a good time chatting and hanging out, without kids. We were instantly in a more calm mood, without kids yelling our ears and making a mess!
After we finished eating, Arnold said he'd like to get a piece of strawberry cheesecake for dessert. I said ok, and asked him if I could share some of it. He hesitated, then said that he guessed I could. I got all upset, because I thought he was being selfish. I know it is stupid, but I get upset over silly things. I get my feelings hurt easily. He said later that he was just hestitating because he didn't know why I wouldn't just order my own piece of cake. But I didn't want to pay $13 on dessert (seriously 6.50 for one piece of cake!) and I only wanted a few bites! So when it came out he offered me some, but I said I didn't want it now. He left the last few bites for me but I said no, let's leave. So he got up and walked out! I was like whaaaat?! But I did end up sitting there, eating the last few bites. So yes people, we had a fight. Over cheesecake. On our special day. But to be fair, it was DEEPER than cheesecake you know ;) What can I say, I am a woman. I am crazy :)
After lunch (and after we had calmed down after the Red Lobser fiasco) we went to the mall. They opened a Crazy 8 Store in our mall, they are a sister-store to Gymboree, and their clothes are cheaper and sooo cute! They were having some good sales going on. They recently had a Strawberry line for girls come out and I fell in love. I usually don't buy full outfits, but I got this one for Rachel. Maybe for Valentines' Day? It was just too cute. I know Arnold thought I was crazy-- and he asked the lady working how we ended up in a kids' store when we were supposed to be celebrating OUR anniversary! Ha! Isn't that how it goes?! But look at the cute shirt! And the little worm!!!!
And these are the leggings to go with it! Seriously? The strawberries are precious! I love this outfit! I can't wait for Rachel to wear it, and she will look so cute!
They also had a lot of their shoes on sale, so I got Caleb these Pirate slip-ons. He actually got upset with me, because the last time I was at Target I got the girls each a new pair of shoes, but not him. To be fair, they didn't have any cute ones in his size! But I liked these, and knew he would. And yes, he forgave me ;)
This is completely random. But that is the kind of person I am! I have a hard time sleeping at night in complete silence. It makes my anxiety come out worse. Is anyone else like that? I usually run the dryer at night, so there is some sound as I go to sleep. So we found this while we were out, a sound machine. It has 4 sounds, "white noise," "rain", "ocean," and "heartbeat." It also has a timer and a little light. It is really neat. Ok so I did try it out last night, and I hated the other settings.. the raindrops pattern bugged me, the ocean sounded totally cheesy with seagulls, and the heartbeat sounded more like a horse trotting around. But I liked the white noise, so I set it on that, and fell asleep. It worked! And much cheaper than running the dryer all the time. Good investment, if I say so :)
Next up we went to the piercing place in the mall. I had been thinking about getting my cartilidge peirced for a long time, I used to have it done and let it close up. But I had been chicken because it hurts a bit. Arnold finally convinced me to go by and get it done. I picked the earrings, signed the paperwork, and got in the chair. Arnold and the lady were making fun of me because I was nervous, and they said if I was brave I would get a lollipop afterwards, haha! As she was doing it I heard Arnold taking pictures with our cellphone, since I had forgotten the camera. It didn't hurt that bad, but it was sore afterwards. I had a hard time sleeping last night because I couldn't lay on that side at all. But I like the way it looks, it is cute :) I also got a haircut. I get tired of my hair after it gets a little long, because it is STRAIGHT. It looks lifeless and horrible. So i got it short and with layers and now it is bouncy and has life again :) So this is my new look, at least for now :)
We went into TJ Maxx and I found some little board books for babies, and picked them up for a friend who is having a baby in March. I found these adorable books, and a few others. I love giving babies books, because babies need a collection right from the start, and need to learn to love reading! ;)
We also went to OldNavy, as our very last trip. And bought ourselves a few new clothing items. I got a pretty top that I ended up wearing to Girls' Night Out last night, but I couldn't find a picture of it online :( And a few other tops, that I needed badly, because I hardly every buy myself new clothes!! It was fun!
So that was our day! The money went fast, but that was expected. It was fun to be "selfish" and spend money and time on ourselves, when we are used to buying so much and doing so much for the kids. Except for the argument over the "cheesecake" we had a great day together. I can't wait until our next day we can spend together :)