Pre-Christmas Pre-South Week-end

Trip Start Dec 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 01, 2011

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Tanger Outlets

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

This week-end will be our first Pre-Christmas with the Girls, Bonnie & Kristin. Gail had come up with the idea of having the girls visit before we leave for warmer weather and have Christmas. So after all schedules were checked and arraignments made the week-end was a go. Now off to the store Gail and I went buying all the snacks and goodies. After burning  half a tank of fuel running around the house was stocked.

The girls arrived early Saturday morning, beaming with smiles of joy as they both knew that Santa was here and his pockets were stuffed with money for them to spend. After loading all their stuff into the house we were off. The plan was for us to hit the Outlets and then to every store in the county. They each had a specified amount they could spend on anything they wanted. I thought this was a great idea because at the very least I would know how poor I was going to be!

We landed at the Tanger Outlets in Lancaster and after a quest just to find parking it was "game on"!
Kristin Looked like a 5 year old again. So many stores and free cash to spend, God, life is good! Bonnie had a serious look on her face and only I knew what it was about. See, she is our "Frugal" one. She was trying to figure a way to buy some things she really wanted but still have some cash in reserve.

The day proved to be a fun day for all of us. The girls shopping without the worries of how they are going to pay for it all, Gail basking in the joy of watching her Daughters, now grown young women, buying Coach handbags and crock pots instead of toys and games, and me thinking of how nice it was to have the means to buy things for my children without worrying about paying the bills. Long gone are the days of me working 7 days 16 or more hours a day to make ends meet. I had a very wise man tell me at a very young age to "always pay yourself first" and it is because of this we can do what we want now in our lives. Thanks Dad.

By the 10th hour of shopping I was done and informed everyone shopping was now officially closed and it was time to dine. We had fine food at local place and headed home, heavy with cargo. Everyone got what they wanted and yes, Bonnie ended up with her cash reserve.

Sunday came way to fast and I was helping the girls load the cargo into the car for the ride back to NJ. We had a breakfast like old times, me cooking and Gail cleaning up. Gail and I both knew the time was near for us to say good-bye to our Daughters. This would be a hard one because we are leaving for South Carolina in 7 days and would not see them again for a few months. with hugs and kisses and me trying not to let anyone see my distress, they were on their way back to NJ.

Later that day a new member of our family arrived. Allison, our Niece had a healthy baby girl, Emma Grace. Wow, that would make us Great Uncle and Aunt, God we are getting old. Life is good.
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Linda on

Yes, Mike, I do agree. It is a wonderful life.

Frank on

Yeh Mike it is nice to to be able to do thing for our kids....your Dad was so right, pay your self first.:)

Vicky G on

Your not getting old, my parents have been great uncle and aunt for years now and to three different kids at least! Emma is adorable! I'm glad your pre-holiday celebrations went well! I love this blog and miss you guys!

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