BTB I had never really gone garage-saling. I had never been to a Mom-to-Mom sale, nor had I visited a resale shop. But recently, I had noticed that the girls were getting a little tired of their infant toys. Simultaneously, the garage sale season had arrived and I discovered a whole new way to shop! I've only purchased four toys for the girls, but this is my latest and best find. It looked brand new and perfect for a newly mobile bean. And what a steal! Problem is, there weren't two. Let the fighting begin.
What I came up with made me laugh. I could have chosen from countless tops and accessories and displayed my hobbies or adorable dogs proudly. But the end result suits me just fine. In fact, it makes me beam with pride. In the past year and a half, I have moved from spending countless dollars on make-up (well…except tonight) and the latest sale at The Limited and Express to piling a mound of baby clothes onto the counter at Children’s Place with a sense of satisfaction that my girls would be dressed to the nines while I traipse around in my 2004 summer wardrobe (2005 consisted of my baby blue maternity tracksuit and various hospital gowns).
My highlights and lowlights have grown out, my eyebrows are unruly and my fingers and toes look like hell. My hair can usually be found in a ponytail, since this way it’s out of reach of little hands. My Coach bag contains diaper coupons, a pacifier and a pair of (cute) baby sandals. I’ve traded in my stilettos for Old Navy flip flops (two for $5.00!) and my jewelry sits dusty in my jewelry box. Basically, I’m a mess. I’m unrecognizable. And I’m happier than I’ve ever been.
But! I’m coming out of my mommy cocoon! I’m re-emerging, thanks to sweet E’s bridal shower. The other day, my shopping pro mother and I grabbed the girls and went to The Big Mall (as Jack and Gramps calls it) and I found two adorable outfits that brought to mind the ME of the old days. BTB. Before the Beans. My hair appointment is scheduled and my eyebrows and toes have seen their last unkempt days. I knocked the socks off of J during my mini-fashion show of my new wares and the icing on the cake was the sweet deal I got tonight on a pair of shoes and MY NEW FAVORITE make-up, thanks to Stacy. I had found myself again!
Now, sitting here in my favorite jammies, I look at the little paper doll I created. It’s curious to me that I put on and then removed the adorable little tops and matching bags and replaced them with a slogan filled tank, sensible shoes, and the most important accessory of all…a stroller filled with two pink little bundles of life. That’s all I need right there to know who I am...That, and my grande nonfat white chocolate mocha. No whip. Iced during the summer.
Jack's back!!! And the Beans couldn't be happier. He's so sweet with them and they follow him wherever he goes. Tonight, A was in a fit of giggles watching Jack blow bubbles for the girls on the deck. Oklahoma is too far away, sunshine. They need you here. At least they have you for the month. We've already attacked Target and Petsmart. Tomorrow, it's the show and Toys R Us. Next week...the Tigers? Welcome home Jack!