So yesterday I promised the story of why I wasn’t going to have time to do dishes on Sunday. That was because Alex, Jenna and I spent several hours at the mall. We left the house around 10:15 and didn’t get back until 2:30. Why on earth were you at the mall on Black Friday weekend, you might ask. Are you crazy?
Reason number one is that stupid me mis-calculated how much felt I needed for a project I want to do with the kids, so I needed to hit Jo-Ann fabrics, which was near the mall. Wow, can’t believe how long the the line was on a Sunday. I wouldn’t have thought it would have settled down by then, but I guess There must have been 30 people in line!
Reason number two is that Alex needed a new coat. Partially, I think, because he was feeling left out when Beth got to pick a new coat, but he showed me his sleeves and they were a bit too short, so I told him he could get a new one. So, coat shopping we went. I will have to post a picture later since I forgot to upload one. Oh, and he told me this on Wed night at 6pm. Not like I was going to rush out then to do it before Black Friday.
Reason number three was Pokemon. Truthfully, this was reason number one and I tacked on the other two things since we were going to be there anyway. Alicia’s ex-husband, Gordon (who she’s still friendly with), owns a game store and every Sunday at noon at the Southridge Mall location they have Pokemon games going on in the back of the store. This was the first Sunday since I found out about it that there wasn’t either a Packer game at noon or a birthday party at noon. So the real reason we were at the mall was for the game.
You see, Alex has been playing Pokemon at after-school camp with one of his friends. He’s been bugging to get his own deck of cards for at least a month. Yesterday he finally got that deck. He was told that it’s an early Christmas present, which normally I won’t do, especially at his age, but it seemed appropriate in this case. He couldn’t play yesterday without cards, and I didn’t want to keep putting him off until after Christmas. He doesn’t know it, but I snuck off while he was playing and bought a second deck so that his dad and I can play with him at home. Seeing as I ended up learning to play while we were there. It’s actually not that hard and Alex won quite a few matches.
Jenna came along because she wanted to watch. She owned Pokemon cards when she was younger, but strangely she never learned to play. She gave the cards away a few years ago, otherwise she would have gladly given them to Alex. In the end, she ended up scouting the game-store for Christmas present ideas.
There’s another late Packer game in two weeks, so I’m hoping we can make it out there again. And apparently if I’m willing to become a “Poke-Mom”, I can get a 25% discount on Pokemon cards and at 10% discount on anything else in the store. Gordon told Alicia that a “Poke-Mom” just needs to show up at least twice a month to help out and make sure everyone is having a good time. Yeah, probably not. I’m not really planning on buying that many more cards, so I’m not sure it’s worth the time-commitment for a discount I’ll barely use.
And then after we got back, I still had to finish baking those gingerbread house pieces. Finished that around 5pm.