Last year I braved that battle, but this year I opted out of the drama and just paid the extra 10% to Uncle Sam. It was worth my sanity and my time to just battle the aisles in peace (which is a joke of a saying, because if you have ever shoe shopped with a 4 and a 6 year old, you will know that it is not the most peaceful experience you could pursue in life).
So while all the peoples shopped, the boys and I showed Drew around our new children's museum. It was our fourth time there, and as always, it did not disappoint. I love that we have this indoor option now, that not only allows my kids freedom to explore and learn, but keeps us out of the elements. 3 hours into the trip, and the boys still cried when we left, if that tells you anything about how they like it. The only downside to the museum is that keeping up with all 3 boys can be somewhat daunting, so picture taking is a rarity. I have yet to get one of the kids playing. Soon, soon.
The rest of the weekend was spent doing fun summer things because, alas, today was our last summer day. It's funny how a year can change things. Last year I was a big weepy mess, but I haven't shed a tear this year (yet... knock on wood). Brayden has been SO SO SO excited about school, which I am sure eases much of my anxiety. My biggest fear going into this year was the assumed let down I would have, given that our Kinder teacher last year was a bit of an anomaly and just absolutely amazing in every way, but especially in communication (we got an email EVERY day of the school year, plus some, and even received an email this summer with pictures). School hasn't even started yet and so far we've received a post card AND two emails from our new teacher. I wish I could convey to you how happy this has made my momma heart.
(this was the face he gave me when I asked if there are any cute girls in his class... ha!)