All I can hear as I try and write this is Hank Williams Jr. singing “Family Traditions” in the back of my head. Great. Even though our traditions aren’t quite the same as Hanks, our little family definitely has a few of our own. Boxing day shopping is probably one of the the favourites.
Every Christmas our kids manage to score a couple hundred dollars in cash and gift cards and we pick a day to hit the city and blow it all on boxing week sales. We don’t usually go on actual Boxing Day due to dinners, but nobody minds.
This year we had to wait until the Saturday after Christmas because that was Brads next day off. We got to a bit of a late start due to laziness but we managed to get the kids fed lunch and headed out around 1:00pm. Of course we hit a hitch in our plan as soon as we tried to drive away, for some reason our power steering wasn’t working and we could see a trail of fluid all the way down the snowy driveway. Back in the house me and the kids went where tears flowed and disappointment was everywhere. Brad immediately looked under the hood, called around for advice and headed to a friends to try and figure out the problem. Low and behold about an hour later he had managed to find AND fix what was wrong! Turns out a hose had come off and it was an easy fix. He’s seriously my hero! The kids were so relieved and couldn’t wait to hit the highway.
We figured out which stores closed earliest and hit them first and then headed to the mall to do a majority of our shopping. I love taking the kids shopping when they have their own money to spend instead of mine, they suddenly are aware of prices and sales and they have a very hard time deciding if something is worth their money. I feel like yelling at them “Welcome to the real world suckers!” Haha
Our mall has recently gotten these oversized stuffed animal looking things that you can rent and ride around the mall. Dylan and the girls decided this was something worth their money, Briggs of course, was too cool.
Watching them race and occasionally run into eachother was hilarious! The girls had to get off theirs for a couple minutes to wait in line for booster juice so Brad and I had a little fun of our own on them and I used the opportunity to embarrass Briggs as much as I could.
Soon their time was up and we were getting hungry and tired of shopping. We decided to finish up and head to little Caesars for some pizza. It’s seriously one of the best places to fill up a big family and not spend a fortune.
By the time we finished eating it was around 7pm and we still had 2 places to stop. Needless to say by the time we finished at these places it was super late we were soooo ready to go home. This is when Dylan’s nose decided to start bleeding profusely and we had to spend a good 15 minutes in the Costco parking lot waiting for it to stop. That was our cue, time to go home.
This might be the first year the kids have come home from this adventure with money left over, I was pretty impressed. It was also the first year I couldn’t buy anything because brad and I are saving up for a trip in the spring, it was pure toture for me really haha All in all it was time well spent with my adorable fam jam.