Got back late-ish on Sunday. The shopping wasn't too bad, and Sebastian and I enjoyed a nice lunch at The Cheesecake Factory with my mom. The mall we went to is pretty upscale (Brooks Brothers, Tiffany & Co., J. Crew, Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma, etc.), so there was quite a lot over which to salivate. I saw a very lovely pair of shoes at Dillards and looked at the sticker on the bottom. Thought there must be a mistake: $465.00. I tried them on just to feel what $465 feels like on the soles of my feet. My feet felt great, but the accompanying nausea wasn't good. That sum is more than what I spent on my school materials this year. My mother and I have a knack for picking out the most expensive Italian-made shoes.
Sebastian got his jacket and was fawned over like a little prince at Brooks Bros. That is part of what one pays for when one shops there. Want a piece of irony? I found a beautiful, white Brooks Bros. shirt for Sebastian at Goodwill for $1.75. Beautiful, with French cuffs, but the little French knot buttons for the cuffs were missing, so my mother got a pair at Brooks Bros.: $9.00. I'd have thought twice about paying that for the shirt.
Yesterday we had dental appointments for the three oldest, and I am so sieve-brained that when I made the appointment weeks ago, I didn't even think about the fact that it would be on Dominic's birthday. So we are putting off the celebration until Saturday, which is actually better since Bret will be able to celebrate with us and we can make a bigger to-do of it. I can bake something and buy a gift (yes, I actually have NO gift for the little guy, but he's two and there are so many toys in this house already that I'm not sure what to get). I won't get things that make a lot of noise, require lots of batteries or will cause huge arguments with his 3 year-old brother.
As a side note, this is the first time I've celebrated(?) a two-year birthday for one of my children without being pregnant with another. I can't say I feel dreadful about it, but there is a bit sadness attached to that fact. Truly, the years since I became pregnant with Una a decade ago have been the best of my life. I will really miss my babies...