Road Trip Summer continues! We're on our way to another nearby destination... in the meantime, if you haven't entered my Summer Road Trip contest, you need to do so NOW: I'm accepting entries until midnight (PST), June 30. Winners will be drawn on July 1.
I don't enjoy shopping for clothes - not for me, nor my husband - and especially not for my daughter, who has had the audacity to develop a mind of her own. I've learned that I need to hang back in the store and let HER discover the items she likes (because if I show them to her, it's an automatic "No").
It was so much easier (and fun) when she was little. Back then, she didn't really care what I gave her to wear.
I practically cried when she got too big to wear Gymboree, and in the last few years, I had to wave goodbye to Children's Place and GapKids, too (although the latter isn't because the clothes don't fit -- she just doesn't think they're cool). I sadly accepted my fate as a LimitedToo shopper, and then (all too soon) became a regular at Abercrombie, Hollister, Aeropostale and American Eagle.
I was relieved that her middle school required the kids to wear a uniform of sorts: mainly white or navy polo shirts and blue or khaki jeans. The girls dress it up a little by layering white and navy t-shirts under the polos -- but in the scheme of tween-age fashion, it's simple and easy.
The problems come up when we have to attend an event where jeans and t-shirts won't do. This week, we will both have to dress up a little... which is how I found myself shopping with Megan this afternoon.
It wasn't pretty.
The problem is that my middle schooler is smaller than the average 12-year-old. She's too old for the typical kid's styles... but can't carry off any of the Junior dresses she actually liked.
This afternoon, we hit just about every store in our local mall -- without luck. She even consented to re-visiting those aforementioned kids' stores (LimitedToo, Children's Place and GapKids). Even I had to admit that the pickings were slim. The closest style we found was at Macy's, but it was emblazoned with a Hannah Montana logo -- which for a 12-year-old, was a deal-breaker.
And then Megan reminded me of the pretty party dress that has been hanging in her closet for as long as she can remember. It had belonged to the daughter of our pre-school's office manager -- and when Megan left to start kindergarten, the woman gave it to me, because she thought it would look good on Megan some day.
My plan for today's post was to write about the Palm Springs area and what a bargain it is for travelers in the summer months (when demand for desert uh, warmth is on the low side).
Megan and I were going to leave the house early, check in to our Rancho Mirage hotel and then check out the local sights, like the Aerial Tramway and...
...well, that was the only activity I was aware of here. I figured we woud spend the rest of the day shopping at the River complex, and hanging out at the pool.
That was before Megan turned on her newly charged cell phone and found a text message from a friend, who happened to be staying at the Morongo Casino and Resort, out in Cabazon... which we would be passing by on our way to Palm Springs. The Desert Hills Premium Outlet mall is located right next to the resort... I had always wanted to check it out (for some reason, my husband never seems to want to stop and shop when we're traveling) and Leesa and her family were planning on having lunch there. So why not?
While there, Leesa's family invited us to come and hang out with them at the resort's fabulous pool. So instead of an awesome aerial view, we ended up spending the afternoon at an Indian casino... and it was good.
I did want to remind you that you still have one week to enter my Summer Road Trip contest over at my review blog, SoCal Stuff. First prize is a Nintendo DS handheld game system plus a Crosswords DS game to play on it!