However, I revel in our freedom to change things up at a moment's notice. And so, when an older lady friend of mine came over on Saturday to present the girls with a gift card for a store called Justice - complete with a coupon giving us an additional 40% off if we visited by May 9 - I decided Monday's planned lessons would be mostly set aside in favor of an impromptu Girls' Day Out at the mall.
I'd never heard of Justice before, let alone shopped there - and, having now seen the prices, you won't likely find me returning in the future without another giftcard! Plus, I found the "attitude" of much of the clothing to be "sassier" than the norms I want for the girls. However, we had a delightful time together, at Justice - where I was pleased to see the girls very mindful of whether or not particular items were appropriate - and at one other store and then eating lunch in the food court. The girls used the gift to choose what they'll wear at their party this weekend - outfits I have keep under lock-and-key until then so Daddy doesn't see them early! - and we even covered a little math as I explained to them that the card and coupon enabled us to buy what Justice deemed worth $106 (!) for just $30.
I like to plan regular outings, though we didn't do as many as I would have liked this year. I'd planned the museum trip for March, but then Abigail suffered her concussion, and I neither wanted to subject her to possibly making the injury worse nor unfairly requiring that she limit her activity at the museum while Rachel and Anna ran and cavorted. So we waited.
Last week, I felt secure enough in Abigail's progress to re-schedule the trip for Tuesday - and didn't even think twice about moving it after my spur-of-the-moment decision about Monday. For one thing, the museum is educational - in fact, it's going down on the attendance sheet as a day of "school." For another, we have that wonderful freedom to be flexible.
And so the four of us - my girls and me and our little Anna - enjoyed a wonderful day together.