And I guess it was venturing into the mall that did it. The next time I think that going to the mall is a good idea, I think I'm just going to jab red-hot knitting needles into my eyes. I love hiking. I can hike outdoors for days at a time. I never get tired, I love the exercise and it's just all-around fun. But four hours at the mall felt like purgatory. I have never been so happy to spend money in my entire life, as once we had spent all the birthday money we could leave.
But from the second we left the mall, Peaches was fully into her pre-teen angst thang. She bitched about the new clothes she had bought (All the kids are going to say that I'm trying to dress popular!), she bitched because I made her stop eating candy at the mall, she bitched because I pointed out that she got sick at dinner because she had eaten so much candy at the mall, she bitched because at 10:30 I made her to go bed...you get the idea.
At this point, my idea of heaven would be an hour at home where I don't have to counsel, direct, mommy or yell at anyone.