even though james and i are blessed to have wonderful families, our in-laws are still in-laws. as much as i love james' family (even though they throw away my mothers day flowers and would rather watch the mentalist and ncis over american idol and the biggest loser season finale, what??), i will never feel as comfortable around them as i do with my family. recognizing this was an important step for both of us. enjoying in-law visits. the first few times i brought james to kansas, i scheduled too much to do and all of the small talk with people he barely knew exhausted him. so, to help him look forward to kansas trips, we make it a priority for him to have an afternoon all to himself. he takes the car with no schedule or to do list. usually he ends up going to a boyish movie and comes home rejuvenated and relaxed.
this past week in wisconsin, i finally discovered my escape from the in-laws: kenosha's prime outlets. ahhh this made my trip. from now on, i'm making it a priority to spend one afternoon shopping at the beautiful j.crew, banana, white/black, etc. outlets. hallelujah! oh and i did i mention that i just discovered a chipotle in wisconsin?!? my trips to the in-laws are forever changed for the better. i highly encourage everyone to find one activity they enjoy in their in-laws hometowns to give them something to look forward to on the road trips.
and what did i buy? this 3/4 sleeve blue sweater that i wore to lake michigan with parker. $23.this classy necklace from white house black market. $10.
comfy springy tank from j. crew. perfect for stroller walks. $8
and while we're on the topic of shopping, i found this summery dress that i wore for parker's one month family pics at wal-mart. $10!