Today I had a coupon to JCPenney and figured I could go pick up a fleece sleeper for Ryan now that the weather is getting cold. I found what I was looking for and more. They had a ton of polo shirts for little boys on clearance. I wasn't sure what size to pick up for next summer, but I erred on the side of caution so if anything they'll be a little big on him but big is okay in my book. So including tax I got a fleece sleeper and six polo shirts for $13.00.
Upon leaving the mall I noticed that Linens 'n Things is going out of business, so I again wanted to see if I could find a good deal. There were no good deals here; everything was only marked down 10-20%, which meant it was all still expensive in my opinion. However, in the curtain department I found exactly what I've been looking for and needing for Ryan's room. I found a thermal black-out curtain and it was 20% off. Not only does it block out all light, but it promises that its thermal technology will keep the room warm in the winter. Ryan's room gets very cold so I have high hopes for this thing. Although, I'm just happy to take down the two curtains and blanket that I had to layer over the window for the past few months to keep the light out. I guess you could say I've had some good luck shopping lately.
On a different note, yesterday was the two year anniversary of Pat's homecoming from his first deployment. Yes, he's already been gone six months for this one. Compared to some people we were very lucky to have 1.5 years between deployments. However, it was a very busy 1.5 years between going to CCC, PCSing, TDY course in NV, having a baby, etc. I can't wait till he's home again, and maybe this time between the next deployment will be less stressful.