I ventured out today.
It did not go well.
We needed soap--I had a legitimate reason to go to Target, but next time I'll send Donnie. :/
What really did me in was not the soap aisle--it was shoe section.
We've hit that strange time of year where flip flops don't always work for the kids. (gasp I know!) Sunday we left for church in 48* weather and the oldest was in flips. Parent of the year here. So I decided--after checking the hand-me-down box and coming up empty--that shoes do count as a must in this situation. After finding the needed soap, I took the little ones over to the big-girl shoe section to see if I would strike it lucky with a sale. And I did! I got her some adorable, yet practical shoes that will work for church without breaking the bank.
And then I saw them.
The shoes that I had had my eye on for the middle one's birthday (mid November) were 25% off. TWENTY-FIVE PERCENT!!! They're beyond perfect for her--leopard print tennis shoes with pink, glittery laces. She would not just love them--she would adore them. I felt like I was in one of those old cartoons where I had an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. I wanted them so badly for her!!!!
While I'm happy to report that I did not give in to the intense temptation to buy them, I am embarrassed to report it lead to some major pouting--by me. My attitude failed me greatly. (Thankfully my determination to keep the kids oblivious to the shoes also kept them oblivious to my pouting.) You see I could not justify them. She doesn't need them. She would absolutely, positively want them, but they are far from a need. But even though I knew that, I couldn't seem to convince myself to have a grateful heart.
So even though I won temptation, I lost the attitude war. :(