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Old 05-08-2017, 07:32 AM   #766
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Sorry for the lack of updates, but with helping out with the in-laws, kids are in finals, basketball games, church, and shopping, my weekend was busy.

Yesterday we went to an outlet mall, which is about an hour and 20 minutes away and we made out like bandits. Each of us got some great stuff for the trip and not for the trip.

Me: 2 pairs of shorts, a pair of Skechers sandals, and finally a cap that actually fits my tiny head.

Arben: a pair of sneakers, 2 t-shirts, some socks, and a pair of jeans.

AJ: a pair of shorts, socks, a pair of flip flops, and a pair of sneakers.

Abniel: 2 pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts, socks, and a pair of basketball sneakers (because you can never have too many )

Adriel: a pair of sneakers, 2 t-shirts, a cap, and socks.

I also tackled a couple of Mother's Day gifts.

But, I had a little problem with one of my shorts. I always take 2 different sizes to the fitting room and this time was no different. When I decided on the size that was better for me, I exchanged the other pair for the correct size, without trying on that pair. Well... after we got home I tried on that pair and it didn't fit me. It's the same pair of shorts as the other one, same size, same measurements, everything, but it's too tight. How is that even possible? Now, I have to go over there and exchange that pair. I'll be doing that on Friday.

In Disney news, our Magic Bands have shipped. I expect to receive them this week. I also received our vouchers and coupons. I told Arben we could take the boys to play miniature golf. There are only 4 vouchers, but I don't really like to play and AJ said he didn't want to. I'll make him play. Which one do you guys recommend? Winter Summerland or Fantasia Gardens? And, where is Fantasia Gardens? I have no idea.



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Great purchases! Sorry the shorts don't fit! How frustrating!
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I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL but I'm sure any help that you can give will help out the situation greatly. My dad has Alzheimer's and my mom is the only caregiver, and since they live about an hour and fifteen minutes away, I can only get down there once a week but I know it helps out my mom and my dad really appreciates the time with me.
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How annoying with the shorts! I find that happens a lot, with the same brand, style, and size not fitting the same! Very frustrating!

Other than that, sounds like some great purchases!
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Sounds like a great shopping trip. I'm sorry the shorts didn't fit, that's crazy! Hope you get your Magic Bands soon!!
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I've had that happen with clothing as well. I've heard it has something to do with cutting a huge stack of fabric. Sizing can be different depending on where in the stack the individual piece is.

Fantasia Gardens is near the Swan.
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That stinks about the shorts, but it sounds like you guys made out great!! I can't help with the mini golf because it's been years since we've done that but both courses look fun!!
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Quite a few clothing purchases and getting this out of the way is good! Fantasia Gardens golf is near the Boardwalk Resort.
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So glad you got some shopping done. I ordered a dress that didn't work out either. The measurements lied! I hope you get your Magic Bands soon!
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Which one do you guys recommend? Winter Summerland or Fantasia Gardens? And, where is Fantasia Gardens? I have no idea.
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We also prefer Fantasia Gardens. I just think it has a better layout and I love the nods to the classic movie. It is located near the Swan resort and can actually be a rather reasonable walk from what people say although I have never personally tried it.

Hate that with clothes - I have had that happen especially with pants/jeans. Overall great shopping spree.

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Great purchases! Sorry the shorts don't fit! How frustrating!
Thanks! It is frustrating, even more because I have to go so far to exchange them.
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I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL but I'm sure any help that you can give will help out the situation greatly. My dad has Alzheimer's and my mom is the only caregiver, and since they live about an hour and fifteen minutes away, I can only get down there once a week but I know it helps out my mom and my dad really appreciates the time with me.
I'm so glad I can be of help to my MIL because I know she really needs a break. Caregivers often get sick too because of all the stress they have.
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How annoying with the shorts! I find that happens a lot, with the same brand, style, and size not fitting the same! Very frustrating!

Other than that, sounds like some great purchases!
I was so annoyed when I realized they wouldn't fit. Next time I'm shopping, I'll try everything on.
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Sounds like a great shopping trip. I'm sorry the shorts didn't fit, that's crazy! Hope you get your Magic Bands soon!!
Thanks! I can't wait for our Magic Bands to arrive.
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I've had that happen with clothing as well. I've heard it has something to do with cutting a huge stack of fabric. Sizing can be different depending on where in the stack the individual piece is.

Fantasia Gardens is near the Swan.
And I had to get the odd sized one from the stack, go figure.
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