Christmas shopping with Maricela, Dylana and Nazareth
Posted December 10, 2016on:
Last Wednesday, the girls and I went Christmas shopping at City Mall in Alajuela. Jean Marie was going with Ana and Joana. Joana is in 6th grade, Nazareth is going into 5th grade. They hit it off right away.
I followed Jean Marie and she drove right on past the entrance of the mall that I usually use. Oops, #1. I tried calling her and she tried calling me; finally after 3-4 calls we reached each other. We were heading into Forever 21 and we met up with them there! Poor Jean Marie! Was shocked to see how much Nazareth had grown!
The girls looked around there and then decided they wanted to go to Aliss. So on the way to Aliss, we found a store where everything was 50% off and Dylana thought we should stop there. (She shops like I do!) She found a couple of things there she wanted so that was a succesful stop. Then off to Aliss. I feel badly for Nazareth, because she’s 11 years old going on 25!
At one point I told Maricela to get Nazareth out of the maternity department! She had no clue that’s where she was!
Then Jean Marie and her crew showed up. Joana saw some jeans she liked. I am almost 70 years old and saw something I’ve never seen before! Joana put the waist of the jeans around her neck and declared they were too small. Aparently, if you do that you know that they’ll fit! So of course, when I got home I tried it. Mine were not tight because I could get a couple of fingers between the ends of the waistband. Will wonders never cease!
Then to lunch at the food court. Jean Marie asked me how I handled it and I said I give them each 5 mil ($10) and they go get what they want and bring me the change! Of course the three girls and Maricella went to Pizza Hut! LOL While they were eating, Joana was looking at the receipt and said that if you go on the internet, you might win a free pizza! So while they were eating, and doing that, lo and behold, all three girls won personal pan pizzas! Lots of excitement!!!!
Jean Marie and her crew left after lunch. My crew and I stayed. Wanted to take them to Cemaco because they had the most beautiful Christmas villages set up. I’ll be darned if they hadn’t already taken them down. It was Dec. 8th! Things are different in Costa Rica, rather than mark down Christmas decor and get rid of it, they store it and bring it out next year. For a shopper like me that was a disappointment!
Meanwhile, we’re looking for a bathing suit for Nazareth, who is very developed! She saw a swim dress that she liked and her mother wouldn’t let her try it on telling her it was for older people.
Finally, found a suit at Rosebal. And I even found a king spread for the bed for 20 mil.
Then we were headed to PriceSmart. Just needed a few things and $150 later, we left there. And there was nothing really to eat in the purchase.
Asked the girls if they wanted ice cream before heading home. So we went to the shop next to the Farmacia there and they all came out with the same thing. Almost like a granazado!
Got home at 4:30 p.m. – left at 9 a.m., whew, I was beat. Everyone was beat because there wasn’t much talking coming home! All in all it was a fun filled day and they do enjoy seeing the decor in the mall.
But they know the rules, when they open their gifts, they have to ooh and aah with delight!
We have Christmas on Christmas Eve morning with Maricela and her family (mother, sister, nephews, etc.) They’ve been talking about it since the beginning of November. Last year I was shocked because the kids wanted to eat first, then open presents! Don’t know many kids that would want to do that!
So Merry Christmas to all……….while you are shoveling snow, think of us having brunch poolside!
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