It's like I blinked and, all of the sudden, this sweet boy is in second grade. He's growing like a weed these days, and I have the feeling that we're on the verge of needing to purchase an entirely new wardrobe for him...
In our school district, a huge second grade tradition is attending an abbreviated version of The Nutcracker at the Ohio Theatre. It's all Drew has talked about for, literally, weeks -- how they have to be on their best behavior, wear "fancy" clothes, no talking during the performance, etc.
He took every ounce of it to heart. In fact, he came home on Wednesday and told me his teacher said they needed to get showered and to bed early and have a good breakfast in the morning. At 7:30pm he came downstairs to to tell me that he had already showered and was going to bed -- this from the boy who will stay up until the wee hours of the night watching videos on most nights.
And then he added that he was extra clean because he washed his hair twice and his body four times, and I almost choked on my tea trying not to laugh... Oh, how I love this kid!
Anyhow, back to the wardrobe issues -- unfortunately, he didn't have a stitch of Nutcracker-worthy clothing that still fit. So we needed some holiday attire in a hurry, preferably budget friendly with the rate he's growing. While we were at Walmart picking a few items for dinner, I decided to take a quick look at their options.
While they had some really cute 3-pc. suit options for a steal, I knew he'd probably only wear them once. After all, this is the kid that refuses to wear jeans to school because they interfere with playing soccer at recess. So I was really looking for something that could be dressed up or down, yet still looked festive enough to wear to see The Nutcracker, and I totally think I hit the nail on the head with these durable separates from Wrangler.
Durable is key -- like most boys, my boy plays hard. In addition, I was sold on the Wrangler cargo pants when I saw the hidden elastic in the waistband. Drew is very tall and thin, so we needed a size 10 for the length, but even with a 10 slim, we needed to tighten up the waistband. As an afterthought, I decided to pick up a belt, as well, and I'm so glad I did, because it made the outfit a little more dressy.
Altogether, his outfit was under $30, which totally made my wallet happy! And he looked so grownup as he headed out the door Thursday morning...
P.S. As you can probably guess, he loved The Nutcracker!
Quick purchase links:
- Wrangler Boys' Long Sleeve Plaid Shirt, $7
- Wrangler Boys' Classic Cargo Twill Pant, $12.94
- Wrangler Boys' Contrast Stitch Belt, $6.88