Apologies for the late post, as I normally have them up by 2! Today's memory....shopping pre-children.
I remember the days when I felt like shopping. I could see how much I had in my checking account. If I had $100, that meant I could spend $99.99 and be OK. I could leave my house the second I felt the urge to shop. I could either shop all day, or run in to make a quick purchase. I could always find someone I knew.
Today, I left my house with my 7 year old, my 2 year old, and one of the little boys I babysit at 9AM. I felt accomplished at just being ready to leave that early. I made one stop at a consignment store, where I loaded up on some jeans and winter pajama's for my son, as well as a pair of boots for him. (I only spent .89, but its not my thrifty blog day, so I will save that story!) We loaded up, and drove to Target, then went and had lunch with a friend and her two children. Had a very enjoyable time, too! She was so kind to have us for lunch! Then, my brood, Jamie, and her kiddos loaded up and went to JoAnne's Fabrics. I didn't need a dern thing, and left with more fabric than I should have, plus a knitting pattern book. (It was OK, though...I had a coupon!)
Anyhow, those few stops lasted until 2:30. I was drop dead tired by the time we drove home. I spent the whole time keeping a running total in my head of how much I had spent to make sure bills would all be paid. the kids were so fussy on the way home. I prayed I wouldn't see anyone else I knew (Jamie totally understands the "I didn't get a shower today because my kids won't leave me alone look, so she doesn't care!), because I looked like some serious crap.
Yes, shopping with children is not as easy, or fun, as without kids.
I lost count of how many times I heard "Mommy, can I have this!?"
To all the moms out there: We know we would never change having our children for the ability to shop til we drop. However, it would be nice to have a little time alone to, I don't know, go buy some new unmentionables alone? Which leads me to one of my favorite memories.
I had taken my daughter with me to Walmart to buy a new bra. Being the "helper" she is, she was what we were looking for. I told her it. She walked through the store, yelling 34A! 34A! Oh look, 32B! 32A....." Finally, I heard a man a few rows over shout, "BINGO!!!!!" Oy.
To all those who will be moms, want to be moms, might be moms: Enjoy it!
I am comforted by the fact that my children are so sleepy, they will probably be in bed by 7.
I hope everyone has a great week! Tomorrow is Tea-time story. Lord willing and the creek don't rise, I will have a cup of tea while the babies sleep, and have something great to write about. Thanks for reading!
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