Monday, October 11, 2010

Memory Monday!

Apologies for the late post, as I normally have them up by 2!  Today's 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!

1 comment:

  1. Shopping with kids is certainly exhausting!

    Checking out and seeing a mysterious item run across the scanner...oops, I missed one!

    Have a great day!


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