June 15, 2009

Note to Self

Dear Self,

I want you to do something for me. Sit back, relax and think back. Remember the days, not so very long ago when you could go grocery shopping with only two children? And more importantly, with the two children who are confined to the shopping cart the entire time you're there? Remember those blissful days?

Now, think, and think hard. What made those days possible? Well, I'll tell you. School. That's what. I don't understand how you can wish for eternal summer. I. Just. Don't. Get. IT.

Because today, well, today was torture. Because in addition to those two children who are happily strapped into the race car cart, you had two additional children, complete with mini carts of their own. And you may have had to eat your words today. Did they taste good?

No?

I didn't think so.

So next time you go praising the joys of summer and having your girls home with you ALL THE TIME, think back on today. Remember having to yell at Tayleigh for hanging on every possible thing, including price signs, and the produce bin. And when that produce bin creaked ominously, remember how your head almost exploded?

When you are wishing that Eden would stay at home with you all the time, just remember how she "didn't" ask for everything that she saw, she just pointed everything out that you wouldn't be getting with an added, "but wouldn't it be fun if we did get it?"

And then remember how you were so distracted by all of this that you didn't notice the old woman trying to get to the celery, but she couldn't between your 18 foot long cart and the two mini carts in her way. And then remember how she may or may not have swore at you? Yeah, etch that into your memory the next time you feel like making stupid, stupid wishes.

Sincerely,

Rachel

15 comments:

Sell...Party Of 3 said...

Hi friend! I am so glad that we got to meet too! I knew that I had started to follow you before the lunch. ;)

Erin said...

Seriously, people should start a trade-off of babysitting where one mom watches all of the kids while the other moms go grocery shopping once a week, and then trade off weeks. It is so hard shopping with kids!

Debbie said...

Oh Rachel good luck getting this weekly chore done all summer. It's on of my least favorites when I've got all my kiddos.

Kristina P. said...

I don't know how you do it with 4 little ones! You do a great job!

Linds said...

Ha! So been there with you girl. I like to trade with friends so I can get shopping done or just wait until Dan's home. It just makes it so much easier.

pan x 8 said...

I started doing my grocery shopping at night after dinner because if not, half of the list doesn't get picked up, or we just leave because the grocery store was not, I'm sure, expecting the circus at that moment...

Momza said...

oh how I can relate! my grocery bill nearly doubles when I take anyone else in the family with me...my dh is the worst!

also known as shell said...

I never understood why some of my friends with kids only went grocery shopping late at night until I had kids. Its so so so hard :)

good job though for not letting your head explode. I would have ;)

Liz @ Sugarplum Creations said...

Ohhhhhh how I feel your pain. I only have three, but shopping trips are not what they used to be! I may even (gasp!) not enjoy shopping anymore. It's just too hard! :)

Rochelle said...

I usually wait til late at night when the husband is home to do the shopping, but every once in a while I have to take the kids with me and it is almost always torture. I wind up getting really angry and swearing at one of them (in front of the checker who looks at me like I'm the worst mom ever), which I don't normally do!

heather said...

Yup. I often watch mama's who have to try to manage to get some shopping in wilst trying to keep their kids under control and think to myself: there are some things I need to just enjoy while I can. Like having the awesome ability to be in and out of a grocery store in less than twenty minutes with a weeks worth of food.

Melinda said...

I so get you! Summer's been so hard here too, my oldest just doesn't know what to do with herself and its DRIVING ME CRAZY!!

janae said...

She did NOT swear at you. Please tell me that's not true. Oh please. What a way to make a bad day worse. I'm so sorry. I've been a late night shopper ever since Seara threw a dozen eggs all over Elijah and all my other groceries. All before we got to the check out. I've never even attempted three!

That Girl said...

The best way to drag a kid out of the grocery store is to encircle their wrist with your thumb and middle finger. That way you know you're not squeezing too hard, and they can't get away.

Not that I KNOW or anything ....

wonder woman said...

It's very frustrating to eat your words. They don't always taste that great.

Meanwhile, I will savor the days of having only two children, who are moderately well-behaved in the store.

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