Warning for husbands: DO NOT HIT THE REDIAL BUTTON on your phone when your wife doesn’t answer the first time you call, especially when you know she’s grocery shopping with all three kids in tow, right around dinner time!!!!!
Yes, I braved it. I’d hoped I wouldn’t have to, but Michael had a meeting, and we needed food! So, AFTER a long day of working, I picked up all three kids and headed to the grocery store. Drat, they’re out of the “car” carts….The kind that Ryley and Grace can sit in and “drive” around the store, while Ethan sits in the cart part behind the car. It keeps them occupied and contained. Now what? Then I remembered…..this store has the Little Tyke grocery carts for the kids to push around the store. A set of twin boys was returning theirs just as we walked up. BONUS! Two carts….one each for Ryley and Grace. And away we go. Me in front with the big cart, and Ethan riding along with me, then Ryley with his yellow cart, and lastly Grace with her yellow cart. We were like ducks in a row. I had to laugh. We did get some funny looks. Amazingly enough, they followed right along, stopped when I stopped, went when I went. They were very proud of the items I put in their carts to carry up to check-out, and stayed in line for about 2/3rds of the shopping excursion. They lost it at the worst moment. I was in an aisle looking for something, they started yammering about cookies (which were just up ahead), Ethan had figured out how to turn around and then climb out of the strap so he was STANDING up in the cart. And then my cell phone rang. I let it go, knowing I would be able to check in a few minutes and call that person back when I wasn’t in the middle of chaos. No such luck. The phone had no sooner stopped ringing, when it started again!!!!!! Exasperated, I grabbed the phone while trying to hold onto Ethan. It was my husband. He had the NERVE to get angry when I had a little attitude about him hitting redial!!!!!!!!!!! I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GROCERY STORE WITH ALL THREE OF YOUR KIDS, ONE OF WHOM IS READY TO FALL OUT OF THE CART AND PROBABLY BREAK SOMETHING ON THE WAY DOWN, AND TWO OF WHOM ARE YELLING AT ME ABOUT STUPID COOKIES (OOOPS, I SAID “STUPID”…..I MEANT SUPER DUPER…STUPID IS A BAD WORD IN OUR HOUSE)!!!!! Stop calling me, I’ll call you back when I’m ready!! UGH!!!!!!!!
We survived the rest of the trip, barely. Ethan decided he’d had enough of riding in the cart and wanted to push one of the kids’ carts, right when we were checking out. He took off across the front of the store. ACK!!!!! Then threw himself down on the floor when Ryley brought him back and took the cart away to return it. The children ate chicken nuggets for dinner because I didn’t have it in me to cook once we finally made it home.
We’re home today. Ryley decided that he wasn’t going to get rid of the cough, and started a fever last night. So did Grace. No school for them today. At least we’ll get some snuggle time, and I can catch up on my laundry and dishes!!!