Grocery shopping used to be one of my favorite things to do. Meandering the aisles, drifting away in my thoughts. Being able to read food labels and basically taking a leisurely stroll like it was the most interesting place on Earth. Throw kids into the mix and it becomes one of my least favorite things to do. They run. They touch things....EVERYTHING, really. They pick things up off the dirty, dirty floors. Sometimes I'll catch Alice randomly kissing baby dolls if they somehow trick me into entering the toy department.
No beuno. Make it stop.
However, I typically find myself with both of the kids at the grocery store because of how our current household work schedules happen to fall. Once in a great while I will have a moment to sneak away alone (read: Bliss! Freedom! Get me a Starbucks and watching me OWN those aisles) or take just one of my littles along with me for the adventure.
Jackson and I did a mid-week run to Aldi and Meijer to grab some things we were running out of. He fell asleep in the van right before we pulled into Aldi's parking lot, because why not? It never fails that one or both of my kids will fall asleep for a car nap just before we get to where we need to be going. After he groggily opened his eyes and realized we were at the "penny cart store" (because you need to put a quarter into the cart mechanism to use the shopping carts at Aldi, which he things is greatly amusing), he was eager to climb up into said cart and prepare for our first leg of the shopping adventure.
Next up was Meijer, because I needed a few things I cannot get from Aldi (and the produce at Aldi wasn't looking too hot this trip, so figured we'd see what looked good elsewhere). Jackson had a good time looking at all the produce and declaring that the apricots & pluots were, "So cute!" before I let him pick out a few peaches and help me locate the cucumbers. The kids LOVE cucumbers and I've gotten into the habit of slicing one up as a mid afternoon or pre-dinner snack while I'm prepping dinner. I just put it on a plate on the kitchen table and they graze on it as they see fit. Because of this, I try to have a few on hand at all time. (They also like sliced up roma tomatoes and baby carrots for raw veggies.)
I really wanted to look for some new spoons to give us a boost to the current supply. Somehow, despite having TWICE as many spoons as any other silverware of choice in our silverware drawer, we always run out far sooner than is time to run the dish washer. Oh! Wash them by hand, you say? Yeah, I could do that. Orrrrrr....I could buy more. Problem solved.
So, while we browsed through the housewares aisle, Jackson found some cool Thermos Funtainer flip top straw cups that caught his eye. Specifically, the big Batman logo caught his eye (if you don't know my family, we are self proclaimed obsessed with the Caped Crusader). They caught MY eye because they claimed to keep beverages cold for up to 12 hours, which is pretty convenient when you have kids like mine who like to sip and drink sporadically throughout the day. So Batman and pink Thermos went into the cart. That was, however, short lived as soon as we somehow found ourselves in the toy aisle. "How did we get here?!" I asked myself, bewildered. My child is a magician. Oh! That's right, he had to use the restroom while we were browsing the kitchen silverware looking for new spoons. So off we went to the back of the store to the nearest restroom...right next to the toy department.
One quick potty stop and a squirt of hand sanitizer later, we were standing in the toy aisle that featured all of the toys guns. Jackson is obsessed with toy guns (and weapons of any sort, really) almost as much as Batman. Close call on some days, really. He insisted on just "trying them out" and wanted to take one home. I settled on a small (like, THE smallest one they had) Nerf gun to add to his growing collection of Nerf toys. I gave him the choice between two of them ($5.99 and $6.99) and he chose the smaller one, but we would have to put the Thermos cups back. He was somehow ok with this.
I told him we would have to pick sissy out a surprise as well, especially since she would be upset when she woke up from her nap to realize we had gone on an adventure without her, leaving her home with daddy. He picked out a Shopkins assortment for the same price of his Nerf gun that he just knew she would love (and she did).
Now, this is not a common occurrence. My husband and I typically refuse to enter the toy aisles if at all possible, let alone let them get a new toy. They have so many toys already, that it just seems silly to add to it unless it's a special occasion or in celebration of something. So this truly was a treat for him to walk out of the store with something of his own. I asked if he had money to buy a new toy and he said, "Well, yes. In my piggy bank at home!" which is technically true. I, however, did not dig through and find $6 in change for each of their toys and we'll chalk it up to a celebration of him starting preschool next week.
It was about this time I got a text message from Will letting me know that Alice was awake and sad. I knew this because he attached a photo of her with one very big alligator tear in her eye, hair all a mess and looking straight through the phone and into my eyes. The only thing that would appease her was either my presence OR that daddy build a castle with her out of Legos. When Jackson and I walked in the door from our own personal adventure, they were both on the ground building a castle as she requested. Daddy for the win!
GUYSSSS....I forgot the spoons. They are sadly still residing on my grocery list for a future trip.
Here's a fun little video of our little shopping trip (and Alice's excitement over her new Shopkins). Don't judge too harshly, I am VERY new to this vlogging thing and I'm working with very basic (read: FREE) software to edit video taken on my phone. Shhhh.
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