Sunday, January 25, 2009

Why Yes, They Are All Mine

Have you ever wondered what it's like to take 6 kids to a store by yourself? Ever sat around and pondered what life would be like if you had an entourage to accompany you whenever you left the house?


Well I'm going to show you anyway. Because I can. Because today I decided (for reasons I cannot fully understand nor explain) to take the kids grocery shopping.

Yes, we just went shopping on Wednesday. But we eat a lot and perishables go fast! So today was my day for errands.

Around 11am I loaded the kids into the van and we went down the street to buy a paper. They sell papers on the corner here on Sundays and people sell it to you through your car window. Bizarre but whatever...

Next stop was my friend Christen's house. She was going to follow me and sit outside with my kids while I ran errands. We loaded up her kids and swiped all of her neighbor's moving boxes. (For me, since I'm moving myself to VA soon!) Then Christen ran over a soccer ball and we headed out. We had to drop off a bookshelf that Christen had sold on craig's list. After that was a quick trip to CVS, where I ran in and she watched my kids as she parked next to me in the parking lot.

By now it was lunch time so we grabbed a quick snack. While Christen and I were talking I mentioned that I was thinking about just taking all of the kids into the grocery store. She laughed and said she was thinking the same thing. I figured it was a good time to try since Christen was there in case of emergency (meltdown.)

Christen took her kids inside the store as I loaded up my quad stroller (aka The Beast- the reason I had to sell my pretty purple stroller.) It was my personal mission to do this myself. Call it a lapse in judgment, call it temporary insanity. Maybe it was because I self-medicate with Hershey's Kisses. (Perhaps I was motivated by Michele's comment yesterday!) Whatever the reason, I had it in my mind that I was doing this.

And I did!

Amazingly, my kids were well-behaved and cooperative. Matthew pushed the cart and Joshua rode with the groceries. I pushed The Beast. Everyone was so good! It was like they were someone else's perfect little children. Definitely not my children. Perhaps it was Divine Intervention.

So what if I forgot the babies' hats? So what if I left my reusable shopping bags in the van? So what if Sarah's face was sticky? So what if I had no makeup on and didn't wash my hair today?

I took 6 kids shopping by myself and I survived!!!!!!!

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