i had to go to the grocery store.
at 4 pm.
with both of my non-napping but very tired children.
which is the worst, i know,
but i didn't really have many other options because matt works until late on wednesday nights.
my girls were not complete nightmares,
but it was rough.
ruby tries to grab everything off the shelves, or climb out of the cart.
m antagonizes ruby by pulling on her legs, or runs away from the cart, or sits in the back of the cart and smashes the food, or begs for everything in sight,
or takes a bite of an apple so then i have to buy it.
12 years later we make it through the grocery gauntlet,
and i've actually remembered my entire list!
oh, but wait.
add in the teenagers in baseball uniforms who were standing outside of the store asking for money for their championship (legit or not, who knows) or some other athletic endeavor
and then the very nice older homeless guy asking if he could wash my car windows for a couple of dollars (maybe you don't have this at your grocery store, but i live in a city y'all)
as i schlepped my whining, writhing kids and all of my groceries past them
i tried to politely say "not today, thanks" while wrangling two human beings in a cart
when all i wanted to say was,
"do you see that i kind of have my hands full?"
then as m darted away from the cart in a busy parking lot
"grocery shopping with my children is perhaps my least favorite activity. in the top five for sure."
because at some point in the errand one or both of my children look like this:
and at some point i am an exasperated, annoyed mom
(i will let you insert your own mental picture here)
any tips for the inevitable bad-time-of-day-but-have-to-take-your-kids-with-you-errands?
what are your least favorite activities as a parent?
(if you aren't a parent you can still comment and tell me what a good mom i am anyway,
cause i could use the pep talk...
even if you witnessed me interacting with my children as they tried to punch all of the buttons on the credit and debit card kiosk at the register at about 5:15 last night)