One year ago, I never would have gone out, by myself, with two boys. Somehow, with two mobile gentlemen however, I am prepared to brave most stores on my own. This morning, we ventured to Walmart and here’s just a play-by-play of our time out and about.
1. Prepare mentally to head out to the store.
2. Dress everyone in clothes deemed acceptable by Walmart standards (which if you know anything, there aren’t many).
3. Get a general list together & put shoes/jackets on boys.
4. Re-put on Jack’s shoes since he has removed them while tending to Charlie.
5. Head outside, walk towards the car (we live on the second floor), put Charlie in car, and then chase Jack up the sidewalk to catch him to deposit him in the car.
6. Head to Walmart, find a cart, and determine whether Charlie will walk or sit in the cart or whine that he wants to sit where Jack does. Settle on sit in the cart.
7. Travel through Walmart looking at the Easter goodies and determining what must go in the Easter Basket. Charlie desires everything with Lightning McQueen on it.
8. Snag the groceries that are necessary, have Charlie “check” the eggs, only to find him a few moments later still checking the eggs and suddenly you wonder if said eggs will soon be broken.
9. Hear, “LET’S SEE THE CAKES!” as we go down every aisle and eventually wind up at the cakes. Drool accordingly and listen as Charlie makes his birthday cake wish list. Also listen as he calls the bunny cake a cat and wince as you know the baker is grimacing in the back that her Easter bunny cake does in fact look more like a cat.
10. Indulge in some leftover sample baked goods (raspberry pound cake) and get each boy his own container. Realize that Charlie is already looking at his next serving before eating one bite and Jack has eaten all of his before we’ve left the bakery.
11. Finish our shopping with each one taking turns trying to eat something in the cart (Jack – apple, Charlie – grapes)
12. Head to landscaping to check out because it’s quicker, less people, and I’m convinced the cashiers are generally nicer there.
13. Let Charlie put every.single.thing. onto the conveyor belt while Jack wants to push the credit card buttons & play with the pen. (Sidenote: If you look closely, Charlie has placed the yogurt upside down on the belt. It shall be noted that upon arriving home, this yogurt had spilled in the bag….)
14. Head home testing the boys on their animal sounds and then get boys & bags upstairs.
15. Serve cut-up grapes.
Does this store trip sound familiar??!