when I decided that instead of going to the grocery store on my own over the weekend I would wait until Monday after school and take the kids. I am claiming temporary insanity. BUT really it sounded like a good idea at the time!
Little did I know that I would be ready to call it a day before we had even passed the cart area. Two carts, three kids and a month's worth of groceries - could I not sense disaster?
First there was the fighting over who was riding in Alex's cart and who was riding in my cart and then there was the distress because we visited the banana aisle and were seemingly going to bypass the apple aisle (holy bananas it's only bananas)! After the apples were bagged and riding next to the apple girl it was onto bakery, dairy and the cereal aisle - believe me by the time we reached cereal it was a free for all. We have strawberry pop tarts and cinnamon roll pop tarts and vanilla milkshake pop tarts and Peanut Butter Cap'n Cruch and Apple Jacks and Lucky Charms (okay fine, the Lucky Charms were my choice). Anyone up for breakfast?
Along the way we blocked traffic and created cart jams. We sang about macaroni and cheese and peanut butter. We danced with the Mrs. Butterworths syrup bottle and balanced the 2 lb pkg of hamburger on our heads all through the frozen foods aisle (oh and by "we" I mean my children - I just pretended I had no idea who they were or what kind of mother they could possibly have :-))
I was so busy keeping track of my hamburger I wasn't even aware that I would be purchasing two packages of rocket pops, five pizzas and a jumbo package of Blue Bunny double decker fudge bars. I kid you not, when we got to the checkout with our two overloaded carts the lady actually said "well I'd ask you if you found everything but it's pretty obvious you have" - seriously! But I'd rather do it a month at a time and take 2 hours than to spend an hour EVERY WEEK at the grocery store. Life is too short to decide if you want paper or plastic more than once every four weeks.
Have a great week and don't expect to run into me at HyVee for at least another month - now Target, that's a different story...
P.S. Thank you all for your kind notes and thoughts about our dear Callie. She really was a wonderful dog. The kids have been taking it okay. They have decided since they did not get to tell her goodbye that they will bury her favorite tennis ball so that they can send it to heaven for her to play with. It makes me cry just thinking about how earnestly they want to do this. They may be spoiled rotten and not the kind of kids you want to take to the grocery store on a regular basis but my kids are kind - they are really truly kind and for that I couldn't be more grateful.