So yesterday, I was feeling adventurous. (Or perhaps idiotic is more like it.)
Every Monday I go grocery shopping. Sometimes I go by myself. Sometimes I go with just the baby. Sometimes with the 2 little ones. But I draw the line at taking all 3 kids to the store. It’s just not something I care to do…on a regular basis anyways.
But yesterday, I really needed to get to the store to replenish some of those weekly purchases that we were running low on…like apple juice, snacks and eggs. (Plus, I needed some cocoa…for the chocolate muffins on my batch cooking list.)
The the clouds rolled in during the late morning hours. The really, really, really dark clouds rolled in around lunch time. And the thunder began to rumble. Being the good little weather checker that I am, I looked at the radar on my iPhone and low and behold…a “red” storm headed our way. Oh, but that wasn’t going to stop me…it may have slowed me down a bit, but it wasn’t going to stop me.
For the next half hour, I kept my eye on the radar. I fed the kids (if you think going to the grocery store while hungry is a bad idea….try taking hungry kids!), then I nursed the baby…it was now or never…well, at least not for the rest of the day anyways.
I quintuple-checked the radar…and the “red” had passed and we were now in the “green”…with some “yellow” approaching. Perfect. I’ll go now while it’s drizzling…it can rain harder while I’m in the store…and by the time I’m out of the store it will be drizzling again.
Get your sandals on boys…we’re going to the store. They wanted to bring their raincoats. I objected.
(What was I thinking…
- I don’t want to deal with your raincoat when we get to the store, so we’re not bringing it.
- There won’t be as many people at the store with all this rain.
- We can be in and out of there in 30 minutes.
And then I started thinking that I might just be insane after all.)
We went anyways.
And to add to the adventure…I did not take a shopping list or my coupon binder. Left it all at home. (See…I really have lost my marbles.)
We park the car. I awkwardly climb into the backseat to unbuckle the little two and give the big two their “parking lot instructions.”
“You are to RUN with mommy and stay right next to me until we get under the awning.”
So we run into the store, dodging raindrops and get to the cart line…all the “kiddie” carts are W-E-T. Thankfully I managed to convince the big boys that a “regular” cart was the only option. But little did I know the consequences of that decision.
Both boys rode “trash man style.” (I do realize that the little picture on the grocery cart says Do NOT Ride Trash Man Style. I sat the baby right on that picture, strapped him in, let the kids ride trash man style and headed in for my shopping adventure. I’m so rebellious!)
They “rode” through the produce section, then tired of hanging on. Then they started walking. I’m OK with them walking. They do a good job sticking close to the cart. But as we went through the bread section, Ryan spotted the donuts. He has never noticed the donuts at the store because…1. I haven’t taken him to the store since school started last September. and 2. He used to ride in the bottom of those “kid carts” and couldn’t see the donuts from down low. Now that he was walking…he discovered all the things about the grocery store that I have trying to keep secret from him! (I know. Don’t judge.)
The kid has never eaten a donut in his life…so I’m not sure how in the world he knows that they are SO good. He stopped. He nearly squealed with glee. I pressed on. Because next up was…the lobster tank! They love the lobster tank!!! He instantly forgot about the donuts.
After the lobster tank, I lost complete control of them. As we turned down the applesauce aisle, they broke out into a race…full speed ahead down the length of the aisle. And they did it as we went down every aisle after that…the cereal aisle, the baking supplies aisle…down towards the dairy section.
The one thing I was right about…there were not many people in the store…so I didn’t worry too much about them running into people, or people running over them.
And my plan to shop while it was “raining harder” outside…that flopped…it was pouring when we came out. So I returned home…looking like a drowned rat…but thankful for a fun outing with the guys!
The moral of the story: Next time the radar indicates that it will be raining all day and you’ll be stuck inside…take your kids to the grocery store and let them run free. At least they can burn off some energy running up and down the aisles.
No List…No Coupons…No great deals…
Total spent at Kroger: $82.13
Total spent at the farmer’s market on Saturday:$18
Total for the week: $100.13 *deep sigh*
It appears I have fallen off the Grocery Budget Bandwagon as well!
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