Sunday, July 12, 2009

Dreadful...Just Dreadful...

I've recently become completely phobic of the grocery store. Todd would call it laziness, but I would suggest that it has more to do with a phobia of taking my kids to the store with me. Most of the time I make a short list and send Todd, but it's been about a month since I did a "good shop", and the meals have reflected that lately.

After much discussion about the fact that the only options for dinner tonight were cereal or peanut-butter tortillas, we desperately decided to pack up both of our kids (Hailey dressed in the outfit documented above) and head out grocery shopping as a Walmart. 'Nuff said.

On the way there it began raining...and then started POURING. In July...while we were on our way to the most packed-out parking lot in Western Washington and would have to run with two kids. I wore flip flops. Cool.

We got inside and realized that we grossly underestimated the number of people inside. Although the parking lot was filled to the brim, we guessed that each car must have brought at least 6 people with it. And, of course, there were maybe 3 check-stands open. Awesome.

We then realized that neither of us had thought to put a pull-up on Hailey and we were in public. We went straight to the bathroom to "try", to no avail. Then I get out and meet back up with Todd only to discover that not only have I left my grocery list in the car, but also the pacifier. Owen was wide awake. Neither of us could make ourselves run to the car in the monsooning rain, so we skipped it and braved without either item. Not smart.

It took us FOREVER to maneuver through the aisles, due to the fact that we not only had to make our way into them with the 4000 other Federal Way residents, but we had forgotten the list and had to pay very close attention as to not forget anything.

Half-way through the trip Hails asked to go potty. I took her...with Owen in the front-pack. When we got there the bathrooms were being cleaned. We waited. After we finally got in we noticed that the bathrooms were surprisingly not clean. Weird. I got Hailey on and off the potty...and it was a SUCCESS!! Yay Hails!! We washed our hands like we've never washed before and joined Todd who was attempting to shop without me...and without a list. Not good.

We finally finished, chose the shortest line we could and headed outta there.

Only took 2 hours.

At least we've got food! :)


Jenna said...

oh DEAR. family grocery shopping trips are RARELY, if ever, successful. at least for us. can i suggest going alone once a week (or every other) after the kids are down for bed? that's what a friend of mine does. she's able to hit multiple stores to get all the deals she's looking for--like the Prov. 31 wife "bringing her food from afar"!! :) love you! good luck with coming up with a grocery-shopping-plan!

shawna said...

1 word.