Yesterday I ventured to Maple Grove with Shane & Taylor. I purchased a "man house" (a.k.a. dollhouse for boys) last week at Home Goods for the daycare. I didn't have enough room in my vehicle to bring it home so I needed to pick it up. I was planning on having a shopping date with Laura--my final Friday of freedom, but my sub for the daycare, Twyla, and Josh both got sick over night. We had big plans---Ikea, Arbor Lakes, Caribou, girl talk, etc, but I told Laura to go with out me.
I didn't think I would be able to bring the boys in order to put the house in the back of my car. I called the store when they opened and got the measurements---Jack pot, it would fit in the back! I scrambled to get myself ready and load the kiddos in the car. (I even skipped getting my skinny latte at Caribou) We arrived at lunch time and met up with Laura. We had ate at Potbelly's---mmm, mmm, mmm
Laura and I spurred the economy of Arbor Lakes. Stopped in at Anthropology (one of my fav stores) found a couple of Christmas presents, headed to Express and found some "work" shirts--that was my excuse to buy them and to J.Crew and Banana Republic where we both were able to find new jeans. Finding jeans on is like tearing out a hang nail, ok not that bad, but I never look forward to it. Banana Republic jeans fit the best out of any other brand that I have tried on. My old jeans from there actually fit now, but when I went on to try on the same size--no such luck. I guess I really have stretched the other ones out. I was really impressed with the customer service I received there. The ladies were so helpful and even didn't mind my wild son running around and jumping off chairs. They brought Logan crayons and books to keep him entertained in the dressing room. They went out of their way to find the perfect jeans and too top it off I only paid $37!! (they were on sale)
After an exciting shopping outing with Laura, the boys and I head to Home Goods to pick up the man house. Annie met up with us there and we headed to Starbucks for a spontaneous coffee date. We were on the road at 6pm, tummy's were full & diapers were clean. I called my hubby to let him know we would be home soon and that I would pick up dinner. Both boys were asleep by the time I hit Rogers & I was looking forward to a quiet ride home. As I approached the exit signs to St. Cloud I hear Shane start to fuss. Fussing quickly turned in to screaming. I was in trouble. Shane was hungry and I didn't have anymore food with me. I quickly take the next exit off and head to Target, all the while Shane is still crying. The boys and I hurry in, purchase some formula and set up camp in the restaurant area. Since we were going to be there for awhile and it was 7pm I figured Logan and I should eat too. We ended up sponging 1.5 hours there between eating and changing diapers. Logan was over tired (my fault, no nap) and didn't want to eat, so I had to use bribery (not something I like to do, but I was desperate). Logan faced the ICEE machine, which he just experienced for the first time a month ago, so I said if you eat your food you can have one. Of course it worked So, once again, tummy's are full and diapers are clean and we are back on the road; it's now 8:30pm. As I drive through West Port Shane starts to cry (again). I'm now officially speeding and thinking the Osakis exit can't come soon enough. I wasn't about too pull over on the side of the road in the dark. Finally, I'm off the freeway. I race out to see what Shane needs. He doesn't want his nuk or his bottle so I decide he is just going to have to cry it out. The tension headache has set in. I crank up the radio and dream of pulling into the garage and handing Shane to Josh. We reached our destination at 9:30 and I couldn't be more happier to be home.
Sorry for my rambling and possibly boring you with this post. I have decided that next time I will do a couple things differently 1) have another able body in the vehicle to help with the kiddos 2) have better time management 3) keep bag up formula in the car with a bottled water. Overall it was a really fun afternoon with my friends and boys. Logan did very well for not having a nap and was a good listener for most of the time. My boys' wives will one day appreciate my hard work of introducing my boys to the art of shopping...and enjoying it.
Well, I'm off to a Halloween Party and am not very excited about dressing up. I"m going to be a sailor. It was a last minute purchase I picked up at Target today. I'm feeling a bit on the frumpy side today, so my fat pants and a sweatshirt sound way better. The boys are going to be staying with grandma and grandpa since Logan did not nap today. My darling husband is trying to convince me otherwise. I have to follow through on consequences and really am not in the mood to deal with his over tiredness. I'm looking forward to just being with my man.
Pictures to follow soon.