Family Shopping Expedition

We’ve been a little stir-crazy this winter with all the snow and ice and sleet. This weekend, despite the cold and windy weather, we decided that we’d had enough of sitting around the house waiting for spring, and decided to go on a little shopping trip. Actually, what really prompted the trip was the fact that I’d worn holes into the soles of my only pair of brown work shoes.  Ordinarily I would have replaced them weeks ago, but I HATE going shopping in winter.

Holey shoes

So we packed everyone into the van, and off we went.

At first everything was fine. We bought some shirts for Isaac. I headed into a department store to look at shoes with Ben in his stroller. Mark took Isaac and Jonny to get some pretzels and lemonade. Then things quickly turned sour. Mark waited in line a LONG TIME for pretzels. Almost immediately after they paid for their food and got settled, Jonny managed to dump an entire 32 oz cup of lemonade on the floor. Jonny started crying, “It was an accident!” and Isaac started whining that he was thirsty. Meanwhile, a shoebox (containing shoes) managed somehow to fall from the top of the stroller (where I had rested it precariously) onto the top of Ben’s head. That ruined Ben’s previously sunny mood completely (I wonder why), and he became cranky, and refused to sit in his stroller anymore.

By then Mark had begun to think that maybe this wasn’t such a good idea. The two big boys were whiny and not on their best behavior, and Ben was irritable and demanded to be carried. We went to three more stores, and I did manage to find some shoes (and a couple pairs of winter boots on clearance), and then we left. Mark (who is normally a talkative soul) was strangely silent for most of our outing.

Then it was dinner time. We had originally planned on going to the Olive Garden, but unfortunately, their parking lot was a disaster.  So we drove around looking for other options. Mark was just about to suggest going through the Mc Donalds drive-thru when we spotted a Japanese restaurant we’d never been to before.

Ben browsing menu

That restaurant saved the day. The food was great, the boys didn’t complain, and even Ben’s mood brightened. And Mark started talking again.

Getting ready to eat

All in all, I’d say the outing was a success! Can’t wait for the next one.

New shoes

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9 Responses to “Family Shopping Expedition”

  1. mark - in my own defense Says:

    Ben is looking for the wine list in that picture.

  2. Sonia Says:

    L O V E your new gray (blue? bad monitor) boots!!! I also noticed your new brown shoes are spring/summer friendly. Very cute 🙂
    Although a bumpy start, I’m glad your outing brightened up.

  3. lisa leonard Says:

    Ugh, sometimes when it rains it pours. Glad it turned around. Dang, you got some cute shoes. And Japanese food…yum! Ben looks so much like David in that pic. I hope we can get a pic of them together someday…

  4. ariel Says:

    who would not get mad when the box of shoe drop on your head! that is why bens sunny mood changes to cranky and the reason he wnated to be carried..he got phobia ridin in the stroller hes afraid that something might fall again on his head…i hate you for doin that to my cute ben!

    oh but i love that phot of my cute ben sittin and as if he knows how read the menu LOL looks like an adult very intent in choosing what he wish to order…good you capture that moment…i love lookin at it…

    and look at isaac and jonny very serious with their games..lol!

    thank you for the post….

  5. Lawrence Says:

    All I can say is I cannot wait to visit. I wish I could come tommorow!

  6. Mom/grandma Says:

    Are those your new shoes? I am VERY surprised………they are very nice. Poor Ben, you remember when a glass of water fell from my hand unto Jon when he was just a few weeks old? And he cried as if someone was killing him……

  7. Bennie Says:

    What a great pic of Mark and Ben! And to know they’re checking out the wine list just makes my heart soar!

  8. Misty (mason's mom) Says:

    i agree with bennie!! love the pic of dad and Ben!!

  9. Tammy and Parker Says:

    Oy! What a day! But all’s well that ends well…….kinda? 🙂


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