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