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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mommy Weekend Rejuvination

I'm finding that my life, as a mom, is not so glamorous, but I did get away this weekend.

Saturday, I giddily got dressed, kissed my family goodbye, and headed to my peace-filled, budget conscious, morning adventure---the Walmart Supercenter.   Yes, this was the highlight of my week and I am not ashamed.

I glide through the streets in my asthmatic minivan and crank up the music.   I arrive and take a parking space much farther than usual; this could be the only real exercise I get all day.

I grab a shopping cart and get a little risky; I don't even wipe it down with a sanitary wipe!  Cruising through the isles, I fondly remember just how lucky I am.  Visions of my children are everywhere.

I recall Dani, a few years back, throwing an amazing tantrum in the produce section.  Oh, and Evie picking up the one apple that started a fruit avalanche.   Ah Mase, it was just last month that he was temporarily misplaced while playing hide and seek in the clothing department.   Finally, the baby: I honestly didn't notice he had eaten the entire box top of toothpaste until I checked out.

Loving thoughts of my family continue to fill my heart.  How easy it is to appreciate my dear ones when they are 5 miles away. 

Then!  The emergency husband call rings in.  It's only been a half hour!  I am not answering.  More ringing.  OK!  I answer the phone.  My husband, as usual, has our crying baby on the line.  He then comes on, "Hurry home. You're needed!  They're conspiring against me."
Oh, so sweet!  He's thinking of me too.

I leisurely check out and actually return my cart to the corral.  I then head home, renewed for my mommy week to come.

Grateful Mom Goal of the Day: Today I'm taking time to appreciate life's, 
quickly passing, precious moments.

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At March 21, 2011 at 7:18 AM , Blogger Little Miss Emmy Lou said...

This post is perfect! I know exactly how you feel when you get a big trip to Walmart as your one alone trip all week! :)

Also thanks for stopping by today's post - I am just so struck lately that LOVE (God's love) needs to be our focus as Christians and when anything else becomes the focus, things start to fall apart, people get hurt, people get turned off from Christ.

At March 21, 2011 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol. This is great. I love the 2x a month I get my trip out alone to Walmart for groceries! Although I did get to make a trip ALONE to the outlets this weekend to stock up on spring/summer clothes for the kids. I always feel so refreshed when returning home to the chaos.

At March 21, 2011 at 7:58 AM , Blogger Erin Tagle said...

So hysterical. So true! AND nothing's wrong with an early morning retreat to Walmart! :)


At March 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Anonymous Rachel said...

I love it! This was totally me yesterday! Never thought grocery shopping would be a joy pre-kiddos

At March 21, 2011 at 8:43 AM , Blogger Greta said...

It's funny how much we appreciate those trips BY OURSELVES after our kids are born. I have so many stories of my kids at Wal-Mart, just like yours. Gotta love those "emergency calls"! Thanks for the laugh!

At March 21, 2011 at 8:54 AM , Blogger Rachel Murphy said...

Sounds like a great day! I remember when Wal-Mart used to be my escape too! Have a great week.

At March 21, 2011 at 10:05 AM , Blogger Tidbitz said...

Stopping by, came across and read a few posts, I love your writing! New follower. :-) Very real. I have the same minivan....but Walmart is only 2 1/2 miles away. I forget my phone at home sometimes. Jennie

At March 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM , Blogger Cori said...

I am loving your blog :) so glad I found it!! You crack me up. I don't have that humor but sure love to read it! probably because it is true and close to MY life! ha ha!

At March 21, 2011 at 3:05 PM , Blogger Meredith said...

hahaha What a day?! My kids have done that before... chewed through some box until you can't scan the bar code anymore! Oy! My Mansion in heaven better have just had a pool installed!

At March 21, 2011 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

Lol It is so nice to have those minutes to yourself. I know when I tried to escape (I mean have a break) my husband gives me an emergency call. Our twins know how to divide and conquer. My husband usually does not last long :-)

At March 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM , Blogger Sandra's Fiberworks said...

Love that -- especially with Daddy calling. I get that all the time. Usually for me it's the boys won't do what I "ask." So he wants Mommy to get on the phone to TELL them what to do. I suggest HE doesn't ask, just tell them this is how it is! But Daddy is the boys best play buddy and I'm the boss so what can I do...:))

At March 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Myya said...

I've started grocery shopping late, like 10:30 in the evening late so that all the kids are asleep & I will not get that dreaded HURRY HOME call. Only bummer is that Starbucks is already closed by then so I don't get to sip on a nice cup of coffee while I take 2 hours to grocery shop. Ahhhh its the little things LOL.

At March 21, 2011 at 11:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time I have read your blog and let me tell you after reading your story and some of the comments...I was laughing so hard I was crying! I desperately needed the laugh and love that other mothers out there (I have 3 boys!) battle against the troops in a public forum JUST LIKE ME...LOL

At March 22, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Johanson Family said...

You know, I can never leave the house 'on my own' without feeling horrid amounts of guilt for leaving my husband home with the kids. Nevermind that I am left home with them by myself more times than can be counted due to the Army but still..... I hurry through whatever errand and rush home.... your trip to walmart sounds glorious... especially how relaxed you seemed. :) ha! Good times.

At March 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM , Blogger Charlotte said...

Next time "forget" your phone. Or "accidentally" turn it to silent.

At March 22, 2011 at 4:16 PM , Blogger The Suburban Princess said...

Yep. On the rare occasion that I do get a vacation, my destination is usually the local Wally World too.

It's sad that our escape is spent having to dodge other shopping carts while seeing that rollback smiley face around every corner.

Ah, such is the life of a mom.

At March 22, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Blogger jennykate77 said...


At March 22, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Blogger Michelle said...

LOL at the toothpaste! You poor thing! I'm sure that even that short amount of time was refreshing though!

At April 5, 2011 at 10:49 PM , Blogger Danielle said...

First I must concur that Walmart shopping as alone time is nothing to be ashamed of! And second, I LOVE that you have Walmart Supercenter as a tag. That's hilarious!


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