Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Fun?

It can be tricky trying to get Christmas shopping done with kids in tow. I seem to be a glutton for punishment because I took both boys with me to Target this morning. Granted, it is a store where they usually do okay, but Toby has a cold and needed a tissue every few minutes, and Asher was especially impatient and fussy. I made the mistake of putting a bag of gummy bears for a certain someone in my cart. The boys immediately coveted them. Asher wanted to hold them and them and kept asking, "Mommy, this mine?" Even though I told him several times, "No, they are for Debbie ," he kept begging for them. So, feeling badly that I drug them along on my shopping expedition, I thought I could open the bag and let them have a few as a treat for having to be at the store with mom. Little that I know that Asher would continue to ask for "more please!!" and that to save my sanity and try to plow through everything on my list the boys would end of eating almost the entire bag! Toby kept guiltily asking if I was going to buy another bag for Debbie's stocking, but that didn't stop him from enjoying them. Between my sneezing five-year-old (I kept stashing away used tissues in the diaper bag because I had no where else to put them - he must of gone through at least 10! Then I would bring out the Purell - we went through a lot of that too!) and my two-year-old gorging on gummy bears, I was feeling a bit self-conscious and kept telling myself that at least I would never see any of these people again anyway. In the middle of all this, Toby managed to knock quite a few clothes off of hangers, among other things, and was up to his usual mischievous antics. It was just one of those shopping trips...but we survived! And on the way home we sang silly songs about our shopping trip starring Asher as a fussy bear and Toby as a tiger with a runny nose and it helped lighten the mood. :)

6 comments:

Amy said...

Bless you for even considering taking them! If the snow keeps up like it has been, everyone will be getting gifts bought online. I feel my blood pressure rise (and tears form) everytime I even think of leaving the house.

As for Asher eating all those gummies, last Monday morning after my dad died, I let Simon sit on the counter and decimate (sp?) what was left of his birthday cake... it's called survival parenting and is a very, very important skill.

Amy said...

We've all been there. Many times. Just this week we went to get our tree, in 20 degree weather. Weston decides that we don't need the stroller, yet we enter the huge home improvement store on the side that is miles from the carts. Then, he receives an important phone call, and I am left trying to keep order with all 4 of my little guys on the loose! Ha! I seriously did lose it! I really still can't take all 4 anywhere by myself, unless the conditions (and my preparations) are absolutely ideal. Sigh. More snow last night.

SUSANNA said...

The two Amys who have commented so far have way bigger challenges on their hands then my two rascals...and snow would definitely complicated things...but it's nice to feel understood. And I'll stop complaining! :)

Jenn said...

I love that you are a brave and fun momma, including your boys in all the stuff of life... and it's especially nice when it can include gummy bears! I admire you Susanna! :) Happy and Merry Christmas to all of you! Love, Jenn

Mathew and Sara said...

I am cringing just listening to the shopping with kids stories! Susanna, you must be proud that your boys asked. :) When I was younger I probably would have snagged the bag when mom wasn't looking and stuffed my face behind a clothes rack! I was known to do that with grapes and bread and after eights...

Andy Dave said...

Haha Sara! I'm still known to do that (hide behind the cloths rack and snack...). Why do you think I like to cook so much. I get to snack all I want to!

Susie, I wish I could have been there to help with this shopping expedition. To help with the gummy bears that is! :)