Scott: How was your day?
Me: The first half was good.
Scott: (sending intense evil eyes to the kids) What happened on the second half of the day?
Me: Let's just say, it's a miracle they're all still alive.
First half of the day . . . . good
- Dropped Scott off at work function
- Found a fun park which the kids loved -- played for 45 minutes
- Drove up the Historic Columbia River Highway and stopped at the scenic Vista House, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Wahkeena Falls
- Enjoyed a picnic lunch
Second half of the day . . . you judge
- outlet shopping with 3 children.
- 5 minutes after stepping into Gap being alerted to a bathroom emergency. The restrooms are way over at the other corner of the complex.
- 10 minutes after returning to Gap, standing in the dressing room unclothed, and the panicked voice of my other son (who is sitting outside the door) informs me that we have yet another bathroom emergency. This, after I just made everyone use the restroom.
- "s/he's annoying / touching / looking at / bothering me", "conner stop it!", and the next minute all are literally rolling around on the floor laughing, giggling, and being crazy silly. Maybe cute at home but not in a clothing store.
- hiding in the clothing racks. (My head just sizzles with this one.)
- asking the kids, "would you act this way if dad were here?" No. "Then why do you do it with me?" They still haven't learned that I tattle-tale. You mess with mom, you get my wrath and then you get dad's.
My saving grace . . .
- picking up Scott at the end of the day and having him accompany us to one last store.
- dinner at Red Robin and a monster raspberry milkshake for me
- trying on new clothes at home (my personal fashion show), once the kids are settled
- 30 minutes of pilates to wind down
The final word . . .
- no video games, computer, or tv for a week
- never attempt back to school shopping with 3 kids ever again
The good news . . .
- all the shopping is done.
- I'm wearing yoga pants and a sweatshirt.
- tomorrow we are staying home.
- a grey and pink argyle sweater vest will be making an appearance in my wardrobe this fall.