Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Shopping with Kids

I love taking my children shopping most of the time, yes I know I am in the minority, but it is usually so fun to watch them take in all the new sights and sounds. Last night however was a mix of love and hate. We have been planning for a while to take the youth group Christmas Shopping so even though we had just gotten over our bought of illness we decided to go on with the excursion. It is an event we do every year and that the girls truly love. So we loaded up the van and off we went to the mall. Now mind you our nearest mall is 45 min away so it makes for a long trip just to get there. Joshua is in a not so great mood and is crying most of the way there because he wants his Daddy. Who can blame him, his Daddy is AWESOME! Well we should have known then it would be a LONG night.
We get to the mall and instead of getting out our stroller Joe said, "hey boys do you want to get a double fire truck stroller?" We thought that surely this would make the trip far easier, but oh no not happening tonight! Joshua SCREAMED any time that we entered a store, and Joe Braden just griped about everything, he didn't whine but just complained. We did manage to finish up our last few Christmas gifts though, so it was worth it all, I guess. At one point Joe was so frustrated he got both boys dipping dots, which just made matters worse for Joshua because he was DETERMINED to feed himself!
We finally leave the mall and head to eat and to Target both of which went somewhat smoother except the fact that Joe Braden was begging to go home and go to bed, what is wrong with him was my first reaction. Well turns out it should have been! I checked him all evening for a fever and nothing, so I thought maybe just a long day since he started after school care yesterday, WRONG. After getting home he went to get ready for bed and when he came out he was GLOWING! Yep FEVER of 102! So needless to say I am guessing Strep since his only complaint is a sore throat, AGAIN. Oh will this sickness never end for us? Joe was sweet and let me come to work since I have had to take off 5 days in the last month! Oh the fun! So I will not be taking my boys shopping again until after the holidays, it seems it is all too much for their little minds to handle, and I forgot to mention the FIT that was thrown to see Santa for the 3rd time this year and wait in an hour line, yeah Mommy didn't cave, but man later I was wishing I would have!


Maggie said...

Oh man, what a trip! We've yet to have a good experience in the store with Jonah. During our last trip to Walmart over the weekend, we literally opened a bag of cheetos (didn't want them), a box of pop tarts (didn't want them), some of Mommy's 100 cal pack cookies (didn't want them), some raisins (didn't want them), and finally tried the cheetos again. To our surprise, he finally quieted down and ate his cheetos happily in the cart. By the time we got to the check out, he was completely orange from head to toe. Fun times. =)

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Nicole O'Dell said...

UGH, that was a tough one. At least it's over! I'm sorry your little guy is sick, though!

HeatherY said...

Bless your heart! This time last year, I was the lady with the screaming child while Christmas shopping. UGH. I guess we all get our turn! I hope Joe Braden feels better soon. Poor baby!

Octamom said...

Uh oh! So sorry he's not feeling well--

We've had a few experiences like this--as in, "What the heck is up with this kid?"--and then later discover that what is up is his temp!


crazy mommy of 4 said...

Sounds like you had your hands full...I dread everytime I take my kids (there are 4 of them) shopping and most of the time I refuse to go without some adult to help me. As far as the sickness thing everyone in my house has been sick too forever...hope your little one is feeling better!