I try to do my errand running/grocery shopping on one day every other week. Part of the reason is that Whole Foods, our main grocery store, is 35 minutes away. With three children and one on the way, I don't like to make the drive OR do the shopping more than once every two weeks. I'm usually out in between times visiting friends or going to church, and I'll combine one or two errands with those trips, but I like to have only one BIG trip.
Today was a GIGANTIC trip. I had an appointment with the cardiologist (just a routine check-up), so I decided to make this THE shopping day. My cardiologist is only two miles from Whole Foods. So, here were my stops for the day. Ready...okay!
First, the cardiologist, then Target to exchange a purchase, Whole Foods for groceries, the lamp store to fix two lamps (which have been broken for a year and it took all of 5 minutes to fix and cost $3.45!), Chick-Fil-A for lunch, Office Max, Half-Price Books (just to get the kids coupons, not to shop, we'll do that another time), Toys R Us (the kids had money burning holes in their pockets!), James' eye doctor (to get his glasses adjusted -- a bi-weekly trip at least!), the library, Wal-Mart, the credit union, the dry cleaners and Kroger. Fourteen stops!
I did learn something about my kids though. We have rest time every day. Jefferson usually sleeps from 1-4 and James and Evelyn have a rest/quiet time from 2-4. They can read books, listen to audio books or song cd's, play quiet games (for Evelyn -- magnetic dress-up dolls or ponies, for James -- knights or coloring) or sleep. This is for their benefit as well as mine. I just never realized that they enjoyed it so much! We didn't get home until 4:45, so I told them that we wouldn't have rest time today. They both moaned, and James said, "You mean, we shopped all the way through rest time?" James had purchased two more knights and Evelyn had purchased a pony, and they both wanted some quiet time to play with their toys. I had also purchased James a book on knights and castles at the library. Wow! They need their rest time as much as I do! :-)
Well, I'm off to bed now. I'm going to visit Catherine tomorrow, so I need to get up and make chocolate chip cookies. Yum, yum!