Monday, June 29, 2009

days of ease and comfort...

the oldest boys spent the better part of the week at Scout Camp... when I first wrote this on the calendar I was looking forward to it... looking forward to Po not having anyone to fight with... looking forward to not have to BEG certain children to join us for morning prayer... looking forward to only having to cook for 3 picky eaters instead of 5.

It seemed like a great plan!

and then... the reality hit. I had to get the tired rotated. If the oldest boys were here it would be simple:

"Hey eldest child - gotta run an errand, I'll be back in an hour - call if there's an issue" and I'm OUTTA THERE!

without them here?

"hmmm... let's see... #3 can hang with his friend... #4 and #5 will have to come along. Did you know that the tire place is REALLY stinky? and also not so good for the developing latex allergy... so we walked over to Sonic Drive In... luckily you don't have to be in a car to order... of course, having to take our time turned out to be a good thing because otherwise we might have been 67 blocks away before realizing that #4's "kids grilled cheese meal" was minus a grilled cheese sandwich. Twisty straw, check... Banana (really), check... Drink, check... Sandwich?

I chose Sonic over Red Robin because I could see the garage from our table... and as soon as they took the car down we began to walk back... of course then we had a few more errands to run... so I was reminded pretty quickly that shopping WITH children is much more time consuming, expensive, and frustrating than shopping alone.

So boys - hope Scout Camp was fun... glad that it doesn't last longer!

14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Never thought of this aspect before!

Barbaloot said...

Dang reality getting in the way of you enjoying having them gone!

Homer and Queen said...

I'm sad they closed the Sonic on Bluff...or was that a rumor?

T said...

not a rumor! I'm closer to the Washington one, but I'll miss it after those late hikes!

The Crash Test Dummy said...

Ha ha Ain't that just the way!

April said...

Hate the smell of tires! YUCKY! Love the smell of Sonic! YUMMY!!!

Alicia said...

mmmmm sonic cherry limeade....now i'm hungry!!

just the five of us said...

I loved it when the girls were at camp, other than I had to do the dishes! But that leaves me with 1 child not 3:D

Sonic lemon berry slushes are the best!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

HA! That stinks realizing that you no longer have your baby sitters around. I LOVE SONIC cream slushes... now I'm hungry thanks!

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Yes you do get darn used to/dependant on those older chidren, don't you.

Heidi Ashworth said...

Oh, the pros and cons of every issue having to do with kids. Since the Spouse is a school teacher, we live LIVE LIVE for summer--and then it gets here and we look at each other and think--why?

Sue Q said...

I love Sonic! And the "Fifties' night where everyone who comes dressed in poodle skirts gets a free slushie with their burger...

But I rely way too much on my older girls for babysitting, gratis, than I should, too. And imagine my level of freedom when daughter #1 gets her driver's license in two months...

(Are we supposed to feel guilty about subjecting our oldest children to such abject slave-driving? 'Cause I'm not feeling guilty one little bit!)

Megz said...

Wouldn't it be great if the younger kids could go to scout camp?
Ike is old enough to be left alone for small amounts of time, but I want him being in charge of the rest of them at the store or on errands so what good is it?

Debbie said...

My oldest isn't old enough to watch the younger ones just yet but this is one reason I'm sad she'll be in 1st grade next year. When she's around she helps me keep a more order, and a more entertainment going on.