Every once in a while, social media gives a glimpse into other people’s daily routine. I always find it interesting to see how people live and then compare notes with how I do things. Sometimes I pick up on things I would like to add to my routine, other times I just enjoy noting the differences.
I thought it might be fun to do a series on some of the weekly routines I find myself doing around here. If nothing else, it may be fun for the the girls and me to look back on one day.
The girls and I go the grocery store on the same day of the week practically every week. Planning, arriving, shopping, and driving back home takes almost an hour and a half in total. Therefore, we don’t have the leisure (nor desire) to go more than once a week. Fortunately if I forget something (which is more often than not these days), N is usually able to stop for me on his way home.
The night before I go, I always sit down with my weekly calendar, Pinterest (all of my recipe books are still packed away :(), and my pen & paper. N and I have a shared calendar and I take this time to carefully fill in a meal for each night’s dinner. Often I review the calendar right after breakfast to know if I need to pull something out of the freezer, turn on the crock pot, prep early, or anything along those lines.
After making my list, I go through and put the items in order by how the store is laid out. It is a tedious extra step but I have found with having two kids along (and more importantly a TALKER) it is worth its weight in the time it takes.
(Isn’t my handwriting atrocious? I always assume I will be the only one reading the list so I write extra fast and use all sorts of abbreviations. Heaven help N if he ever needs to go in my stead)
Mid-morning the following day the girls and I head out to the store. MG is a great helper and Bea will sit in the child part for most of it but usually starts to get antsy towards the end (sidenote: isn’t it funny how two children can be so different. I NEVER buckled MG into the child seat and Bea gets buckled in every single time and also knows how to get out of the restraint!)
Also, because Bea is eye level with me through most of the store, I find myself talking and cooing to her quite a bit. Instead of getting jealous, MG always follows up my coos with coos of her own. If I kiss Bea on the head, she stands up and kisses Bea on the head. Double the love.
MG talks and talks and talks the entire time at the store. She is quick to spot her favorite items, flavors, and all of the child-geared marketing items placed so kindly around the store (I never knew there were so many princess-geared items in the grocery store. Those Disney princesses are everywhere). She also asks me about everything I place in the cart. “What’s this? Is this for Bea? Can we have this for dinner tonight?” This week she placed all of the items in a line and called it a “train”.
Meanwhile, Bea chums it up with all of the old ladies in the store. If someone stops to chat with the girls, MG turns her head down in embarrassment while Bea turns her smile up a few notches and reaches out to be picked up.
MG has only two demands in the store: 1) that we visit the lobsters…who she finds creepy but intriguing. And 2) that when we are done she be allowed to ride Sandy the penny pony. With those I can easily comply.
At the checkout line, MG helps me by placing the items on the belt. She also likes to help the cashier bag and then load the groceries in the cart. This is also about the point where Bea asks to be removed. MG helps me distract her while I am paying and finishing up. She is a saint.
I hope my girls always enjoy the grocery store with me as much as I do with them.