It's another blazing hot summer day here in Houston and playing indoors has worn itself out, playing in the front yard and trying to stay in our 2 feet of shade is almost impossible when you have four mobile children and so I decided to do an impromptu trip to Target for family entertainment.
There are not many impromptu trips with four babies, but I thought, why not? So whilst everyone is playing in the inches of shade, I pack up the car with RunAbout, diaper bag and a water for me. I buckle the kids in their seats, with just their onesies on, Noah's still showing the remnants of lunch (this would typically mortify me - but I'm learning that no one actually ever looks at their outfits when we're out, they're just in awe of the stroller, really).
We get to Target, scope out my parking spot, which 1) has to be next to the cart corral and 2) be a spot that I can pull through so I never have to put my Suburban in reverse and endanger all living creatures around me. I find the spot, go to take the RunAbout off of the hitch and realize that I am so close to the cart corral that I cannot just drag it off like normal but have to lift the sucker down. Ugh, I not so gracefully get it down, wedge it between the car and the carts so no other cars can hit it while I'm getting the babies out one by one. I come around to start getting them out and SLIP....right on a banana that someone has graciously left behind the passenger door. Who does that? Okay, I get it together and go to get Sophia who has decided to leave behind something of her own which I must take care of immediately. Back out to the back of the car to change her. Now into the stroller with everyone else and finally into the store. We have a nice little shopping trip and back out to the car we go.
As I'm walking, I realize that another car is following us. The woman rolls down her window and so politely says, "We just had to see how you are going to do this." I was a little perplexed thinking, do what? Then I realized she was talking about watching me put all of the babies back into the car in the blazing heat. I smiled and said, "Oh, it's just one at a time." knowing she'd be on her way. But no, she parks her car on the other side of the cart corral and seriously watches me the entire time I am sweating to death putting all of the babies into their car seats, strapping them in and then finally, as I heave ho the RunAbout onto the hitch. And as I walk to the driver side she hollers, "That was a pretty good job! Good luck to you!" A pretty good job? Just a pretty good job? I was mortified! I thought it was pretty spectacular that I could get all of that done, with an audience and not have a break down. And since when did the circus become free of charge? All this said, I must remember: "In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for You." (1 Thessalonians 5:18) And so, I'm thankful for an e-ventful day, one that I could share with all of you! :)
Couldn't Vent Without Some Photos So Here Are Some of Our Little Clowns:
Finn Has The Kissing Booth
But Watch Out For His Tooth!
Sophia Will Read Your Fortune
Cohen Does Amazing Water Tricks
And Noah's The Giggling Juggler