Hence my need to go to Sam's Club today - in the rain.
Before my venture out with the kids, I took in the weather situation outside my window and thought that it seemed to be clearing and the rain was letting up enough that we could get in and out of the store without a problem.
We got our rain boots on and made our way to Sam's.
I had my list and Goldfish and had already given the boys the talk and told them a cinnamon and sugar pretzel awaited them at the end of our Sam's Club adventure...that and the potential of "special treats" i.e. the sample people and their cart of delectable delights.
I couldn't go on the promise of the special treats alone, as it was a Wednesday and I believed they only ventured out around noon on the weekends. I was pleasantly surprised when we entered the bulk food mecca, rounded the corner by the bakery, and found a little old lady giving out samples of ravioli.
The boys were pleased, and I relieved.
After crossing everything off my list and making our way to one more "special treat" cart (this one was cantaloupe), we made our way to the check-out line.
I breathed a sigh of relief - we had made it.
Do you ever do that? Get to the check-out line with the kids after a shopping trip that goes right and just relax. You only have to get the items on the conveyor belt, pay and make it to the parking lot.
Then there are the times where there isn't even a moment to breathe a sigh of relief because of the terror you have just inflicted on everyone in the store with your screaming kids who won't stay in the cart, are crying or running away from you. You are doing everything in your power to keep them quiet and make it out of the store as quickly as possible. You don't even look at the receipt, you don't care, you just want to get out of there!
That wasn't the case today. A smooth shopping trip, kids only slightly naughty and a cinnamon and sugar soft pretzel waiting for us at the end. Perfection.
We made it through the check-out line, got our cinnamon pretzel and quickly devoured it between the three of us.
"All right boys! Let's go home. Great job," I told them.
Sometimes I feel like a coach for a pro-sports team as a mom to 2 boys. Giving them pep talks for our outings and such.
As we made our way out of the store after getting our receipt looked over, I stopped in horror as I looked outside to see it DOWN POURING!
I didn't have the option of leaving the boys under the safety of the overhang while I ran and pulled the car to the loading area, as everyone else, who were smart enough to not come out on a rainy day with their children, were doing.
We waited about 5 minutes, hoping that it would let up a bit. I had cold stuff that needed to get home, plus the fact that it was 4:30 and we had to get home to start dinner.
"Alright, time for a rainy adventure!" What other choice did I have?
Evan squealed in delight. He was excited, to say the least.
I ran the cart through the parking lot, as it continued raining and we all got drenched. I got Oliver out first and snapped into his carseat, and then on to Evan; however, he had his big, green frog rain boots on and I couldn't get him out. Is it just me, or are Sam's Club's foot holes in the carts super small?
We fought that cart in the rain while, conveniently, a lady parked next to us, proceeded to pull out and almost hit us. Couldn't she see the predicament I was in and be a little patient?
I finally got Evan out and into his car seat, packed the groceries into the trunk and jumped into the car.
"Mommy, I'm not buckled in!"
I jumped back out, got even wetter, buckled Evan in and jumped back into my seat.
As I took a moment to breathe, I looked into the rear-view mirror and saw Evan and Oliver giggling and talking to each other.
I could have been upset about getting drenched and all of my groceries being soaked, but seeing my boys laughing and "communicating" to each other in the back seat took all of my frustration away.
"That was a super fun adventure, Mommy!" Evan yelled.
"Well, I'm glad Evan."