Now that summer is officially here in Florida, our outings have changed from Disney and the park, to BJ’s and Lowe’s. It’s just so hot and humid, just getting the kids into the car makes me into a sweaty mess. I figured it might be a good idea to check out our new BJ’s that opened up nearby, since I had a day pass and could shop without committing to a membership (which I might anyway). Todd was home from work sick today, so I was on my own while he recovered– (and still is, I haven’t seen him out of bed for more than 30 seconds all day).
I knew BJ’s has some cool kiddie carts with cars on the front that fit 2 kids, plus the seat up top, so I thought it would be fun for them.. but only one out of three liked riding in the little car in front: Cameron! First I had the two boys up front and Lily with me, and Ben started throwing a fit as we walked in.. so I pulled into an empty spot, popped him up top, and put Lily down with Cameron. She wanted no part of it down there either, so I stopped again, put Lily up with Ben, and poor Cam had to sit by himself- although he didn’t seem to mind. But let’s just say it took me a good 10-15 minutes just to get inside the store.
We got in, and the two up top started wiggling immediately.. signing “eat” and “more” at everything I put in the cart. I found a cereal bar in purse for them to share, but that was gone way too fast.. we had just had lunch so I really thought we’d be ok!
I made it around most of the store as quickly as I could, and Ben started a lovely banshee-type shriek that made me stop at the first food sample kiosk I could find– Jackpot. Oatmeal raisin cookies did the trick. I had to beg the employee for about 9 samples, I figured that would last us until we got out of the store, and I could slowly ration it out as we waited in line.. Unfortunately the man in front of us in line was having some issues with his credit card, check, and membership card. It seemed none of them were working… and the kids were getting restless.
Lily and Ben were successfully attempting to stand up in the front of the cart, and as I looked down, Cameron was gleefully climbing out of his vehicle. Yes, all three were strapped in. I tried distracting them by letting them stand in the big compartment of the cart while we checked out… which was not a good idea, as they immediately tried climbing out. I searched desperately for the giant box of goldfish I had picked up- gone. Someone must have decided we did not need that purchase after all, but I sure would have liked to have it right then.
Luckily we made it out without incident. All 3 kids intact, and we shouldn’t have to buy TP or paper towels for at least a few months:)
*Lily still has little red bumps all over, but they don’t seem to be bothering her. The boys are ok, and Todd has some kind of flu. He just briefly emerged to eat a bowl of cereal and promptly retreat to the batcave.
Off to water my seeds!