Friday, October 20, 2017

The Big Outing or How Crazy is Grandma?

It's busybusybusy around here all the time between Mother, my most adorable grandbabies, and creating pretties for the Etsy shop so when time tries to crush me like that big car crusher thingy in the junk car lots I make very good decisions like taking 4 generations to the craft store.


See that? I'm the van, life is the forklift (that's what that thing is, right?), and the crusher is time. See how life holds me in there so I'll be crushed instead of escaping? Yep, that's just about right.

Anyway, I took 4 generations of our family to Hobby Lobby this week. Mother, Baby R's mommy, Baby R, Baby M, and myself. All of us. At the same time. With Mother and her oxygen and walker thingy and all the baby and toddler paraphernalia. What was I thinking?


Don't get me wrong. We had fun. I know we did because we were dying laughing the whole time. But I think that was because we knew the thinking could have been better.

Just getting everybody and all their gear took what seemed like a half hour. Once in the car things were great as in nice and calm. But then we arrived and had to get out of the car with all the people and the things. Then there was the inside the store part. That's where things got interesting.

I had a list. I had no time to check it. Baby M was with me and in the cart. Baby R was in his stroller and with his mommy. We left Mother to her own devices because she's fine to do her own thing. I"m not sure if she enjoyed being at the craft store or laughing at us more but she did enjoy herself. Immensely. So it was probably at our expense.

So we're inside and we're good. Baby M points to things and I give them to her because that's what grandma's who want quiet toddlers do. I didn't even care if I had to buy every single thing she wanted. She was happy. Until she wasn't.

Baby M gets bored being in the buggy and I failed to bring snacks or water which I know she likes because her mommy gives her a peach when they go to the grocery store and Baby M eats that while they shop but NEWS FLASH they don't sell edible peaches in Hobby Lobby and the little pretties weren't working anymore so I did what any good grandmother would do and switched babies with Baby R's mommy. Because Baby R was sleeping and Baby M wasn't.

We put Baby M in the stroller and Baby R in my buggy. That worked out great until Baby M got bored. So Baby R's mommy, the daughter of mine who will forever be BFFs with her inner child, decided to run little spurts up and down the aisles with Baby M and the stroller which Baby M loved although I can't figure out how that was a good lesson to teach but we all appreciate a content toddler so we do what we have to. And that worked until Baby M decided she wanted Grandma but not Grandma's buggy. Baby M is not a baby anymore but a heavy toddler.

Grandma headed for the checkout and may have uttered something to like, "Whoever is not in the car by the time I get there will be staying at Hobby Lobby."

We loaded everything and everybody up and headed home. I think we were gone for about an hour. If that. It seemed like the whole day.

Seriously Y'all, we did have fun and enjoyed talking about how much easier this sort of outing was when there were only 3 generations going because Mother and I were younger then but we laughed and laughed and we're still laughing about it here at the end of the week.

Mother and I even laughed about it the next day when she and I returned to Hobby Lobby to actually purchase the items on our list.

And guess what? We still forgot some things.

Pictures? Ha! Who had time for taking pictures?!

But I did get this:




Please visit my Etsy shop, CoasterDoodles
and feel free to FAVORITE the shop
or buy something! 😁💓



There's something new at CoasterDoodles!
Handmade felt flowers are coming for 
jute and yarn wrapped letters and wreaths!

I made this one with the materials we didn't forget.





20 comments:

  1. God give you strength! Glad you had a nice time.

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    1. Amen. LOL Thanks! We really did have fun. It was one great big 'ol laugh fest. :)

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  2. That wreath is just beautiful!!

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    1. So Funny! I love how you tell it like it Is! My librarian friend’s here are howling as I read it Aloud!

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    2. Oh gosh, I'm so glad Y'all enjoyed this post and got a chuckle out of it. We had such a time. I'm so glad I have a family and friends who appreciate the humor in life's daily grind. :) I'm glad you're having such a blast but I miss seeing you. Looking forward to a visit next week. And please bring back some of that delightfully cold weather!

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    1. Thanks! We really did have a great time. We just had to go back for serious shopping. LOL

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  4. I wish I could have been there to see that. lol. We did a similar thing this summer. We went to visit my daughter and my husband’s parents went with us. We took hubby’s parents, my husband and I and Kerri and Colton to a Chinese buffet and then to a Walmart to buy Colton some stuff. Crazy! But fun too! So I kinda feel your pain. But at least we only had one little one (and 5 adults trying to entertain him) 🙄

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    1. Hahaha! How many adults does it take to take a toddler out into the world? Next time, I'm taking more adults. Able bodied ones. LOL Thank you, Cathy! When do you get to see that adorable little boy again?

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  5. I'm thankfully walker free, but boy i love grabbing a cart big enough for my cane and baby Lorelei who is definitely NOT a baby anymore but a lovely 2 year old that knows what she wants and when she wants it. We have a great time, my daughter and granddaughter on outings. Until we don't. Bwha ha ha! Most of the time I'm the distractor in chief and my daughter is loading the cart as quickly as she can. Then you throw in the hangry 2 year old close to nap time and her 38 weeks pregnant Mom and it's time to go home.
    I hear you on the return trip, once I'm solo driving and can do that without having to find a chauffeur!
    Nothing says family fun like an outing with multiple generations! Seriously. I mean that. Even if it might take you a day to recover. xoxox

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    1. YES! You know just what I'm talking about. It's good that we can find the humor in these situations, isn't it? Mother doesn't have to use her walker as the PT has given her permission to use the cane but her walker has a seat and she likes to take it so she can sit down if she gets tired. She's going to go back home in a few more weeks and while it will be great to get my house back, I will miss having her here. How much longer before you can ditch the cane and get back to doing what you want when you want without the chauffeur? A day to recover? It only takes you one day? LOL

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  6. that's a good sign - grandchildren's rights - they need grandma while being questioned by their parents.
    Maybe my memory of these things have faded but it seems the logistics of taking kids on outings have become more and more difficult.

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    1. It does seem more difficult but I was attributing that to my age. I remember taking my 4 everywhere when they were little with not much trouble at all. I guess they do take more 'stuff' now. Goodness, how did any of us survive or raise kids without a bunch of junk and the internet? LOL

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  7. You know why babies and toddlers sleep so much while out being pushed around in their pram, because its boring, it is also the reason they cry and get bitchy, just saying

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    1. Hahaha! Probably right. I don't think Baby M was a bored toddler, though. We entertained her quite a bit. :)

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  8. Good afternoon Pam, well you had me in fits of laughter. I even read this post out loud to my husband and I was laughing as I re-read it. You are a wonderful grandmother, both you and your mother seem to have a wonderfully positive, fun nature.
    With warmest wishes to both you and your family for making me smile.
    Daphne

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    1. Oh gosh! You are too sweet! I'm so glad Y'all enjoyed the post. We truly did have a great time but it was crazy. Thank you for your kind, encouraging words.

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  9. Crazy Grandmas are all over the place, I think we should take over the world.

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