The boys are always excellent shoppers. I try not to push my limits with them, but they are always great at the grocery store and out and about. So Wednesday I planned a very ambitious day. I needed to run to the post office to close a PO BOX, run to the bank for Project Lucas to make a deposit, run to another bank to make a deposit for work, dash to Babies R Us to buy baby gifts for a co-worker, and then I promised the library as a reward (lame I know). Just so you know, with two kids nothing is fast - so this trip would normally take me 45 minutes to an hour alone, no chance with the gear needed these days.
So the post office was good, except maneuvering a two kid stroller around the doors without any kind of handicap access. The boys were good and some how figured out how to wrestle while in the stroller. Bank #1 went well, Bank #2 the boys were less than amused. By Babies R Us they were out of their mind. Screaming (in case you don't know since the ceilings are very high in Babies R Us they make a great echo), wrestling in the cart, and trying to pump lotion out of the to be purchased lotion bottle. By the time we left Isaac was WAILING. Our outing was now approaching 2 hours and I was sweating. So, even though I had promised the library as a treat I thought I would try to get out of it and talk up an indoor picnic when we got home. The kids would hear NOTHING of it. We were going to the library. Luckily the boys were good, even though the 70 year old librarian wasn't amused with the boys' energy. The library trip was short, but just long enough to say I did take them, and they were happy. By the time we got home for lunch they were again crazy - cyring for no reason I turned on PBS and they were mad that they got in on Sid the Science kid half way through (I on the other hand felt blessed, that show is awful!) - try explaining to a 2 and 3 year old that you can't "rewind" TV. So I tried a movie and I started it right at the movie skipping all of the intro previews - Eli threw a fit stating that he "missed half of the movie."
Needless to say nap time was a time of peace. The boys passed out before I could close their door, and so did I. Lesson learned - only plan one, two errands tops, when you have a 2 and 3 year old in tow. If you plan more than two errands, bring ducktape and rope for the kids, and an ipod for yourself. A strong drink would probably help as well.