Today was a ridiculous day. My poor kiddos! Friday is our earliest day of the week. I insist on going to an 8:30 AM yoga class, and, being all "Type A", I like to get a little cardio in before I get my relaxation on. This means we have to leave the house at 7:45. This is incredibly early for my children. But every Friday they suck it up, eat their breakfast on the road and start their day in the Kids' Club at the gym.
On top of that regularly occurring Friday morning madness, today we were under the gun to pick up a Father's Day gift. I've known for quite a while what I...I mean the kids wanted to give Daddy. Problem is, I haven't been able to find one anywhere. I even put an Alchemy request out on Etsy thinking some talented soul could make us one. No luck. So there I was, at the last minute, scrambling to find what I want.
I finally found what I was looking for. Unfortunately, it was 40 miles away. But when it comes to Daddy, you know, no distance is too far to go to get him something he'll either fail to appreciate or stumble upon before I've had a chance to wrap. (Do I sound bitter? 'Cuz I'd hate to sound bitter;p) So, after the gym, I strapped the kiddos into the car seats and we headed way down the road. I was prepared though. I had a nice cooler full of healthy snacks for our little road trip: juice, yogurt sticks, bananas, whole grain crackers, cheese. Yummy stuff!
We got to our destination, picked up our items and got into the checkout line where my kids spy the candy display. Now, as you know from previous posts, I'm not a big fan of candy, but I'm not a total tyrant either. And my kids have figured out that I'm a sucker for good manners. "Excuse me, Mommy. Please, Mommy? Please may we have some candy?" Who can resist that?! Especially when it's said in that good-little-boy-sing-song voice. Well, I melted just like a chocolate bar on a hot Texas sidewalk. They each snatched a bag of peanut M&Ms and started doing their little happy dance. We made our purchases and climbed back in the car for the long trip back home.
Of course, before we're even out of the parking lot they're begging me to open the candy. So, I'm driving, opening bags, reaching behind me, etc.
Oops! Red light! Slam on the brakes! Cries in the backseat, "M m ms, mamma, m m ms!"
Ladybug spilled her whole bag onto the floor. So there I was, reaching, twisting (that yoga was really coming in handy) picking up M&Ms while trying to keep an eye on the light. The light turned green, but I was a little slow out of the gate -- something very unusual for me. And thank goodness! A truck in the on-coming turn lane jumped the light and was clipped by the pickup on my left and hit by the pickup on my right. And there I was...still parked at the light with a handful of peanut M&Ms. Boy am I glad I said yes to those bags of candy!!
Credit where credit is due:
Today's visual M&M ~♥~ was provided by Etsy. I was a little surprised not to find more M&M stuff out there. (I mean, what's not to love? Melts in your mouth, not in your hands AND prevents automobile accidents. ) Take a minute to check out the shops: scrumdilyicious print by SarahDonnellyPhtgrph, cute little upcycled journal by MissElaineous (cute name, eh?), good enough to eat earrings by Spiffle.