I'm happy to say that I survived my mall trip with the kids today. Instead of going to our local mall, I decided to go to the Danbury mall in CT. I thought a little change of scenery would be a nice change. My husband's "encouraging" remark: "Good luck. You'll probably need it."
When the kids drive with me, all sorts of craziness may be happening in the van. Today, we had chanting about favorite hockey teams, singing funny songs to make Jillian happy, debates about lunch choices and random noise-making challenges. Maybe 5 - 10% of these activities would occur if my husband was behind the wheel. You should see how much work it takes for me to keep the peace while he drives. I'm wiped out before we even get to our destination :)
I like that the kids want to have fun while I drive. I do my best to tune out most of the chaos as I focus on the road. I think I tuned out too well because I noticed that they were playing a "rip up every piece of paper" game. My husband would have gone crazy if it was his SUV.
Overall, we had a fun day and the kids enjoyed window shopping. When my husband comes to the mall, he is all business. Where do you have to go? Are we almost done? Which way to the exit by the van? The kids and I like roaming around without a specific agenda or time line. I tell my husband that we will miss these days when the kids are always with us. Soon enough, they will be off with their friends, and they will not be as ready to go anywhere with their parents. I want to treasure this time while I can.
As we passed a smiling woman offering massages at a booth, I told her that I wish I could stop for a quickie massage. She suggested that I get the massage while the kids watch. I told her that the kids staying still for those ten minutes was not conceivably possible. Also, I wouldn't be able to relax while checking on them each minute. As most moms know, it's practically impossible to shop for one little thing for yourself when the kids are around. A massage would be a real stretch. However, I do think the kids would have thought it was funny to see me in the massage chair.
We've been back for about a half hour, and the kids have already asked about when we're going to the pool. I sent them to clean up all that paper in my van. I wonder how long that will keep them busy. I wish I could borrow their energy :)
Here's a little Family Circus comic fun for you today.