Monday, February 8, 2010

A Day with the Girls

Yesterday I spent the afternoon with my mom & Elle. Before I get to that though I made a fabulous new purchase in the form of a travel system. After church I decided to swing by Babies "R" Us for bottles and a travel wipes holder. On my way through the store we perused the clothes section. Let me tell you how much I'm looking forward to warm weather. Dresses, sandals and outfits that won't be hidden in the name of keeping the baby warm. I came very close to buying a bathing suit. It took a lot of will power not to but in the end I don't want to end up with a suit too small or too big. So I'll continue to wait impatiently. Then I spotted it...the stroller we just had to have & I know it was meant to be because it was the last one! I found someone to take it up front for us and finished up my shopping. The even better news is that Babies "R" Us has a program where you can trade in your old stroller, car seat, etc. & they give you 25% off towards the purchase of a new one. So my ridiculously expensive stroller became only expensive. The ladies there were really great and helped me get the car seat and base out of the box and helped me get everything to the car. I even assisted Don in putting it together. I wasn't exactly "hands on" per se but I read the directions to him so that's got to count for something :)

Of course, the very next thing I wanted to do was get us out there and enjoy the stroller. So me, Elle & my mom went and ran some errands together. The new car seat I learned is a giant pain in the arse! I took me adjusting Elle three times before she was in it comfortably, I've got one fancy piece of equipment on my hands. I literally worked up a sweat and she wasn't exactly thrilled with me and all the commotion I was bringing into her life. Let me also note that getting this behemoth of a stroller in the trunk takes some muscle & also commandeers the trunk in its entirety. Our first stop was the dollar store for goodies to send the kids in our family. Now I thought we were just going in there for some Valentine's Day knick-knacks. I was being naive though it's never that simple when it comes to my mother. We're standing in the toy section and within 2.5 seconds I'm over it. She's got two baskets, picks up and puts down the same coloring books, and on top of all of that knocks down just about every suggestion I make. The final straw was when she was going to follow me to some other toys around the corner and after standing there for five minutes it's evident she didn't follow me. I go on a man hunt for her and find her going through, you guessed it, more coloring books in a different section. ARRRRRGH! My mother knew I was anything but happy with her & pulled out her "I'm done" card. No lady, if you've still got things to get then you ain't! Somehow we did make it to the checkout and out of the Dollar Tree.

Our next stop was Target. And like usual I go in there with what I want in mind and leave with what I didn't even know I need. I got Elle a new toy, talked out of buying yet another outfit for her (don't tell me that you don't have a hard time saying no to clearance!), some baby einstein cd's, a snuggie for mommy and a Princess & the Frog cookbook. I also decided as I was pulled over and feeding a hungry Elle that the Princess & the Frog would be the theme for her first birthday party & I'm going to use the recipes and put on a fabulous lunch. I get happy just thinking about it :)

The night ended with with me, Elle, mom & grams watching the Superbowl. I was actually in the kitchen for most of the first half cooking. I impressed everyone with my multi-tasking skills! I fried chicken, baked brownies & sterilized Elle's bottles. All without starting a fire or burning! It actually made me look forward to having a family of my own.

It was a fabulous day. I need more like it. XOXO

PS-When it comes to my mother's skills with a digital camera saying she leaves much to be desired is an understatement, LOL! The woman will accidentally turn the camera off instead of take the picture because she hit the wrong button. But inspite of that she took some fabulous shots of Elle :)


Geeky Black Girl said...

1: You already have a family of your own!

2: Oh em gee! Look at cute Ellie! My little pecan.

V.V.Brown said...

You know what I mean. A hubby, dog and maybe another kid. LOL :)

ShandyLand said...

Awww, your mom did a great job with these pics. Seriously, Elle poses for the camera lol. Love her lil sneakers too!