Monday, May 5, 2008

Running Errands Can Be Fun

Since starting the new job, I work Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. That leaves Dylan and I Mondays and Fridays to do our prime mommy-son bonding. Often one of those days we have a playdate. Unfortunately, one of the days usually ends up involving running errands. Today was errand day.

First, we drove to check out two houses. Dylan slept in the car and I scoped out the neighborhoods for kids. My buddy Julia says I need to follow a school bus and see where the most kids get off. For some reason (called stress) this idea cracks me up! I am picturing myself trying to explain to the nice policeman why I was following the school bus, and ogling the kids to see where they live!

Once Dylan emerged from dreamland, we went to his favorite store to cause a large scene - Babies R Us. He was shockingly good, and stayed in the cart, while I zoomed around (the key is to keep moving and make vvvrrooom, vvvrroom noises). I spent 44 bucks on diapers, wipes, and food. (When he is potty trained what will I do with all my extra cash?)

Next stop, Kmart, to buy some candles for the bedroom and bathroom to "stage" the house. I don't watch those home shows for nothing, you know. Dylan discovered that candles smell, and decided that he needed to sniff each and every candle he could get his hands on. Then he would hand it to me, to get the final sniff consensus. I spent $16 on candles, and once again, I was amazed at how well behaved he was.

Since I wasn't happy with the purple candles in Kmart, I stopped at Marshalls, to see if they had any good ones. They didn't, but I bought Dylan a book that I really, really need to read to him over and over and over(for my sake), called "Let's Be Thankful". I spent $6 on the book.

The final errand was to take the car to a self serve car wash. You put 50 cents in the machine, and then the high pressure sprayer starts and gives you a minute and a half to use it. Every time I would spray Dylan's window with water, he would CRACK UP. He was laughing so loudly and hysterically that I could hear him through the window, over the sprayer noise, and it was fantastic. So fantastic that I washed my car 3 times. I spent $1.50. Best money I spent all day.

11 comments:

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

The carwashes on your side of town are WAY nicer than the ones over here. I couldn't spray one tire for $1.50, let alone make it over to a window for a toddler giggle fest. Yup, I'm jealous.

Kellan said...

That little Dylan cracks me up - what a cutie!

Hope you find the house of your dreams soon! Take care - Kellan

Janet said...

What a great day. By the way, I'll never stop buying wipes. I will be buying wipes when the kids are in college. They're great for everything.

Julia said...

I didn't mean ACTUALLY follow it around! Dude, you'll totally get arrested! But we drove through neighborhoods that we liked around 3:00 each afternoon. We needed to see the neighborhoods, and we figured 3:00 was a good time to do it because the busses were all dropping off. It worked :) Good luck!

Jonny's Mommy said...

I'm glad there were no fits in the store. My fit happened in the stinkin' front yard last night. It was really fun. Or not.

Shellie said...

Love it! He is a great kid if he can be good that long too.

Elsie Button said...

the idea of following the school bus is hilarious - can see how it might have look dodge though!

And the spray wash thingy - i'm glad dylan loves it, as the last time i tried doing that with Betty in the car (which admittedly was about a year ago) i didn't realise through all the foam and water than she was scared stiff and crying her little eyes out. i felt awful.

by the way, loved the pics on last post - do you know, i think dylan and jonny (boondock ramblings) look very very similar!

Sparx said...

Hey - good luck with the house hunting. I love it that Dylan laughed at the water spray, Charlie has taken to finding the window-washer hilarious too... I have a very clean windscreen now!

Sparx said...

PS - sorry I've not been by in a while... things have been a bit nutso! Hope the new job is going well.

Kellan said...

Hey Jen - I hope you have a good weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day - see you - Kellan

Karen said...

Micah freaks over car washes - how nice to have one that laughs!

"But seriously, Officer, I'm just scoping out the neighborhood kids. I'm not a perv!"

Love your blog - Burgh referred me.