Friday, January 29, 2010

What happens when you let a 4 yr old decide?

You stay at home while your husband and one son take off for the weekend to visit grandparents. Why did I stay? Well, I foolishly (apparently) let Kember decide what we did. See, she was invited to a birthday party, and I said, "Do you want to go to grandma and grandpa's? Or do you want to stay for the party?" I thought she would for sure say, "GRANDMA AND GRANDPA'S!" After all, that's what Caden did. Oops. I thought wrong. I even tried (for multiple days) to get her to change her mind. Don't get me wrong. I'm glad she was invited to the party, and at first it wasn't a big deal. It only became a big deal as I was packing for those leaving and I decided that I wanted a weekend away too. Oh well. We did have fun tonight without the big boys :) After I put Cole to bed I let Kember put make-up on me, and i put it on her. She painted my nails, and I did hers while we watched "Jonah and the Whale" Then she cuddled on my lap and we talked about the movie. You know, questions like, "What's he supposed to be?" (a carrot I think) "Why did Jonah do that?" "Why is he sad?" "How come there are so many angels?" "Why are they wearing sunglasses?" And friends, I have no idea. I wonder if she gets tired of hearing that? "I don't know Kember, what do you think?" She normally has a better answer than I would have come up with if I made something up.
After Dan left I took the little ones to the store to finish up my grocery shopping. I had carefully calculated everything so I would know how much I was supposed to be checking out as (except tax...I don't figure that in...I figure if I'm around a couple dollars I'm close enough). Well, when my total rang up at $98.00 I about died. There goes the budget, I thought. What did I buy? Ack! Ooo, the coupons brought it down a bit. Oh, and I forgot to give her my values card (which, by the way, is really stupid, if you are going to give me a sale, give me a sale...you have a card up at the check stand to use for people who don't have a card, forgot it, whatever...why do it in the first place?) That brought it down to $60ish...well, that still wasn't what I had planned and figured. I couldn't be that bad at math could I? (don't answer that). "Did the five dollars for every 10 items come off?" I bravely asked (I say bravely because I hate things like this...I really do). Well, what do you know...right as I said that my total came way down to what it was supposed to be. Whew....life is good, I'm not out a hundred dollars. Nice.

9 comments:

Ma & Pa J. said...

Woa! I need to take some lessons from you in grocery shopping. Hope Kember has a wonderful time at the birthday party. The guys all went to the ranch a I have to take tickets at a ballgame and make a salad for a funeral so I didn't go with them. Caden has loved all the attention too think.

Trista Teeter said...

lol, oh yes. Leave it to the 4 year old to upset the balance of the universe. Alas, I'm sure it won't be the last time, lol.

HA! My heart always skips a beat or so when I see the "before" price, even though I have it calculated beforehand. It's just that you're used to paying what you see. To counteract this, I watch as they scan my items and say in my head "Okay, that is free after coupon, so there's $3.99...that should only be $.50 after coupon, so another $2.50..." It helps calm the nerves a bit. :P And sounds like you did great on that shopping trip!! Congrats!!!!

Jer and Jules said...

Even though you didn't get to have your weekend away, at least you got to have some quality girl time, right?
And way to go on the grocery shopping, I need to learn how to do all that stuff too.

Loni said...

Did she have fun at the party? You are so cute to spend quality time with your kids. Hope the "big boys" had fun as well.

* Nancy * said...

You're so great - I saw some pics of Kember at the birthday party, Janille's little girl? Anyway looked like a fun party!
Oh little by little you're motivating me to save some good bucks on groceries!! One day I'll get around to it! :)

Andrea said...

I did Smith's shopping with their buy 10 deal too. Nothing healthy though. Was anything on their by 10 deal healthy?

Rorie said...

Well, at least you are having a fun "girl's weekend" (well, I guess Cole is with you...but anyway.)
Good for you for actually trying to answer her questions. I tend to quickly lose patience with them, especially after I answer and Joey immediately says "No, it's because of this!" And then my not-so-patient reply is "If you already knew what it was, why did you ask me?" Yeah, I need to work on my patience...

Hill Fam said...

I want you to do my grocery shopping. I can't ever seem to get the total below $50 unless I'm only buying milk which hardly ever happens!

michelle said...

Chelsea wanted to paint my toenails the other day...pink of course...and the skin around it:)