we are on day 11 of sick house. just when everyone was feeling better, rodney and i got sick. and he being so little went straight to his lungs. poor little hacking cough dude. sad sad.

in other news, my mom stayed at my house yesterday while the girls napped and i took rodney to the pediatrician & bronchiolitis clinic. doesn't that sound like fun? well apparently the bug man called while i was out to let me know they were coming the next morning. yes, in the desert you HAVE to have a bug man. unless you like having cockroaches in your bathroom, which i don't. so at 9am, i let phoebe come to the door with me looking like this:
 good thing our bug man is like family and doesn't mind seeing my kids and house a wreck. how awesome are her pajamas? she picks out her own accessories now and everything.

so thanks for the heads up mom! just kidding, i owe her big time. it is really nice to have family close, but it is also really easy to abuse it. oh! how i worry about abusing it. i don't want them dreading my phone calls. "uh oh, it's annie. she wants to dump her 800 thousand kids on us again".

in other news, i've realized that after 7 years of being a mom, shopping for food and necessities is one of my duties. as in, a regular thing. the food is gone. the toilet paper runs out. i'm starting to notice a pattern! the point of this story is this, i hate shopping. and hate is a bad word at our house. so, how do you do it? how do you schedule in shopping on a regular basis when you loathe and despise it? discuss.


Bowler Family said...

Go at night. Or saturday. Leave all your children with your husband. It stops becoming a chore and becomes something you look forward to!! :)

Rebecca said...

I do everything in my power to shop kid-free. I have now reached a point where all of my kids are in school for some portion of the day, so that's when I hit up the grocery store or Costco. Before I hit that glorious milestone, I would either try to go in the evening or I would just make sure I had a detailed list of everything I needed to get--written in order according to where the item is located in the store for maximum efficiency--and I would try to get in and out as quickly as possible.

I actually don't mind the shopping so much as the putting things away once I get home. And I wish I had family close by! Though I'm sure, like you, I would worry about abusing the privledge.

Melanie said...

Still sick?! Oh no.

About shopping: I don't like it, but it's hard to wait around for the hubby to be home with the kids, so I've just embraced it. For my sanity. I pump myself up and get her done, 'cause if I don't do it, it ain't happening! :) I do write my list in shopping order like Rebecca, to make me faster. That does help. Sometimes the kids are good. Sometimes they aren't. If I can go with just two, I'll try to do that, but I've done four plenty of times.

And I try to avoid the stores until I absolutely have to go, so I'm not there every other day.

I think there's something to be said to the kids seeing how often you need to shop to keep the house running smoothly...When the kids complain about it, I ask them who drank all the milk and if they want more in the morning. :)

Trent & Tara said...

I try to go by myself shopping as well, but that doesn't mean I enjoy doing it. Also, Trent and I worry about abusing the family babysitting all the time as well. But it is very very nice. Hope we all get better soon.....uck. Mostly little Rodney.

Kay Barlow said...

Ok I have to comment on this one. I hate grocery shopping, but my hubby LOVES it. I could count on one hand the number of times I have gone alone. We ALWAYS go together and usually take all the kids, but I don't mind because Kent gets his own cart and takes all the kids with him through the store. My cart is the "menu stuff" and his is.... well let's just say our grocery bill would be cut in half and we would eat a lot less junk food if we didn't have this unusual family tradition. The kids each get to pick out a frozen TV dinner while shopping and that's what we eat for dinner after groceries are put away. We only go twice a month so it's quite the undertaking,but it has become a fun family tradition.

my name is becky kelly said...

when my mother in law comes to the house and looks in teh fridge and asks "are you guys doing ok" because she saw a tumbleweed roll by in the barren waste land of my fridge, then i say, "no, we're fine, i'm just lazy" and i go to the store.

p.s. we have the pukes.
shanan slept in teh basement to avoid us.

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