Family fun time is very important to us, but Sundays are the only day that we can all spend together. I work Monday through Friday; my husband works Tuesday through Saturday. Usually, my husband and I take Gage to run at our local trail, while my MIL keeps Michael. We tried taking him with us…on a three-mile walk/hike/run…nope, not happening again.
Today we needed a change of pace, so we went to explore our local mall. In comparison to other malls, it’s not that great…but it was better than doing nothing all day (which is usually what we do after we go to the trail). I did feel a little guilty for missing our run, but I just wasn’t feeling it today.
We got to the mall and figured we’d eat first. On the rare times that we visit the mall, we usually eat afterwards and two growing boys (and husband) get grumpy when they get hungry. We have a buffet, full of unhealthy, good eats…and stuffed ourselves. Not the best of ideas for someone who desperately wants to lose weight and get fit but…tomorrow is a new day.
The Book Store
After we ate, we went to my favorite place…the book store. We have a Barnes and Nobles, I love, love, love looking at all of the pretty, new books. However, I usually get really stressed because two young boys aren’t all that patient on family fun day. When they’ve picked out their books, it’s not that much fun to wait for Mommy to pick out her book.
I don’t know why I have this compulsion to buy books. I have a stack by my bed, a bag of really awesome books that my boss gave me, and three new ones that I bought at the Goodwill yesterday, that I still haven’t read. It’s an illness…I’ll join an I’m-Addicted-to-Books Anonymous group when they start one.
The Patience of a Saint
My husband and boys get major kudos today. I wanted to look at books geared towards bloggers and the salesperson who was helping us really didn’t have a clue how to help me. I told him (multiple times) that I was looking for how-to books for bloggers. He took that to mean that I was looking for books written by bloggers.
It took him a good 15 minutes (and a second salesperson) for him to understand what I was looking for. My husband and boys were SO patient and didn’t whine, complain, or make irritating noises AT ALL!!! Once I realize that I’m causing annoyance for someone…I will immediately stop what I’m doing, which is another thing that I can’t help. I’m a Mom…it’s my job to put everyone else’s needs first.
They only had one book and it was for “creatives”. I’m SO not creative…seriously, I can mess up a stick figure. We paid for the boys’ books and headed to Sears. My husband is as addicted to looking at tools, just as I am looking at books. Since he was so patient with my book-searching disaster, however, I was happy to let him indulge.
Once he got his fill, we headed to a store we all love…Hibbett Sports. We headed straight to the baseball equipment so my son could feed HIS addiction. OMG…did you know there are bats that cost $225…ON SALE!!! As a new sport’s mom, I’m learning so much that I didn’t know before. I learned today that heart attacks can happen in the middle of Hibbett Sports.
After my heart rate returned to normal, we looked at baseball helmets, bat gloves, and cleats. After a disastrous 2nd 9-weeks in school (due to a change in teachers…. and the lack of a permanent teacher, and grades not getting entered properly for the entire 9-weeks), my husband told Gage he would give him $10 for every A… he earned three. Today he got to look at the options for on what he can spend that money. We don’t normally bribe the kids with money for getting good grades, but we felt really awful for grounding him over his report card, and then learning that it wasn’t his fault.
Then we headed to the Arcade. Our mall has the most awesome Arcade room… it’s HUGE!! You put money on a little card that saves the tickets you earn from the games. You just slide the card in the game machines instead of putting quarters into the slots…and no more paper tickets to keep track of…it’s a lot of fun.
When we went through the $20 we put on the card, we headed to get a sweet treat… ice cream! My husband and Gage enjoyed Super Banana Splits, while Michael and I gobbled down our more manageable one-scoops (we try to minimize the sugar high for the 6-year old).
By that time, we were all ready to go home and chill… which in my husband’s case meant watching the Nascar race, and mine meant working.
The boys passed out….
How did you spend your Sunday?