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Running errands and getting things done isn’t fun under the best of circumstances. Moms are usually severely sleep-deprived, and have “to-do” lists a mile long. Working moms have more of a challenge because we usually only have the weekends available. Just about everywhere is closed on Sundays, so we have only one day to work with…Saturdays. Unfortunately, my husband works on Saturdays so I am taking the kids to get the oil changed by myself. Yes, I tried to get my husband to go on Monday when he has off and can go by himself…didn’t go over well.
The last few weekends have been super busy, but I finally got our Prius to the dealership for an oil change (only 1,500 miles over recommendation…I’m improving). My children have the attention spans of gnats, so I ALWAYS make appointments.
We arrive for or appointment 15 minutes early…and, HOLY AUTOMOBILES, BATMAN…there are like 10 cars ahead of us. Great!
One of my headlights and one of my taillights work when they choose to, so I asked the Service Technician how much it would cost to change the bulbs. He told me the front headlight alone would be $250. I thought, “Wow, this guy is good. He got that out with a straight face.” Oh, wait, he’s being serious. This is SO not happening. Maybe I can talk my husband into buying a new car.
After I politely declined (and tried not to throw up), I handed over my keys and asked the technician how long the service was going to take. He replied “a couple of hours” … great, he’s still being serious. So much for making an appointment.
Keeping the Kids Occupied
I told the boys that we were going to walk around and look at the cars. Do you know those Mommy Bloggers that rave about how well-behaved and cute their kids are? Yeah, I don’t have those kinds of kids (well, that’s not entirely true… they are pretty cute). After 10 minutes of constantly asking them to stop running into the cars, and putting hand prints on the windows…and, to stop running around the parking lot because the cars whipping around the lot can’t see them, I gave up and we went inside to the waiting room.
Fortunately, our Toyota dealership built an awesome kids’ area, sectioned away from the main waiting area. However, I feel compelled to keep them as quiet as possible. Yes, I always think I can keep very active 6-year and 9-year old boys quiet. One day I’ll learn….
I don’t know of it’s because I’m a mom of six children, but I never (well, rarely) get annoyed when other people’s kids are playing around in public places. On the flip side, I feel like my kids are exceptionally loud and annoying to everyone. I force myself to take comfort that maybe they aren’t exceptionally loud and annoying to everyone, an it’s just by warped perception because I don’t want the 20 people sitting around the think I’m a bad mom with bad kids.
Thank you, Amazon Fire Tablets!
Somehow, I got lucky! As I was working on this post, both boys were being perfect angels, playing on their tablets with their headphones plugged in. We didn’t spend crazy money on their tablets, but they are by far the best investment we’ve ever made. I won’t let them be kids who spend hours and hours addicted to video games, but for times like these, they are a gift from the heavens. I just have to get the boys to understand that just because they can’t hear me with the headphones in, doesn’t mean that I can’t hear them, so yelling isn’t necessary.
The Amazon Fire tablets we chose are HERE.
I’m always researching new ideas for keeping the kids occupied when we have long waiting times (oil changes, doctor’s appointments, etc…), what do you do with your kids?