Back before we were parents I never minded making returns and exchanges at stores. Often times I would even purchase something without trying it on with the mentality of, "If it doesn't fit I'll just bring it back..." These days things are different. I strongly dislike wasting my precious time to return or exchange things. Taking Ayden in and out of the car so much only to stand at a register and wait for the process just isn't my idea of time well spent. Sometimes it's unavoidable, though. Even with how much I don't like doing it, it's still not that big of a deal for me. Even so, when we have something that needs to go back to a store I put it off forever. The bag just sits there, staring at me and weighing me down until I finally can't take it anymore and head to the store. Today was a full day of returns/exchanges and a few purchases.
|And some indoor gross motor play on a chilly, rainy day!|
I had 4 stores to visit at the mall, and 3 stores to visit around the mall (which were all far enough away to have to put Ayden in his car seat and drive between each...).
|Ayden picked out this hat at Old Navy. He said, "It's a hat like Daddy!"|
We had lunch at Whole Foods and picked up a few groceries while we were there then we came home for nap time. I had to transfer Ayden from his crib to the car after about 50 minutes because I had a chiropractor appointment. He slept the whole way there and ended up taking a longer nap than he would have if we stayed home for his whole nap.
When I got home I was TIRED! I'm pretty sure I did a bit too much today. I rallied though because we had some fun planned for the evening. Our friends joined us at an annual carnival at a local church in our town.
|Ayden changed his mind at the last minute and wanted the "chair" instead of the horse.|
Once we were there for a while and Ayden was comfortable with the place, we asked if he wanted to ride the horse cart ride. Adults were not allowed to ride so we told him that Mommy and Daddy would be standing outside the gate watching. He thought about it for a minute and decided to give it a try. He LOVED it. The first couple of times around he held on tight and had a cautious, close mouthed smile. Then his smile grew and he'd let go with one hand and wave at us when he'd pass by. David and I were so proud of him and really enjoyed being on the outside together.
Later David took Ayden down that big slide in the background of the photo above and Ayden loved it too. We were talking about how the parent who does something with Ayden gets to experience it with him and the parent who watches gets to see his joy. Having him do that horse cart ride by himself was really special for us. It showed us how much he is growing up and becoming his own person and allowed us to put our arms around each other and enjoy our shared pride from the same perspective. For such a small thing, it was a big moment for us as parents somehow. I'm sure it was a glimpse of plenty more of those moments to come. Like when older kids play on sports teams or accomplish their goals and dreams on their own. It's no wonder our parents are so proud of us! I totally get it...
What are your least favorite kind of errands to run?
Flashback! Here's what we were up to one year ago today: "Getting Into It"
And two years ago today: "Projects"
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