Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Okay, who spiked the Kool Aid?

It happened, people.  It FINALLY happened.

I knew eventually my time would come if I could just learn to be a little more patient.

Over the years, I'd listened to friends brag about their experiences and I'd seethe with insane jealousy.  

I'm a good person...how come I was never one of the fortunate ones?  When would it be MY time?

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia....

Well, friends...my time finally came.

I took the kids shopping for new shoes and, the first time ever, I didn't want to run out of the store and throw myself into oncoming traffic.

We went to two different stores.  First, was Payless Shoe Source because I'm cheap and Garrett and Landon go through shoes quicker than Kim Kardashian goes through husbands. 

The store manager measured their feet and, within ten minutes, they each had picked out a pair of shoes that made them squeal with delight.  TEN MINUTES.  That's like a world record when it comes to picky preschoolers finding that exact perfect shoe.

I paid for the shoes and tried not to keel over in shock when both boys shouted, "Thank you for our new shoes, Mommy!"

Okay, who spiked the Kool Aid? 

On our way over to the other store, I couldn't stop gushing about their impressive behavior.

"I was super proud of your behavior in the shoe store.  You all stayed together, you didn't pull endless boxes of shoes off the shelf, you helped each other...there were no tears, no snot, no foul smells randomly emitted.  Seriously, I'm beyond thrilled with how well behaved you guys were!"

They were all smiles...getting along fabulously, singing along to the radio.

WTF?   Was this really happening?  Best not to overanalyze it...

At the second store, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Cole and Bella were excited to buy their first pair of Heelys, which they'd been begging for for what seemed like an eternity.  Finally, I caved and agreed.

They both promptly sat on the floor and began trying on various pairs, while Garrett and Landon sat on the floor next to them and watched.

Let me just repeat that again because it simply merits repeating.

Garrett and Landon sat on the floor next to their older brother and sister, patiently waiting for them to settle on a pair of shoes to purchase.

THIS. NEVER. HAPPENS.  Usually, while I'm helping Cole and Bella, the little twins are tearing through the store, ripping things off of shelves, annoying other customers. 

On the drive home, there was nothing but happy chattering from the kids.  They were sharing gummy worms with one another.  I was hearing tons of "May I please have another gummy worm?" and "thank you's".

From the very back of the minivan, Cole and Bella both shouted, "We love our shoes, Mommy.  Thank you!"

Again, I ask, WTF?

I suddenly felt the urge to find a huge hill covered with green grass, hold hands with my kids and sing at the top of my lungs. 

The hills are alive with the sound of happy children....la, la, la, la

I kept waiting for lightening to strike.  Or John Quinones, the host of Primetime: What Would You Do to appear out of nowhere and say, "Ma'am, we're doing a segment on why some parents go clinically insane after taking their kids shopping for new shoes...."

Upon returning home, they immediately tore into the bags and put on their new shoes...leaving a mess of open, scattered shoeboxes all over the floor.

Not wanting to ruin our happy day, I chose not to complain about them leaving behind a huge mess for me to clean up, as they joyfully sprinted towards the backyard to test out their new shoes.

Beggars can't be choosers, I suppose.  And some battles just aren't worth fighting, especially when I just experienced a major milestone...a wonderful shopping experience with my kids.

As I peeked out the window and witnessed them all chasing one another in the backyard, laughing happily and getting along beautifully, I thought, "This is what I've been waiting for.  This is how I imagined motherhood would be."

My very next thought? 

Where can I get some of that freakin' Kool Aid?


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33 comments:

Jen said...

Oh the joys of kids getting older. I feel it too... trust me.

Evonne said...

I am so happy you!!

Seriously, where is that Kool-aid?!?

Julia Hunter said...

Don't you just love it when things go the way you imagined they would!

Tamika said...

Here comes another redneck YEEHAWWW! LOL

So awesome! :)

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

Yay!!!!! I love the way you write. You MUST have a post about all children napping at the same time with this joy. :)

Teri M said...

yay! We occasionally have wonderful days like that too which remind me why I still have some hair left on my head.

Missy said...

That's so great. What an empowering moment for you! Congrats.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Sounds like one good day! Mine have been fighting like crazy lately. Sigh.

Mom of 12 said...

Love the idea of you standing on a hilltop singing...so funny!
Sandy

Lisa said...

Yay!! I love your pure joy in this post! I just started following your blog but I have a feeling this was long overdue for you!! Hope there's more where that came from :)

Nezzy said...

I'm pushin' the furniture waaay back to make room for a great big old happy dance!!!

Woohoo, the Mommy Moment you've been waitin' for finally happened. I am more than thrilled for ya.

I only had two...three and a half years apart and let me tell ya they made fightin' a recreational activity!!!

God bless ya sweetie and may the moment's reoccur frequently!!!

'Still dancin'...wanna join???

Charlene said...

Woohoo! Lucky you! See, it does start to get easier when they get alittle older and some dreams really do come true! Congrats on your fairytale kinda day!!

Kimberly said...

That moment brought to you by a big fucking box of celebratory wine...
Seriously.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

I love those (rare) moments :)

It makes it so worthwhile.

Had one tonight - Connor asked me to come lie down on his bed after prayers for a little bit. He is not into me so this is a MIRACLE!!!

when you find that Kool-Aid, let us know what it was spiked with :) Yay for your grateful kids.

MommaKiss said...

I got some koolade if you're interested ;) Heh. {That's want my google friend connect used to say..."Drink the kool-ade!}

This? Sounds incredible, all around. I'm happy for you.

Jazz Hands Happy.

Heather said...

Yay! Glad everything went so well in BOTH stores!

Natalie said...

Now that is just plain awesome! you deserve this moment!

Shelly - Tropical Mum said...

Don't you just love that feeling, but it kind of takes you by surprise so you don't really get to appreciate it as much, because you keep expecting the prank patrol to jump out from behind a mannequin. The next time will be even better.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I'd be wanting to break out in song too! Times like that are rare for me! OK, non-existent. I'll be needing some of that kool-aid.

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

Yes, please pass the Kool-Aid! ;)

Sounds like a fantastic outing...see, there's hope yet!

Cascia Talbert said...

What a wonderful experience! Rarely do my children ever behave like that, but when they do my reaction is similar as yours. Enjoy these moments.

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Kool-aid??? Forget the kool-aid. You are the one that has been in the trenches and this is what it's all about!!! Although, maybe they have been captured by the Stepford Kids???? Your kids are adorable! They really are!

Emmy said...

Yea!! Yes, don't question just enjoy and love it and star this post to read over and over again especially if there is another not good shopping day :). This would be a perfect Proud Mommy Moment.

January Dawn said...

I loved the part of finding some grassy hills and singing to the Sound of Music. It's so nice when days go that well. Not that I would know. Lately my 2 and 4 yr old are in cahoots to ensure I check myself into a mental institution. Basically.

Sela Toki said...

Hooray for your good day Helene. Now let's continue praying for more days like this one. As always, you're writing got me grinning from ear to ear. Awesome.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka goes well with just about any flavor of Kool Aid!

"...go through shoes quicker than Kim Kardashian goes through husbands." I'm still laughing!

Yay! for successful shopping trips!

Barbara said...

That sounds like a great day! I'm glad to know that there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

Mercy D'souza said...

Wow! Shopping with kids is my worst nightmare. So happy to hear it will change one day. (But until that day comes, I will shop alone.)

Sounds like a super milestone achieved.

stephanie said...

bahahah I only have two and I feel like singing when they act like angels while we shop!

stephanie said...

bahahah I only have two and I feel like singing when they act like angels while we shop!

Tina said...

the stars lined up for a day, don't get used to it momma.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

This was so much fun to read. Miracles do happen when we least expect them! So glad you got to experience one of those rare days with your children.

Birdie said...

WOW! I want some of that kool aid on hand too! So if you figure out where they got it... hook a mama up! LOL

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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