Monday, December 17, 2007

Another adventure with my kids

I stopped at the grocery store on my home from the gym this morning. I didn't bring my wallet and only brought 2 $10 bills inserted in a piece of paper in one of the zipper pockets in my bag. I wanted to go to the store then so I could come home and put C down for a nap and clean the house without having to go back out again. I was getting some stuff for a party we are having tonight and chatting on the phone with Matt trying to figure out what we needed. While I was distracted with the phone conversation, C got in my bag and in the zipper pocket and pulled out the paper the money was in. He must have thrown it on the floor along the way somewhere. After I got off the phone, I noticed he was playing with the paper the money had been in. Of course I searched and searched but the money was long gone. So, I have a bunch of groceries in my cart and no money. Out of guilt, I tried to walk around and put them all back in the right places and, of course, the store is packed with people. The whole time Winston had been whining about wanting an ice cream cone from the deli. I kept telling him no and finally got to the end of my rope and turned to him and said (in a very stern almost yelling voice) "Winston! We are not getting an ice cream cone. We don't have any money! Please stop!" Just then, I heard someone say "Hi Steff." It was the YW Pres I had served with in our old ward. I was pretty embarrassed and tried to act all happy to see her. I'm sure she heard me telling W that we didn't have any money. So, we are almost finished putting our stuff back and Winston starts yelling "We don't have any money. We can't buy any food!" Keep in mind I am in my grubby workout clothes with my hair in a messy ponytail and hardly any make-up. The kids are in some random sweat outfits I threw on them in my rush to get to the gym on time and they are covered in the frosting from the free cookie from the bakery. We were looking real nice...real nice, Clark. By this time I was on the phone with Matt and he was getting big laughs out of the whole situation. He said any minute someone was going to come up and offer me money to help buy my kids some food for Christmas. I forgave him for laughing when he offered to run to the store during his lunch hour to get the stuff we needed so I wouldn't have to venture back to the store with the kids today. Matt told me I needed to blog about it. So...there you go. :) I hope Charlie enjoyed his $20 ride in the race car cart at Macey's. Merry Christmas to him.

6 comments:

Mike and Adrianne said...

That is awesome. I love how Winston is yelling you don't have any money for food. Kids are so embarrassing sometimes. Also, I think you should know that you are one of those lucky people that can wear trashy clothes and no make-up on and still look perfect, you know, like you meant to look that way. Some people are just so lucky. :)

Nat said...

Okay Steff, so I am sitting here at work and it's 4:00 in the morning and I am crying because I am laughing so dang hard!! That is one of the funniest stories I have heard and the whole time I can just picture you guys and I can totally feel what you are feeling. All I can say is I am glad it was you and not me!:) I dread the store with the kids anyway, and to have something like that happen, man props to you. On a different note, I'm watching my brother's kids in the morning cause my sister in law is coming to your house for a visit with Charlie. She works with kids who count. You'll like her. Have a great day!

Elizabeth Shelley said...

Steff this is the best! This would totally happen to me and you know it!

Julie said...

hey, at least you never lived in a trailer...

McGhie Family said...

Adrianne- Trust me, I wasn't looking "perfect" or anywhere near it. Thanks anyway, though. :)

Nat- Glad to give you a laugh. You gotta love kids, huh? I didn't get to read your comment before Holly came to our house. I opened the door and felt confused for a minute. She was super nice and good with the kids. What a cool job.

Liz- All I can say is to be prepared. I can't tell you how many times Winston has said things to embarrass me in front of other people. You guys are in for some good times ahead! I can't wait to hear all the stories. :)

Julie- Your trailer was totally cute. It was way better than the Ghetto apt. that we lived in. At least you owned it and didn't share walls and a floor with other people. :)

Lisa said...

Oh. My. Gosh. This blog is so funny. I'm sure it wasn't nearly as bad as you thought, though. Thanks for posting this story, it is too funny!