a quick errand run? right…

It’s 8:09 pm. I just put my son down to bed…for the second time…and I can hear him crying again. #needtosleeptrain #iamasucker

I’m laying in my daughter’s twin bed with her. She is fighting a cold, but I always lay with her. Usually until, like, 10 pm, so if I’m out of here in 10 minutes I’m not really sure what I’ll do. Watch a movie? Online shop? Maybe sweet treats for tomorrow’s New Years party? (Insert reality: I’ll probably do some of this while I pump—not make candy…)

Today I was itching to get out of the house again. So my 3-year-old and I hit up some of my favorite places: Walgreens, Costco Gas ($1.99 per gallon unleaded!), Target, and the Jewel. Yes, I am a suburbanite (all of these places are within 7 minutes of my place), and, yes, I am old.

Usually it’s me strolling all of the aisles of Target alone at 10 pm (God bless the late store hours!). Today, on mom and daughter outing day, it was me coaching a 3-year-old girl who is into everything through the store. “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go,” I said. “Focus, focus, focus!” I repeated. A woman actually laughed at me and said, “I wish someone would say that to me.” I will if you want me to, sister.

As exhausting as it was, I did have a mild parenting victory. When I asked Ellie if she would rather have a letters practice book and two paint projects from the dollar section (really, people, is there anything better than Target’s dollar section when it’s stocked?) or a PJ Masks t-shirt, she chose the dollar section treasures. That’s my girl! Education and art? You bet!

Another highlight? Rocking out to some tunes in the door mat aisle while a creepy dude looked on. Let’s keep it moving, Elle! Focus!

XO

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