I am a planner. This morning's plan was to have Scott drop off Emily at Vacation Bible School on the way to his doctor's appt. while I got ready and took the twins to Publix for this week's Grocery Gaming. I have already taken the twins for a brief jaunt to the market, and that went fairly well. Today was going to be the next step in a scaffolding approach to grocery shopping as I planned to take the twins for a "big shopping trip" that would surely take much longer than last week's successful shopping mission. If today was also a success, next week I planned on also taking Emily with us. And if this also proved successful I would know I could accomplish anything grocery related with all three kids.
But like most great plans, this one needed an adjustment.
Elsie has decided that she likes to eat every two hours. It takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes to feed the babies, so this leaves me with a maximum of 1 hr. 40 minutes between feedings. By the time I got Scott and Emily out the door and took a shower myself, there wasn't enough time to get to the grocery store before the next feeding or pick-up time for Emily.
Now the plan has been stepped up a few major steps. Looks like I will be picking Emily up from VBS after feeding both babies. Then the four of us will head directly to Publix for the shopping. By the way, if you wondered what this will look like, Elias will be in the car seat atop of the shopping cart (buggy for you Southerners). Elsie will be in a sling across my body, and Emily (Lord willing) will be walking with her unbroken arm attached tot he outside of the cart. All of this while I try to achieve Proverbs 31:16 status with my coupons and shopping list in hand.
Hmm. We will see. I just added ice cream to the bottom of the shopping list for encouragement. If I do in fact make it to the bottom of the list without giving up I think I deserve a scoop of that S'mores ice cream that Julie is raving about!