Wednesday, April 17, 2013

E is for Errands Alone

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So, the year 2013 marks a milestone in this mother's life: first time to leave all 3 kids at home while me, myself, and I run an errand. 

I think that's picture worthy, don't you?! Nothing special - just a quick trip to the library, Target, and Chick-fil-A. :) All of which are less than 5 minutes from my house.

As I sit here munching on pretzels and sipping a Coke that I got while out all by myself, I am still in awe that I have finally reached the phase of life where I can run a quick errand alone.

Yep, with an almost 14-year-old, an 11-year-old, and an almost 8-year-old this is finally doable. I don't know about other homeschool moms, but this is HUGE for me!

As of last year, I started leaving both boys at home to run errands taking only the girl with me, but this year, well, I think I have left her home with the boys at least 3 times. I know, not a whole lot, but it's a start. :) I really do like her being with me, but it's nice to be able to get some time out sans kids!

My boys usually love not having to run errands with me, but sometimes, for old times' sake, all 4 of us get out. Boy, the 4 of us getting out now compared to then (when they were all little) is such a world of difference! I've never had whiny or bad kids, but maneuvering ginormous race car carts, keeping track of grocery lists, and being able to think straight made this type A mama a little w0nky.
 E is also for encouragement. And I just want to say to mamas who are still in the I-have-to-take-all-of-my-kids-everywhere phase of life: it really does pass and FAST! :)

Now I have to brace myself for when I'd actually like some company while running errands and nobody wants to go with me. Oh well, for now, I'll enjoy these quick, close-to-home outings every now and again.

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