Thursday, March 17, 2011

My life as a sitcom

Scene: Set in a health food store. Mom is having to bring both her kids to work because of Spring Break (a vacation for everyone but her) and has just set down the five bags she has loaded up with snacks, lunch, toys, movies, games, drinks, extra clothes, files, computer, etc.

MOM: "Addie, do you need to go pee pee?"

Phone rings

MOM: "Health Food Store. This is Jessica."

Bank VP: "Jessica, we have a very serious issue with your store account..."

Mom looks down at daughter and notices a VERY LARGE puddle forming at her feet. Audience gasps. Mom strips down daughter and carries her to the bathroom and sets her on the potty while daughter is crying in Mom's ear...Mom is still on the phone.

MOM: "A problem? What is going on?"

Mom runs back to the office to clean up the mess while Bank VP explains she wrote a check out of the wrong account and now doesn't have enough funds to cover it. Mom finds Jack, the big brother dancing in the pee puddle.

Jack: "Mommy!" I have to pee pee! I have to pee pee NOW!" Audience laughs.

Mom, still on the phone trying to remember account numbers to make funds transfer runs back to the bathroom where the screaming 2 year old is, pulls her off the potty, points to the son then the potty.


Mom runs away from the screaming daughter back to the office to finish cleaning up the puddle and her phone conversation. She hangs up the phone, dresses the daughter and notices that Jack has yet to make an appearance out of the bathroom. Background music: DUN DUN DUHHHHH!
Mom opens the bathroom door to find yet another puddle on the floor!

Jack: Looks up with big brown sad puppy eyes, "Somehow pee pee got on the floor. I stood like a statue but my pee pee went everywhere." Shrugs his shoulders like it is a mystery to him and just walks away leaving pee pee footprints all the way back to the office.

Mom cleans new puddle and footprints and heads back to the office to find her not cheap self-inking stamp filled with a mixture of lotion, water and ink. Ink is all over the desk and dripping on the floor. Mom spends the next 20 minutes trying to salvage the stamp, desk and floor while sacrificing her manicured nails.

Lights fade to black...except in the real world the Mom continued to work with stained hands, came home, cleaned the house, and made dinner. By the time Dad came home the situation was already losing its harshness and made for a pretty great story to tell.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Something worth remembering

I have no time to sit down and actually blog but I'm doing it anyways because I want to record this insignificant but very defining moment in our lives. Last weekend I cleared our schedule and as a family we practically lived up at our store. I was determined to rearrange the shelves which sounds simple but it was a mess!!! It took a lot of planning and organizing (thank you to my amazing second in command, Jacqui) and then the actual moving of supplements was quite an undertaking to say the least. The kids stayed at my moms the first night and Levi and I (and our friend Ashley who dropped by for some nori and got suckered into staying) spent our date night with the music turned up and vitamins everywhere. We got home somewhere close to 3 Saturday morning and woke up and was back up at the store by 9 am to continue the work. Levi brought the kids sometime that afternoon. We grabbed a bite to eat and then headed back. Levi had the opportunity that whole day to play Mr. Mom and rocked it! He packed the kid's sleeping bags, jammies, juice cups, and laptop and set it all up so that the kids could have a little camp out in our store. The kids just LOVED it! Jack said he didn't want to go home for one hundred hours (which is an eternity for a 4 year old). But there was this moment that evening that I want to remember... I was exhausted (the kind of exhaustion you get when you decide to clean out your closet and you have taken everything out and now it is time to put it all back in and you no longer have that excited drive to do it anymore) and I'm standing in the middle of this store that has always been my Mimi's and is now ours and I look over at my kids who are in their sleeping bags watching Dora and at my husband who is trying his best to organize the "Glandular" section even though he really has no clue what supplement does what and I had this realization that although our life is CRAZY BUSY, we are together, we take the craziness on as a unit, a family. It is nice that when I'm in the middle of chaos I have my family there with me. We tackle it together. I like that and I just want to remember that feeling of togetherness, the feeling that life gets insane but we will be okay because we are all in it together.