Thursday, January 25, 2007
We did it!
I can't seem to get that little Dora the Explorer out of my head today! Josiah is obsessed with Diego and Ava Beth is obsessed with the "backpack", so it's no wonder I hear the voice of Dora in my head on a daily basis! And today I must say that Dora helped me along the way.

Ezekiel is eight days old and I decided that today I needed to remind him, now that he is outside of my womb, how much I am usually on the go! Might as well get him used to being in and out of the car now! Plus the older kids were going crazy with cabin fever and so was I! Well last night I told my husband, "Tomorrow I am taking all three kids to Target!" He encouraged me and said that he thought it was a great idea for me and the kids to get out. So we went!

All morning I prayed and planned and took my time. I knew if I started getting stressed out and worked up about time, the trip out would not be good. Before arriving, I knew what I needed and the route I would take while shopping. First, I needed Honey Graham Sticks (yes we open boxes of snacks before paying) to keep Ava Beth occupied. Josiah had three dollars he earned and he could not wait to hit the dollar section so he knew he had to behave. I told him the dollar section was our last stop. This promised a good little four year old boy while I shopped. He knew there was a pot of gold awaiting him and he behaved! Ava Beth stuffed her face with Honey Graham sticks (our favorite snack) and Ezekiel slept the WHOLE time. Why on earth I did not get a Starbuck's coffee while I was there, I do not know! I have yet to have one! I just want a PLAIN coffee! Ahhhhh.

The trip was going great until I saw that all of the bathing suits were out. I know I live in Texas and we often swim in April but come on! We are still in January! Then I made the mistake of passing by the shoes and noticed all the adorable spring sandals and wedges were out. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw an adorable pair that were bright yellow. It was then I heard Handle Messiah's Hallelujah Chorus! But there was no way I was about to spoil my trip to Target by my kids going nuts while I looked at shoes. Those yellow shoes will be there when I go back ALONE and so will Starbuck's!

Off to the baby section to get a few things I needed and then back over to the food area to try to find some quick and healthy snacks for me to munch on since it's hard to have an actual meal right now during the day.

As we walked out the door, it was then I heard Dora singing, "We Did It"!

We did it, we did it, we did it, yeah!

I have to admit, I feel pretty great! People looked at me like I was brave and some even asked how old Ezekiel was. When I said eight days, they suddenly looked at me like I was superwoman. And you know what? Today I think I am!

WE DID IT!!!!!!!

  posted at 3:56 PM

At 2:45 PM, Blogger Paula said...

I am so proud of you. Getting piy makes a mommy feel normal connected to the world. Do this more often!!! It is good for you and the kids.

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Christy said...

Wow girl... target... I have to stay out of target and wal mart til after flu season... with Piercen being born so early the dr has said it would be better and 4 more weeks of keeping him out of the public - no shopping with him, no church and such. The flu is so bad here. I am glad you had such a great day.... your awesome!! By the way, I really wanna call and visit so I will shoot for tomorrow. Email me if you will be there. When you have a moment check out my new pics!

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - that is an accomplishment!
I open food for Dawson before paying too! It helps and you know whatever keeps them occupied!

Don't forget I am out of school MWF by noon - so when you get ready to venture to the mall - call me - I will be an extra set of hands! DJ stays at the sitter all day (we pay her for 3 full days a week) on Wed. and Fri - so those days would be best! ;o))


At 7:31 PM, Blogger Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

Glad you made your first trip out!

At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, I don't know spanish but I am singing the next line for you in my sounds like this:

We did it, we did it, we did it, Yeah! Noweseemo, we did it, we did it Hooray!

Heee, hee, hee!!

I am so proud of you!

When Timmy was 3 days old we took him and Em out for lunch since it was Em's first birthday. People thought we were nuts. Since that day, I was out all the time with him, and I got a few of those superhero looks too.

You are doing awesome and I hope you get some good sleep tonight!

At 7:29 AM, Blogger mommyofangels said...


May you have many more successful adventures.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger {Karla} said...

I've been meaning to get back over and see how your day alone with the kids went. So glad it all went well and that you are figuring it all out.

You are like me -- we were on the go from the get-go. All of our kids were good travellers (thankfully!)

Also wanted to let you know that we just found out monday that we are expecting #4!!!! That makes my heart race just typing it...


At 7:06 PM, Blogger Gwen said...

Congratulations Way to Go!


Trust me I know that Dora song well...Dora is Gracie's favorite!!!!!!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger {Karla} said...

hi there!

just wanted to give you my email address:

Thank you for your kind words. Your blog has blessed me and challenged me in so many ways too. I love your transparancy and your heart.


At 7:12 AM, Blogger Christine said...

Lo hicimos! I can sing it with you! Congrats on your outing. I remember going out with my 3 for the first time, and now I'm expecting #4. I'm not all that confident this time...



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