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Grocery shopping

We just got home from the grocery store. It was a wonderful trip, totally unlike a typical grocery store outing. Here’s how it normally goes for the us:

  1. Put Grace into the cart, noting mournfully that the seatbelt buckle is broken.
  2. Browse through the produce section, attempting to place the food in the cart out of Grace’s reach, around Grace’s stuff, while Grace takes the scanner gun out of its holder seventeen times and throws everything she can reach onto the floor. At least she’s laughing.
  3. Repeat #2 in the organic foods, drink, deli, and snack sections of the store.
  4. Somewhere around the international foods section, Grace will begin whining and bouncing up and down in the cart. Find something to tie her to the cart (because the buckle is always broken, remember?) so she doesn’t stand up and fly out onto her head.
  5. By the time we get to the canned foods section, Grace’s whining and bouncing and carrying on will have reached a fever pitch, and we are forced to let her get out and run free.
  6. Chase Grace through the soups and canned goods, because she always runs in the direction opposite the one we want her to go.
  7. Repeat in the paper products, cat food, and meat sections.

I could go on, but I’ll spare you. Let’s just say that a trip to the grocery store is challenging.

As I previously mentioned, however, today’s trip was delightful. My sanity was saved by a little car attached to the front of my shopping cart. How did I not know about these sooner?

The car cart had new challenges, namely that its stopping caused Grace to scream and whine and squeal. We fixed that by not pausing. Ever.

When I was placing our deli order at the little computer terminal in the produce section, Joe and Grace did laps around the pineapple island. I’m not kidding.

So anyway, this trip to the grocery store was totally pleasant. Grace laughed and honked her horn and talked to everyone and did not remove any items from our cart, the carts of other shoppers, or from the store shelves. Hallelujah!

Extricating Grace from the little car so that we could leave the store was a problem, but I let Joe deal with that by himself.

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9 thoughts on “Grocery shopping”

  1. These carts used to captivate my son when we’d go grocery shopping.

    I loved that he could pretend he was driving and pretty much not bother me.

    And then the idiots at the grocery store decided to get tiny little orange mini-carts that kids can push around and now? My son bangs into things, throws unnecessary crap into *his* cart and my patience wear thin.

    I’d boycott that store because of those things, but my husband is a department manager there. 😉 I told him to tell his boss to get rid of the things, but no one listens. Why, oh why?

    Grace sure is a cutie!

  2. These carts used to captivate my son when we’d go grocery shopping. I loved that he could pretend he was driving and pretty much not bother me. And then the idiots at the grocery store decided to get tiny little orange mini-carts that kids can push around and now? My son bangs into things, throws unnecessary crap into *his* cart and my patience wear thin. I’d boycott that store because of those things, but my husband is a department manager there. 😉 I told him to tell his boss to get rid of the things, but no one listens. Why, oh why?Grace sure is a cutie!

  3. Those carts are awesome…I used one with James for the first time just recently. He loved it, I loved it, everyone was happy!

  4. Those carts are awesome…I used one with James for the first time just recently. He loved it, I loved it, everyone was happy!

  5. I love those carts because Jayla is always entertained… I hate it when we go and there are no more to use and have considered telling Brett lets just come back later…lol

  6. I love those carts because Jayla is always entertained… I hate it when we go and there are no more to use and have considered telling Brett lets just come back later…lol

  7. Hmmm, we just got the the point we can’t hold Noah in the store (or he wiggles and cries to get down and walk), but so far he’s okay in a stroller or cart. I know it won’t be long till these car-carts will be our best friends too. He LOVES his buggy at home.

    Speaking of, you posted about bending over to push Grace’s Cozy Coupe all around the yard. Can you rig up some broomstick-type thing to push it? Our slightly different one has a parent handle on the back.

  8. Hmmm, we just got the the point we can’t hold Noah in the store (or he wiggles and cries to get down and walk), but so far he’s okay in a stroller or cart. I know it won’t be long till these car-carts will be our best friends too. He LOVES his buggy at home.Speaking of, you posted about bending over to push Grace’s Cozy Coupe all around the yard. Can you rig up some broomstick-type thing to push it? Our slightly different one has a parent handle on the back.

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