About a week ago, I found a very funny story online about a lady's grocery shopping experience when she had to take her 6 kids with her. Clearly, I felt a few similarities with her story and trips I have taken. Laughing, I forwarded it to Dave. Although I can't remember the exact quote, Dave laughed and said something about how it sounded familiar because of stories I have told. Come again? Yes, you read it right. Dave has really never experienced the joys of grocery shopping with 5 kids.
Naturally, I feel that it is my obligation to help him expand his horizons and treasure all aspects of parenting, so I quickly (and before he could realize he had been blindsided) challenged him to full grocery shopping with all of the kids. Being a man and needing to prove how capable he is, he accepted. Today, we have all 5 kids home at the same time and a 2 hour window in which they can go. In fact, I just shipped them off. It's been less than 5 minutes, so my phone isn't ringing yet.
I couldn't be happier. I get alone time (twice in one month? Can it be so?!?!?), I'm not out in 110 degree weather listening to my kids whine about how thirsty they are, I'm not doing the dreaded grocery shopping, and he gets a little taste of my reality. What's not to love? Oh yeah, the grocery bill when he says yes to things they beg for, just to shut them up. I can live with that!