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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Dear DSW Shoe Warehouse...

First of all, thank you to the employees for your kindness and patience as our family shopped for shoes at your store yesterday. Thanks for smiling and winking while three of our four children treated your establishment as if it were a stage from WWE. Not only were you gracious enough to turn a blind eye while they rolled around and wrestled on the floor (in addition to picking many and various boxes of shoes off the shelves)... and made over-all nuisances of themselves...but you also told us they were "precious" when we're pretty sure you wanted to drop kick all of us out of your store.
To the man shopping for shoes in the clearance section...thank you for being so sweet while my 2-year-old daughter flirted shamelessly with you and then yelled "Goodbye, Poopy!" for all the world to hear when you left.

To the unfortunate employee or customer who finds E's half-empty bottle of milk...our sincerest apologies that it was left behind..and even more heartfelt apologies if it isn't found right away and leaks all over the place as it will inevitably smell like poop after a day or two.

To the wonderful guy at Best Buy who answered all of my "tech" questions with patience and a smile...even after my daughter sucker punched you in the crotch. *sigh*

To the staff of TJ Maxx...our sincerest thanks for your patience when we started checking out only to realize we had left our (full) shopping cart somewhere in the store..and had to go search for it while holding up the line.

To those dining at the restaurant yesterday afternoon...we beseech your forgiveness for our 4 year-old son's announcement during lunch--loudly and with panic--that he "NEEDED TO POOP!"

To the shoppers at Target...we beg for leniency for our second son's similar outburst after his trip to the restroom when he proclaimed (from several aisles away), "MOMMY, I POOPED!"  In addition, I further apologize on behalf of my husband for adding "Babe, you should have SEEN IT!"

To my family-- even though we are such a hot mess and there are countless hours a day that I just want to pull out my hair (or yours), I say, thank you. For being mine. Don't ever change. I love you all fiercely.

While I don't relish the numerous trips to the bathroom (or the rehashing of it later to the general public)...or the countless tantrums and fights that erupt at the drop of a hat...or the dirty looks from strangers who obviously don't have kids...I wouldn't trade a moment of this time. I know it will be gone too soon.

Even though these are the moments that most make me want to crawl in a hole and hide. They are also the moments that make me laugh the hardest later.

*And* Even though I constantly crave time alone-time to think a single thought from beginning to end-and even 30 seconds  to myself in the bathroom without questions, tattling or criticism ("Ew! That's gross! What's that smell?!") I treasure every moment we have together.

And I love you all more than I could ever say.

23 comments:

  1. Mandy I loved this blog. It brought back so many memories for me. Thanks for sharing it , Baby Girl. Love you all more than words can say. ~hugs~ Mom

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  2. Thanks, Mom!! Love you too! =) (Kids are very humbling, aren't they?!)

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  3. Laughing out loud, literally. I especially love the part about E sucker punching the tech guy. Also, the picture is hysterical (E, R, & L) all in their dress ups. Can't wait to come home and get together with you guys, though we will be outnumbered. We love and miss you all.

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  4. Thanks, Linds! It was funny (even during, although it was also mortifying!) We can't wait to see you too! =) Miss you all!

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  5. Oh I can so see you having a hard time not laughing at the guy who got punched. Where is the camera when you need it???

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  6. Oh I love it. You are one brave woman! :) Makes for a good story though, right?! Sweet, sweet photos.

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  7. This could EASILY EASILY be a post from my BLOG! I have 4 kids too... and wrote a "Dear Walmart" post a few weeks ago. So happy to have found you (through Twitter, I think? Can't keep track these days!). Speak soon!

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  8. Oh my, I HAVE to check out your blog...I will have to track it down... =) LOVE when I hear from other moms in the trenches who have similar experiences. =) Thank you for stopping by and commenting! =)

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  9. Awww... Babe you should have SEEN IT! Sounds like my house. I think I'm in love with you. Going to find your "follow" button now. Here from SITS!

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  10. Why, thank ya! My husband and I laugh because it's ALL 100% true...every bit of it. We are a walking side show. =)
    Can't wait to check out your site...thank you so much for commenting!!!!

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  11. Natalie...brave or ridiculous? I ask myself that every time we venture out as a family. =)

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  12. This was rather funny to read but I can relate to so much of it! stopping in from SITS, have a lovely day!

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  13. Hi, Brandy! Thank you for stopping by, fellow SITSta!
    It's always nice to know we are not alone. =)

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  14. This was such a PRICELESS post! I loved it! Thanks for being honest about life with kiddos.... makes me feel more normal! LOL! Stopping by via SITS!

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  15. Thank you! Intead of crying at the end of the day-it's always nicer to laugh! =) And it IS nice to know we're normal, isn't it?? Sometimes I wonder when I take a look at our crazy crew! Thank you for the commnent!
    ~Mandy

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  16. Mandy~You are a mommy after my own heart!! You are hitting the nail on the head girl...laugh,laugh some more, and cry all the tears you want because it will all be over with so very soon! And I thought I had a future in "writing" you have a gift hon...keep using it! hugs Corinne

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  17. Thank you, Corinne! You DO have a future in writing...I would love to read more of your stuff. Start a blog of your own!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! =)

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  18. I hope you realize this is the post where I 'fell in love with you' (awww....). LOVE LOVE LOVE this. THIS IS my life, girl!!

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  19. Right back at ya' lady! I'm flattered that you like it!! =)

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  20. Mandy, Good Job on your blog! Keep it up! I have many of your same thoughts. I might have to one day find some time to write my own blog.....You are really good at this and funny!

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  21. Thanks, Lindsay! Yes, write! It's very therapeutic. =) Thanks for reading and commenting!!

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  22. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!
    Great post, I really enjoyed your sense of humor!

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  23. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest

    You rock mama! I only wish I was half as eloquent ::running off to stalk.. no... follow you now!!!!

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