Today we went to the mall to return an item and buy a Rapunzel dress for Brenna with a Disney store credit. We had already made a deposit at the bank and dropped off some clothes at a consignment store. That all seems like a fairly ordinary day, right? That's what I was thinking as I shuffled kids in and out of the car and stroller today running various errands. The mall was our third stop of the day, and it felt pretty much like any regular day of running errands. It was in the mall food court as I was cutting little pieces of Chick-fil-a nuggets and distributing them out to the twins that I realized this day was anything but ordinary. It was a dream come true!
You might be wondering how such an ordinary day could be so extraordinary that I would call it "a dream come true". Well, to understand why, you'll have to read a post that I wrote one year ago, A Trip to the Mall. One year ago I longingly wished to be doing exactly what I did today, "One day I hope to go to the mall pushing my double stroller with my daughter trotting alongside. We won't see danger looming in unsuspecting sleepers or run to "anti-bacterial heaven" after riding a kiddie ride. We won't spend our entire lunch staring at a woman feeding her babies or think badly of parents strolling their infants uncovered. We will simply enjoy our outing - one day! "
After doing our returns and purchasing the very important Rapunzel dress, we all sat around a table in the food court happily eating our Chick-fil-a meal. I didn't stare at other women feeding their children wishing my own children would eat. They were eating! We didn't have to shop for any special sleepers that would allow for easy g-tube feeding, and if women were strolling their babies along uncovered, I didn't notice; I was too busy with my own kids. Here's the craziest part - I even let the kids climb all over those germy rides. They had a blast!
Some things haven't changed though. Brenna is still getting strep throat all the time, hence, the upcoming surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids. Cade is still wearing 12-18 month clothes, and we did still run to "anti-bacterial heaven" aka Bath and Body Works to disinfect ourselves from the germy rides.
We really did enjoy our outing. "One day" was today, and it is a dream come true!
Brenna taking the babies to the kiddie rides. Brenna insisted on wearing the Snow White dress to the mall today. She said she felt beautiful in it, and who am I to argue with that? You can only get away with wearing princess dresses around town for so long, so I may as well let her.
Camdyn and Cade "driving" the bus. They were both going "vroom, vroom". It was very cute!
Camdyn and Cade in the airplane. They wanted to check out every ride, so their attention span was very limited.
A guy at a kiosk was demonstrating a toy helicopter which the kids found fascinating.
and there you have it - my twins in their double stroller with their big sister trotting alongside (in a princess dress nonetheless). Yes, it was an extraordinarily ordinary day!