Today was one of those crazy days where nothing seems to go right and everything seems to go wrong!
Our day started with a trip to Halloween Express for costume shopping around 10:30 AM only to discover that they didn’t open until 11:00 AM. Okay. No problem. Regroup.
We drove across the street to Target where I needed to get the kids some last minute OUTFITS for our family portrait TOMORROW!!! (Yes, I know… PROCRASTINATOR EXTRAORDINAIRE) While there, I perused the costume selection, but really thought I would find better selection at Halloween Express. (I had very particular costumes in mind for the little ones, and couldn’t find what I wanted at Target.)
After killing a half-hour in Target, we returned to our car in the pouring cold rain only to discover that Benjamin left a toy FROM HOME (that he apparently snuck in like contraband) in the children’s book zone. Now, had this been your run of the mill matchbox, I probably would’ve said forget it, but it was his little die-cast F15 fighter jet that we bought at the Naval Air Base Museum in Pensacola, FL and that he absolutely adores. So back in we go. I actually put both kids in a shopping cart so that I could hustle across the store quicker (because, of course, I parked on the opposite side of electronics/books).
So, we find fighter jet and return to said car, go to Halloween Express (that has now been open for 15 minutes) and begin perusing the aisles…the sparsely stocked aisles, only to discover this (in the children’s zone)!!!
Ummm, how do I explain this to my 5-year old who begged to be Dorothy again this year?!!!
In addition to all sorts of weird and inappropriate children’s costumes, the prices were outrageous!!! They were asking $59.99 for a Little Mermaid costume. Seriously? For a 5-year old? To wear twice. Maybe.
Back to Target we go. We ended up getting a couple of adorable costumes for half the price of Halloween Express. Won’t give it away, but I’ve got a couple of SUPER kids! *wink* *wink*
Next stop…the movie theater. (I forgot to mention that since Mary is on Fall Break, I decided to treat the kids to a movie today and had purchased tickets in advance.) Put the car in park. Get everyone hooded up for the mad dash in the rain. Discover my WALLET (with tickets) is missing.
Yup…you guessed it…it’s at TARGET!!! Back to Target I go where I enter their store (on surveillance tape I’m certain) dragging two drowned rats (i.e. my kids) for the FOURTH time today!!! Fortunately, the kind and detail-oriented cashier immediately saw my billfold and turned into security (on the opposite side of the store from where we parked…aaaargh!) before anyone could
steal accidentally pocket it.
We did in fact make it to the movie on time where we were disappointed by Where the Wild Things Are. I failed to read any critic or parent-reviews and was a bit concerned by the amount of anger my little ones saw displayed by Max, the main character. Perhaps, it is just the teacher/communication arts critic in me coming out, but I was disappointed in the liberties taken from such a sweet, simple story line. :(
So, that was MY terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day! (And in case it sounds familiar, I’m quoting the title of another famous children’s picture book (author Judith Viorst), Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day!!!
Hoping you all had a much better better day than me!!!