I ran to the grocery store tonight to pick up some goods before Joe left town and the weekend crept in. I went alone and it was a good thing. I have not gotten much of a break from the kids, mostly Nolan and his teething crankiness and lack of naps. You'd think he'd nap considering all this extra outside time and our little morning outing...swimming! I'll get to that in a second, but first, back to the shopping.
I worked my way through Family Fresh (which is nice instead of the Super Walmart I usually go to for a one-stop-shop). It is where Joe and I used to do the majority of our shopping, back in the day, prior to kids. Super Wally opened right before I had Evan. I remember walking through it and calling Joe to tell or ask him something and he thought maybe I was in labor with Evan. Again, I digress.
Well, I rounded the corner of the frozen section, after picking out an ice cream treat for the evenings while Joe is gone (I picked out the 14oz Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and a Mint, mmmmm). And what to my wandering eyes should appear? ... the infamous frozen snowman and santa ice cream treats, my dear (like my 'twas the night before... reference?). You know those I'm sure. They are sometimes mint flavored and they are in a box. Well, that took me right back to the pre-children days and shopping with Joe. We bought those things even as far back as the college days. Joe and I have been together a long time, 15 years. We used to do a lot of grocery shopping together and when I saw those, I missed it. I missed those days when we were more connected than we are now. We do okay, but it is very difficult with 3 young children.
I love having those feelings and memories come to the surface. I came home with that "old" feeling and I miss that. I miss him. He left around 7:30 and for the first time in a long time, I missed him when he left. I wish that would never fade. I guess I'll have to hang out in the frozen section when I need a boost.
So, as you can tell from the pictures, we went swimming this morning. It was really hot in there and the camera was all foggy. Joe took the morning off and came up with the idea. We need the extra time together before next week's mayhem. Well, maybe it was just practice for the Dells...