Okay, so maybe this is a far stretch on my title, because if you know me, you know I AM SO NOT organized. But there is one small sliver in my life that I can pride myself on. I can be a tad bit excessively orderly when it comes to making sure I am always prepared for running around town with my boys in tow. At any given time, you can check the truck and you will find all kinds of necessities that make life with 2 boys much easier. I don't want to stress about not letting them get messy if they want to wade in a pond to find crawdads, or not staying at the park a little longer because the hunger monsters may come out, or not being able to play in an indoor playground because they don't have socks on. This last week, I learned that apparently I am a little *odd* with this obsession. I met up with some friends of mine at the mall to celebrate the opening of my dear friend Luanne's Lulee's Lollies! (FYI- if you live near Dayton, you must go get some at the Fairfield Mall. You can thank me later!). We were planning on hanging out there for a little while, then head home and take naps! Because mama needed to take a nap! But after we played at the play place for a little while Evan asked if his friend Will could come over to play. How can you say no when the dimples were out and his blue eyes sparkling? So I had him go ask Will's mom (and one of my very favorite friends in the whole world, Celia, so maybe that's why I was so quick to say yes) if they could come over to play at our house. Fortunately, they didn't have any other plans for the afternoon, so we decided instead of heading back home, we would go to a local park.
We were at the park for about an hour, when I realized the kids hadn't drank anything since leaving Chick-fil-a over an hour ago and it was warm out. I ran to the truck, hoping that I still had some juice boxes left and some water bottles. Sure enough, under the pile of golf bags left over from Jeremy and Evan's trip to the range * ahem*, I found 5 juice boxes and 2 water bottles. And guess how many I needed? There were 5 kids and the two of us moms! AWESOME!!
A few minutes later, Celia's littlest one pooped in his diaper and Celia remembered she didn't bring any wet wipes with her. Never fear - I told her to look in the back of the truck and there should be some. Did I mention the golf clubs? Yeah, when I told her that, I didn't realize that she would have to move a mound to get to the wet wipes. I was very impressed that she found some. Because I forgot that I had moved the new pack to the front seat and that she didn't really have to look under the mess. Oops!
The next day, we headed to the same park with Jenny, Katie, Andrea and Celia! Fun times when we get these girls together! Poor Celia was having another rough day at the park (this is why I STOPPED after 2 kids - 3 would have killed me!) Her daughter decided that she NEEDED to go potty right then and there. And of course there were no restrooms or porta-potties. Ironically, and humorously, I had thrown the toddler potty in the truck earlier in the day just in case Carter had a potty training break-thru at the park. Let me just say that I HAVE NEVER brought the potty with us. This was a first. So, I started laughing and told Celia that I had the potty if she needed it. At this point, she said something about how crazy I was for being overly - organized. I don't remember exactly the words she said, but I do remember some sarcasm involved I think.
Then a few minutes later, Celia's sweet daughter had an accident. Now Celia is about to lose her mind. She was so stressed and having such a bad day. So, this time I started laughing hysterically and told her that I had a change of clothes in the truck if she didn't mind Ana wearing boys undies! At this point, she was ready to leave and didn't take me up on this offer.
But as we sat around and joked about how obsessive I can be about having anything and everything for those just-in-case moments, Andrea said, " you really need to post a must-have list". I questioned her for a minute and asked, "don't you guys have an emergency kit just in case?". That is when I got the laughter and sarcastic remarks. Because apparently I am the only one who is crazy like this. OR MAYBE all my friends are a bunch of slackers! Which I think the latter is true! ;-) Just joking.
So on Andrea's advice, I am going to share with you my must-have lists that I abide by in my daily runnings with the boys. I pretty much have 3 different categories. But since this post is getting a wee bit long, come back tomorrow and I will share with you how I survive running around town with me boys. Also, if you are one of those moms who are on top of it, get your lists ready so you can add to mine! I am always looking for more suggestions and I know many of my slacker friends readers would appreciate it also! ;-)