Some might call me crazy, and others might...well, everyone I know just called me crazy. Yesterday, I packed up all 5 kiddos and the big quad stroller and headed to the mall. It was Tony's brother, Matthew's, birthday, and I had not had a chance to get him a present. I didn't want to show up for his birthday dinner without one and had noone to watch the kids, so we experienced our first shopping trip. We were working with a bit of a time crunch. I left the house at 11:30 and had to be home for the 2 o'clock feeding. I have gotten pretty quick at loading and unloading, so I thought I would have plenty of time to look for a gift. I forgot to take into account that I wouldn't be able to walk 10 feet without being questioned about the babies. Luckily, Lilya was an angel, and walked beside the stroller the entire time. This meant our only interuptions were other curious shoppers. My favorite question that I was asked yesterday was, "Oh, you didn't bring them all by yourself did you?" It was nice to prove to myself that I could do it. I can get out and do things that I used to do without thinking twice. Now, I just have to make sure I schedule plenty of conversation time in.
We were able to buy a birthday present, and made it home in time to feed at 2. We packed back up at 7 and went to dinner at Tony's mom's. It was a long evening. The babies were all fussy, and I was really tired from our shopping trip. We did manage to eat dinner, sing Happy Birthday, watch the opening of gifts, and eat cake. Fussy or not, we like a good party...especially when there is good cake involved. We can't wait to party and celebrate my brother, T.J. and Angela's wedding this weekend!