Before the kids came along, remember how easy it was to go shopping with your spouse? I’m not talking about clothes shopping, I mean a going to a home improvement store, electronics store, etc.. You could stroll up and down the aisles at your own pace, go to 5 stores in the same day, and then buy items/return them with the greatest of ease? Well, as we all know by now that simply does not happen after you have kids! We are lucky to even get through a home improvement store without having me yelling at my kids “Quit running around” and “Stop touching EVERYTHING!” (Yes, they are older but this still happens!)
I usually do the bulk of the Christmas gift shopping but last year was the first time that my husband actually helped me to shop for a few gifts. We went to an electronics store and settled on a laptop for my son. Now this is one thing I do love about shopping with him; together we make decisions a lot faster than if I was trying to do it by myself. (I also think that most men after 15 minutes can’t take it anymore and just want to get out of the store too!)
Next, we went to superstore where we had to find a bike to get my 9 year old daughter for Christmas. “Was it too big, was it the right color, what if she doesn’t like it, etc.” These were some of the questions we were asking one another. It’s nice to hear your husband’s opinion when you are not distracted by the kids. We even held hands walking through the store! Yikes, sometimes I forget what it’s like to do that! Then he finally exclaimed, “Do you want to get it or not?” (Looks like his 15 minutes shopping at that store was up!)
The next time, it was after I had my birthday dinner and we decided to head to the home improvement store. We decided that we were going to look at microwaves and we actually read the features of microwaves without interruption! We did walk around the rest of the store and then my husband declared that we didn’t need a new microwave right now. He said that we will wait till the handle breaks before we get a new one. (I think his 20 minutes of walking around the store was up and he was itching to get back home..)
So maybe shopping together for a long period of time together can be a bit hairy at times but I do appreciate the time we spend together without the kids..