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Monday, September 28, 2009

Survivor MEme

5 things I absolutely can not live without...and since my chances of being stranded anywhere but somewhere with all my kiddos in tow, and probably somewhere no more exotic than our local park...or even our house, here's what I would need to survive:

1. Wipes: for butts, for faces, for cleaning up whatever horrific mess my children have managed to spew out on themselves, on me, or at the world at large.

2. Cell phone: Because I need to be able to call for HELP(or maybe just talk to someone else for some sanity). Also serves as GPS for all those times I get lost and end up in BFE.

3. Beverages: preferably alcoholic, but since that often isn't feasible, at least something caffeinated or thirst-quenching: because dude, do I get exhausted keeping up with my three.(My kiddos would need approximately three bags worth of groceries per day, but we are talking about me, not them; they usually manage to eat most of my food yet somehow, I don't lose weight.)

4. Double stroller: even though my middle child is at an age where I shouldn't be forcing him to sit in it any more, it's still the easiest way to get from point A to point B if I can keep 2 of the kids confined. And it's an absolute necessity should we reach point B and GOD FORBID, have to wait a little bit.

5. My BFF. Seriously, I'd cart her and her kids around with me all the time. I don't know how I survived the 14 years that we went without talking. Friends since preschool, then lost touch after high school. Found each other about 6 months ago and are back to being inseparable. Our kids are close in age and we have the same views on parenting, so she's my go-to person when I want support, not someone who is going to tell me any variation of "I told you so" or "My kids would never do that." She understands.

And, she has all the other "must have" things packed in her ever-reliable bag, so for all the other things that I can't survive without, I can borrow them from her.



Blogger Poolside with the Girls said...

I had my babies 18 months apart and my double stroller was the only way I could leave the house. Loved it but also loved getting rid of it when they could both walk and keep up...
I miss it now because I have no where to store things when we go shopping. Funny I hadn't thought of that stroller in a long time!

Have a great week!

September 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger SupahMommy said...

ohhh what a clever plan.. to bring the friend with everything. clever one you are.

Thank you for playing along. When I need some butt wipes for some odd reason.. i'll yell over to your island k?
and you and your friend can come visit and i'll send my robot over to babysit your kiddos!

BFE- people rarely use this anylonger.. and it is a CRIME!
Point a to b.. and waiting at b...

Use that stroller til eldest is - in college. life will be easier.. even if all his friends make fun of him.. you'll be sane.

come back soon

and thx for jaden's button if i haven't thanked you yet

September 28, 2009 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger Evonne said...

I like your survival tools! I think I should add some of these to my list, too.

Have a great day!

September 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM  
Blogger Mommy Lisa said...

I love it. I put my 3.5 year old in the shopping cart seat even though she is perfectly capable of keeping up in the store because she.just.will.not.keep.up.

Plus there are all the distracting Dora and Mickey Mouse items to avoid. ;)

September 28, 2009 at 10:46 AM  
Blogger Chief said...

Great list! I like the BFF part. I would bring mine but she would have to leave her kids home

September 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Shelly said...

Man, you are too smart for thinking to bring someone with you that has all the stuff in HER bag!


September 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

I'm beginning to think your the smart one of the bunch....

September 28, 2009 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Raising Z said...

This is a very good (and practical) list. Mine was all about fantasy this morning but this stuff is what is really necessary! I especially love the BFF part. I can't imagine being without mine :)

September 28, 2009 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Foursons said...

Sounds like you've got the BEST BFF!

Wipes are a must have in my house and all my children have been potty-trained for a long time. (My youngest is 5.)

ie The radio in the car:
LOL- I do the same thing. 'Cause if the music is on the back speakers then they scream louder to be heard. hahahahaha. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

September 28, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

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