We’ve had a few successful family field trips lately, ones that I would even classify as Super Fun.  And, I think it’s because I feel us changing from that “little kid” family to the real kind of family that has real people in it.  Up until this point, most of our outings have been kid-centered, for example water parks, zoos, movies, museums, etc. –other than the necessary trips to the dreaded Wal-Marts of course.  When we were in need of an actual shopping trip, one that including browsing and decision making, we always tried to ditch the kids, and go alone. If not, I was usually in charge of a stroller, while my husband frantically looked, peered, and held things up for me to approve.  But lately, with a few of our shopping experiences, we’ve actually been able to walk through scary places like antique storeswith little or no damage to the merchandise or each other. 

This week, while cruising through downtown Decatur, the whole clan went in and out of stores just shopping and not necessarily buying.  It was still slighly dysfunctional, with my mantra being “look with your eyes, not with your hands.” (Why are there so many BREAKABLE things in antique stores??)  But, the kids were so excited!  “Look, Mommy!  These toy cars are REALLY OLD!”  “Look!  This purse is so pretty!  Do you need it Mommy?” “What is Decatur Glass?” and on and on…

Dare I say it was actually fun to go shopping with the the family?  I do.  I’m a daredevil like that.