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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Shopping With Alex

Alex joined me on a grocery trip today! I haven't taken one of the boys with me since last summer and I was eager to see how he would do with any improvements or changes in the experience. Here we are just leaving our neighborhood. He seems a little anxious and ends up crossing his fingers. He does this when he's worried. But soon he was fine and making all of his happy noises and smiling.
Alex is really the most fun to take to the grocery because he eats a wider variety of food than his brothers. The snack aisle is always the favorite. He picked 2 bags of Funyons. Yuck. Not my favorite but he loves them. lol He did great pushing the cart with a little help steering. I had to tell him to stop a few times so we didn't run over other people. He likes to take a slow pace and look at everything.
He had to do a little chin-bopping with his water bottle on the way home. This is a de-stressor for him. I tried it once when I was stressed. It did nothing for me, however! Don't worry, I was in the privacy of my own home when I tried it! ha. Yes, I'd much rather try a glass of wine, run on the treadmill or a soak in the tub. LOL!
I have to say that when I was getting Alex ready to go, Spencer and Harry wanted to come, too! I can only handle one at a time so I promised chips for Harry and printer paper and scotch tape for Spencer, so they were happy to wait at home. Next week is Harry's turn! I predict lots of de-stressor humming, a bag of Ruffles and many prompts to push the cart. But we shall see! What a pleasant time today! I didn't even need at handful of Advil when I got home! ha.

53 comments:

  1. Hey Pat ~ No Original Pringles or even Reduced Fat! We had to buy Lays Stackables. Sigh. The boys were fine with it, thankfully. ha. They're cheaper but I don't think they're as good.

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  2. Betsy I love you and your family. What a blessing you are to all of us.
    QMM

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  3. It sounds like you both enjoyed your time together and that's what counts!

    XO,
    Jane

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  4. Aww...Peggy, you're SO sweet. :)

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  5. Love that smile on his face! Glad it went well for both of you. :)

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  6. Betsy, I am in awe of you. I have learned so much from you and your family. You teach me so much and I want to love like you love your boys. Thanks for sharing and for the pics. I love the smiles/grin/smirk. And maybe the chin bopping is healthier than the double vodka at the end of my day.

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  7. happygirl ~ I'd love to heard more about your son! Do you ever post about him?

    Let me know how that chin-bopping goes! haha.

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  8. Yes I noticed there were none there
    Only the crappy kind that supposedly have alot of flare
    Around here they run out too
    Guess those are the best to eat, which we already knew
    Yeah those Lays ones are ok
    But can't match pringles any day
    Love how you took the pic in front of the pringles too
    Glad no pills needed to be popped by you..lol

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  9. How time flies...it seems like last month we were just reading about the boys' grocery store trips.

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  10. I am so happy you both enjoyed your day.
    It's important to do nice things together. I did with my Mom and I know she appreciated it.
    :)

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  11. Your post made me laugh out loud ~ always a good thing! Talk about a de-stressor!

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  12. I enjoy these trip posts EVERY summer! I can't wait to see what train DVDs Spencer picks out. I saw some at Sam's a while back and wondered if he had them. :)

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  13. Alex did well !
    He sounds like he takes it all in his stride.
    So sweet.
    ~Jo

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  14. Pat ~
    No, I didn't need any pills
    but it's Spencer that tests my will!
    You'll laugh before the summer is through
    The things that happen are funny, too!

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  15. Kayren ~ maybe I'll take Spencer next week when we are due for a Sams trip. Hopefully he won't want to buy National Border Patrol or whatever that was! lol....

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  16. Love joining you on your shopping tour with the boys. Glad you and Alex had a good time.

    When you mentioned printer paper and scotch tape, I was remembering trails and trails of train pictures down your halls.

    I was thinking your life would make a very lovable TV series. I'd sure be a fan.

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  17. Wanda ~ yes you guessed right...miles of train pictures taped together. Spencer ran out of paper and tape last week. He was thrilled to have a new supply!

    A tv show...oh my! As the Autism World Turns x 3!! I can see it now. What a hoot! lol...

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  18. They still make Funyons? Ugh. Ruffles, on the other hand, or any other ridged & UNflavored chips are my favorites.

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  19. Glad the trip went well with Alex. Bet the other two are anxious for their turn as well. Nice to have some one on one time.

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  20. Silver ~ they still made them! And they have SUCH a strong onion taste! Whoa! ha. Alex already demolished one of the two bags he got. Ugh. :)

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  21. You are a wonderful mom, Betsy. I may try that waterbottle chin bump myself. ;) blessings ~ Tanna

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  22. I love it when you talk about taking the boys out with you. In fact, I always look forward to stories about them. They make me happy, and you do too.

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  23. Birdie ~ if you lived close, I'd make you come with us! ha.

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  24. smiles. sounds like a great trip today...intrigued by his destressors actually....

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  25. What a great shopping trip with Alex!! I read your sidebar about Spencer going through so much paper and tape yesterday and just laughed!! You are the best mom ever!!! I love to read how you enjoy your boys:-)

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  26. Your shopping cart must be very eclectic.

    I'm going to try Alex's de-stresser method.

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  27. Christine ~ he's always done that. It used to be a constant thing, but he's come a long way in not getting anxious. And it hasn't just been water bottles...it's been a wide variety of funny objects. For a while it was 2 liter bottles of pop...heavy! And he bopped them all day until his chin was raw. Ugh. He's also used a dish towel (softer!) or his hand. Odd, but it must be comforting in some way.

    Let me know how it works for you! lol.....

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  28. Heather ~ I bought myself new packing tape today, too! :)

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  29. I always love getting glimpses into your life...thank you so much for sharing, Alex, Spencer and Harry with us!

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  30. Alex looks pretty mellow in the photos! Kudos to you for taking them! The experience is special, even if it is trying....

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  31. Enjoy your days in family...

    Pierre

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  32. Hi! Betsy...
    Thanks, for sharing your trip to the grocery store with Alex...[This time around...next time Harry's adventure to the store.]
    This post is very interesting, amusing, and given me [no "pun" intended...food for thought.]
    DeeDee ;-)

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  33. I'm glad you both had a good trip to the store. I just can't help imagining your bill total!

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  34. Maybe chin bopping will go viral because of your post. I'm trying it today. So glad you both had a good time!
    Anita Johnson

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  35. Look I know they're your sons and you love them to bits but I still think you're the most practical, down to earth mother I've ever had the privilege not to meet.What you really have to cope with I can not imagine. Love conquers all I guess. Funyons? That's the second time I've heard of them this week.

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  36. Glad you both had a great time! You are such an awesome mother, with patience and love to spare and a sense of humor always helps! :-)

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  37. Thanks, Baino. That means a lot to me. Practical...yes, I've had to be! And I suppose I learned the hard way a few times, too! haha.

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  38. Anita ~ I should put a clip on youtube and see what happens. haha.

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  39. Farmchick ~ he does look mellow! He's come a long way! Before we discovered headsets for his sensitive hearing, he would lay on the floor in the store, cover his ears and tantrum. Ugh. The lights hum (we don't notice) and the intercom really used to bother him. Now he's pretty happy. And..he got Funyums, don't forget! haha.

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  40. Sorry to be an echo, but I think I'm going to try chin-bopping too. Mom's need all the stress-relief they can get. :) You have such a good attitude!!

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  41. I love your shopping trip posts. Sounds like this one went off very smoothly.
    I would love to see your chin bobbing de-stressor.....I'm with you on the preference of wine or tub...not sure the treadmill works/ha

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  42. Betsy, All in all, it sounds like a "good time was had by all"! I always "dumped" my kids at my Mother's house when I went to the store--it was so much easier and sooooo much cheaper. Have a lovely day. Always a joy to read your posts. Mickie :)

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  43. I so love hearing your stories about the triples and your pictures of Alex are priceless. I knew what he was feeling without you having to tell me.

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  45. So nice to hear that you and Alex had such a nice trip to the store.

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  46. Sounds like a good day of shopping. You are lucky they don't expect you to buy a lot of stuff. That could get expensive!

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  47. Cat ~ that would be Spencer! He wants every dvd in the store! ha. The other two are happy with a bag or two of chips. I guess it all evens out in the end.

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  48. Whatever age or personality they are, going shopping with our offspring ends up costing us money.. Sounds like you know your boys so well. I'm sure we all have our de-stressing techniques. Mine's blogging!

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  49. sounds like a great time! wonderful!!!!

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  50. I cannot imagine taking my brother into a grocery store! I wonder when he was last inside one? It may have been decades... The de-stresser made me smile. Much better to chin-bop a water bottle than some other things I've seen... Tim used to clap his cupped hands or pop his mouth to make loud sounds, but I think he did those things for fun.

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  51. Martha ~ the weirdest thing Alex bobbed was a big bag of frozen fish sticks. No joke. lol....

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  52. My nephew's de-stresser is a big wooden spoon that gets going pretty fast sometimes. Sounds like you had a great time. I'm with Alex though...I love Funyons. :)

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  53. no advil? Whoa. LOL. Sounds like it went so well. so glad.

    Umm, a treadmill induces stress for me actually. hee.

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