Sometimes being an adult stinks.

I’ve been a full-fledged “adult” for about 10 years, I guess.  I graduated from college 10 years ago and got married nine years ago, so I guess that makes me sort of an adult.  I mean, I have two kids.  I’m in my thirties.  I have a mortgage and a 401k.  If that doesn’t make me an adult I don’t know what else I can do.

But while you get to do cool things as an adult, like rent a car and vote and sign your life away for a place to live or an education, you also have to do some pretty lame things.  Like eat right and exercise and go to bed at a reasonable hour.  Bonus to all of us who are parents:  we also have to make sure that our little ones eat right and exercise and go to bed at a reasonable hour, and also try not to screw them up too badly so hopefully they won’t send their therapy bills to us when they are adults themselves.

We also have to try not to make too many impulsive decisions.  Every now and again they are okay, though.  Like Saturday morning.  Zac had to work early and we are in need of a trip to the grocery store, so when the boys woke up I packed them in the car, jammies on and shoes in the floor {just in case}, and we headed to Chick-Fil-A for breakfast.  Cannon had tubes put in his ears on Friday and it was a rough day {mainly for me, as he didn’t seem to be very affected by it at all}, so I figured we all deserved a little treat of chicken minis.  Cole said, “we’re going to Chick-Fil-A in our jammies?!  I can’t believe it.  Mom, that’s so silly!”  And I did a mental fist pump in victory.  I’m a fun mom!  I’m the mom who does silly stuff like go to Chick-Fil-A in her pajamas in the name of fun!

{Side note:  Mean Girls makes me so happy I have boys and not girls.  Hopefully mythical baby number 3 will follow suit.}

So my 4-year old thinks I’m silly.  Score!  We enjoyed our breakfast back at home and went about our day.  Later that evening, we all went to Home Depot after Zac got home and since nobody had eaten dinner, We decided to stop by Firehouse for some subs.  And Baskin Robbins for some ice cream.  Yikes.  That seems to be a few too many impulsive decisions that were good for neither our waistlines or our wallets.

Then the next morning we found ourselves in the same situation as we did Saturday:  home with no breakfasty foods.  And I have to tell you, the allure of a very convenient IHOP was almost too much to withstand.  But then I thought back on the previous day’s debauchery, and decided that it would be the more responsible decision to suck it up and go to the grocery store.  So instead of spending $35-40 on one meal, we spent $60 and came out with over a week’s worth of breakfasts and things for other meals, plus a treat or two.  See?  Responsible.  Now my family will have healthy meals and snacks prepared for a fraction of the price of a restaurant.  A better decision for our health and our budget.

Believe me when I say it was very difficult to turn down some hot fluffy pancakes with strawberry syrup.  But I did.  I guess I’m an adult after all.


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