especially with two children under the age of four. No matter how I strategize our trips, the result is chaos. I often feel as if I could break down in tears right there in the soup aisle. Or maybe the produce section. That's where Liam tries to bite the bananas right through their peels and Henry has to touch every apple and pear until they start rolling uncontrollably onto the floor.
In the above photo, the boys are in the only grocery cart that works for us. Unfortunately, there's only one store that has these and it's not in a convenient location. It's not near work and it's not near home so we rarely make the drive. Every other store has the standard carts that are not made for two boys under the age of four. In fact, Liam equates most of them with contraptions from the Inquisition. Henry can't decide if he'd rather walk the entire store or sit in the basket and get clobbered with the week's food supply. Not that there is ever enough room in the cart for the actual groceries once we all take our winter jackets off and pile in the six reusable shopping bags. Boxes, bottles and cans end up falling out every time we start down a new aisle. I'm constantly muttering under my breath. Other shoppers look past me for the men with butterfly nets.
I recently found this template from Real Simple magazine to help organize our grocery trips. I have high hopes that it will streamline our visits-- getting in and out of the store with few to no tears. If I'm lucky, the boys may not cry either.