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family fun. target style.

family target trips always seem like the best idea ever. it all starts out innocently enough- i say i need a few things- my husband suggests we all make the trek together for a little “family fun”- and i always agree.

fun fact number one. my husband avoids target like i avoid the apple store on iPhone drop day. so why he ever even suggests we all go together is beyond me.

fun fact number two- he has super judgy eyes. especially when it comes to me buying necessities. . . his eyes say it all “are you SURE you want to buy those all-red jellybeans that only come out once a year? lex eats like 6 beans a day (which is 4 too many for his taste), and didn’t you give up sugar like .5 seconds ago?” i truly try to combat his ‘tude by sending him away to grab “real” things on my list–like parchment paper, but he always returns ASAP and the wandering every aisle lex and i were happily doing comes to a total halt when he busts out those eyes again “oh, a water bottle? we have no less than 143 water bottles at home- how many can one person use in a day?”. for this fact alone when we go as a family i can’t even glance in the direction of the clothes. pretty sure if he saw my eyes even begin to wander those eyes would come out again “oh, more mis-matched socks? another pair of leggings for lex?. . . “.

i swear this is just a target thing. take the man into a home goods and he ends up wandering every aisle looking for pieces of furniture i didn’t know we needed. and grocery shopping he gets all crafty and finds all sorts of recipe conncoctions that have us waltzing down every aisle. so WHY TARGET? why does he choose my happy place to be such a grump?! heck- even lex busts out the grumpy face on family target days.

bottom line. target is a trip best done alone. or alone with a toddler. never, ever as a full blown family.





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  • March 15, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Courtney - I feel this post. I know those judgy eyes.

  • March 15, 2014 - 10:03 pm

    Elizabeth - It’s like you took the words right out of my mouth. I always end up trying to bribe the husband into going to Target with me on a Sunday by saying “we can get Starbucks…” and then we go and the judging comes out in full force. I always regret it and vow to go alone the next time I have to work late and drop Mason off at daycare!

  • March 16, 2014 - 3:45 am

    Jenny - I so 100% agree! My husband hates target and I have no idea why! I don’t remember the last time he stepped foot in one! He’s totally the same as your hubby at the grocery store… oh let’s get this and i’ll make this. I think there should be a no hubbies at target rule! And there is no such thing as enough water bottles – for you or Lex! 🙂

  • March 16, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Stacie - Ohhh savor these days when she tolerates shopping. We had such a good thing going, especially at Target, until a few months ago. Now, I just want to go by myself!! I never needed the cart cover until now…her new favorite way to make me batty is to lick the cart handle repeatedly (so that I’ll cut the trip short and we can leave!!) SO GROSS. PS- I wish my husband liked HomeGoods! His happy place is Lowes, and that’s about it.

  • March 16, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    Lis - Guys just do not get the Target thing. I loved “judgy eyes” and am totally using that on my SO.

  • March 16, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    Sara - OMG. My hubs always wants to go to Target…. BUT ONLY FOR THINGS THAT ARE ON THE LIST. Which actually defeats the purpose of Target.

    We have a list for every store we visit. Which is actually… pretty lame. and defeats the purpose of “shopping”.

  • March 16, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Chrissy - Agreed! My best shopping trips are done at night when Elin is in bed and I go out late shopping! I finally get the scour all the aisles with less people and no one glaring at me to hurry up! 🙂

  • March 17, 2014 - 7:55 am

    sara - Ah, Target. Yeah, it’s never a good idea to bring the hubs. UNLESS he’s there to look for yard work tools and gadgets and such. Then he lets me have a wandering eye for other things to alleviate his own guilt from going so crazy himself.

  • March 17, 2014 - 8:38 pm

    Katie - You are a brave wifey for letting your husband hit up Target with you. I will not. Because he always wants to rush me and won’t let me just mosey all over the store as I prefer. Now Cruz is a different story, he and I do Target all the time because he likes Icees and popcorn. =)

  • March 18, 2014 - 6:38 am

    Courtney B - Ha ha hahaha! I love this! You guys are the best!
    If it makes you feel better… we can do Target together as a family but only because Eric loves the hot wheels section. I can hardly pull him away from that section! Yes, I married a big child. I don’t know what’s worse. Walking through Target with judgy eyes? Or not walking through Target because we are stuck starting at hot wheels.

  • May 27, 2014 - 5:00 am

    long-weekend shenanigans. » hello erin - […] out the weekend with a little beach trip, a target trip (that didn’t result in my tears or judgy eyes a la mike), and we FINALLY fulfilled lex’s request to “go out to […]

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