We’ve spent a lot of time at Home Depot this year, mostly because every time we get a spare couple bucks we spend them on a tree or a bush for our yard.
The thing is, every time we go the kids are awful. AW-FUL.
Tantrums, begging to get out of the cart and run around, tipping over stuff, hiding in bushes. If you were shopping at Home Depot at the same time you would roll your eyes, cluck your tongue and whisper about what terrible parents we are even though we are DOING OUR BEST, OKAY?
We usually last twenty minutes or so and it’s around then that I start to see Serge’s shoulders hunching up into his ears, his hands white-knuckling the handle on the shopping cart, and I know it’s time to go.
But the trip to pick out a rug for the kids’ playroom went nothing like our usual trips. First off, we talked it up like nobody’s business.
HEY! WANNA GO PICK OUT A RUG FOR YOUR PLAYROOM? WHAT COLOR? RED? PURPLE? BLUE?
OH MY GOSH, IT’S GOING TO BE SO MUCH FUN!
I LOVE RUGS! RUGS ARE AWESOME!
GREEN? YELLOW? WHAT COLOR?
The bit about it being so much fun was a lie, of course. Because we’ve never had “fun” with the kids while trying to pick out plants or a paint colors, but this trip was actually a good time.
Violet was flipping through the racks of rugs, debating the merit of each rug, and then a hardcore game of hide and seek ensued. In the end I took a bunch of photos of all the rugs we liked so I could compare them with the ones that are available online. Pretty much the only requirement for Violet and Henry is colorful. I’m interested in something that is durable, hides dirt/stains and can easily be cleaned because the chances that this rug is going to get peed on are very high, know what I’m saying?
Here’s a little recap of our trip that ends with what rug we purchased:
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