My 4 year-old gets out of school a couple of hours before my older two children. He goes to school 3 miles away from home. It was the only school in the area with an opening for Head Start. My older two children went to Head Start back east, I am a believer in what they do.
Today I had to go to the grocery store before I picked him up. It is much easier doing it with one child than with two or more, especially since the one child I brought with me doesn't ask for everything. I went to the store this morning after dropping him off at school, but didn't realize that I had enough milk for one bowl of cereal. The shopping trip this afternoon was for more milk. It was on sale at a local store for $1.99, so I got two. I get skim milk and 1% milk. While I was there, I saw that M&M's were on sale for 50 cents per package. I thought those would be a great thing for my 4 year-old to enjoy after school.
After finishing at the store, I headed to his school. I was about a mile away from home, so I thought I would take a different route to pick him up. Never a good idea to attempt a different route in an area you don't know. My GPS was confused too. It just wasn't good. I finally got myself to a road that I knew and thankfully I wasn't late to pick him up.
On the way out of the school, I told him what treat I got him. He wasn't really impressed. In fact, I think he told me he hates M&M's. This was quite shocking to me. I thought, "Perhaps he had a bad experience with them lately?!" Nope, that wasn't it! He wanted a Beyblade. He doesn't hate M&M's, he hates that he got those instead of a Beyblade. Those cost a little more than 50 cents.
Well, I convinced him to let me have a few of his M&M's before I started driving again. I took several and tossed them into my mouth. I made sure he was strapped in and away we went. By the time we got home, he had enjoyed most of the M&M's and announced that they had gotten rotten on our way home. He set them on the foot rest to our couch when he got inside.
Along came my baby girl. She is quite mobile these days. She hasn't quite gotten to the point where she walks, but she is a huge fan of crawling. She is also talented at cruising along the furniture. She got to the foot rest, apparently. I was out in the kitchen making myself a delicious bowl of ice cream. When I came out, this is what I saw:
If you can't tell, she has blue and orange around her mouth. She finished off her brother's M&M's. Thankfully they weren't really rotten! She held on to that wrapper for several minutes after they were gone. I think she wanted to be sure that there weren't any extra ones that would come out. I have to admit, she knows what the good stuff is! :)