So with yesterday being Earth Day and having an extra cake mix and container of chocolate icing on hand, I gave in and thought it would be fun to make "dirt cupcakes". I even had some chocolate goldfish grahams that we could crush up and sprinkle on top. I was feeling pretty on top of things...for a few minutes.
What I didn't have was cupcake liners...
or gummy worms.
What kind of dirt cupcake doesn't have gummy worms?
The time is now 1:30pm, and being a little overly ambitious, I think we can make it to the store, pick up the gummy worms, the cupcake liners, and a few other things, get back to the house by 2:15, drop off the groceries, and get to Abby's school by 2:35pm to pick her up.
What was I thinking? When have I ever been able to just run into the store with Noah and be out in 20 minutes?
It's 2:15pm and we're heading up to checkout. I figure it will be okay. We'll just go straight to Abby's school. I'll put all the cold stuff in one bag. It should be fine...
Then I realize I forgot the gummy worms. Hello! Isn't that what you came to the store for in the first place? Luckily, there's a candy display near checkout with these new worm, slug, and snail gummies. (Thank you, Willy Wonka.)
Then I notice the check out line, and I start to freak. Two lines are open. Three full carts ahead of me. The one I am in is at a stand still for some reason. A problem with a coupon? I don't know. The one next to me has at least four people waiting.
What do I do? Leave the groceries? I don't have time to put them back. I'll be late picking up Abby. The express line isn't even open. Grrrr...I should never have cut it this close.
Then - Hallelujah! Another line opens up, and the nice lady next to me lets me go first. Thank you! Thank you! I think she could see the panic on my face.
We made it to pick up Abby just in time. Phew!
After we got home and were waiting for the cupcakes to cool, we went on an Earth Day Happiness Scavenger Hunt around the neighborhood -
The kids were so excited to find a "pet caterpillar" (currently in Abby's room), and with every piece of trash they picked up, Abby kept saying, "Mom, we are helping the Earth!" They were really into it - even fighting over who got to pick up the next piece of trash. Noah even wanted to walk all the way to the other side of the neighborhood where we had noticed a crushed water bottle in the road as we were driving home from school.
When we got back (and washed our hands REALLY well), we added the finishing touches and finally ate the much anticipated dirt cupcakes - WORMS and all!
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