took the kids to the annual Easter egg hunt this morning. It was mostly miserable because it was snowing and freezing cold and one of them was crying a lot. The husband was out putting up our sign (yay!), so I had to manage the kids and their lack of dexterity on my own.
I'm amazed I've been able to spend any time at all with them this last month of getting everything ready, but I have. They've been at the store helping out, we had several mommy-daughter dates, and the littlest is curled up by my side while I write this blog post. We still eat (albeit increasingly less fancy) meals together and read books before bed. Because no matter how crazy things are, people make time for their priorities.
We are a busy and hard-working culture. The hours between school or work and bedtime are precious and we shouldn't have to spend it running errands. The concept behind the store is to help alleviate that chaos and inconvenience, so making time for priorities is just a little bit simpler.
I still have no idea how this will go. The community response has been incredible. So many folks have reached out to show their support and encouragement. And of course my friends and family have been amazing. But I have my doubts because I'm an anxious person and I don't really know how to not worry.
Regardless, the store opens on Monday and we are ready. I know this is just the beginning of an adventure, not the finish line. There will be ongoing hurdles, frustrations, and new fears that I haven't even thought of yet. But I have wonderful employees, quality products, great prices, and a valuable service to offer our community.
Parents are amazing. Yesterday I got the kids to school and daycare, went to 3 stores for last minute opening stuff, visited the post office, bought supplies for the Easter baskets, and got to the shop to meet a delivery, all before 10:00am.
I hope this little drive-thru is successful enough that we all don't have to work quite as hard to get the little things done. And we can all focus on bigger, better things.
Happy Easter everyone, see you next week!