Bills were paid this morning while Novia ate her breakfast and watched a video about David & Goliath (about 4 times over… it was fairly short), her current obsession is Goliath. Daddy keeps reminding her that he was the bad guy and that she should like David, but I think she is really just fascinated because he was so BIG. I was also able to do my grocery list complete with coupon planning and pray that God would stretch our dollars today. Finally we were able to get out the door to the grocery store and Novia was still in a very happy mood. It wasn’t quite as early as I had hoped so as to avoid the hotter part of the day (seeing how we don’t have AC in our car), but there was grace for that too. Once we got to the store, Novia spotted the carts specifically designed with kids in mind (she calls them the “bus”) and she excitedly asked if we could get a “bus” and not a “regular” cart. I obliged, since I’m becoming a pro at maneuvering those beasts. Anyway, shopping went very smoothly and God did indeed stretch our dollar. I spent almost less than half of what I usually do for close to the same amount of food! Novia was her usual friendly self, greeting everyone who came close enough to hear her. Close to the end of our shopping, two grocery store employees were working in an aisle and heard her greeting people and one of them smiled brightly and said, “You’re hired!” Novia looked at me and said, “No, I’m not tired!” How do you explain a job offer to a not yet three year old? =)
After loading up the groceries into the trunk, we got some gas with our gas coupon earned from our grocery purchases (I had no idea that one could use up to 5 of them at one time!), and then I decided to get some drive-through after seeing my wilting daughter in the rear-view mirror. She pepped up again while eating her nuggets, but I knew that there would be no argument from her about a nap when we got home. I had really hoped to get some food prepped while Novia was sleeping, but my body told me that wisdom would say I needed to rest as well. Two hours of rest did this body some definite good and I was ready to get cooking! My parents came to take girlie for some mutually desired Grammy & Papa/Novia time. My hard working husband was away at the gun range with a good friend and only Maverick was left to be in my way while cooking.