Gardening 101: Avoid Taking The Kids With You To Home Depot


I should have known better.  Taking my high energy six and three year old to Home Depot with me while my friend and I shopped for lumber for the garden planter box I'm having built, was not one of my best stay-sane mommy decisions.

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"Girls! (insert mean mommy face) Stop running!"

Ignoring me through the awesome fun they were having in those long Home Depot aisles, they continued to…well…be kids.

"Girls!  I mean it!  You better stop running around before someone ends up getting hurt!"

Hearing the serious mommy tone along with the distraction of a really cool ladder they could climb and sit on slowed them down for a few moments, while I continued to try to be of assistance to my dear friend who had taken on the responsibility of wood shopping, alone.

Only moments later, out of the corner of my eye,  flashing glimpses of my three year old's dress over her head as she attempted wobbly cartwheels across the hard concrete floor sent me into near mommy meltdown.

"Ahem!  DON'T do that!  Your bottom is showing and you'll end up bonking your head on the hard concrete floor!"

But what really sent me over the edge was the tag game that followed, causing my six year old to trip over her own feet and experience the painful sting of road rash across her bare knee.  The cry out loud, blood curdling tears began, and then she did it.  She looked down at her knee.  And you know, it always hurts worse when you examine the injury with your own eyes.

"Moooommmy!  It's bleeeeeding, reaaalllly bad!!  I need a band-aid!"   And she turned the volume of crying up a notch.

At this moment two things happened.

One - I was so furious that I had asked them over and over to stop because I didn't want this very thing happening, that I was tempted to let my temper rage, yelling at my daughter right there in the store, but I didn't.  Instead, I chose the talk-with-your-teeth-clenched-under-your-breath-I-told-you-so tone of voice.  Then I hugged her.

Two -  Do you think being the SuperMom I am, that I actually had any band-aids in my purse?  Nope!  Do you know how many times I've told myself to put band-aids in my purse for moments such as these?  More times than I can count.  Do you think I've actually done so since this happened?  Nope!  Thankfully, I had diaper wipes in the bottom of my purse to help control the bleeding.

So what does the story of my out-of-control (yet totally acting their age in Home Depot) children have to do with gardening?

Really, it's my first gardening lesson learned.

Never take your kids with you to Home Depot or anywhere similar when you need to be able to focus on what you're about to purchase.  Places like that are every young child's dream play area for cranking up the imagination and energy.  Long aisles to run up and down.  Short and tall ladders to climb.  Lumber carts lined up in long rows to be used as tunnels to crawl through.  Yep, every kid's dream playground.

I'm so grateful to my dear friend, Caprice, who not only did all the research, pricing, picking out, loading, and hauling of the lumber, but is also building my garden box for me.  I'm incredibly blessed by her friendship.  And not just because she's doing this awesome thing for me.  She's one of those friends that truly loves me for who I am; one who I know I could call in a pinch and she'd be there for me.  She is however, going to make me sand and stain the box once it's built, so I have some investment into the project, besides just the financial part.  Can you tell, she's also a mom!  icon smile Gardening 101:  Avoid Taking The Kids With You To Home Depot

So today as I link up with Val over at Mental Chew for her 'How Does Your Garden Grow?' series, I'll share that for me, this past week was about determining where I would be planting my garden items and making sure I had the necessary containers for them.


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It's too soon just yet for me to start physically planting anything.  I might do some seeds, but for simplicity sake, I'm really leaning more towards finding starts for the plants I want, and planting them that way.  This means I'll have to wait a week or two to be sure we've gotten past the chance of freezing temperatures or one last snow.  Personally, I doubt the weather will turn that drastically given how mild our winter has been, but I could be wrong.

Did you learn any gardening lessons this week?


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Rosann is wife to the man of her dreams and stay-at-home mom to two delightful little girls. Her heart's greatest passions are loving her family well, long-distance running, writing, and pretty much anything dark chocolate peanut butter. Rosann loves to encourage women whose husbands are in a season of unemployment, at her other website Her writing inspiration comes from a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith. She is also the Author of two books - UnEmployed Faith: Clothing Yourself in Strength and Perseverance Through his Season of Unemployment, and Refuel Your Inner SuperMom: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Groove Back.
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  1. Aurie

    Oh my goodness...I can totally relate. My 4 year old begs to go to Home Depot because of all the fun stuff to see there ;) We only go when my hubby can go with us, and even then at times we end up waiting in the car.

    • Rosann

      Haha! You know Aurie, I have to admit, there was a side of me that envied my girls and all the fun they were having. If only I could do cartwheels down those long aisles too! Somehow I think we'd end up getting asked to leave the store. :)

  2. Pamela / Pamela's Heavenly Treats

    I know exactly what you went through, I had a disaster last year at the lowes, and this year I am hoping they have grown since then and understand not to touch the different plants and dirt etc. :-)

    • Rosann

      Oh, sorry you can relate so well Pamela. :) I'm not sure they ever really grow up when it comes to the temptation of those long empty concrete aisles. Haha!

  3. Kelly

    I learned: don't leave your son's tiny greenhouse with sprouting seeds on the backporch. The dog drug it down the steps and dug out the seeds, and dirt and generally made a mess. Buying more seeds and potting soil today. ;-)
    Good luck on your gardening

    • Rosann

      Oh no, Kelly! Good luck with your gardening too. :)

  4. Deb

    Oh nooooo - never, NEVER, take the kids on special buying trips like that and expect to get anything done smoothly and quickly. I have had my share of experiences like you had. It never gets easier! lol

    • Rosann

      Yep, Deb, I definitely learned the hard way. :)

  5. Shannon Milholland

    I know I shouldn't laugh at your pain but alas I am. I have experienced the same thing so many times! It is great to know I'm not the only one raising little heathens! lol! The other day one of my little ones demonstrated the proper "marriage" kiss (including her tongue hanging out) for her class. Oh joy!

    • Rosann

      Haha!! No Shannon, you aren't alone! I wonder how your little one knew to hang her tongue out for a marriage kiss? Hehehe... :) So funny, this morning my daughter and I were talking about how beautiful I think she is and I mentioned that we were going to have to beat the boys away with sticks when she gets older. She laughed and said, "you'll have to beat them right in the peanut!" I must admit I was a little bit horrified by that response. I thought at first she was about to say a different word, but was grateful the word ended the way it did. Then after inquiring as to where she heard that phrase, she said one of the boys at school says that all the time. Boys! This is why God didn't give me boys. I can't handle them. Lol!

  6. Val

    The only thing crazier might be my kids in the mile long card aisle at a megastore off island. Cue instant migraine.

    Happy news you are sharing! Planter boxes! I am so excited that you are joining me in this adventure.

    • Rosann

      Lol! Val, I totally forgot about the anxiety of taking them into a Hallmark store. All that breakable stuff and the cards. They love the musical cards. Whenever we're there, it sounds like a musical card rock concert going off and half the cards don't get put back where they belong. I'm sure the store clerks hate us. Haha! So excited to show you my planter box next week. Hopefully I'll have it sanded and stained by then. The weather did actually take a turn to rain and cold the past few days, in fact last night it was freezing temps. Good thing I didn't buy any plants yet.

  7. Caprice

    HAHAHAHA! Clearly, you were more concerned about the kids, (including mine), being wild than I was! Maybe because my boys were MUCH more active than the three girls together when they were that age. They broke me in! Who am I kidding? They are 11 and 14 and still get in trouble for being crazy in the hardware store!

    I love that we are friends and get to enjoy our adventures in raising kids and gardens together! I'm really glad that you are the one sanding and staining the planter box. Excellent character building!! Love you!

    • Rosann

      You know, Caprice, I've had people tell me the more kids they have the less they worry about stuff like crazy behavior in Home Depot, but I'm not willing to have any more kids to see if they're right. Lol! I think God knew exactly what He was doing when He blessed us with girls instead of boys. My girls are a handful at times, but I'm pretty sure I'd never survive parenting the "energy" of boys.

      I love our friendship too and really appreciate that you love me (faults and all). Even when we go weeks without talking, our friendship seems to just pick up right where we left off. No guilt. No "why didn't you call me?" Just love and acceptance. I so appreciate that!! :) Love you too!

  8. Kathy

    You are so funny!!! You can tell you are new to gardening!!! You are right, not taking kids with you is totally the first lesson, you can't concentrate at all, plus it should be the one thing where you can be by yourself to totally get into it and enjoy! I think husbands should not come either, but that's just me!! Lol! Enjoy, I can't wait to see it all done! xo

    • Rosann

      Lol! Kathy, you are too funny. Actually when it comes to gardening, I know my husband would have no interest in shopping with me. However, if we're talking about purchasing something new and fun with technology, he's SO there! :)

  9. Michelle

    Oh, Rosann! I can so relate to this post! I don't think I'm going to be doing a garden this year. We'll be busy with the addition and we've failed so many times in the past. I think we'll wait until a year when I won't be gone so much during the summer! Good Luck with your garden. And good for you for being so "controlled" in Home Depot!

    • Rosann

      Aww, bummer that you won't be doing a garden Michelle. Thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving such a nice comment. :)

  10. Tonya

    Kathy, your story about your trip to Home Depot was so funny! (although I'm sure it was anything but at the time) I have so been there!! My boys want to pick up every tool and hop on those lawnmowers they've got sitting there. You're right, it's the ultimate playground. And I don't have a single bandaid in my pocketbook either!

    Hopping by from Mental Chew! Looking forward to seeing how your garden progresses - and what an awesome friend to help you create this planter!

    • Rosann

      Thanks Tonya! Thankfully we didn't walk by the lawnmowers or I'm sure the girls would have had a ball on those too. :) Thank you so much for stopping over and for your sweet comment!

  11. Anne @ GreenEggs&Moms

    Ugh! Do the kids ever listen?? They only do when they get hurt or mommy looks like she's about to explode. Haha. But kidding aside, I do hope your kiddo's knee is all better now. And yeah, I know what you mean when you say injuries hurt MORE once you inspect them.

    • Rosann

      Ugh! No Anne, my kiddos rarely listen, but they sure do have a lot of fun! Lol! No, actually they are really good kids. Her knee is doing much better now. And I finally added band aids to my purse. Yay! :)

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