I went to the grocery store this morning. In the rain. With my two youngest children.
But, we really, really needed to go. The cupboards and refrigerator were bare.
This actually resulted in 2 good things.
1. I cleaned my refrigerator. Technically, I'm not done cleaning it yet. I had to do it in sections. It was that bad. I would share pictures with you but then you would think less of me. You really would. Let's just say, I watched an episode of Hoarders and realized that the inside of my refrigerator looked just as bad as the guy's on the show.
2. I had a stroke of genius for last night's dinner. I looked what remaining ingredients I had and came up with this: Chicken topped with Crab Au Gratin, Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Onions, Carrot & Celery Salad. Not too shabby for a last minute meal idea if I say so myself.
(My poor menu on the sidebar has been sadly neglected. I need to get back into the habit of planning out my weekly menus. We had that sickness a few weeks back and then I never got back into the swing of things).
Now our cupboards and refrigerator are restocked. But, I spent way more money than I wanted to and I STILL forget 2 items (and I used a list!).
You know I've been a mom now for almost 8 years. And, all this time we've had an older pac n play. It was a hand me down from a friend of mine. We pretty much have stored it in the attic and used it for when we travel with the children (We used it when the boys were babies and we went camping).
This is similar to the one we have.
image found hereSomehow, the thought never occurred to me to use this beautiful child-containment device when bringing in and putting away groceries. Instead I'd bring the kids inside and try to run back and forth to the van (We do not have a garage) with load after load of groceries all while the little one cries and tries to cling to my leg and/or escape out the door.
Today, the lightbulb went off in my head. I stuck the boys in the pac n play with some books and crackers and bringing in and putting away the groceries was almost enjoyable!
On that note, I'm going to go now and enjoy a couple more pieces of one of my all-time favorite candies that I permitted myself to get today. Hopefully, I show some restraint and don't make myself sick.
I love these things!
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Have a very excellent and blessed weekend!