Yesterday was a rainy Saturday. The kind where you really want to stay inside and watch t.v. or movies all day and not even think about going outside. Unfortunately, there was not time for this. Since John was working all weekend it was either get the grocery shopping done on Saturday with 2 kids or do it Sunday in between church and Cub Scouts with 4 kids. Despite the rain, Saturday won out. Friday afternoon I had gone through my coupons and looked on line at the weekly ads for the stores I would go to, made a menu for the upcoming week and got my grocery list narrowed down to get me the best bang for my buck.
So, at 9:00am, in the pouring rain 825, 1119 and myself set out. We started by trying out the “day old” bread store down the street from us. I pass by it almost everyday but had brushed it off and never actually went to it so I decided to give it a shot. It was well worth my time! Among other deals I got Nature’s Own hot dog buns for only 50 cents a pack!. So, the bread store has now been added to my rotation of grocery stores. The bread store feels very lucky to be on this select list.
Next up was the bank to deposit John’s paycheck for the week. Of course a trip to the bank with kids is not complete without lollipops so both kids got a Dum-Dum. Now, this is a seemingly innocent thing to give a kid and when that kid is 5 like 825 it is pretty innocent. When that kid is 17 months old like 1119 it is not so innocent. He had his lollipop as we drove from the bank to Home Depot to do the monthly kids workshop building project. When I opened his door to get him out at Home Depot he immediately handed me an empty, sticky, slobbery stick with an equally sticky and slobbery hand. Of course that hand was not the only hand that was sticky and slobbery. His other hand was absolutely gross too. His face also had a shiny layer of sticky slobber on it. Luckily I always have tons of baby-wipes in the car for just such events and got him cleaned off easily.
As usual we had so much fun at the Home Depot workshop even though I forgot to bring the work aprons (mommy fail). This was the 2nd month that I got a building kit for 1119 as well as 825. This month’s project was a hanging herb planter and was a great project for both kids as it only had 1 screw to put in and no nails. We were finished in no time and ready to head out the door when we realized that there was a children’s planting project going on near the garden center. Each of the boys got to plant a flower in a clay flower pot. When we were done we found out that they will be doing a free planting project for kids every Saturday through the summer! How exciting! We love Home Depot projects and we love plants for our garden so it is a perfect fit for us to plan on doing most of the Saturdays.
After Home Depot we headed to Dollar Tree to see what they had that we could cross off the other grocery lists for cheaper. Of course we can’t just call it “Dollar Tree” because that is soooo boring and the Dollar Tree is such an exciting store to go to so we call it “Dolla Tree WOOT, WOOT”. It is very important to 825 and I that it is referred to correctly. This was a great trip. I found a number of things that were on my list anyway and for only $1 it was well worth my time to go to an extra store.
4 errands down and 3 more to go. Next was the local international farmers market. Of course this one is really more like an international grocery store as they have tons and tons of dry goods as well as produce and meat like you would expect at any other farmers market. The produce prices and meat prices are out of control there! I got several packs of 99 cent strawberries this week so that I could take advantage of the good price and cut them up to freeze for smoothies and I got John a picnic ham (like a Boston butt) for only $1.09 per pound! What a deal! So exciting when I see such great deals and can take advantage of them. Since my little helpers were being so well behaved I let 825 pick out a treat from the check out line and I got a treat for 1119 and me to share. Apparently I am not dieting today anyway since I had 2 bowls of cereal for breakfast.
Our next stop was Publix. Normally I think that Publix is too expensive but if you stick to their sale items, especially the B1G1 items, and you can find a coupon for those items too you can do really well there. This week was just so-so at Publix. A lot of the stuff that was on sale was not stuff that I use and the cashier I got insisted that the coupon policy was different than the one that I have been able to use in the past so I didn’t get out of there with as much savings as I would have liked. Still not a waste of time just not as save-tastic as I prefer.
While I was at Publix John called and told me that he was on his way home for a little bit so after Publix we went home to unload the stuff we had already purchased and have lunch. I got the cold stuff put away, told John about all of the good deals I got while he smiled and pretended to be interested like a good husband then I had lunch. I put 1119 down for a nap and headed out for 1 last store. This time it was Kroger. Now, don’t get me wrong, Kroger has good sales sometimes and if you have coupons to match up to the sales they are even better but they don’t live up to the Publix B1G1 sales. Mostly I go to Kroger for things that aren’t on sale anywhere else but I still need because the Kroger everyday price is typically really good. I also go to Kroger if I don’t have time to run around to all of the other stores and plan out multiple grocery lists. This week my Kroger list was really pretty short so I got out of there pretty quickly although since I didn’t have any kids with me I did take my time and enjoy the peace and quiet a little bit.
Once I got back home John had to leave to do some more work so I got started putting groceries away. Not long after John left though Leo woke up so I had to take a break and nurse him and then he only wanted to be held so I did something that I haven’t had to do in a while, I put him in a sling so that I could keep working around the house. I don’t know what happened after that. I just know that the next time I took a break to look around my kitchen was a disaster zone. What did I do during that 3 hour time lapse? Apparently I cut up strawberries (remember the 99 cent ones from the farmers market?), put them in bags and froze them so that we can use them for smoothies. I also organized my kitchen freezer using little plastic boxes and buckets that we had out in the shed (which means I went out to the shed in the rain). Then I looked in my fridge and saw that it too had been cleaned out and organized. Lots of expired condiments were thrown out, the condiments in the door shelves were organized with like things together and the other condiments were organized on a shelf also with like things together. It was at this moment that I realized that we had 5 different kinds of BBQ sauce open in there. I think that this is indicative of some kind of mental health problem that I should really look into having treated. Next up I looked in the cheese and meat drawer and was amazed! I had taken a Rubbermaid box and put all of the bags of shredded cheese in it standing up so that it is easier to see what kinds I have and if there is a bag that is already open or not. Then I put all of the bags of sandwich meat next to that so that they are easily visible and not covered up by the bags of cheese anymore. Genius I tell you!
Next came the most exciting part of the fridge transformation! I opened the produce drawer and saw the apples all in containers separated by type. No more guessing which kinds we have and ending up with 30 of one kind and only 1 of the other kinds! Then I looked on the shelf above the produce drawer and saw the most amazing thing that made by OCD self so incredibly happy! All of the other fruits were divided into individual containers. Strawberry containers with the lid cut off and a paper towel at the bottom to be exact. They were all easily visible. Nothing was getting squished or bruised by all of the other fruit on top. The containers would be easy and cheap to keep clean or even replace when the time came. This is by far the BEST produce organization system I had ever seen or implemented in my house! I patted myself on the back and congratulated myself on being a brilliant organizer. Then I looked around and saw the mess that my kitchen was and decided that I might not need quite so much praise just yet. The groceries on the table, toys and Tupperware all over the floor from 1119 playing while I was busy organizing. It was a disaster. It was so bad that I decided to put that off a little bit longer and go ahead and make dinner.
Dinner was avocado chicken salad wraps with chips and fruit. It is a simple recipe: shredded chicken breast (3 was perfect for the 4 of us that were eating that night) avocado (I used 1 1/2) mixed with cilantro, green onions, salt, pepper and lime juice all to taste. I mixed it all up and let it sit in the newly organized fridge so that the flavors could melt together while I cleaned up the kitchen. It is amazing how many things a 17 month old will find to pull out of cabinets when you are on organizing mode and not paying enough attention. I finally got it all cleaned up and put away though and felt much better about my day after that and began to pat myself on the back again.
Next up was serving dinner which was tastylicious and well received by all followed by dessert. Dessert was a winner for sure! I used some chocolate ice cream and peanut butter then healthied it up with almond milk and a banana. Throw all of that into the blender and turn it on and you have a flavorful milkshake sure to please the kids and make them call you supermom even if you did forget the Home Depot aprons earlier that morning and it was the end of their world at that moment. Mommy win!
It is always hard to get out and do things on a rainy day especially when I have to take kids with me but I sure am glad that I got all of that done and over with when I did. Now I don’t have to worry about doing it later today and can just relax. O.K. so maybe I can’t relax since I have o work in the church nursery, prep for a Cub Scout meeting, attend the Cub Scout meeting with all 4 kids in tow, make dinner, etc. but at least I don’t have to do any of the grocery store stuff and my fridge is organized and clean. Sometimes being the crazy mom out in the rain with her kids is just what it takes to get you one step closer to being a supermom in the long run.