I love to eat, I love when my fridge and cupboards are filled to the brim with ingredients to make delicious morsels for my family, I love the warm cooking aromas in my home, and I even love the labor of love put into cooking...but I hate grocery shopping and I hate having to figure out meals for the week in the midst of an already very busy week....so you know what I am newly in love with? This website www.e-mealz.com.
We just signed up through them to receive weekly meal planning that coincides with the weekly sales at our local grocery store. This was the first week I tried it....the weekly list gives you seven dinner meal ideas for the week along with the recipes, lists everything you need for the meals and categorizes them by departments in the store so you can easily get in and out of the store, and it tells you how much you should expect your bill to be. My bill was suppose to be $66.19. I took Luke with me and had him take a cart to put the "extra" things in that are staples for the "Foremans" so I could allocate my cart just for the items on my list to see how close my bill came to the $66.19. When the gal rang me up and the club card savings was entered ($-32.40) my bill came to $69.72...I jumped up and down, a little, I kind of did. I was so excited....I have not been able to swing 7 meals for my family for $69.72 in well...probably never, and I had upgraded a few items to organic so the $3.00 discrepancy was totally ok with me. I know we spend way too much money on food....which makes me even more in love with this program for the savings it will bring.
And....here is a picture of a chicken stir fry I made from the list....and a little something, something that was not from the list but from Luke's cart of "Foreman" staples ;)
You know what else I love????
I love being the Mom and therefore having every right to have quotes from me on bathroom walls....hopefully this is the only time my name has been on a bathroom wall. ;) I found this site www.wordsanywhere.com and was able to create my own saying and chose the font I wanted...it was actually a really fun process, and I love the end result. Luke probably does not appreciate the subliminal reminders, but I do, I love it!
I also LOVE, love walking into a store and finding unexpected treasures.....
Like theses new candle holders. I love the blue glass, I think they are so pretty and I could practically hear my family room whispering, "thank you" when I placed them on the fireplace mantle, as they are just a perfect match and definitely ups the cuteness factor in there. Ahhhh, the joys of domesticity!
But you know what I love THE MOST.....
Being with Luke yesterday when he saw his first rainbow EVER after a rainstorm we had....and it wasn't just one rainbow but it was a double rainbow.... Poor little Luke has genuinely felt ripped off in his short little life of 8 years in that he had NEVER, EVER seen a rainbow, before now. This is something we have had several conversations about over the years, his lack of "rainbow spotting in real-life "...and he's come home with tears from school when he's explained that friends of his saw one recently and AGAIN he missed out on the experience. But not yesterday......no sir! We were all snuggled in the house when out of the corner of my eye I saw a rainbow out the back windows and couldn't get the words out fast enough...."R.A.I.N.B.O.W!!!!!" and we all flew out to see it...to see both of the rainbows. Then we ran to the front and our neighbors must have thought we were nuts because Luke and I were hugging, and squealing, and marveling at the beauty of the rainbow...but also of the experience. He definitely won't forget the first time he ever saw a rainbow....nor will I forget.
I am blessed to be married to an incredibly loving and kindhearted man, Toby, and I am a mom to 2 boys...I am in the chapter of my life that involves baseball games, homework, playdates, diapers, and dump trucks. It is simply the best! With every part of my being I love being "Mom" and have learned the depth at which my heart can go when our youngest son was born with Down syndrome. This blog was created to connect with other families on this same journey that an extra 21st chromosome presents. Join me as I journal about Down syndrome, life, and raising Reid and his big brother Luke.