Your refrigerator looks like this. Now this may look like an easy fix. You just go to the store right?
Absolutely! Not a big deal, just a couple of steps are necessary for us to change the above picture.
First step is for Jason to have a day off. This time of year its easier than other times. Why can’t I do this trip by myself you may ask? Well, lets just say I am a much saner person if Jason goes along.
The next step is the one and a half or two-hour drive to get to town. It depends on where we decide to shop for the month. This time around we went to Billings so the drive there took us two hours. I meant to take pictures along the way to show how pretty the drive is, but of course I forgot. In reality, I had the chance to sit beside Jason and talk or sit beside Jason and take pictures. Talking won out since it’s a hobby of mine that I rarely get to practice these days. I will do better next time!
Part three of this trip is very important. It’s trying to keep your sanity in tact while shopping with five kids, for a months worth of food and all the other things that a family of seven requires. This takes skill. This takes nerves. This takes the ability to laugh when you really want to scream or cry. This is why I force Jason to come with me!
Note: I have done this trip by myself before. I was almost seven months pregnant with Liberty. We somehow managed to get through the day and then got a flat tire on the way home. This required the unloading of EVERYTHING out of the back of the van, only to find that I couldn’t get the luggnuts loosened. Thankfully we miraculously had cell service and I caught Jason at home on break so he could come rescue me. I haven’t had the nerve to try it by myself since. Judge if you want but I know my limits!
Next we have the actual shopping. We are developing a system over time that lets us shop rather quickly. Costco takes us about 50 minutes and considering that we fill a cart to overflowing every time, I think that’s pretty darn good! Wal-Mart, now that’s another story. I think we could get this one down also if they would leave everything in the same place and stop rearranging every month. Drives me crazy!! Because of their penchant to turn everything backwards and place products in places that make no sense, garbage bags in the canned goods isle anyone?, this store has the annoying ability to take at least two hours. At least.
So we are at two hours of driving, and at least three hours of shopping.
Now we have to eat somewhere in there. With all of us it’s actually cheaper to go and sit down in a restaurant than to grab fast food, and since we only come to town once a month usually, it’s our treat. Timing is key with this. If we wait till the shopping is done, everyone is crabby and the meal is not enjoyed. If we go before we shop, the kids have too much energy from the car ride and the meal is not enjoyed. If we go in between Costco and Wal-Mart the food from Costco will get too warm by the time we get home. By this time we have realized that eating out really isn’t going to be much of a treat. Oh well, I don’t have to cook and there will be no dirty dishes to wash so in the end it’s still worth it.
Ok, so two hours of driving, three hours of shopping, one hour to eat and now its time for the return two-hour trip. At least eight hours away from home. The kids are always so happy to hit the dirt road, but honestly, not as happy as their parents.
Now to unload. UGH!!! Will this day ever end?! Not until the perishables are put away.
I refuse to finish the rest right now!
See, an easy fix to an empty fridge. It only takes (at least) eight hours. No big deal!