Feb 24, 2021

Snowstorm and Walmart+

Texas has not seen weather this cold in 100 years. Of course, when the Measoms move from Michigan to Texas, the cold just seems to follow us...naturally. 

Thankfully, we have Walmart+. Walmart+, helped me prepare for the storm before it hit. Our groceries were picked out, packed up, and dropped off right at our doorstep. We even had a driver that left us a nice note! So darn sweet.

Walmart+ benefits available based on your location- 

Free shipping from Walmart.com. No order Minimum required, so you can get items shipped as often as you need - for free (excluded freight and Marketplace items).

Free Delivery from store of groceries and toiletries to toys and electronics, which can be delivered to your door as soon as the same day (order must be at least $35 and restrictions apply).

Save 5¢ per gallon with member price on fuel at Walmart, Sam's Club & Murphy fuel stations.

Walmart+ is convenient and helps us save on money and time. I can't speak highly enough about groceries being delivered right to my doorstep. Now, I can spend more time with family. It is amazing! All you have to do is sign up for Walmart+ (see the amazing benefits they offer in your area) and bam! 

Need purple shampoo? They've got you! Need a perfume to make you smell good for your hot date (this one is my favorite for spring / summer). They've got you! Need something to keep your kids entertained while you make dinner (this game is our favorite)? They've got that too! 

Y'all, it's that easy! Cheers!  

Feb 16, 2021

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

What you'll need...

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup flour

1/2 diced onion

2 tablespoons minced garlic

2 cups broccoli (chopped)

2 cups carrots (chopped)

1 bag shredded sharp cheddar 

1 bag shredded mexican cheese blend

2 cups chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

dash of garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. if you want it spicy you can substitute the nutmeg for cayenne pepper.


What you'll do...

Melt butter. 

Saute onion and garlic.

Add flour. Mix well until it creates a paste like consistency. 

Add chicken stock, heavy cream, garlic powder, onion powder, nutmeg, and salt and pepper. 

Simmer.

Add broccoli and carrots. Mix and simmer until thickened. About 10 minutes.

Add cheese. 

Stir constantly for ten minutes, or until the broccoli and carrots are cooked to taste. 

Serve and enjoy.



Feb 13, 2021

Valentine's Day Date



yesterday, i got festive. there was a pink sweater and a pink headband. 

on my side of the bed there was a bouquet of pink and white flowers. i hope they stay alive forever. my husband surprised me with them. 

i see you mr. wonderful. i see you. 

later, we went to our favorite thai place. i love me some pho. it worked out wonderfully because it's the coldest it has ever been in texas in 100 years. feels like michigan. wtf. soup was a great choice though, or so my husband said after he downed his bowl.

then, we drove around to get him so cookies and me a sonic coke with lime. along the way we chatted about life, celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary, and the things we are grateful for.

we got home feeling renewed, rekindled, and ready for bed. cheers...

Feb 11, 2021

truth or dare

so we meet again large sonic cup. you're filled to the brim with Coca-Cola, lite pebble ice (heavenly), and extra lime. 

i'm wearing pink because it's valentines week. i'm learning that i quite enjoy pink. having a daughter has obviously changed me for the better.

yesterday someone tooted. they shall remain anonymous, but it was hilarious...because it was vinnie (our dog). whoops. guess it's not anonymous anymore, huh?

we went to the store to get a friend her birthday present, and aida mae found the cutest baby outfit. she brought it over to me and said, "here mom, this is for our baby." does she know something i don't?

listening to aida mae play dolls...is very insightful. she reenacts our lives. watching her play dolls i think, "crap did she learn that from me?" yep. yep, she did.

on a scale of 1 to 10 how much do you loathe being pregnant? this is a safe place. we can share openly here, and let me just say it sucked the first two times so the third cannot possibly be any better right?

the end and xo!

Feb 9, 2021

grocery day

 


running around never ends.

there is always a grocery store to be visited and an item on my list to forget. 

i go in with a list, and get things that aren't on it because i forgot to write them down. then, i forget the single most important item i went to the store to get. i need it for dinner. i contemplate getting pizza because going back to the store sounds like the last thing i want to do. i remember that a pizza is 10 bucks, and that i just spent a wad on groceries. back to the store we go.

then, when i get home, I have to hurry quick and get everything put away before it melts.

"don't forget to put the meat into its own separate bag before putting it into the freezer," I remind myself.

but i'm tired. i could get away with just putting it in the freezer as is, right? wrong. the last time i did that there was paper on the roast in the slow cooker. whoops, sorry honey.

after the groceries are put away someone is hungry. i make lunch...and then all i want to do is climb into bed and cuddle my man. nap time!

Feb 6, 2021

Last Minute Valentine's Day Outfit

 

Feb 4, 2021

Cancer

It's time to share something I never thought I would. God put this on my heart. He guided my words, and I know that someone reading this needs to hear it. This isn't from me. It's from Him.

I was about 12 when my mother turned to me in the car and said, "One day I am going to get sick, and you're going to have to take care of yourself." I don't know how she knew, but she did, and she loved me enough to try and prepare me. She wanted me to be ready and to be brave. Not like the words you read in a story book, but instead the words that mean you've been through something awful and still survived to tell about it.

It wouldn't be the first time.

It wasn't normal when we went to get our nails done (a special mommy-daughter outing) and she was passed out on the table mid-manicure. 

For a few years she was falling asleep everywhere. It was alarming because she was usually the energizer bunny. She could never sit still. She always had something to do, or somewhere to be. She kept busy, but now everything seemed to slow her down. She was "so tired."

Something was wrong, when for 7 years, the ultrasounds showed a tumor growing, and her doctor never noticed.

I knew it was serious when she willingly went to the ER. They told her it was just kidney stones. She had kidney stones before, and this was not that.

After the falling asleep everywhere, the pain, the ultrasounds, and the ER visit, a friend recommended she see an oncologist. The oncologist compiled all her records. He had read through the ER visit, the ultrasounds, and saw it. He saw the tumor growing for 7 years right in front of him as he looked at one ultrasound to the next. He threw his hands down on the table and yelled, "She effed you! This doctor effed you so bad! Look at this!" 

There it was as clear as day a tumor stretching from her stomach into her kidneys. 

"There is a tumor. We have to operate to see exactly what it is and what's going on."

Before I knew it, she was in the hospital bed. Trying to be tough for us, but I knew inside she was terrified. She had one kid in college, another in the middle of high school, and their dad was never interested in being around. I cannot imagine the fear that filled her while she continued to try and be our rock, while she was about to face the biggest personal trial of her life.

Cancer they told her. We have always had this unspeakable bond. She carried me and I carried her. The words hit me. I understood the definition of the word, but I had no idea what that would mean for us.  

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