Our season of life is a crazy one. I distinctly remember being told my moms of older kids that while life with babies was hard (good, but hard), it wasn’t nearly at the same pace as life with older kids and it’s a truth you just can’t be convinced of, you have to live. Y’all, it’s true. And I’m really trying to do a decent job in the kitchen with preparing meals and having us all eat them at the same time, but some nights just don’t work well for that. And with the holiday season not only approaching, but digging in and making itself at home, it’s nice to just be able to have some decent easy meals on hand for last minute needs. With that in mind, I went shopping the other day and picked up a Stouffer’s family size lasagna, two boxes of Marzetti New York Texas Toast, and a copy of Ice Age 3 on DVD for some #Time4Family fun. Because…nothing says, “Relax and take it easy for a night, Dunhams!” like an easy dinner and a new flick. It’s how we roll.
What you see above was the product of one speedy trip to Walmart last week after I dropped Maddie off at guitar lessons and before I picked Millie up from a birthday party and two hours before hosting our weekly small group at our house. It was actually a pretty enjoyable break from a rather long day and I discovered a few more family movie options at Walmart in addition to Ice Age 3, which I’d like to go back and snag for Christmas soon. Check out the whole experience in this Google + photo album here! Speaking of Ice Age, did you know that Ice Age 4 is coming out next week? December 11, to be exact. I know a couple of young girls in my house who are super excited about this!
This back-up meal for a busy holiday family night ended up being a necessity just the very next day. My parents showed up for a surprise visit that afternoon. Here’s my dad with my girls. He’d gotten crafty that week and was pretty proud to show off pepperminty, chocolatey, tapey handiwork. It was really pretty sweet.
I enjoyed the time with my parents, but was super glad to have the lasagna and garlic bread in the freezer, ready to go. By the way, if you look for the Stouffer’s lasagna and Marzetti Texas Toast in your local Walmart, you should find a coupon that will allow you to snatch a free bag of Wonka candy when you buy both. That promo wasn’t available in my particular store, but it might be in yours, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Truly, this easy meal and movie night came at super time. I pulled out my finest paper plates to ensure a speedy, easy clean up, we made a quick display of “ice” with these Little Debbie’s white fancy cakes and popped some animal crackers on them, and my two younger kids sacked out on the couch to watch Ice Age 3 while their older sisters finished up their homework. Just another night in the life of the Dunhams. We’re really looking forward to an extended Christmas break soon. I hope you are too. And I very well might get another of these lasagnas to have on hand for another surprise busy night like this. True story.
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