Tuesday, August 18, 2015

First Day Of Kindergarten Camp Is A Great Time To Defrost Your Freezer!

Today was the first day of Kindergarten Camp for Ella! We never did this with either of the boys....Owen was homeschooled for Kindergarten and Jack started Kindergarten late since I didn't know it was full day. 

It was good for Ella and I to get an idea of what it's going to be like on school days. For example she is going to have to pick out her clothes the night before. I am not going to deal with her making a big deal about her clothes in the morning. I knew this was going to be a struggle so I've already done some prep work in regards to this. A week ago I laid out outfits for Ella and took pictures of each one. She has a princess photo book so I'm going to put the pictures in that and then she can browse her book and pick out her clothes from that. This girl can drive me crazy with her clothes! 

I can't believe this is happening though! Thankfully Kindergarten doesn't actually start at the same time the older grades do so I'll get an extra week with her before reality kicks in! 

As for the title of this post....when I walked out into the garage to get the kids in the van to head to school I noticed that the freezer was open about 3-4 inches. Yes...some child left the door open all night long! I was a mess! A week ago I had gone to Costco and stocked up on freezer stuff so there was roughly $300 worth of food in there. I was beyond angry and freaking out because we don't have the money to replace the food. I shut the door and got the kids in the van so Ella wouldn't be late. Then I called Michael and he talked me down off the ledge. He said it's just food and it's just money and we have an emergency fund for a reason. It's not like the kids did it on purpose. He's so wise!!! 

After dropping Ella off at school we came home and I got a closer look at the freezer. Actually most of the stuff wasn't thawed that much at all. I called my mom and asked her what I could keep. We agreed that if it was fully cooked I could keep it. Like chicken patties, chicken nuggets and meatballs. But the uncooked meat would have to go. A whole thing of Costco hamburger patties had to be thrown out! The chicken breasts were actually still rock hard. A few had started to thaw out so I threw those in the crockpot to cook. Some of the shrimp had thawed so I put that in the frig to cook in the next day or two. 

Of course the freezer was covered in frost so it would have to be defrosted. 

I put the food we could save in coolers. 

Then I threw the stuff we couldn't save away. In all I think it was under $50 worth of food. Thankfully it was garbage day so we didn't have to have that stuff sitting in our garbage for a week....bright side! Instead of sitting around watching the freezer thaw out the boys and I went to the track and I ran a bit. By the time we got back the freezer was almost completely thawed. After picking up Ella and her friend Kendra from school I was able to wipe down the freezer and get everything back in it's place. I

'm thankful that it wasn't worse...I'm thankful that Ella and Kendra had a great time at school, I'm thankful for my wonderful, understanding husband, I'm thankful for my mom and I'm thankful that my kids are so forgiving of me!