I was recently invited to create an indoor picnic with TCBY Frozen Yogurt and have a fun, family afternoon. How could I resist that opportunity? Thursday’s are a perfect time for this kind of activity because our grandkids always get to come for a visit. So on Wednesday, I made all my plans and ran to the store to get everything I needed for the next day. Well, I didn’t just go to the store. Wednesday turned out to be a little bit hectic and a lot of that “busy-ness” turned out be grandma-related. 🙂 As I always do on busy days, I typed up a “to do” list to keep me on track and included a grocery list for in between my appointments.
My first stop on Wednesday was at our local elementary school, for first and second grade Grandparent’s Day. I know you’re thinking, “Hey! Your grandkids are homeschooled!” But, I had the great honor of being invited to be “substitute Grandma” for three kids I love like they were my own. Remember my post about Gretchen Jester and her family? (Oh! Oh! And I was RIGHT about her! She signed a recording contract, last week! Yahoo!!!!!) Anywho…Dan and Gretchen’s kids obviously have some awesomesauce grandparents, but they live too far away to just pop in for Grandparent’s Day at school and the kids asked if I would come, instead. How sweet is that!!?!!
When I finished up at the elementary school, I realized I had left my very organized schedule and grocery list on the kitchen counter, instead of sticking it in my purse. (That happens to menopausal Grandmas sometimes. 🙂 ) I swung back by the house to grab it and then got a phone call. By the time I had finished, it was time to go by my daughter’s house and pick up our granddaughter and a family friend, so I could take them to Story Time at the library. I decided I would run to Walmart and get my shopping done, once I had the kids settled in with their teacher, at the library.
I love that our small town has a Walmart! It’s convenient and saves money in our family’s budget, to be able to shop there. I had a pretty simple list, so I was able to get the TCBY frozen yogurt and a few items I wanted for Wednesday night’s dinner, along with some “picnic” supplies. I was so proud of how incredibly organized and efficient I was on this particularly busy day. Unfortunately, as sometimes happens in small towns, when someone isn’t able to work their scheduled shift and a replacement can’t be found, there’s a bit of a back up in the checkout lanes at Walmart. Alas! Such was my plight on Wednesday! And wouldn’t you know it, there were register errors that had to be handled by a CSM, several times, as well. To make a long story short, I was LATE picking up the kids from story time! The happy ending to the story, however, is that ANOTHER benefit of living in a small town is that you know the ladies at the library and so a quick phone call meant that my young charges would be safe and sound until I arrived.
I finally deposited the kids, safe and sound, back at home and buzzed home to unload my groceries, grab a bite of lunch and start prepping the meat, beans and veggies for the Taco Soup I had planned for dinner. Then it was back to Grandparent’s Day at the elementary school, for some fun with the sweetest fourth grader you would ever want to meet. I had a blast and thoroughly enjoyed my day as “substitute” Grandma. What a blessing and an honor to be so loved.
Back at home, I realized there was no way I would get that batch of bread mixed up, before it was time to leave for my time with the Jr. High Youth Group. On Wednesday nights, I volunteer as a leader there, along with my nineteen-year-old daughter. Our youngest attends AWANA and our son volunteers as leader in the 5th and 6th grade boys AWANA room. So, we’re all in the same building, but spread out doing different things. We always scramble to eat an early supper on Wednesday nights, since we need to be at the church by 5:45. I was so glad I had picked up the items I needed and had already done the prep work for our taco soup. It went together quickly, was DELISH and got us out of the house on schedule. So my shopping trip and Wednesday in general worked out fine, but at the end of the day, I’m not going to lie, this grandma needed a nap! -lol- I was definitely looking forward to a fun and leisurely picnic time on Thursday.
When the grandkids arrived on Thursday afternoon, they were uber-excited to hear we were going to have an indoor picnic! Then they wanted to know, “Whats a picnic?” -lol- We spread out a big quilt on the floor in the parlor. Everyone got to create their own deli sandwich combinations and choose their favorite chips. We gathered together in the parlor and ate and shared stories and laughed ALOT. Then, the grand finale, TCBY yogurt treats for dessert! I had purchased fudge bars and strawberry yogurt to put in cones, so everyone got to choose what they wanted. And, oh boy, was it a hit! Not only did it taste great, but it had fewer calories than ice cream and all the health benefits you would expect from yogurt. The kids were as satisfied as if they had been given ice cream treats! We will definitely be serving TCBY frozen yogurt at our next family picnic!
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