Saturday, September 26, 2009

What Happens When I'm not Home

Last Saturday night I played Bunco with a group of ladies in my neighborhood. A.J. was in charge of dinner. I suggested he order a pizza and make it easy on himself.

But let me back up a little here. We had a somewhat tense day. The girls are allergic to chores and addicted to texting...I have cleaning OCD on Saturdays and their dad can't stand the incessant texting or hearing me fussing...a recipe for...total meltdown. We avoided the total meltdown, but I was still a tad bit edgy when I left.

As I was strolling out of the door, I could hear them tell A.J. what time they wanted to eat and all of the things they would not eat. Oh yeah, I knew I was really going to enjoy my evening with those last few sentences rolling around in my head for the next few hours.

When I arrived back home with a few extra bucks in my pocket, I tied for second place, all was quiet in our home. Maybe a little bit too quiet.

The family room was still neat and the kitchen was immaculate. Kaitlin was in the kitchen serving herself a bowl of ice cream. Oh my goodness, they didn't eat and it's 10:00 PM!

They ate, and Kaitlin photographed it because she thought it was "blog worthy". "You see, Mom, we can eat more than tacos when you're not here. Look, I took a picture with your camera. Do you want to see it? You need to put this on your blog. Don't I take good pictures?"




Fried chicken tenders from Food City (our local grocer), Bob Evans mashed potatoes, canned green beans and Kaitlin made the gravy all by herself and she said it totally rocked!

I guess my work here is done.



34 comments:

Lucy said...

Ahhhh, don't ya just love it!!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I love it and it is more than "blog worthy" - it's fantastic. They did a great job and cleaned up too? Wow. Way cool.

Tell Kaitlin I think SHE rocks.
Sam

A Year on the Grill said...

First, food was lovely, hooray for the kids, want the recipe, glad you had a night of, etc, etc, etc... Yadda, yadda, yadda

But you play Bunco for money???

And you crushed the other ladies!!!

Now that rocks!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

You've taught them well; it was a balanced meal and looked tasty.
I've heard the word Bunco but not sure what it means; sounds like you had a great time though...it's always good to get a break from those we love and who love us.

Jane In The Jungle said...

LOL that is totally hilarious! And it's nice to know my kids aren't the only ones with chore allergies!
We had the meltdown last weekend around here!

gigi said...

Yes Ma'am, you have taught them well!!! Don't it feel good? :)

I know it felt good to leave them to figure it out and to go and to earn extra money having a good time. Why not, you deserve it!
Happy OCD cleaning day!

lk - healthy delicious said...

hahahaha nice

Selba said...

Woohoo.. good job on photo, Kaitlin :)

Alisa - Frugal Foodie said...

Aw, that's so great! Congrats on the bunko win too :)

buffalodick said...

One more finger pried away from the cradle... She's made a good start, teach some more, Mom!

Chris said...

Funny! I love how she recognized it as blog worthy.

Carry on, Bunco queen:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

How neat.... The key is that they are ALL learning from YOU. That is one healthy meal to have when Mama is not at home!!!!! TERRIFIC!!!!

Bet they don't want you away very often though... ha ha
Hugs,
Betsy

Joanne said...

What a cute post! It seems that you are rubbing off on your family. My little sister is addicted to texting as well. I won't even tell you how many she uses in a month. It's an obscene number. Somewhere around 2,000+. Okay so I did tell you. Insane!

Lea Ann said...

Love this post!

Colorado is Bob Evanless.

Do you buy Bob Evans products at the supermarket?

I've eaten at Bob Evans restaurant while visiting in the midwest - talk about "home cookin". I just didn't know if they went to Bob Evans and got Mashed Potato Take out, or if it was purchased at the market.
Lea Ann

Marguerite said...

When I go out, they're on their own! And believe me, I don't give it a second thought as there is always gumbo, etouffee, spaghetti, shrimp and more, in my freezer. Thaw and nuke! Looks like they managed nicely. Glad that you won, cher!

the ungourmet said...

They did a fantastic job! What a comforting meal!

I haven't played bunco in ages. What a fun game!

Coleen's Recipes said...

NOW you have completely impressed me. When my kids were still home...the oldest one would have opted for Kraft mac and cheese, the middle child would have done something experimental like tomato soup with the mac and cheese mixed in and youngest child would have hit the doritos...and Hubby? He would have waited for me to come home and fix something. So yes, my dear...awesome job.

Elra said...

Isn't that wonderful to know that our hard work paid off?

Cheryl said...

That is so sweet, I love it! p.s. I wish I could get a group together for bunco!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

They did pretty good for themselves!
..I have one who has been known to eat ramen straight out of the package for dinner.

teresa said...

oh how cute! good for them!

Marjie said...

Well, now that that issue is squared away, go win more money! Glad you didn't come back to a pigsty or hungry people!

I didn't let anyone have their own cell phone till they went to college, and texting is off limits during meals. Oh, and don't even think of interrupting a conversation to answer a text. They tell me I'm worse than any evil dictator ever thought of being. So tell the homegirlz they don't have it too bad!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

That's sweet!! I love how she took the picture for you!

Mary said...

(:- It's good to see you retiring gracefully:-) Some gals just don't know when to throw in the towel.

Sophie said...

oooooh,...They did a great job!!!

They cleaned up too,..they are well educated!!

tamilyn said...

I'm pretty sure your work isn't done :)

I love that she said the photo was 'blog worthy'. My hubby asks everytime we eat "hey, do you want to photograph this before I eat?" Mr. Smartypants!

Nice to know they won't starve though.

Cathy said...

That is one very tasty looking meal and very blog worthy. Nice job.

5 Star Foodie said...

They did a fantastic job! How nice!

Donna-FFW said...

That is so awesome. You done did good with her!!!;)

Debbie said...

Wow! That is great. I'm still stuck on the kitchen being immaculate part!

Claudia said...

Laughed myself silly. Yay to the family - and very blog-worthy. They're all keepers. And everyone needs a little bit of surprise now and then.

The Japanese Redneck said...

LOL...Kids.

Ramona

girlichef said...

That is so adorable :) The kiddos just absorb that stuff, don't they!

Katy ~ said...

I am rocking with laughter. Well done on all counts!!