Costco Samples: It’s What’s For Dinner


Adorable girl sitting in shopping cartTonight my daughters ate Costco for dinner.  Not merely ate at.  They ate.  As in they ate Costco samples for dinner.  But don’t worry.  They sorta drank milk.  I bought them a $1.65 ice cream to share, too.

Sometimes, being a Mom is tough.

Too often I find that I have a really difficult time navigating everything on my To Do List.  There are times when I am with it and on my A-game.  But as of late,  I’m barely hanging on.

I had all these great plans for the start of 2015.  I was going to journal. And write letters to my kids.  I was going to be a better housekeeper and stay on top of the laundry.  I was going to cook meals and freeze them.  And frame their artwork (instead of stealthily throwing it away). I was going to go to bed earlier and exercise more.  I was going to be a better wife.  Have a more organized household.

I was just going to be better.

But here I am, feeding my children samples from Costco on a Thursday night for two reasons:  1) we don’t have any milk and we might as well pick up a few other things, too and 2) I just don’t care anymore.

That’s actually not true.  I do care.  I care deeply.  But at this moment, I’m raising the white flag.  I’m surrendering to the end of the year madness.  To the can’t-get-it-togetherness of my current state.  Costco samples are a break from the family meals of the past three nights: grilled cheese and PBJ.  A friend of mine gently reminded me (as I was lamenting about my inability to adequately feed my children) that at least they are being fed.  And I guess I could look at it that way.

I casually boasted a few weeks ago to my husband that we pretty much have it all together.

To which he laughed.  Out loud.  In my face.

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lk herndon is a mother, writer, teacher whose debut children’s book, “Petunia”, has just been released on Amazon.

Shaped by her experiences growing up Southern, lk herndon tells sweet and simple stories. She earned her BA in Political Science, her MFA in Creative Non-Fiction and has spent more than a decade teaching high school subjects such as: AP Language and American Literature, Honors World Literature, World History, and American History.

While her days are spent in the classroom, the balance of time is spent as Mama to her Monogram Mafia (alongside her very favorite partner-in-chaos, former high school sweetheart and now husband of nearly seven years, BJ). Sneaking in time to write between the snuggles and squeals, lk herndon graces the world with a sneak peek into real life adventures sprinkled with overgrown imaginations and uncommon sense.

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