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dream dinners

dream dinners

I knew that may would melt away as it has been PACKED full of stuff… wondering if I have ever crammed so much into one small month! even still, these last few lingering days have so much going on.  my head is spinning! We had a Creative Escape meeting today, and went over all the kits, all the classes, all the ordering, kitting, the preview day (where we have all the volunteers take all the classes- and basically do a ‘dry run’ of the event)… It’s exciting to see how much further ahead we are this year, than we were last… and at the same time, realize how much more there is to do!  I love it though! The classes and projects are going to be awesome! We have planned all kinds of new surprises (I love the surprises) and it’s cool that we all know each other better-as a team and can work together so well!  the hardest thing is still doing ALL the OTHER stuff that is required in our regular jobs! It’s a lot… but so worth it! 
So I got home tonight, it was 6:30pm, and I had  no idea what I was going to do for dinner and everyone was of course in stage 4 of hunger… so I pulled out the DINO-nuggets and campbell’s soup… as I was waiting for the heating up process to take place, I came up to check on my emails, and noticed these 3 emails from “DREAM DINNERS”…I thought it was so weird. The first one was confirmation of my account. The second was a confirmation of my order, and when it could be picked up… and the 3rd, a receipt… I was to pick up pork chops, pot roast and chicken enchiladas tomorrow between 12-2:30…  I had no idea what it was from…as I scrolled a few more emails down, I clicked open an email from my mom… and among other things, it said this:

I have a little surprise for you.  As we drove to the freeway I saw the Dream Dinners place again so I called there just now and have ordered you 3 dinners that they are assembling for you.  All you have to do is pick them up tomorrow (Thurs) between 11:30 am and 2 pm.  They are my treat (hopefully your kids will think they are a treat).  If you can’t get there for some reason, call them at 641-6050 and work something out.  I ordered: 1) pork chops 2) Sunday roast beef 3) chicken enchiladas.  Enjoy!!!  Let me know how you all liked them and maybe this is something I could do instead of coming down to cook for you.  Enjoy!!! XOXOXOXO Mom

All I could do is SOB!  THANKS MOM!  What a very thoughtful thing to do… nothing would help me more right about now, and lighten my load just enough to make it seem bearable!  Then… I sat here wondering why that never occurred to me!! seriously… I think I just make everything SO DIFFICULT!

I did manage to put together some little “thank you” gifts for my kids’ teachers. Tomorrow, school is officially out! I have such an appreciation for my kids’ teachers… they have all been excellent and loving with my kids. I am so thankful for the tremendous  effort that they make on their behalf…I got a big fluffy beach towel, some sunscreen and a new magazine! Here’s to hoping they will each spend a day or two sitting, relaxing by a pool in the sun!


  • Natalie Allen

    23 May, 2007 at 8:02 pm Reply

    How awesome! Your mom is one neat lady, I love her blog as well. Aren’t moms the best?!?!
    Enjoy it Heidi I cant think of anyone who deserves it more than you. I don’t know how you do all that you do. You amaze and inspire me…Enjoy your wonderful meals!

  • Amy Williams

    23 May, 2007 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Mom’s are simply the best! That is why it’s so wonderful to be one. I agree…you do deserve it!

  • Tammy

    23 May, 2007 at 8:30 pm Reply

    aaawww, what a sweetheart of a mom! What a fantastic teacher gift idea, i am sure they will love it!

  • Leah

    23 May, 2007 at 8:34 pm Reply

    What a great surprise from your mom. I need a dream dinners down here. Not for the same reason though, I just don’t enjoy cooking!!
    And what an adorable gift for the teachers..such a great idea!

  • Patti

    23 May, 2007 at 8:46 pm Reply

    Sounds like an awesome gift. I hope you enjoy them. I would love to try them myself.
    I also love the teacher gifts. I have been trying to come up with something for my son’s preschool teacher and I love it. I kept trying to come up with something to make but I know I just don’t have the time right now either so this is great and I think it will be appreciated.

  • Sherry

    23 May, 2007 at 10:31 pm Reply

    Okay you are officially the most incredibly creative and clever person I have ever known (of)!!!! The teacher gift absolutely ROCKS! I may have never come up with that!! I love how your brain works! And hey girl…do not kick yourself for not thinking of the dinner idea….you have an awful lot on your brain/plate these days! What a mom!!!!!! It is apparant where you come up with your cleverness! Great lady and how nice for her to save your day (errr days!) We all wish we had a mom like that (and to BE a mom like that)!!
    Heidi your inspiration is never ending….the Legacy you have been left and the one you are leaving is priceless….pat yourself on the back and give yourself a break! Blessings to you!
    Thanks for all you do in AY2R…Love the class, love the journey!!!

  • Crystal

    23 May, 2007 at 11:24 pm Reply

    I want to come and teach your kids!! That teacher gift rocks – they are going to love your kids even more!!!! And your Mom is so sweet to do that for your family. Enjoy your suppers together!

  • Karol

    24 May, 2007 at 3:47 am Reply

    What a wonderful gift from your mother. Unexpected thoughtfulness is the best. Love, love, love the teacher gifts. Just finished mine yesterday and posted them on my blog. Yeah for the end of the school year. Happy days to you.

  • Kiera Black

    24 May, 2007 at 4:39 am Reply

    What a wonderful treat from you mom. How thoughtful!

  • Michelle Gauthier

    24 May, 2007 at 4:57 am Reply

    You’re mom is just the BEST! What a sweet thing to do!
    And I love the thank you gifts – perfect! And totally something that they’ll use and enjoy.

  • heidi

    24 May, 2007 at 5:16 am Reply

    My mom bought a bunch of Let’s Dish meals (same as Dream Dinners) for us just before we had our baby a few months ago — they were so convenient and so yummy. Enjoy!!

  • Nita

    24 May, 2007 at 5:16 am Reply

    Thank goodness for moms and their wonderful ideas! They seem to know just what we need even before we do…Amazing! I admit, I still love it when my mom asks if I’m coming over, because that ALWAYS means she’s cooking! And it’s even better, as she’s Chinese, so more often than not, she’s cooking Chinese! Yum! Nothing’s better than homemade Chinese food!!
    Let me know how the dinners are! I’ve thought about doing that, as it would save so much time on the days I’m at work; I’ve just always wondered if the dinners were any good.
    Love the teacher gift! I’ll have to remember that one for next year!

  • Shealynn

    24 May, 2007 at 5:29 am Reply

    Your mom ROCKS! She sounds a lot like my mom, because that is totally something that my mom would do to! And, those teacher’s gifts! EXCELLENT! I may have to copy you!!! 🙂

  • Nancy

    24 May, 2007 at 5:30 am Reply

    I give your mom an A+! You get pretty high marks yourself on such a creative and fun
    teacher’s gift.

  • Stephanie

    24 May, 2007 at 6:19 am Reply

    What a great idea. My neice just had a baby and I know exactly what she’ll be getting next week. We have a dream dinner here and I have had the enchiladas and they are very tastey.
    Great Teacher gift idea too. I need a good bus driver gift idea.

  • EmmaJ

    24 May, 2007 at 7:12 am Reply

    What a great mom! That is such a cool idea… pre-ordered, regular, take out! I also like what you did for the teachers, such a thoughtful gift and so much cooler than a fruit basket! Great job Heidi!

  • Nilaja Whitaker

    24 May, 2007 at 7:23 am Reply

    oooooh! how wonderful of your mom! and the teacher gifts make me want to cry. you show appreciation so wonderfully. you make me think “hmm. what wonderful thing can i do for someone today!”

  • sam cousins

    24 May, 2007 at 7:38 am Reply

    your gift ideas are just the bomb! you really should do a book on creative & different (yet simple) gift ideas!

  • Denise

    24 May, 2007 at 8:34 am Reply

    How sweet of our mom to do that for you. Aren’t surprises like that the best? :o)
    Love your cute gift for your kids teachers – how creative!!

  • Vicki

    24 May, 2007 at 8:39 am Reply

    Geez its the simplist of gifts that make the biggest impression…. Your Mom’s gift– Wow — who couldn’t use that extra time it takes to make dinner??? And your teacher gift!! Just Wow on the simplisty of it– but the impact and message!! Thanks for sharing with us

  • Vicki

    24 May, 2007 at 8:40 am Reply

    Geez its the simplist of gifts that make the biggest impression…. Your Mom’s gift– Wow — who couldn’t use that extra time it takes to make dinner??? And your teacher gift!! Just Wow on the simplisty of it– but the impact and message!! Thanks for sharing with us

  • gillian

    24 May, 2007 at 8:59 am Reply

    Your Mom… beyond thoughtful!
    Your kids out of school… I’m jealous!
    The teacher’s gift… darling!

  • Jennifer W.

    24 May, 2007 at 9:31 am Reply

    as a teacher, I have to say that your gift is a great idea! so thoughtful and sweet — and totally usefull!

  • Tammy

    24 May, 2007 at 9:57 am Reply

    what a very sweet and thoughtful mom you have! she knows how hard you’re working and how much you have on your plate!
    heidi, i just can’t wait for creative escape!! so, so looking forward to it! I LOVED the surprises and it’s those little things that made the event such a memorable/special one last year!!
    also loving the teacher’s gift and may have to copy that one for my son’s kindergarten teacher! so creative and thoughtful heidi–hey you are like your mom!! 🙂
    thanks for sharing!

  • Kim

    24 May, 2007 at 10:03 am Reply

    That’s neat. Another site I’ve been liking is http://www.savingdinner.com.

  • Jamie

    24 May, 2007 at 10:12 am Reply

    That was extremely thoughtful of your mom.
    Love the idea for the teachers!! I know they are all looking forward to a little R&R in the weeks ahead.
    Hope you and your family have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!
    Jamie ~ Alabama

  • Sophie

    24 May, 2007 at 10:16 am Reply

    Dream Dinners are wonderful…I get them every other month…and boy! what cute presents for the teachers…I may have to lift that idea for my daughters pre-K teachers!

  • Jolene George

    24 May, 2007 at 10:55 am Reply

    You really do have a great mom. That truly is the best thing she could have done for you. She’s just so awesome!
    I love the teacher gift idea. I’m sure it will be much appreciated! http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • Jamie

    24 May, 2007 at 11:40 am Reply

    Not only do you get 3 fabulous dream dinners….. a dream MOM too, how sweet is SHE?!?
    Your teacher gift idea is BRILLIANT- might have to copy you ;o)

  • Kim Loewen

    24 May, 2007 at 11:57 am Reply

    What a great gift from your mom! I love when my mom does stuff like this for me. She only lives a couple of blocks away, but she brings us dinner occasionally or we go there…it’s always nice. I can’t wait to see all the fun stuff that will be happening at Creative Escape…I’m already excited!

  • Sheri

    24 May, 2007 at 12:47 pm Reply

    My friend owns a Enrees Made Easy store and I love it. It’s so easy and a no brainer!!

  • Lucinda

    24 May, 2007 at 2:38 pm Reply

    What a great gift from your Mom. When my girls are grown I hope I that thoughtful and intuitive about what they need. Sadly I don’t have that w/my own mom…I so don’t want to repeat those mistakes!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • ~Heather W~

    24 May, 2007 at 3:03 pm Reply

    Wow, thank you for the GREAT teacher’s gift idea! I try to be creative, but it just fails, and I usually end up getting them gift certificates to the teacher’s supply store locally. Which was well and good until that went out of business!

  • Regan Tomlin

    24 May, 2007 at 3:33 pm Reply

    That is the sweetest story of your mom! It is so something my mom would do for me….she has repeatedly come to my house just to clean it when I felt completely overloaded! I hope that I have the sense to do the same when my children grow up!

  • Dondi Murdock

    24 May, 2007 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Heidi, you are so amazing! To do such a thoughtful thing for your kids’ teachers! Wow! I teach at an urban, very poor school where parents rarely do anything because they feel too poor to do anything. Even if they only had their kids pick a flower, it would mean so much. It doesn’t take much to write a simple, “Thank you for your hard work this year with my child.” To teachers that is absolute gold! Gold! Yet it doesn’t come often–well, it does in the form of hugs from the kids.
    Anyway, that is a very clever and thoughtful thank you gift.
    Also, I have this cookie recipe that our my husband’s Sunday School class is raving over. I know it doesn’t equal your chocolate chip recipe, but these kids are absolutely nuts over these super simple cookies. They are very fast, too.
    Here goes: chocolate cake mix, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/2 cup oatmeal, 1/2 cup oil, 2 eggs. Optional: 1/2 cup raisins.
    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets. Makes 4 dozen.
    Good for those needing a chocolate rush.
    Hope you enjoy all your dinners from your mom and the future ones you order if the first ones are good. Do they make macaroni and cheese the way kids like? Dondi M.

  • Gwen Mangelson

    24 May, 2007 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Congratulations to wonderful parents who are teaching righteous gospel principles to their children! And Congrats to Cory for choosing the right!

  • Jana

    24 May, 2007 at 5:00 pm Reply

    What an ADORABLE teacher gift idea……I LOVE it!!!!!!

  • catherine feegel-erhardt (MMM 2007)

    24 May, 2007 at 7:26 pm Reply

    i love your mom!

  • catherine feegel-erhardt (MMM 2007)

    24 May, 2007 at 7:28 pm Reply

    ps…happy to fly out and be a CE volunteer…AND still be HAPPY in september…can’t wait! thanks for your hard work for us!

  • Crystal Matushek

    24 May, 2007 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Thanks for some great inspiration! I am totally going to rip you off and make up very similiar teacher appreciation gifts for my kids teachers and aides. I love the art center so much that I am going to make one for my kids and 2 for 2 amazing parent volunteers that work in my classroom. I know they could use a little quiet time this summer also. Thanks for the great ideas. I am off to Target after school tomorrow!

  • Bonafyde

    24 May, 2007 at 11:46 pm Reply

    What an awesome present from a very cool MOM, I’d say! I love the teacher’s gifts, amazing and different idea…much better than the usual school themed gifts!

  • Sherry

    25 May, 2007 at 7:29 am Reply

    Dream Dinners are awesome! For anyone who is short on time or just doesn’t like to cook this is the best. I go every month with a friend and we have a lot of laughs and walk away with great meals. We have saved lots of money on the grocery bill (and the fast food bill as well). How sweet of your Mom!
    Love the Teacher gifts.

  • Lisa

    25 May, 2007 at 11:24 am Reply

    PERFECT!!! I went out today and bought 4 beach towels, 4 sunscreen bottles, and 4 issues of Real Simple. This is exactly something that his teachers would love.

  • Kathi in San Diego

    25 May, 2007 at 11:43 am Reply

    Dream Dinners are the BOMB!
    Unfortunately, I have to go put them together myself but what a wonderful thing. Tuesday I spent 2 hours there and made 14 dinners. They are all in the freezer just waiting for me. What could be better than that? In fact, we’re having the chicken enchiladas tonight. Yum!!
    Hope you enjoy them!!

  • Bridgette

    25 May, 2007 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Dream Dinners is awesome. I used to go when my son’s daycare was over here in the East Valley after work. Now that we take him closer to home in the West Valley, I am sad that they don’t have one over there. You will be hooked. And now that they have the service where they prepare them for you-well, nothing tops that. 🙂 Enjoy!!!

  • Elena

    25 May, 2007 at 6:46 pm Reply

    What a cool thing for your Mom to do – hope those dinners are YUM-O… And how cute is that teacher’s gift idea? How thoughtful! 🙂

  • Jennie DeMichielli-Moreland

    25 May, 2007 at 9:08 pm Reply

    I do DREAM DINNERS. They are Great meals and kid friendly. That was the Best gift your mom could have gotten you. Moms always know what you need.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE the teacher gift idea. I will be using that for my daughters teachers. I just got towels at target on sale and knew they would come in handy. How is the preg? I can’t beleive everything you do!!!
    God Bless

  • lesley

    26 May, 2007 at 8:16 pm Reply

    I just wanted to say that I am a teacher and it’s really nice to feel appreciated. With all the pressures from administration and colleagues and students and just plain time restraints it’s nice to know that someone thinks we make a difference. And, wow, that is a very thoughtful practical gift any teacher would love!

  • LLs

    28 May, 2007 at 6:33 pm Reply

    I guess you didn’t need my help this year at CE…noticed Catherine f-e will fly out. Wondering why you didn’t use local help.? I guess all I need to do is get published! and brag about it, a lot. That’s sad. Can I B on your volunteer list 4 next yr, please?
    Your Mom truely spoils you! 🙂 Love your teacher gift idea! My son’s kindergarten teacher loves Oprah mag(good choice). Have a great summer! I’ll B praying for you and your family around baby delivery time. Best Wishes.

  • Colleen E

    29 May, 2007 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I’m a teacher and can’t think of a nicer gift then a fav. magazine with something new (a brand new/clean beach towel) that I didn’t have to pick out at the store! We have a no “purchased” gift policy at our school, so I always drool over teacher gifts. Our’s have to be homemade, so cookies or a flower tend to be the thing we receive (which is fine). However, I’ve been teaching for over 15 years and always wish I had a wonderful sb-ing parent in my class…not yet! LOL

  • Debb W

    1 June, 2007 at 5:06 am Reply

    What a great teacher’s gift – or anyone gift – you are so creative!!!
    And you are going to LOVE Dream Dinners – they have the best menus and yummy meals. So great to have a few dinners in your freezer and pop them out as needed – great timesaver.

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