Monday, June 20, 2011

Father's Day

My family is not well off by any means. We cannot afford many nice things.. least of all a brand new gas grill. However I've been wanting to buy my husband a new gas grill for years! We had a gas grill.. something we took with us when we moved out of his cousin's place back when we first got together. His cousin had purchased it, but never used it. So this grill is well over 10 years old. Over the years we've replaced the burners on it to keep it working, but it's small and old and doesn't work that well anymore. Actually we haven't used it in a couple years now, and a few months ago hubby mentioned buying yet another new burner for it to get it working again.
A couple years ago I was able to buy hubby a small charcoal grill, and he was thrilled. But of course grilling with charcoal means you must buy charcoal periodically.. and since we have a large family we must use a lot of coals. Basically we use a whole bag of charcoal everytime we grill. It gets expensive. Also, since this grill is a couple years old and wasn't put away after each use, it is rather beat up and rusted (the bottom actually fell out of it on Memorial Day so I had to replace it with another cheapo charcoal grill).
So, earlier this year I decided hubby would get a gas grill for Father's Day this year. It was probably in March that I began putting aside $20 a week as I could towards purchasing this grill. I did my homework and found a grill I wanted for him, and the cost was around $200. So I set that goal for myself to save $200.
Mid-May I began purchasing small items to go with the new grill.. a grill brush, utensils, grill cover. I also planned to purchase a new propane tank as well, since ours hasn't been used in a couple years and I don't know how much is in it.
May 20th I was wandering through Walmart doing my weekly shopping. I headed back towards lawn and garden to buy another item to go with the grill (I was getting 1 small thing a week) when I saw this gorgeous grill on display with a sign over it that said $148. I didn't believe it at first, so had to hunt down some more of these grills to ensure that was the correct price.. and believe it or not, it was. At that point I had saved $120.. but I thought to myself that if I did not snatch this grill up right then and there, I wouldn't find it again when I came back for it, or I'd find it but it wouldn't be this price any longer.

So, I purchased it and asked them to assemble it for me (which took 2 weeks due to some unforeseen circumstances on their part.. thank goodness I was not in a hurry).
I finally picked it up with less than 2 weeks to go until Father's Day, and I hid it in the shed.
I was so excited about this gift that I could barely contain myself. There were so many times that I wanted to give it to my husband early, or tell him about it.. it was practically killing me!!

But I held it together, because I knew the surprise on Father's Day morning would be priceless.
So, Sunday morning I woke up super early because I was too excited to stay in bed any longer.
I occupied my time that morning with baking. I made hubby some cupcakes, his second favorite flavor. I also made my homemade macaroni and cheese with bacon (one of his favorite dishes).
At 10:30 a.m. I let the kids wake him up and give him the gifts they'd made for him in school. After which I sent all the kids outside to wait by the grill.
I ushered hubby outside with his eyes closed and positioned him properly in front of the grill.
He opened his eyes and said "Whoa!!". He immediately asked for something to grill.. which I had planned for. I bought some frozen burgers to grill for lunch.. and steaks to grill for dinner to go with my macaroni and cheese.
Hubby called everyone he knew to brag about the grill. He also kept saying through out the day that he wanted more food to grill.. and was thinking of all the other dinners we'll plan this summer using his new grill.
At dinner time he posted this on his Facebook page: "Steaks on my awesome new grill and my wife's homemade mac n cheese. Could Father's Day be any better? Absolutely not!!"

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