I feel like my responsibilities as a wife, mom, teacher, etc... have me maxed out. I feel like our schedule is too busy. I've felt a pull to be home more. Not quite sure what that will look like, but I don't want to ignore the leanings of my heart but also don't want to go on every whim I have because I'm tired of routine :)
I have been enjoying cooking all of our meals and trying my hardest not to by boxed/prepared food. It was my own silly little challenge, and though I do buy the occasion pouch baby food or box of Trader Joe's cereal bars, I have been really invigorated to cook more and be creative and stretch our food. Breakfasts are usually eggs, or yogurt, fruit, or smoothies... (We eliminated all breakfast cereal last year... because all cereals are highly processed and denatured, even organic ones... but also because cereal was my crutch for a long time and I've been forced to work at including a good protein at breakfast to keep the kids satiated and nourished longer. And... I would just munch on cereal all day long and not take the time to feed myself a nourishing meal. Some people can't keep sweets in the house, I can't keep cereal.
Lunches are meatballs that I freeze ahead of time or breakfast for lunch, leftovers from dinner the night before (trying to use up everything we make). I've found myself looking less and less at cookbooks and just trying to cook what sounds good together. Last night I made a meat stew/sauté and I was surprised that all in the fam loved it, especially Drew! He gobbled it up last night and then tonight for leftovers as well.
I'm trying to cook completely grain and sugar free. Not because I want to eat like a caveman, but because processed sugar really is evil and so horrible for you. Though it is a challenge when convenience food is easy and quick for the kids, it has really been so beneficial to work hard to prepare snacks and meals ahead of time. More organic quality meats, more veggies and fresh fruit, more raw cheese, kefir and raw milk, soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds, nut butters and lots of grassed butter. I've found nutrient dense food/snacks fill up the kids much better than a snack of grain and sugar (which is like every bar or granola thing out there).
The kids have been doing very well in their learning. I just love Reese's little voice as she sings the States and Capitols song after she giggles through the President's song. What I love about Classical Conversations is that it really has opened the doors of learning and curiosity about history and the Word like nothing else we have experienced. Memorizing a history sentence a week, plus perfecting our timeline song, and working through memorizing John 1:1-7 in English and Latin as stretched ME the most!! I feel like I am learning things for the first time! At night, I find myself watching Civil War documentaries on Netflix because I am eager to learn. I am thankful for Village Christian and the Master's College for my education, but who would have thought it would take me homeschooling my own kids to light that fire of passion for learning? It makes me laugh that I have to ask my 7 year old questions about American History, knowing he knows it better than I.
DREW IS 1! Hello! I probably should give the kid his own birthday post, but here we go... He is speed crawling, pulling up on everything and cruising right along. He is so smiley sweet and just a fun baby. He is talking a ton and can say/recognize - mama, dada, cay (cade), ba (ball) , dog (dagdah), nigh nigh, ahhh (he gives you a hug), buh buh (baby), cah (car), I promise you he said "airplane" when he saw one take off, but I have no witnesses and he has only repeated it once, again, with no said witnesses.
He sleeps about 10 hours at night at the nurses around 5am and goes back to sleep until 7:30 or so. And, he is still nursing. Praise God! I am just blown away by this milestone. Cade and Reese only lasted for 9-10 months but we made it to 1 year +. He does get a bottle before bed and usually a bottle of pumped milk during the day, but I still nurse him 3-4 times a day. He is super distractible and has 7 teeth, ouch, but he is such a sweet baby that I just love the time with him.
He lights up when Ian, Cade or Reese come in the room. He does awesome sleeping at both grandparents houses and we are so thankful they love him and are willing to watch him too!
He is eating solid food so much better now. I can usually just smash up some food, feed it to him and he is golden. He is not so keen on grabbing the food himself off his plate, only will grab for a few things, but I know he will get it sooner or later.
He is such a sweetheart and he really is a loud and fun part of our life!
Anyway, just my random musings on what is running through my head.
and because every good post have to have a photo::
Real life- Friday night laptopping while the College Bible study meets downstairs. I should do a post on our Master Bedroom makeover, the bed and wall in this pic makes me think of that... but, I should probably finish the complete installation of the paneling first :/