My attempt at creating order to our days. It was getting pretty chaotic there and I needed structure. badly. So did the kids. And this was the answer. We started out with just a morning routine right away. And then a few days later drew up the afternoon routine.
They really like it. They like knowing what to expect, what is expected of them. Although doing those expected things all the time isn't something they always like. Knowing vs. Doing- a constant battle. But isn't that the truth with all of us? :)
By no means does that routine happen each day. Somedays we just have to abandon ship and do something different. And that is good too. But that structure is there when we need it.
This bath routine actually was the first one we made. Elijah helped me with it. We sat down together and decided what should be put on there.
Pictures at this age are necessary. Words mean nothing right now. However, we are working on that. E knows his letters. We are working on sounds and writing.
We have ourselves a little fort city over here. It's fun. And the kids think so as well. The tent has moved. Oh wait... I haven't even told you about the tent. Well first the fort.
D and I tagged teamed on building it. He started it with a frame and top platform. I accessorized. :) Walls, window, doorway, tarp, bucket with a rope to pull toys up with. He came back with additional holds to climb up on. And once we get a slide, I'll call it complete.
And now the tent. A generous neighbor gifted us an old swing set frame, which we used as a swing set, until we were gifted a newer one. Well, the frame needed a new purpose. So one hot day, sheets and other random fabric were sewn together, and a tent was made.
It provided a cooler place to hide from the sun. Blankets, the pinic table, pillows and books all found a home in there.
And new uses continue to be discovered- like the hammock feature.
Good times and great memories being created in this tent/fort city we have.
We've gotten on the smoothie band wagon around here as well. So with over a year of experimenting and reading up on the topic. I thought I'd share my recent favorite that the crew approves of.
Green Smoothie via E
- frozen broccoli
- frozen spinach
- frozen pineapple
Pretty simple. Pretty good. Ofcourse you need to get the right ratio of broccoli:spinach:pineapple. I'd say 1/2 fruit, 1/2 greens and then water depending on how liquidy you want. Keep in mind that frozen spinach is well packed so don't go over board on that. I'll have to take a picture and upload to show what my combo looks like before the puree. The broccoli is a new thing. Trying to get out of the spinach rut. Celery was very refreshing the other day too. Tried some carrot top greens. They were a bit strong for my liking- and the kids too.
In the meantime here is a good website to check out: http://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes
With the cooler weather, soup sounds good. So I made some tomato basil soup from scratch tonight. It hit the spot. Liking the garden produce right now. Starting to figure out more what our family will eat and what I will and will not be growing in the future. Roma tomatoes and basil have made the cut.
A rough recipe of what I did.
- 3 qrts roma tomatoes - quartered them
- 1 quart onions pre-sliced ( so probably 1-2 onions )
- olive oil
- 2 c. chicken broth
- a baby jar's worth of butternut squash
-1/2 medium zuchinni (used a potato peeler)
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- olive oil
Then mixed the two together. Added a handful of fresh garden basil. A bit of salt and sugar. Transferred to blender and pureed.
Served with grilled cheese. It hit the spot. And the rest didn't protest too much. :)
I think I'll try to add more zuchinni and squash next time. And it could be used probably as a base for other hotdishes.
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