Thursday Things I Love: Salads In a Jar, Little Boys Who Do Yoga, & New Rooms

Hey readers. It’s Thursday. Which means tomorrow is Friday. When means soon, it’s the weekend! That’s the great thing about life. There is always something to look forward to. 😉

This has been a big week for us. Mike went back to school after a nice Christmas break, but our oldest son, Theodore, did not return to kindergarten. We are excited to embark on this great big adventure that is homeschooling/unschooling and the many ways it will change us and facilitate the the larger plans that we have for our collective life together as a family.

But for now, we start small.

Next week I plan on sharing with you some of our homeschooling goals and give you a look at our daily schedule. It’s all a work in progress, but it helps me to “process out loud,” so  you are on the receiving end of all that – for better or worse – depending on how you look at it :-). Wednesday was our first day of intentionally doing school at home, and it was everything I expected times a million – fun, exhausting, a little nutty, and ultimately, kind of like slipping back into an old workout routine; difficult, but also familiar.

All this to say, it just feels right, and that feels good.

Here are a few simple things I’ve loved from this week:

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A morning yoga class followed up with coffee and a scone with a good friend. That is the stuff of life, I’m telling you!

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I bought a bag of lemons and sliced them up to keep in the fridge so I can quickly add a wedge to my water. It’s so refreshing and a simple way to take care of “me” through the day. I also love lemon tea which is as easy as it sounds: you boil water, squeeze a lemon wedge in your cup and then throw the whole thing in with some honey. Delicious.

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Oliver loves to look at books and Bea just loves to be near her brothers and I, well, I’m just so in love with them all.

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Another way to provide easy and nutritious meals for myself this week in the midst of all this change was to make a few salad jars to stick in the fridge. I cooked up quinoa and let it cool, then added it to the bottom of a Ball jar. Then I added clean, thinly sliced kale and topped it all off with dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds. When I was ready to eat lunch I would pull out a jar, drizzle dressing over top, put the lid back on and give it all a toss. I poured the dressed salad out on a plate and there you have it. A wonderful, quick and nutritious lunch! I have big plans for all the ways I could mix this up. I also thought about making myself a pot of soup at the beginning of the week (at the suggestion of a friend) and then divide that into jars for grab and go lunches. The possibilities are endless!

I used this salad dressing recipe for my kale salads this week. Yum.

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I found this youtube channel that combines yoga classes for kids with story telling. Theo loves it and it’s a great way to make him feel like he is logging tv time while actually exercising (wink).

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Bea started crawling and now she is on.the.move. She is so funny to watch, as her movements are so calculated. You can almost see the gears working as she puts all her attention and energy into moving around. Mike and I joke that she she almost looks like a mechanical toy when she crawls. But she thinks she is pretty hot stuff and I can’t help but pause and marvel over it all. I mean, seriously, they come into this world knowing nothing – nothing! It’s pretty incredible, when you stop to think about it.

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So if you’ve been following me for any length of time then you probably know that we are a family of five living in a two bedroom house, and I love that fact more than you could possibly imagine. But that is not the point. The point is, we had big plans to add a third bedroom to the basement for Mike and I to one day occupy. It has a lovely window that faces the back yard and yes, even a fireplace. But now that we are homeschooling, what I really, really, need is a space to give Theo the freedom to think, learn, create, and make a mess without me freaking out about cleaning up for every meal time (as we would if he had to work in our dining room). So over Christmas break, Mike began putting up walls, not for our glorious little love nest, but for a homeschooling room. Yes, I still have hopes that one day we will occupy the space, but for now, something bigger and someone smaller needs the room. And I’m not even a little bit sad about that.

3 thoughts on “Thursday Things I Love: Salads In a Jar, Little Boys Who Do Yoga, & New Rooms

  1. Sound’s like as usual you all have a lot on your plate.I hope it all work’s for you and you can still feel free to do the thing’s you love to do.Stay warm,and bake some cookie;s for the hot chocolate this weekend.:)

  2. That YouTube channel is amazing! I can’t wait to show it to my oldest.

    I’m excited to read more about your homeschooling journey. As a former teacher elementary school teacher I totally get where you’re coming from with the “creating tiny test takers” thought. Kids love to learn so much, that love shouldn’t be squelched. Best of luck to you guys!

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