We had juicecous for lunch today. It is *so* yummy! I have been experimenting with ingredients, this is one of our favourites. It has couscous cooked with apple juice and then I added chopped almonds, craisins, spinach, and some sweet basil. It sounds kind of weird at first but even Mary likes it, she calls it popcorn salad!
I am going to home school our kids. I can’t wait. I am surrounded by families who home school and I honestly can’t wait to be one of them! I read books on homeschooling, read home schooler’s blogs, dream about all the fun school things I’ll do with my kids when they’re older…. I want learning to be incorporated into everything we do as a family. Jessica at Shower of Roses is an amazing homeschooling mom who incorporates the liturgical year into almost everything they do! I want to make feast days special too, I love all her ideas! We are even working on our own set of little wooden saints!
I think Mary will be ready for some basic preschool activities in September, I plan on using some ideas from Elizabeth’s Along the Alphabet Path and lots and lots of stories!
Some of my favourite books on learning are about the Montessori method. I love Maria Montessori’s methods and I hope to include a lot of them. I have found lately that Mary does much much better when she is challenged. She gets bored very quickly with her toys and we haf far fewer tantrums when she is challenged with something.
I just went through all of our toys and got rid of *tons* of them. I organized what is left into pretty photo boxes. I take one out and set her up with the activity, when she is done we clean it up and get out another one.
In the next few weeks I’m going to try and blog about some of our favourite games and activities.
These clothes are all either GAP, Old Navy, or Gymboree and I paid $.50 or less for each item. I *love* Gymboree clothes but garage sales are the only places I can afford to by them.
Books… I want our kids to grow up completely surrounded by books. I have loved to read for as long as I can remember and I want to pass that on to my kids. For that reason I am always on the lookout for good books at garage sales. Mary has a full bookshelf of books in her room and 90% of them were picked up at garage sales for super cheap.
This is my favourite find of the weekend! It is a little desk with the chair attached (sorry about the weird picture). Slowly but surely I’m building up my supply of home school stuff!! The best part? It was only $5!! Very very cool.
This is the *best* lemonade I have ever had. If you like lemonade… heck even if you don’t like it you must make this recipe! Here is the original recipe from Jessica’s recipe blog:
3 unwaxed lemons, quartered
3/4 cup sugar
6 1/4 cups water
lemon slices and ice, to serve
1. Place the quartered lemons, the sugar and part of the water in a blender or food processor. Blend for a few seconds until the lemons are finely chopped.
2. Pour the mixture through a strainer into your serving jug. Add the remaining water and stir well. Add ice cubes and lemon slices for serving.
What I did: We use 4 lemons and 1 cup of sugar in the food processor. To that I added 7 or 8 hulled strawberries. After blending, instead of using a fine strainer I use my tupperware one with bigger holes so that some of the pulp comes through. SO yummy! We have also tried it with watermelon and raspberries and both were delicious!