I have been planning up a storm here. I wrote out a timetable for myself, for housework and for the activities we all do. It feels good and a lot like college when I would meticulously grid out a weekly planner for myself and add in all my classes. I love that kind of thing. I realized I do have enough time to make and sew and knit I was just managing my time poorly. Now my days are divided up into segments of housework, dog walking, crafting, running errands, picking up kids, after school activities and dinner. We've also adopted a no screens during the week rule which makes room for so many more other things. I felt like some nights I was rushing to get dinner done with so the kids could watch some t.v. - crazy! Also housework! I am only doing the laundry once a week and what a relief that is and I am only spending an hour on actual cleaning of the house per day. There is still the grocery shopping, baking and dinner prep but I really wanted to figure out a system where I didn't feel like I was living in a messy house all the time.
In a couple of weeks I am starting a book club with two of my dearest friends. I sent each of them a copy of The Happiness Project which is the book that inspired me to take a good look at how I was spending my time and what was causing me stress and to start a book club with my friends! Woot!
The kids are giddy to be back in school, over the moon happy. They just love it; seeing their friends and beloved teachers, getting back into a routine again and even, I think, the actual work.
In the kitchen: I am pretty much done with canning for the year. Pictured is my son's favorite peach jam alongside apricot compote, plum compote, peach compote and blueberry compote. They were new to me this year but I couldn't make any more jam and these are virtually sugar free, can be used with granola, yogurt, pancakes, warmed and served over ice cream or with custard, poured over pound cake. The only draw back is they have to be frozen rather than canned.
I made these coconut snowballs with much success. Everyone loved them and I am thinking they will be a good little treat for school lunches. Speaking of which we are using these Lunch-bots this year. Oh my, I love them! Dinosaur's picnics for lunch everyday. The kids are loving their new lunches and are getting so much more variety. I am also using these little tubs for cream cheese and peanut butter and these little ones which we fill with yogurt the night before and freeze. Today they had crackers and cream cheese, turkey rolled up, nectarine and grapes, carrots, a square of baked oatmeal and yogurt with peach butter. These little things really do make me happy.
The weather has finally cooled, mercifully because the humidity was beginning to be a real suck on my energy. The dog is cone free and I feel less humiliated walking him around the neighborhood though today, on his walk, he managed to eat a chicken bone, a muffin wrapper and then about half a mile later the actual muffin, a tissue, an apple core and a paper towel. He walked right by the chewing gum though, not interested thanks.