That is just what today was. We started our day as usual, completed our school work around noon, then made ourselves a picnic so we could go outside and enjoy our lunch in the beautiful weather.
We even ate with chopsticks....Fun!
Claire finally gave up on her chopsticks and reached for a fork to eat her scrambled eggs (yep, that's what she wanted ;)
Ethan, Isaac, and Emma all had sandwiches with their favorite fixin's.
I couldn't leave those fresh flowers in the house by themselves....so I brought them out for us to enjoy in that divine early fall sunlight. I do love this time of year....sigh.
Next up - reading!
We had some fruit while the boys took turns reading the last book in a series of books by Bruce Coville. We have really enjoyed these books....even the girls.
I borrowed a really cute new book from the library about Scaredy Cats...a little family of felines who are afraid of everything, but learn in the end that it's good to be brave. I'm hoping the little message these kitties have to tell will help tame Emma's newly-found six year old phobias :)
And as we finished with lunch and reading and we were sitting around on my thrifted quilt, enjoying the slight breeze in the shade of our backyard oak tree while talking to each other, I see these sweet, happy faces smiling back at me.
The joy that comes from the privilege of being home with them every day nearly fills my heart to overflowing.....I love them so. I love our days, our routine, our lessons, our togetherness. How blessed this life is.
On another note.....Wondering what I'm eating during our picnic? Since I said that I'd share more about what I'm eating and how those changes are working for me, I thought I'd let you know what this is :)
I've given up dairy and animal products, but I have had a little fish. I've only been using extra virgin olive oil for fat, some flax oil as a supplement, and eating only fresh fruits and veggies with just a bit of some type of whole grain for my meals.
This is what I had for both breakfast and lunch today (some days I just don't feel like oatmeal) and it is simple, easy, and yummy.
I have no recipe, but can tell you how I put it together:
I put just a pinch of whole grain pasta on to cook while I cut up one small onion, a whole zucchini squash, one piece of celery and about 3 ounces of mushrooms - all sliced on my mandolin slicer (I love that thing!). I added a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and sauteed all the veggies until they were just tender then I tossed in my pasta and seasoned with salt and pepper. (I shoot for a ratio of 10-20% pasta and 80-90% veggies) YUM!
Simple, fresh, honest food (falling in line quite perfectly with some macrobiotic cookbooks I've been reading) has been my goal. I've begun the process of being more mindful of what I'm putting in my body and where it came from and what energy and life I expect from it. Now, I just wait for the results???
I'm sure they are to come :)
Hope everyone is having a beautiful week and I hope you all get a chance to have a "picnic kind of day" very soon!