Saturday, 28 February 2009
Friday, 27 February 2009
As a parent, I was reminded how careful we need to be with what we say to our children about their talents and creativity, to make sure we nurture them.
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
You Are An INFP
You are a creative person with a great imagination. You enjoy living in your own inner world.
Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships.
It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close to you.
But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop.
In love, you tend to have high (and often unrealistic) standards.
You are very sensitive. You tend to have intense feelings.
At work, you need to do something that expresses your personal values.
You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.
How you see yourself: Unselfish, empathetic, and spiritual
When other people don't get you, they see you as: Unrealistic, naive, and weak
Monday, 23 February 2009
Rosa Louise Parks Biography
Wikipedia page on Rosa Parks
The Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Up until this past September, we were a homeschooling family. After moving to a different area of Ontario, we found ourselves without a support group, and unable to make real connections with the few homeschoolers in our area. At the same time, the local public school seemed to catch the interest of the kids, so we all decided to give the school system another try.
It has worked better than I could have imagined. Andre and Celeste both enjoy going to school, and are doing well there. Adrienne is also doing very well in school. But. Yes, there is a But! She is bored. She finds school boring, and she doesn't relate to the other students in certain ways. For example, how she loves her family and wants to spend as much time as possible with us. Another point is how she enjoys learning about new things, and the school kids, from what I hear, don't. They just want to be done with their school work and have time to chat online, go on dates with their boyfriends, etc...
The plan, back in September, was that we would do "after school". I thought we could continue on with the projects that we enjoyed from our home schooling days. I even had a list in a post (here). We have tried, but both Andre and Adrienne are tired when they come back from school. Physically and mentally. They want to relax or go outside to play. We have continued to read, either they read or I read aloud to them. We do more reading, art, or playing on the weekends. We are doing the Journey North Mystery Class right now and enjoying that...just little projects here and there.
So, back to the decisions...
My husband and I have been talking with Adrienne about the next school year. She has said many times that she wants to be home schooled again. That she misses learning and that she misses everything about home schooling!
We had all agreed that all 3 children would complete the school year at the public school, so that means she will be staying until June. She is fine with that (she is much more patient that I am!). We all agreed also that we would take the next 4 months to think about this decision.
Homeschooling just one child, a 12 year old, grade 7... while sending the other 2 to public school. Part of me is so excited, and part of me is feeling guilty. Is it fair to just home school 1 and not all 3 of my children?
We are continuing to enjoy the hot cereal mix and the granola that I mentioned in my previous eat clean post.
My husband asked me to make the Spilt Pea Soup (cookbook p.44) to take to work. Split pea soup wasn't on my list of recipes to try! I was pleasantly surprised, while cooking this soup, I thought it smelled nice and after we pureed it (it doesn't mention to do that in the recipe), this soup turned out to be delicious.
Orzo Primavera (cookbook p. 81) was another lunch item that I thought would be perfect for the kids to have at school. The kids had never had orzo before or edamame. They all liked the orzo and the simple dressing in this salad, with its subtle dill taste, but not the edamame. I will try it next time with baby peas instead. I think this salad would be great during the summer, nice and fresh tasting.
The Wild Rice Summer Salad (cookbook p. 88) was delicious! I had never made dressing with toasted sesame oil before, and it gave this rice and chicken cold salad an interesting taste. The kids liked it, but again with picking out the edamame! We all said it could use more vegetables, less rice, but it was still very nice.
We love soup here, so I tried the Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (cookbook p. 52). With the garlic and sweet onion roasting along side the squash, the house smelled wonderful! The soup turned out delicious as well (and inexpensive to make).
For a nice Sunday dinner, we tried the Roast Stuffed Port Tenderloin (cookbook p. 207) with Smashed Sweet Potatoes (family cookbook p.267). This meal was a big hit with everyone. Celeste loved the pork tenderloin, but not the stuffing. She even asked me to give her some, cold, for her school lunch the next day, with some apple sauce to dip! The sweet potatoes were a perfect sweet side dish for this meal. I do not normally like stuffing, or stuffed meat dishes, but this filling was very tasty, maybe it was the apricots...
Another favourite of the kids was the Sweet Potato Oven Fries (family cookbook p.272) and the Turkey Meatballs (family cookbook p.293). I had made the sweet potato fries before and knew to not add the dried oregano or rosemary to them. Celeste in particular loves these fries, but not with the "crunchy little bits on top". Just garlic, salt and pepper, and these fries are gone in no time! The meatballs were also a hit with Celeste. She kept on going for more. They are full of good things for her too, wheat germ, flax seeds, oat bran, so I was very pleased!
If you would like more information on the books or eating clean, make sure to visit my last post for all the links!
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Wednesday, 11 February 2009
Monday, 9 February 2009
How true that last quote is!
The interview with Christine Mason Miller (listen here) had such a clear message for me...JUST DO IT! That was my advice to myself during NaNoWriMo, just sit there and start typing. And it worked! I will follow the same advice for sewing, quilting, taking pictures, anything creative that I like doing.
Black History Month continues for us here with a new book called "Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad" written by Ellen Levine and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.
We decided to focus on the Underground Railroad since we live in an area that was part of it. Our library had several children books on the subject. You can see the selection that we chose and are reading just underneath Serendipity, my blog name.
Henry's Freedom Box is based on the true story of a slave named Henry Brown who mailed himself to freedom. In March 1849, he traveled 350 miles in a box that measured three feet by two feet only.
Here is a small part:
You can read more about Henry "Box" Brown at Wikipedia.
There is also a narrative written by Henry Brown himself available to read online here (I haven't read it myself, so not sure about the content).
Thursday, 5 February 2009
I also made the Turkey Waldorf Salad (cookbook p.189) without the green onions. The yogurt cheese was easy to make and added a nice flavour to this salad. Adrienne and Andre really liked this one. I put it in a wrap as well. Celeste tells me she doesn't like it, but she is my picky eater, so I am not surprised.
I made the Loaded Turkey Burrito (family p.236), we will have it for dinner but I wanted to try it first so had a portion of it for my lunch. Yum! I had made the hummus (family p.240) 2 days ago. I put some of the turkey mixture on top of it, on a wrap, and added some broccoli sprouts.
Sunday night, we had a roast chicken with Stuffed Peppers (cookbook p. 220). Only we forgot to get the red peppers ready so we just had the stuffing with our chicken! On Tuesday night, we had the stuffing again, this time with the peppers. The recipe is great, the only issue we had is that it made so much stuffing, compared to how many peppers it calls for (4).I made chicken stock using the carcass and left over chicken from the roast and then made the Chicken Soup - Humble but Divine (family p.244). This soup turned out amazing!
Monday, 2 February 2009
I could also relate to certain parts of the chapter, and understood more why I felt the need to be creative a few weeks after I hung up my "homeschool mom" hat. It was difficult at first to listen to my inner voice who was telling me to start doing things for myself, to pick up my quilting, to grab a paint brush and play, to take the camera and just start shooting, or even to cook and bake. I felt at that time like I was being selfish, and that it was almost wrong. It took me some time to listen to that little voice and follow it, but when I did, it felt so good!
In my reading notebook I copied a quote from this chapter because it was exactly me:
"As we release an old identity and move into a sense of being lost, purposeless, undefined, or confused, we must encounter the darkness in ourselves." (page 63)
I had an identity when I homeschooled my children, I was the homeschool mom. That was my passion, my "job", where I put all my energy. Even when I wasn't actually teaching my kids, I was busy researching what we would be doing next, or reading up on a different learning/teaching philosophy, or preparing for the next lessons at the library or on the internet, etc... I loved it, so it never felt like work. When we stopped, even though we all agreed on trying out the public school system, it was a difficult transition, for me mostly, the kids did fine! When Gail McMeekin wrote that sentence that I copied above, talking about being purposeless, undefined, lost, that is exactly how I felt. The darkness in me wasn't pretty either. But now that I am out of the darkness, the world is a beautiful place again, and I am excited to discover it.