For the last seven years, I have been a mama with at least one kid at home all day, everyday. Now, with our youngest having started up Kindergarten, From 8:30 a.m. -1:30, the house is quiet. It is no less messy (yet), but more work is being completed. Garden plans seriously pondered. Small new veggie gardens planted. We had a beach walk yesterday. (Just The Brad and me.) Followed by lunch out. So nice. Last night with kids in bed on school night time, we had time to watch the movie "Mud." So. Good.
All four of us sense (in our own little individual ways) that one life stage is over. And, more importantly, one has begun. I thought I would miss the littles being so little. But instead I'm just the proud mama of happy school-age kids.
Life moves forward and that is that. I can miss the past, miss them being toted around in my arms all the time or I can rejoice in happy healthy children doing what every healthy, living thing does: Grow. See: it's my life philosophy: When I see a stray gray hair, I pluck it. But other than that, I do my best to not argue with reality.
But enough of that deep stuff. Let's talk for a moment about kids and food because with the kids in school again I am seriously thinking about what foods I want in their lunches and for those all-important "after-school" snacks. My extended family may think I get a little overboard about the girls' diets, but let me tell you.. hard work has its pay offs: The other day we were in Whole Foods and the 5-year-old announced a bit loudly that she would only eat meat for dinner if it was "well-raised." The woman standing next to us turned and said...What did she just say? And I explained (rather proudly): Oh. She'll only eat meat that is pasture raised, from small local farms, no commercial slaughtering.
See, The Brad sees no issues with after school snacks like frozen baby pizzas from Trader Joes. And I understand the ease of such foods. Really! I do! But I was so much happier today feeding them rice cakes with tahini and honey and a smoothie with blueberries, banana, chia seeds, yogurt and raw kale. You are what you eat. (And would you rather be a frozen baby pizza or a gorgeous, fresh & creamy smoothie?) And can we talk about all the packaging that food comes in? All that crap going right into the landfills. Gosh. It just makes me all the more want to get our gardens bigger, our land working for us even more. Don't you agree? Do you have any deep thoughts on kids and what we feed them?
Anyway...on the sewing front, I am hoping to soon have my pieces in another fabulous store located in Ojai, CA. I am working very dilligently. Days are full. At the end, if you must know, I am tired. See you on the flip.xo