Good morning reader friends! Today is my Mom's birthday, a big happy birthday to you Mom, I love you!!!
We have a lot going on at our house this week. Our oldest started college last week, but the younger 3 go back to school, including our 5 year old who starts Kindergarten. I think I’d be more sad about it if not for 4 things: the thought of uninterrupted time to write and work on the blog sounds really nice (Moms, are ya with me?); he only goes half the week, so we’ll still have plenty of special times together (we’re trying some Gymboree classes this fall – anyone do those?); his teacher is a good friend and he’s already very comfortable with her (I hope that doesn’t turn out to be a bad thing!); lastly, he literally cheers every time we talk about how much longer ‘til he gets to go – I love how excited he is! Now that I’ll have a couple days to get things done in quiet, I have high hopes that I might get on top of my life again! 🙂
I wonder how many will see this post and how many will be camping over Labor Day?
For those of you camping, I’m sorry. Although you may just be weird enough to love it. I wish I loved it. But Kent & I don’t get the appeal of air mattresses that lose air and leave you stuck to the kid who insisted on sleeping between you; tents that get so hot when the sun hits in the morning that all you can think about is getting OUT; a bladder so full you can’t believe it could hurt that much, but the thought of going out into the cold to cross the street to the bathrooms somehow seems worse; the dirt that finds its way everywhere because my sister insists that only the bad campgrounds have grass. My Mom’s whole side of the family does a big camping trip every August and Kent & I have agreed that we’ll go every other year, just for the kids. Yes, I do love being with the fam for a long weekend, that’s the only part that saves it all, but I will say this: every other year sure comes around fast. (Someone please tell me there’s a good campground in Michigan with a clean inland lake, clean bathrooms, and grass? There HAS to be! I’d love to go to Lake Michigan but they all say it’s too cold…whiners.)
OK, let’s get into the scoop for this Monday…
- Need some good snack ideas before the kids go back to school tomorrow? (If yours haven’t gone back already.) Just don’t listen to this USA Today article that says to give your kids low fat yogurt and low fat milk! We all need healthy fats but especially kids, so their brains can grow properly! (Read about healthy milk options.) Here are some much better snack ideas and please add YOUR ideas there, too.
- What about some healthy school lunch ideas to avoid those scary hot lunch options?
- Do you know how long I’ve wanted a good homemade Mojito recipe? I can’t wait to try this with fresh mint from our plant out back, thanks Jo-Lynne!!