Family Currents

Last Saturday Eva and I went to a local grocery store, Hobby Lobby, and Home Goods. I told her that she has to always go with me from now on, because she’s the perfect shopping partner: “Mom, we have one already” or, “I think it looks sort of cheap.” She also pointed out, “The rug in the kitchen looks old and is stained.” Hmmm. How did I ever go shopping before? What a help! Finally, we picked up an autumn candle, a few tiny fabric pumpkins, and a fabulous surface cleaner/spray. I love change, and there’s no denying that fall is in the air!

Apples are in season, and don’t you love all things apple? We’ve been enjoying fresh apple cakes when the apples are not their prime. But when they’re firm and crisp, we like to make this simple and quick dip: In a food processor, blender, or mixer, whip 1 (8oz) cream cheese softened, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 2 teaspoons vanilla for about 1 minute. It will get lighter in color and fluffier (just a little). So good. You have to try it! It makes a nice side dish for supper when served with a bowl full of freshly-cut apples.

The children’s chore list seems to be more efficient than other years (so far – we’ll see). It’s taped to the blackboard in the kitchen, so we can be reminded often throughout the day. This year, we graduated the 5 year old from emptying trash bins, and we’ve introduced Providence to the wonders of chores – ha! Alexander and William don’t have daily chores (every-other month dishes for William) because they do a lot of work outside. They pick up on the tasks we need done throughout the week, though, like vacuuming, taking out the trash and recycle, etc.

…and for the lack of exciting adventurous escapades to report on, we have schooling to blame. Busy schedules do make the days truly fly by, though! We are so grateful for the good moments of learning and repetition, and repetition, did I mention repetition?

Our homeschool group meets once a week for a full day. The rest of the week, we do the work at home. I’m sure your week was filled with similar activities? School, cooking/eating, a little shopping. Repeat.

with love, Damaris