And just like that school is out for the summer. I officially have a third grader, first grader and pre-kindergartner. I told the kids they had this week to do whatever they wanted; watch too much t.v., live like sloths, whatever. But next week mom boot camp kicks in.
I’m not sure quite how to say it nicely, but I would say we are lacking in the personal responsibility and independence department around here. I find a lot of shoes, I hang up towels, I remind children to put dishes away and I watch the clock to make sure no one misses the bus. And that’s just from 8:15am to 8:30am every morning.
It’s time. Time for kids to grow up a little bit and mom to take a step back. Which is going to take a little boot camp for all of us. I’ve gotten into the rhythm of just doing it all because I KNOW where the shoes are and I can do those dishes quickly and easily and sometimes I shrug my shoulders and think…well…I am a stay-at-home mom…this is what you do.
But I’m finding myself feeling a little resentful and frustrated that I’m doing everything for everyone. I’m so busy doing all the things that I don’t slow down long enough to teach my kids the tasks they need to learn to be helpful.
It’s a funny feeling to catch yourself in routines or habits without ever making the conscious decision to do so. When it comes time to reteach or retrain yourself into new habits the first little bit of time feels so overwhelming and hard (that’s where I’m at; staring down the barrel of summer, telling myself ‘I think I can, I think I can!). But anyway, those are just my rambling thoughts on the first day of summer.
I would love any ideas you might have on systems/chores/personal responsibility/summer goals. I don’t want the summer to be a painful push and pull of frustration but at the same time I want to take advantage of a summer of togetherness to build new habits we can take into the school year come fall.
And in the spirit of changing things up, I’ve been in the midst of an experiment the last month or so. In an effort to see if I can eliminate a few (minor but annoying) health concerns I’ve had for years and years, I’ve really endeavored to clean up my diet. I temporarily eliminated dairy which has been…interesting.
I made this easy white bean and artichoke dip on Sunday night and we dipped carrots and cucumbers (and tortilla chips too) as a little appetizer for everyone while we waited for pizzas to come off the grill. I ended up using it as a sauce on my pizza with chicken sausage, bell peppers and Kalamata olives and it was delicious (fake cheese not so much). I stored the leftover dip in the fridge and have snacked on it all week.
White Bean Artichoke Dip
- 1 14oz. can white beans, drained and rinsed
- 4 marinated in olive oil artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons oil reserved from artichoke jar
- 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, roughly chopped
- 2 cloves garlic
- grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
- sea salt and black pepper
Put all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until smooth. If necessary, add an additional teaspoon of olive oil if the dip is thick. Scoop into a bowl and drizzle lightly with olive oil and a sprinkle of coarse sea salt. Dip chips and veggies, bread sticks or spread on toast or pizza dough. Store extras in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.