Today was our first day back from our rip-roaring Spring Break. As the day passed, I tried to observe if it felt any different to be back in "school." The Groundhog Day analogy gets thrown around a lot these days and I must say that I. concur. Like everyone else, one day just seems to blend into another. However, today did feel different. Now that I have experienced both school days and vacation days during quarantine, I have concluded that I prefer school days. I know, I know, you must be thinking that I am guilty of revisionist history, especially if you re-read my post from March 27th titled "Homeschooling - OMG!!!". To my credit, I've come a long way in the Mommy/Teacher department, since those first dark days of house arrest. On second thought, I haven't come that far. More accurately, my kids have come a long way in homeschooling themselves, except for Miles, but he'll get there soon enough. The only credit I can take is becoming proficient at the Serenity Prayer from AA. You know the one, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference." Here is my rendition: "God, please help me! I am a single mother trapped in my home with 4 children and responsible for their every need, until some unforeseen date, and there is not a bloody thing I can do about it." That sounds pretty serene to me. I also have to invoke some of the 12 steps from time-to-time, to get through the homeschooling gig, but that's fine. There is a lot of surrendering to powerlessness over the situation, admitting to my wrongdoings (lots and lots of those) and of course having to make amends for my shortcomings, namely my multitasking while teaching and short fuse. That said, I would still take a structured day over an unstructured one, any day of the week, especially with 4 kids on COVID 19 lockdown. My advice, is when all else fails, you can always escape the situation by making some zucchini bread or wiping down your kitchen cabinets ( both of which I did today), to bring you some serenity. fails, you can always escape the situation by making some zucchini bread or wiping down your kitchen cabinets ( both of which I did today), to bring you some serenity.
Garin surrounded by the Squishmallows the kids got for Easter, courtesy of Costco.
Miles trying to get back in to the swing of things with the homeschooling.
The schoolhouse is back!
Graham doing some reading al fresco.
The fixings for the Olive Oil Zucchini Bread. Recipe courtesy of The New York Times.
Fresh out of the oven. I wish you could smell it!
Chef Miles helping with dinner by way of making himself a scrambled egg.
The fixings for Cauliflower Chicken Korma.
Cauliflower Chicken Korma, Sauteed Grated Zucchini, Steamed Basmati Rice and Naan Bread. Delicious and Healthy.
Sweet Graham set a place (and made an imaginary meal) for his beloved "Slothey Slothey."
Lady Catherine taking her nightly tree climb.
We are enjoying the longer days for our after dinner walks.