It's been kind of a hectic life for us lately. I mean, my kids are starting school here next week!
I cannot believe it's the end of August already, can you? This is incredibly bad. Very bad. Time needs to stop, collaborate, and listen. This Mama is NOT okay with the idea of her Aedy-bug going to KINDERGARTEN! I am not ready. She is ready. She is smarter a kid than I could have ever imagined, with a hunger to learn and desire to be the best at everything. Zenny is heading to full day PRESCHOOL! This is not good, this is not right, I'm not that old! When we went in the spring for the tour, he was ready to stay and told me to leave. My baby is growing up way too fast.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't incredibly proud of my 4 year old who can write every letter of the alphabet, and identify them both uppercase and lowercase. She can write her own name, first, last and just about both middle. She can write her brothers name, Zenen, as well as "Mom" "Dad" "Stop" "Cat" "Dog". She can count to 50 with very little help, and do some basic mental math - if she has four cookies and eats one, she will have three left - without any help. Her vocabulary is extensive, I mean what 4 year old regularly uses words like perhaps, and in the right context. Kate often comments on how Aedyn's vocabulary is vast and that she's impressed that she uses exciting words - that must be teacher speak but I take it as a compliment! I'd be missing a huge point here if I didn't brag about her impeccable manners, my daughter has the most excellent manners. She says "pardon me" if we are ever in the middle of anything, she respectfully asks to be excused from the dinner table, she uses please and thank you like a pro, excuse-mes are often heard around here.
My son, my sweet 3 year old ZeniKazi. He's my little boy. He sees everything different than Aedyn - usually the mischevous side of everything. Althetics and sports have always come easy to Zenen, he runs like the wind, can bat a ball out of midair, and plays soccer like a pro. Zenen's laugh is infectious, and he's forever got a joke brewing - usually a chicken butt joke - thanks, Kev. He has known his alphabet since before he was 2, and can count to twenty like a boss. He, like his older sister, has a very strong vocabulary, except that he's a little shit and picks up on the bad words, and busts them out in hilarious situations. Like the other day when he was having a hard time getting his sock on - all I could hear was "Fuckin sock!!" I had to laugh (alone, in the other room). He's also very good with his manners and is such a kind little boy with a kind heart.
Raising kids is hard, but my goodness, it makes it easier when you have wonderful children to raise.
Speaking of my wonderful children, I have some time off with them until they start school and last night, we didn't know what to have for dinner. I decided I wanted to try a new recipe that I'd been thinking about batch making and freezing. What a good choice. There is nothing better than breakfast for dinner.
My kids love to top waffles, crepes, or pancakes with whipped cream (coconut cream), sliced strawberries and mandarin orange slices.
- 1 cup almond milk or other non dairy milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp chia & 6 tbsp cup water, or 2 real eggs
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 3 tbsp arrowroot starch
- pinch- salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Plug in waffle iron, and preheat.
- In a small bowl, combine almond milk, water and apple cider vinegar - set aside. Prep the chia eggs by mixing chia seed and water in a prep bowl - set aside.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add maple syrup, vanilla and chia eggs to milk mixture.
- Slowly whisk into dry ingredients, stir to combine - but don't over mix.
- Spray waffle iron with cooking oil, or brush with coconut oil - ladle waffle mix onto waffle iron and cook for 4-5 minutes.
- Serve immediately or cool to room temperature before freezing in a single layer on a baking sheet - once frozen, transfer to airtight container - toast before serving frozen ones.