blue irises against the red red fence.
Back in the term time groove, I think I'm doing okay on the extra-curricular front, an aspect of parenting which I try to support, but frequently do so only with poor grace. Yesterday both kids went to kung fu with FH, and today we started back on swimming lessons. Ballet is going okay now I can leave Brighid there and not get told off for talking to other parents during the lesson. Tomorrow is supposed to be a trial run at cubs.
There were tears at the dinner table tonight. Fionn's best buddy moves to Auckland at the end of the school year. I felt for my boy, and didn't say out loud that there might be several more. Spring Creek indirectly paid a lot of school fees where my children go to school.
I need inspiration for meal planning. I used to be better than I currently am. I think this is for two reasons:
1. I used to be home more, so could set up the slow cooker in the morning.
2. We've consciously moved away from red meat, and red meat was easy. Sausages one day, mince another, then a roast, followed by shepherds pie, all interleaved with fish, chicken and quiche.
Now it's all fish, chicken, quiche and nachos. When we are particularly short of time and I want to make some kind of semblance of a home made meal, I buy wraps plus pesto plus smoked chicken and cut up carrots and cucumber to go in as well. As we end up with bread-based lunches and sometimes I have bread based breakfast, I try to keep dinner wheat/gluten free. Which means I largely avoid pasta for tea as well. I'll start doing sushi again when the local supermarket re-stocks pickled ginger. I've fallen out of the groove of using chickpeas and beans for vege dinners, but if it can be done within an hour (walk in to kitchen to eating at the table), or preferably 30-40 minutes, I'm keen to read and try any suggestions.