Oh school. How I’ve missed you.
Here’s what happened this past week:
My kids are now in school! PRAISE. They started up last Wednesday and are loving life. Brooke is in grade 4, Blake is in Kindergarten, and Edward is in preschool. My kids are adjusting nicely to this new school schedule and I am loving the few hours during nap time where I can get some work done. I’m pretty sure we all just thrive with structure and schedules, so September is a welcome gift.
Eddie has preschool Monday and Thursday mornings with a few of his friends from nine to noon. I wish it was three days a week if I’m being totally honest because he can handle it and loves socializing. But we’re sticking with two. Some of my Mom friends got together, hired a legit teacher and are taking turns hosting. I’m so excited to get to know these other moms more and we have even talked about going to brunch together while all our kids are in school a few times a month. Does that not sound like a great way to spend a morning? Yes yes and yes.
This year, I get to pack three school lunches which is fun because I line their little lunch bags up and fill one by one. Everyone gets the same thing and they can decide the night before. Mostly it stays the exact same through the week with a fruit, veggie, protein and grain. Eddie always wants the ‘gaypes’ (grapes) and ‘gums’ (fruit snacks). I normally don’t buy fruit snacks, chips, cookies or sweet things to add to their lunches but I got sent them for free from a brand, so we’re slowly making our way through the box.
The morning routine could get polished a little. Mainly, I could stand to wake up a little earlier, but man is it hard to get up after 5 hours of sleep! Brooke, like her mama, tries to sleep in as long as she can. Blake and Eddie are rip-raring to go at 6am (sometimes earlier…ugh!) and I am just grateful that 2/3 are out the door at 8:15. I try to make eggs almost every morning because protein is important and cereal just doesn’t fill my kids up quite like it used to. (Plus its nearly $5 a box here!) So we do eggs, bacon and toast (or oatmeal or cream of wheat). My trainer said Breakfast should be the largest meal of the day, so that’s what I do and by default, that’s what the kids do too.
Speaking of trainer, I had a rough session last week where we focused on the lower body. One legged squats are the worst, I still like deadlifts and kettle bells are great, except when I have to do bulgarian squats with them. This workout make my butt sore which never happens because my body mechanics compensate for my weak glutes with my hamstrings or lower back. So hooray for workouts that target things I want them to target!
Gordon found out this week that he will be switching to more of a regular 9-5 schedule starting in October! He loves his job and I’m so glad he loves his job, but he has come to hate the city because he hasn’t really had time to explore or make friends. So, I’m hopeful this new schedule will allow for a regular date night, more night outs with friends and a new take on NYC. There are parts I don’t really like about living here, but for the most part have gotten used to it. He hasn’t really gotten that chance, so I’m excited to get him out on the town more often.
Speaking of getting a night out on the town, what are your favorite NYC restaurants? Getting bored of the same old same old over here.
Here’s what is coming up this next week:
More school! We actually had Monday and Tuesday off this week for Rosh Hashanah but they’ll be back for the last half of the week, thankfully!
Gordon is working extra long hours this week and making me wish for October to get here oh so fast.
I am working on developing recipes for Thanksgiving and Christmas already (which is a little bananas but whatever.) Are there any you’d like to see? I feel like this past week has been me playing catch up with behind-the-scenes blog work (which is NOT my favorite part at all). It’s gotta get done before I move onto the fun stuff. A tough job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Hoping to get some serious recipe testing done. And get my lenses cleaned. Eddie has been smudging them all with his fingers. UGH! That boy. Yikes.
I’m hoping to go see Crazy Rich Asians too, though I might go alone. Whatever. No big deal, ya’ll. Nothing like a little matinee all by myself. Just give me popcorn and I’m good.
Anyways, hope you have a great week!