Off to a good start

Day one of homeschooling and the Universe provided us with this sweet bounty! Cauliflower, broccoli, celery, parsley, peppers, cucumber, carrots, kale, sweet potatos, cherry tomatoes, lemons, oranges, granny smiths. All organic baby! I got myself invited into an organic food co-op by a neighbor who homeschools. I walk two houses down and pick up the goods. Twenty five bucks for all of this. It would cost so much more at the store. Life is good!

We did academics in the morning, and in the afternoon we made soup. Creamy cauliflower soup. That’s my baby eating soup, full of carrots and onions (ground to a pulp in the food processor)and parsley and cauliflower and celery and all good things. Who woulda’ ever thunk it? The open bottle of wine was purely for cooking purposes. And don’t mind the sharp knife. I’m sick of coddling this kid. She loses a digit, she’s got nine more.

I have not seen Riley as relaxed and happy as she was today, probably ever. 

Join me as I exhale, won’t you?

I wish you could try our soup.

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19 Responses to Off to a good start

  1. Poopsie says:

    Wow, I have I missed alot these last few months…
    COngratulations on the homeschooling. When Brian said “enough public school” at 17, we withstood the comments, and I held my own. He has grown so much from it, both academically and (more important)personally.

    I wish I could enjoy that wonderful woup with you. Ruth loves to cook, and well, she learned about sharp knives, and I am certain Riley will too.
    Best of luck!

  2. I’m glad for you that this is off to such a good start. I wish my school days had been like that!

  3. Chloes Mom Mary says:

    What an awesome day! I’m so glad it was successful 🙂

  4. Carrie Link says:

    I want you to home school ME!

  5. M says:

    i can only speak from my own experiences, they can’t really be apply to others…but i’m thrilled with what you’re doing. my parents threw me into one standardized setting after another…tried really hard to force the square peg into the round hole…and it was just endless stress, it eroded my confidence. some kids need the structure of public schools, need the challenge in order to grow. but others kids need their own space, environment…a place where they can feel okay with themselves, and just expand out on their own terms. i just know that for me, i never acclimated to the school setting…it was emotionally destructive, and time never changed that. so, i love your willingness to adapt to her, nurture her sense of self.

  6. Wanda says:

    Oh, this is going to be sooooo good.

  7. -e- says:

    There is a sense of calm in Riley’s face in this picture that I can’t say I’ve seen before. I bet it’s on your face too.

  8. drama mama says:

    I’m with E…Riley looks so relaxed!

    So far so good!

    Recipe, please!

  9. amber says:

    I see what e sees. So much.

    And, um, yum!!


  10. Gasping over your organic haul. And the soup looks divine! xoxo

  11. jess wilson says:

    me too – i haven’t been that calm since 1974.

    congratulations on a great first day.

  12. Jenny R says:

    So happy for you!

  13. Stagmom says:

    LOL! Great post! Happy New Year. I’ll be right over with a spoon.

  14. naomi says:

    Hurray! Riley does look so calm and happy! We started back at it today and I still feel so thankful that we can do this -especially when I read what “M” writes.
    Thank God for blenders. Enjoy your soup!

  15. Heather says:

    Yay for you and double yay for Riley!

  16. pixiemama says:

    Riley looks like a totally different girl already!


  17. Amanda says:

    who could doubt this was a good move for you? The knife? She’s nine years not nine months!! and like you say, what’s a digit between friends?!

  18. Linda Dobson says:

    Don’t sweat the small stuff…it’s all small stuff. Relaxation is good. Good for her; good for all of you.

  19. Hello
    Hey Creamy cauliflower soup seems very delicious and I would like to taste it.She is really very cute and looks happy.Thanks for this post.

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