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This week’s quotes of the week (QOTW):
“Mom, we gotta go! School starts in tweven minutes.”
Luke, I hear ya man.
“When I practice piano, I always mess up.”
Clare, oh Clare. Keep clicking the keys, honey.
“Am I still a rockstar?”
Luke. But, of course.
“Jonah almost ate a monster!”
Luke, technically we almost got our friend to eat an oyster during our Whole Foods tour (see #2 below). Monster/oyster? Same-same.
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And the foodies rejoice. Earlier this week, our 4-H food-nutrition participants enjoyed a tour of the Whole Foods flagship store in downtown Austin. Impressive doesn’t begin to describe either the store or our nutritionist who led the tour. Katie was knowledgeable, funny and great with kids. She led off with a healthy snack (whole grain bread, topped with hummus, bell pepper and cucumbers). The kids loved them. We basically ate our way through the store, munching on just-ground peanut butter, pistachios, sweet potato chips and whole grain bread. The kids even touched a fish eye and watched our seafood master shuck an oyster. The kids learned the difference between conventional and organic, how to calculate healthy chips based on sodium and caloric levels and what makes a whole grain product better than a non-whole grain product. If ever you’re in Austin, this store is worth the stop. One sidenote, did y’all know that every Whole Foods store employs a nutritionist that’s on-site to answer any of your questions and assist you, for free? We may be calling on Katie during our Food Show prep next year!
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40 days of awesome is almost here. As I said on Facebook earlier this week. Don’t be scared, be awesome instead. During previous Lenten seasons, I’ve done various things: written 40 notes of gratitude to various people, culled 40 bags of extra “stuff” at our house and donated it, fasted from Facebook, refrained from unnecessary shopping, attended daily Mass 1x week and more. Scott and I are still working on ideas for this Lent and I look forward to sharing those next week. If you’re looking for ideas on making Lent relevant (and doable) with your kids, you can try out our PFA (prayer-fasting-alms giving) basket.
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It’s true. We’ve become Netflix junkies. Thank goodness we only have eight episodes left of Breaking Bad. As much as I’ve enjoyed the good-bad struggle, it’s time for Walter White to vacate my living room. While we were waiting for the final episodes to show up on Netflix, we got hooked on White Collar. I must say, I do love it. Of course, there’s Downton (crying until next January) and Call the Midwife on PBS. My only problem is crushing on Jimmy Fallon. Guess I’ll just have to watch YouTube videos of his latest antics. He is one funny dude.
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Our final 4-H project of the year is underway, just in time for Baby Whitaker to arrive! I’m working with another parent volunteer and five of our middle schoolers to create a presentation on social media for teens. I have no doubt it will be good for the adults, as we learn about the pros/cons of social media, but great for the kids as they learn the positives and pitfalls of communication in the digital age. More in the coming weeks as we write and finalize the presentation.
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Homegoods. How did I not know about this store, y’all? It’s like Pottery Barn with Target prices. I walked in the other day and just meandered for 20 minutes in a stuper and then walked right back out. I mean, it was all too much eye candy. That may be a place I have to limit trips to in the coming months. Years. Lifetimes.
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This week, we had a death in the family on Scott’s side. It was expected, but still. Scott made a quick day trip to see family and serve as the pallbearer while I kept things humming here. As providence would have it, there was a funeral procession at the entrance of our neighborhood right about the same time Scott was at the funeral. And it struck me. Why don’t people pull to the side of the road anymore when a procession goes by? Are we really in that much of a hurry? I admit, I’m always in a hurry. But on this day, I stopped and prayed. It was a good reminder that life is short, no need to waste it. Live it instead.
For more takers you know where to go. Thanks, Jen!