Friends! It’s been much to long. We have some serious catching up to do. I really hate when we let too much time slip between our coffee talks. Life is like that, isn’t it? You have the best intentions to stay in touch with your nearest and dearest, and before you know it an entire season has passed. So grab your coffee, get comfy, and let’s chat.
Fall is in full swing here in Ohio. We don’t have the colors yet, but the fun fall activities are everywhere. We went to a farm last weekend and went apple picking, checked out the animals, and went on a hayride. Want to see pictures?
This was our first time taking the kids apple picking. I have been hesitant since there are no organic apple orchards near us, but decided I would just peel the apples we picked.
Look at these cute llamas!
What about you? Have you done any fall activities yet?
I need to update you on my garden! I discovered that gardens are a good amount of work for a small amount of reward. I loved having a small garden this summer, but it really didn’t produce a lot of food in relation to how much we eat. I can only imagine how much work it would be to grow all of our produce.
We got two peppers the whole summer.
I planted two pepper plants and each plant only yielded one pepper. Is that normal? There are actually 3 very small peppers on them now, but at this point in the season I doubt they will grow to full size.
We ended up with three cantaloupe. They were delicious!
After a few kale harvests, it got totally destroyed by bugs. I never got to harvest any brussels sprouts as some bugs destroyed them as well. The zucchini just didn’t grow and I’m not sure why. We got a decent amount of cucumbers. The star of the show, by far, was basil. We had fresh basil all summer long and it’s still going strong. I just picked a whole bunch to make a huge batch of Spinach-Basil pesto to freeze.
I hope to put a little more time into learning and planning my garden for next year. Did you grow any food this year? How did it go?
Isn’t it hard to navigate parenting when childhood looks so different for our kids than it did for us? Let’s start with homework. I am fairly certain I didn’t have homework consistently until 4th or 5th grade. (I hope my memory is serving me well here!) Meghan’s in second grade and has homework every night. This girl is a smart student. She rarely misses one question on tests no matter what the subject. So no, she doesn’t struggle in school. But she hates homework. It’s not that it’s hard for her, it’s that after a whole day doing work in school, she’s done by the time she gets home. She wants to play. And guess what? She’s 8 years old and I want her to play! *Sigh* I know there’s not much I can do about this. I’m stuck forcing a reluctant girl to get it done.
Let’s move on to activities. I feel this strange pressure that my kids have to choose what their focus is going to be at a much younger age than we did. I tried so many activities when I was growing up: soccer, basketball, volleyball, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, running, and acting. It wasn’t until I was entering high school that I really had to narrow it down and choose what I would focus on. Now it seems if they aren’t uber-focused on their sport or activity at a young age, they won’t be good enough to do it in high school. How do you deal with this?
The time is getting away from us again. I hate to go, but the weekend is calling. I love catching up with you and promise to not let so much time stretch in between these talks. Have a great one, friend!