We may be on summer break around here, but somehow our mornings are no less busy than during the school year. My 9 year old is doing a science type camp this week, that starts at 8am! That is an hour earlier than his school started. Next week he is doing an outdoor survival type came with a bunch of his friends. This one also starts at 8am. So yeah, sleeping in is not happening around here anytime soon! But he is having fun, learning new things, and getting to enjoy time outside, so it is all worth it in the end.
My son has started football practice. They have a fall and spring flag football season in our town, and he loves that he gets to play it twice a year. He has almost all the same kids on his team, and the same coaches, which is really nice. But now we have to worry about having practices during the the week, and games on the weekends. Sometimes just one game, sometimes two. I get used to the winter and having our weekends free. Not anymore, we go from football right into baseball, so we can have free weekends again at the end of July.
We spent this past weekend up in the mountains with my family. My parents were in town, so we rented a house to celebrate Christmas. My brother and SIL met us up there as well. It was so much fun, and so relaxing. We brought tons of food, so we could cook and just relax. Traditionally we have French Toast for our Christmas breakfast, so that was on the menu for sure. My brother wanted to add his favorite blueberry smoothie to breakfast as well. Blueberries are known to help with memory, so there was joking all weekend about making sure we got enough blueberries in our diet.
Have you done with all of your Christmas shopping yet? Are you one of those that waits until the last minute? I am usually pretty good about getting it done a little early. I spent a bunch of time wrapping presents the other day, only to find that I am way short on gifts for both of our Dads. Everyone else is covered, but those two need more! So if you have any great Dad ideas, for Dads that don’t need anything, let me know.
Are any of you as sick of homework as I am? As a kid, I never thought of homework being hard on my mom. But wow, it is just as much work for me as it is for my 8 year old. Getting him to sit down and actually do it. Making sure that he writes his best, and it isn’t a mess. Helping him come up with ideas for a book report project. Practicing spelling words, filling out the planner with how many minutes he read and did math facts. If I am hating homework in 3rd grade, I don’t even want to know what it is going to be like when he is older.
Things are finally starting to cool down and feel like spring around here. The mornings are crisp, and the perfect time to open up the windows. The sun still warms up the day, but as soon as it sets you can feel fall in the air again. Last weekend we made apple cider at home. It is a fall tradition at our house, and it has me in the mood for fall baking! Apples and pumpkin full steam ahead
Whole wheat muffins with fresh strawberries and white chocolate chips
It is no surprise to you that I like muffins. I think there is nothing short of 30 muffin recipes on here. Don’t believe me? Go check out the recipe index. I am just a little obsessed. As well as liking muffins, you know that I like to try to make them a little healthier. I mean, if you are going to eat cake for breakfast, you have to try to make it as healthy as possible, right?
Happy Memorial Day!! Do you have any fun plans for this unofficial kick off to summer? When I planned my calendar for May, I totally didn’t realize that I put muffins down for today. I should have been more on top of things! I did give you Frozen Key Lime Margarita Squares and Blue Vodka Lemonade last week though, both of those would be great additions to your get together today.
It is common knowledge by now that I like muffins, and I like to try to make things just a little bit healthier. That is where these chocolate muffins come in. I know you are saying to yourself; “chocolate muffins, healthy? Yeah right!” Just hear me out!