New goals, blank pages, fresh starts, these gifts of September are not only for those returning to school. I'm claiming them for myself too. I love this time of year. Tomorrow is the first day of school for my kids, a third grader and an eighth grader. In many ways we're coming full circle. Both kids will be back at home for learning, for the first time in three years. The difference now, is in my own level of confidence, in the rightness of this choice for our family at this time. The funny thing with being a parent though, is just when you think you're finally "getting it", the kids move on to a new stage and the learning starts again. I hope the confidence is here to stay though, because I like it. Perhaps it's a benefit of getting older?
Speaking of getting older, my daughter will be going to public high school next year. The whole idea of what this means has put a bit of fire beneath me, to stop procrastinating on the important things. Because if I'm old enough to have a high school student, well then, maybe I'm not so young anymore. So I feel kind of quiet lately, as I sort out those things in my head, and as I start taking those first steps towards doing those important things.
Finally, I leave you with a picture of last night's dinner. Because it was good, and healthy. And because I'm one of those weird people who take pictures of my food. I'm tired of being on diets. I've been on one sort of diet or another since January. This one was from the Perricone diet. I'llbe glad when eating healthy isn't something that I have to think so hard about all the time. I just want it be a natural way of how I eat. I keep going back to formal diet plans because it's easier to have someone else tell me exactly what to eat and when. Of course, I get bored with the plan after awhile and start looking for the next one to try. Which is how I started with homeschooling, now that I think about it....following other people's plans/curriculums, thinking about it all the time, until it finally became natural and the confidence was there. It just took time. I imagine that healthy eating is the same way. I'll get there.