Settling In

Ms Action already has a new BFF. They’re hanging out over at the new friend’s house for a half an hour. And, the mom is the leader of the Brownie Troop, so Ms Action will (finally) get to be a Girl Scout!

We’ve been doing a bit of school, but it’s very difficult without furniture. But we’re doing How to Bake an Apple Pie and See the World this week. I’m also going to be getting A Beka language arts program to help Ms Action with he reading, and Life of Fred for math.

Cooking has been…interesting, to say the least. I have one 12 inch sauté pan, a 6 qt mixing bowl, a 2 quart casserole dish and 1 1/2 quart casserole dish, a slotted spoon, serving spoon, crappy spatula, four plastic plates, four plastic bowls, four forks, one table knife, one chef’s knife, around a dozen cups (no measuring cups, naturally), and that’s it. Cooking has been interesting, although I’ve been staying on top of the dishes, though that’s out of necessity.

We’ve been playing in the backyard. There’s a swing hanging from one of the big trees, so the girls have either been beautifully taking turns or fighting over who’s turn it is. No in between, of course.

Fortunately, when the movers came to the house out in Yelm, I kept back the TV, DVD player and Wii, so now that we have internet again, at least we have stuff to watch. Education videos, fun shows, mindless entertainment for those times when you’re just exhausted. And, catching up on Once Upon a Time, since we no longer have cable, and I managed to miss the entire second half of last season.

We also have some Legos, dolls, and some new Barbie’s the former homeowner gave the girls, so we’re not entirely destitute for entertainment. There’s also wildlife galore, squirrels, cardinals, a woodpecker (thank goodness the house is brick!), sparrows and blue jays that we’ve seen so far, not to mention honeybees, wasps, flies, and butterflies.

We’re also changing our diet. After much research, I’ve decided the Primal/Paleo is going to be the best fit for our family. Nothing prepackaged (which was a huge problem when we were vegetarian, so much is vegetarian that just isn’t good for you. Oreos, anyone? Obviously, I could have avoided those, but unless you were going to eat just beans, rice, grains, fruits and veggies, a lot of the proteins were manufactured and not at all natural). So, we’re eliminating all dyes, artificial anythings, and any convenience type foods. I’m really excited and have had some great guidance helping learn about the diet. We made Garden Veggie Meatballs today, from the Everyday Paleo book by Sarah Fragoso. Both girls are pretty excited about our new diet, and I’m hopeful it helps Ms Action’s ADHD and SPD and Ms Piggy’s eczema.

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