Wow I still have a blog?? That's crazy!
Life in the Newman household is quiet -for now.
There's always laundry, dishes, and homework to do
bellies to feed, callings to serve in, and faces to kiss.
It's a good life.
I'm so "nervocited" for our upcoming adventures.
When this school year comes to a close
We will begin our new adventure with homeschooling.
I'm not sure whether to call it homeschooling or roam schooling
since it will enable us to travel as a whole family,
I'm excited for the opportunities my children will be able to have.
We're going to Europe for a month while Cole works.
We'll be staying mostly in Belgium
but will be taking fun day/weekend/week long trips
to places like Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, the U.K., and Ireland.
It's so crazy to think this'll be the first time I've left the continental US and
hadn't even owned a passport -yet all of my children are getting to do it too!
The passports and ticket…
Smoothies are a great way to get through hot summers -in my opinion- and also a great way to use my garden's produce :) I usually go for a few strawberries (which until this year have always just grown in my yard), a banana for sweetener, a little milk, some ice, and a WHOLE lot of spinach. My sister introduced spinach smoothies to me a few years ago and though I was VERY VERY skeptical -after trying one I was instantly hooked! It really depends on what type of spinach I use but my home grown stuff has always been fantastic for smoothies! Now comes the debate Kale vs. Spinach -while I lean toward spinach because I use it in SO many things, kale isn't bad at all and infact there are many up-sides to using kale. For instance: Spinach is a cool weather plant and will most certainly be out of my garden by July, kale is much more heat tolerant and can be grown all through the heat of the summer. Then there's the nutrition side to it 28 GRAMS SPINACH (1 LOOSELY PACKED CUP) (%RDI)2…
Nanna was amazing, always sweet and kind. I was a terribly rowdy child and when I would be getting into too much trouble Nanna would take me on her lap and sweetly say "now Jessica I don't need to be cross with you, I don't want to be a cross Nanna...." Then there'd be follow up with something like "you should get along or be kind to your brothers" or "listen to your mum and dad" but always as sweet as honey! Never EVER a hint or irritation in her voice. How did she do that?? Always before leaving back to Montana she'd tell me if I ever had any troubles and needed to talk to someone that there is a little Nanna in my pocket and I could just take her out any old time and tell her what was on my mind. As an adopted and skeptical child, I worried I wouldn't be loved as much as the "born in" kids but those worries were put to rest right away as Nanna showed me so much love and I knew right away she was just as much MY Nanna as any…