The end of year activities are hotting up. We are on countdown with only 2 more days of school left to go. I can hardly believe that c has finished first grade already.
After dropping the kids of at their respective schools, I go for a lovely walk with Milo by the Bay. Summer is well and truly here. It is a glorious day and the view back over San Francisco is spectacular. I wonder whether I’ll miss this while we are traveling for 6 week, but then I tell myself that I probably won’t have much time to even think about missing it.
After my walk, it’s a quick dash back to school to load up C and two other boys from his class for a bowling field trip. The entire first grade piles into the Bowling alley and I’m amazed that the experience is actually a really fun one.
C’s friend sits in the back of the car waxing on about his upcoming birthday party – the one that C is not invited to. Whoops. I wonder whether C will get upset about this or not, but he seems to handle it pretty well. I think he is convinced that it’s a mistake and that he’ll still get a last minute invite. Oh dear.
After bowling, I head home to start preparing for our trip. I log onto Virgin Atlantic (http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/en/us/index.jsp) with the intention of ordering a gluten free meal for C on our flights to and from London. Come on virgin Atlantic! The only food options for kids are ‘normal’ or a kids meal. For adults, there is a whole slew of food options. Why is it assumed that kids don’t need the same options? I order a gluten free meal for me, a normal meal for C and a kids meal for T. C and I will then swap. He dislikes plane food quite intensely anyway – who can blame him – but maybe, just maybe, this combo will be ok.
I let the C do his last after school session at Tia’s (an after school free play program). He wants to pick up some DS tips from his friend. It suits me down to a t today, as I’m still pretty wiped from the whooping cough saga.
I use the time to continue the house sitter organization saga. I confess to Katy that I have cold feet about the Chihuahuan’s. She is in total agreement and we laugh about how teenage this whole thing is making us feel. She recommends the most prefect ever colleague/friend of hers at work and all of a sudden I feel that everything is falling into place. I call M to let him know that there will no longer be a chica from Chihuahua living in the house this summer, but that we have found the perfect match to house sit at the times when we are all away. Our new house sitter has two chocolate labs at home and so Milo will be in good company with someone who knows exactly what he needs. Phew!
I head off late afternoon to pick up the kids and then head back to make a monster vegetable chili.
g-free moms vegetable chili
There seems to be a million and one variations on the theme of vegetable chili. I guess that the bottom line is that you can throw pretty much anything that you like in there, but here is my version:
1 large yellow onion
1 clove garlic
2 large carrots, finely diced
2 sticks of celery. Finely diced
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
Half a cauliflower
Handful of broccoli florets
Handful of frozen sweet corn
1 can pinto beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes and 1 can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon chili powder – add more to taste, if desired
How to make
1. Heat the olive oil and cook the onion and garlic in it for about 5 minutes.
2. Add the rest of the vegetables and stir-fry for about 10 minutes
3. Add the beans, stir for about a minute and then add the tomatoes and tomato sauce
4. Cook for 15 minutes and serve with corn chips or over brown rice
C complains that “this is too healthy”. T picks out the beans, but it works and I congratulate myself on getting so many vegetable into my kids all in one go.
We then quickly bake some gluten free chocolate brownies from a Trader Joe’s bake mix. I’m not sure that I’m convinced about these though and utter a quiet “come back gluten all is forgiven!”. I’ve promised the brownies for the class end of year party. Oh well, I guess the kids won’t mind how crumbly they are.
We read stories, make T a hot water bottle – his latest obsession and then settle the kids into bed.
I head back into the kitchen. C’s class are serving their buddies breakfast in the morning and I’m on the list for providing melon. I cut up a couple of cantaloupes and then head to bed to watch some news and make a slightly bigger dent into ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’.