Crunchy Soup?!

Do You Take Your Kids’ Advice?Anthony

I’m not talking about bland generalities, like “they inspire me,” or they make me stop and smell the roses.” Come on– it’s January!

Did your children give you any good ideas this past year? Anything so adorable and creative you will always remember it? Any surprisingly grown-up, workable ideas? Any really good questions that made you stop and think– and have to google it? Any little projects they put so much time into you couldn’t help being proud of them?

Go ahead– remind them! Encourage them! And don’t be afraid to comment here on this blog– I’d love to hear some stories about how your kids inspire you!

I need to backtrack and think of all the occurrences this past year when my kids surprised me with something novel. I need to let them know how much I appreciate them! But here is one example from last night:

Crunchy soup?!

“Crunch, crunch,” my little guy was munching on almonds right next to me, and as usual, Mommy had two separate issues to tackle: how to get my son to eat his soup, and how to get my daughter (who was eating it) to stop complaining! “This soup isn’t tasty without noodles. Why can’t we have noodles?” my older child whined. Before I could explain yet another time, my little guy leaned over and dropped an almond right in her bowl. A half-eaten one at that! In spite of her shriek, I looked to my right and noticed my son’s bowl of soup was full of almonds. He seemed to have found them to be quite a tasty substitute for noodles!

One by one, we each tried the almonds in our soup. When my husband came home, the kids insisted he try them too. After learning that I did not intentionally alter a recipe, and that our son was the culprit– not me (whew!) he decided to try one almond, and to our delight, asked for more! No more complaints from the peanut gallery– I mean almond gallery!

Task List versus Inspiration List

Before I give out the recipe– which I will later– I want to point out what my little boy did for jump-starting my new year! If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed the recent silence. I don’t mean to make excuses. I don’t have writer’s block. I have what’s called a “bread and butter” business from home. I have clients, deadlines, and scheduling conflicts. I spent the autumn months doing quite a bit of commuting to train for this new venture. Just as I began blogging my children’s book, and blogging about travel, I have been “on the go” more than ever!

Throughout my seven years of being a stay-at-home mom, I woke up almost every day with my right brain in full swing– lots of ideas and a strong desire to write. I promised myself that as soon as my kids reached school age, I’d begin a blog. Well, I’m not breaking that promise! I have plenty of material to write about! It’s just that for the last three or four months, I’ve awoken to a task-list, instead of an inspiration list. And that’s been quite an adjustment!

When I took my blogging course last summer from Nina Amir, I learnedd that a blogger needs to have an outline– a projected course of material and how they will cover it. That outline can get us through times when inspiration seems to be lacking.

Thanks to my amazing little son, I recovered some inspiration! But going forward, I want to talk about what I will be doing with the blog:

What’s Happening with the Blog:

  • At some point, my husband and I will refine and hone the children’s book… stay tuned!
  • “Familes On the Go” newsletter and posts. Tips geared for active parents– not travel adventures only, but more practical, everyday tips for living a busy lifestyle!
  • Nutrition information. Living a gluten-free– or for that matter any health-conscious lifestyle can slow you down. (How to be healthy on the go is something my husband and I have spent a considerable amount of time studying and practicing.)
  • More book reviews– adult and child. Reading list for busy parents, as well as recommendations for children’s educational books.
  • Experiences with moving and transitioning, and helpful tips.
  • More product reviews
  • At some point, an updated look and more user friendly website!

 

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