Okay, this isn’t really about my kitchen, but it is about cooking and eating in my house these days. Things have changed a lot in our home since I started this blog, and I thought I would share the state of our family now (and a picture).
My husband and I are still very happily married. However, he’s been doing a lot of traveling in the past year and is usually gone for a week at a time. When he’s not here, I tend to cook differently. I cook foods he doesn’t like, or I think of it more as a week off from cooking.
Our three sons are now almost 22 (that’s my gf son), 19, and 16. When I started blogging, I was homeschooling all three of them. Since then the oldest two have graduated.
We happen to live in an area with a very good community college and several good universities within commuting distance. My sons have decided to stay home and commute to school, and since that’s what most of their friends have done, they’re happy with that.
I love the arrangement! They’re pretty independent, and sometimes not home much at all, but they do still live here, and we get to have fun times and good chats together. Sometimes they study here (maybe with a friend or girlfriend), and sometimes they study elsewhere.
My youngest is still homeschooled and is in 11th grade this year. However, this spring he is taking several classes at the community college (and will continue that next year), so he’s gone three days a week. My homeschooling responsibilities have been greatly reduced, although I am still a consultant for our umbrella program.
It’s not the best photo, but it gives you an idea of what we all look like. I had to swallow my pride in posting this picture of me since I have lost at least 20 pounds since that was taken in October.
In addition to taking care of the family and homeschooling, I am now juggling several online jobs. First, I run this blog, which really is a job. If you don’t blog, you have no idea how much work it is. I wish I didn’t have to have ads on my site, but they provide me with some compensation for my time, so I hope you don’t mind.
Like I said, things have changed, and it affects meal times. Sometimes everyone (and likely a friend) is home for dinner, which means cooking for 5 – 6 adults, plus enough for leftovers to go in lunches. At other times there are only two or three of us home for dinner. It changes from day to day, and I often don’t know who will show up until that evening.
That makes menu planning a little more difficult. Then add in that I am eating mostly grain free and low carb and have to come up with a meal that will meet everyone’s needs, and it is a bit tricky at times.
Just so you know, the monthly and weekly menu plans are not necessarily what we are eating. I create those plans for your benefit mostly. I do refer to them but have to play it by ear from day to day.
Seasons of Life
I don’t seem to work this kind of information into my regular posts, and I like you all to have an idea of what my life is like. I feel like I’ve been entering a new season of life over the past year, and I wanted to share it with you.
I love hearing from you, too. What season of life are you in?