Jer took Yoav apple picking about an hour north of NYC today with Dave & Nahama and his parents. So I've managed to really do a lot of cleaning! Things aren't totally organized but they're clean - I swept and mopped, organized the living room and did two loads of laundry. So that means we don't really have to do much cleaning tomorrow. I'll probably skip my "Cleaning Day" and just do daily cleaning as I need to.
Things have been going pretty well with our Waldorf stuff. I don't quite have my rhythms yet, but we're moving in the right direction. This is my third week and it'll be my third week of the same meals. That's helping a lot since it helps my overall planning and it's been easier for me to do a weekly grocery shop. For this week, we have a playdate on Wednesday at the Science Museum in Queens, so we'll modify the weekly schedule. My plan is:
Monday: Painting Day
Tuesday: Soup Day (will be minestrone and I already have beans soaked and simmered from last week!)
Wednesday: Playdate Day
Thursday: Craft Day - we're going to make felt bean bags - Yoav will cut out shapes for me to sew on to squares which I'll then sew together and he'll fill with beans.
Friday: Baking Day (Challah)/Shabbat
Dinner plans are:
Monday: Hummus, Grape Leaves, Israeli salad
Tuesday: Minestrone Soup
Wednesday: Spaghetti with brown rice noodles (p. 357 of NT) - might make it the night before, but it's quick either way
Thursday: Roasted chicken (p. 280 NT), roasted carrots, rice
Friday (Shabbat): Schnitzels, kasha, peas and challah - I have kasha sprouted and baked. I think I'll try making the kasha and peas the night before to help keep the day relaxed.
My story for the week is "Little Madam" - I'll read it now and make sure I like it. Good thing I read it first - turns out it's really similar to "The Old Woman and her Pig" in English Fairy Tales that we've read so many times Yoav can almost tell it himself and was able to repeat the whole last paragraph verbatim and it's a crazy paragraph! Anyway, gotta find a new one.
OK, this is my story for the week - "The Sheep and the Pig" from mainlesson.com.
Circle Time will be as below - I'll do a few at one times and throw the other ones in as makes sense - like the bird one is good for when we're outside, as is the tree one and additional ones are rub-a-dub-dub when the kids take a bath and peas porridge when we make oatmeal and Mary Mary Quite Contrary when we garden.
Here is a tree with its leaves so green.
Here are the apples that hang between.
When the wind blows, the apples will fall.
Here is a basket to gather them all.
I have built a little nest - look inside, look inside,
Hungry birdies with their beaks open wide, open wide,
And the little birdies grow - day by day, day by day,
Till they spread their wings and fly - far away, far away.
Two little dicky birds sitting on a wall
One named Jack
The other named Jill
Fly away Jack
Fly away Jill
Come back Jack
Come back Jill
Clap up and clap down
Clap behind, clap before
Clap up and clap down
As we did before
Five little mice come out to play
Gathering crumbs along the way
Out came pussy cat, sleek and fat
Five little mice came scurrying back.
Up he goes
Up to the tree top
Round and round
Down he scampers
Down to the ground
Oh what a tail
Soft as a feather
Can curl like a snail
Where is his supper?
Look in the shell
Snip, snip and crackle
Out the nut fell!
Up I stretch on tippy-toes
Down to touch my heels I go
Up to the sky my arms I send
Down to the earth my knees do bend