Mardi Gras, Masks, and Lent.

The boys had a Mardi Gras event at the school yesterday and we headed down after rush hour to take part.  For those of you who don’t know, “the school” is an online charter school that allows us to continue the feel of homeschooling, but with tons of extra support for Super A’s dyslexia.  I can’t speak highly enough about them.  It’s an amazing school opportunity.
We ended up making masks with feathers, foam stickers, crayons, glue, and crafty-sequiny-things (not the real name for them, obviously).  The kids had a blast and Sweet Pea has been wearing hers almost constantly since then.  She hasn’t had any major injuries, but she did run face first into her plastic car.  A hug, a kiss, an ice pack, and a piece of Dove Special Dark Chocolate and she was fine again.  Such resilience.

I don’t normally give up anything for Lent, but this year you could say I started a week early.  I decided to cut out processed foods and fast foods from my, meaning all of our, diets.  Only, it’s not a temporary thing.  At least I hope not.  It’s more of a “I don’t want to keep feeding my family processed poison” kind of initiative.  We’ve been doing great so far and there was only one day when I frantically texted Super Dad at work with an “I want a coke and burger NOW” message.  He suggested I make Kale Chips.  I restrained myself from commenting until after I ate something.  It was the smart thing to do.

So, we’ll see how it goes.  The kids are slowly getting used to it, but I can definitely say that there is an unexpected bonding aspect to the whole thing.  They are much more likely to cook with me and understand the delayed gratification thing a bit better.  I’ll have to share the recipe for homemade gummy snacks we’ve been making instead of buying nasty processed ones.  They’re great fun and super easy.

Now, let’s just hope that eating non-processed helps lead to losing weight! Hey, I think that’s what I’ll give up for Lent – my extra weight.  Sweet!

What are you giving up?

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