Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Produce Coop and more school

Yesterday was our produce coop day. I organized an organic produce coop in our area. It is very difficult to find an array of organic produce in our area so this is a great opportunity. The produce is brought in by U-Haul every 2 weeks to our drop off house (Wendy's house). We have to keep a minimum of 20 people to make it worth the travel from Dallas. It has been an extra job to keep the coop organized and everything together but it is worth it for all the great produce.

Here is the first step. The produce arrives at 11 at Wendy's house in a U-Haul. We all work together to unload it.
Here is our gracious hostess, Wendy. The bins are all lined up ready to receive the great organic produce!

Here are some of the bins after we have sorted it all out. This week's bin had eggplant, cabbage, corn, zuchini, lettuce, broccoli, potatoes, onions, plums, peaches, raspberries, bananas, grapefruit, tomatoes, avocadoes...I probably left something out. Then after delivery and sorting all the coop members have between 12:30 and 2:30 to come and pick up their bins and enjoy fresh organic produce for the next 2 weeks before the next time's coop. Our school day flowed pretty good through the coop time. I left Clara and Christian home. We left about 10:30 and he plays with her until daddy comes home for lunch. Then they all have lunch together and Daddy puts her down for a nap and goes back to work. Then Christan starts his school which has all been organized for him by me the night before. Cullen comes with me to the coop and we pack his school supplies. Cullen is a very big help with the coop. He helps unload and sort even with his hurt wrist. After we sorted we were able to get reading, spelling/vocab/poetry, grammar, and history done. He had done math before we left the house. So by the time we got home all school was finished. =D Cullen starts Science when it gets in...hopefully by Friday so we can start it next week.

Well, that does it for our coop days.

Today's school day went wonderfully smooth and I even managed to get their workboxes ready for tomorrow before starting dinner. The past 2 nights I have gone to bed well after 1 trying to get their workboxes ready. I am getting in the swing of things and it is getting easier. I have said a LOT of prayers and say them continually through the day for patience and nice/kind, supportive words and that I can be an encouragement to them. He is definitely answering the prayers and holding me up through the day. I just have to keep reminding myself that I don't do this on my own and when I try I fail miserably!

I even managed to try a new, more in depth recipe for tonight and it was a success. It was Moussaka. I found the recipe on I absolutely love this website for all my recipes. From what I read it is a Greek dish. It reminded us of a type of lasagna. I, of course, did not use the cheese or the egg. I used egg replacer and used nutritional yeast flakes for a cheesy flavor. The whole casserole dish just has a bit left in it. So in my book...success!! Give it a try!

1 comment:

Stacy said...

Your Cullen is such a lovely young man! He has been a blessing to my Sawyer Wayne at our ML meetings. He is the 2nd "older" boy we've seen him take to like that - so he doesn't do that often! Please tell him thanks from Mrs. Stacy for Saw Wayne!