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Gimme a Break

The kids were on school break for a few weeks and I took time off work to spend a week with them.

I really enjoyed our time together because suddenly, I find that my kids have grown up so much!

In the morning, we weeded the garden…

weeding

Photo by: Spirit Fire

Here’s other stuff we did during our “homeschooling” session:

  1. Sort out books
  2. Sort out toys
  3. Sort out laundry
  4. Hang the laundry
  5. Fold the laundry
  6. Keep the laundry
  7. Do the dishes
  8. Set the table
  9. Prepare lunch or dinner πŸ˜€

Of course, we also went cycling, swimming, to the movies, ball games, did some art, some craft…

We also managed to go on a play date where the kids did whatever they wanted while the adults also did whatever we wanted to do! LOL

Finally, we went to the beach!

Summer 51/52

Photo by: Gauthier Delecroix

While the kids enjoyed themselves on the beach with their Dad, I had an interesting chat with an American mum and her teenage son. The Mum was just as eager to sit back and relax like I did (I actually dozed off a bit) but her son was bored and did not know what to do.

When the mum walked off to check on the other kids, the teenage boy asked the father *something* and both of us could not help but burst out laughing!

The mum came back and eyed us with amusement while the dad tried to explain the situation as tactfully as he could…it was a good laugh and an interesting peek into a future with teenage kids.

Anyway, the mum and I found that we had a lot in common. Yes, I think we all had fun πŸ™‚

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Did you know that different countries have different daily requirements for vegetables?

Australia

–Β In 2005, the Australian government launched “Go for 2+5” (SEVEN), meaning TWO 150g portions of fruit and FIVE 75g portions of vegetables.

Adelaide Central Market

Photo credit: Brian Fisk

United States

The US abandoned the numbers in favour of a “fruit and veggies – more matters” campaign in 2007.

France and Germany

FIVE servings of vegetables a day are encouraged πŸ™‚

veggies

Photo credit: Shumpei Sano

Oyebode said she thought the Australian example was probably the one to follow.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” she said. “It is aiming for more and the balance is two fruit and five veg.Β From our study it looks like vegetables are better than fruit.

But I don’t feel very strongly that the guidelines should be changed because the majority of people know they should eat five (vegetables) a day and only 25% manage that.

We are definitely in the 25% category but we went on a “real food challenge” in 2012 and wow, it opened our eyes and taste buds to a whole new world of FOOD!

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