~~ Morning ~~
I hold so tightly to these sacred early beginnings to the day. Time to myself, time for quiet and for exercise, for reflection and for matters of faith.
~~ Noon ~~
After lunch, as we wind up the homeschooling hours and I transition to my office time, we take our coffee break. The heathens have always come running when they hear the espresso machine firing its engines. I make myself a vanilla latte with a double shot of espresso. The children eagerly line up for their vanilla steamers (steamed, frothed milk with a wee drop of vanilla syrup, hold the coffee). It is an absurd ritual. Which descriptive probably sums up why we love it so.
~~ Night ~~
I should not have waited until I was tired and frustrated to plan the menu for the next week. When time is short is when I most crave nourishing, healthy meals, but when we clearly don't have the margin in our schedule for leisurely time spent in the kitchen. Balance is elusive.