Friday, May 28, 2010

Dash's Last Day of School and No Ice Cream Milkshakes

Life has drastically changed around here the past week. (I'm not going to lie; I have had to be on my toes, planning activities, making sure to keep my little bundle of energy on task and out of's not easy. We're praying for peace about what to do for next year.) Dash had his last day of preschool. It was definitely bittersweet. I was looking forward to no more morning rush, but I was really sad, too.

I felt very teary-eyed all week. His little world as he knew it was about to drastically change. He had to say good-bye to the friends and the teachers he has come to LOVE. And I felt very attached to the little fellas, and the parents, and the teachers, too. We'll probably never see most of them again. I've got a lump in my throat right now, typing this! I have mentioned before that my heart was not fully in board for putting the kids in school this year, but I definitely don't regret Dash's year at all. It has been GREAT for him, and I can't say enough wonderful things about his school.

One of the coveted spots on the playground - getting to be the one who pushes the others on the tire swing...there was always someone waiting for their turn in that position.

Dash, with one of his best buddies
saying good-bye to one of his teachers

His other teacher...we just LOVED these two. They were wonderful teachers. They always seemed patient, and I never saw them in anything less than a happy, motivated, engaging, encouraging mood. I will put Sissy in their class when she gets old enough, if they are still there, and it works out.

I'll post graduation pictures this weekend. It was ADORABLE.

In other news:

One of our FAVORITE snacks these days: banana ice cream milkshakes. At all times, we have peeled, frozen banana pieces in the freezer. We throw them in the blender with a little milk (We use soy, almond, coconut, hemp, or rice milk.) and go from there. Just leave it like that, or our favorite is probably just cocoa powder (Or you can use chocolate syrup if you're going the decadent route...I can't really tell much of a difference, though.).
My weight-loss desiring self usually doesn't go for the ones with nut butter added, but the kids love them.
I think it's amazing how similar they are to real milkshakes. Just healthier (and much cheaper!). They don't necessarily taste overwhelmingly like bananas, either, after you add the chocolate.


JDaniel4's Mom said...

Thanks for sharing your rules.The milk shake looks wonderful.

KBraden said...

I am following you back. Thanks for the follow! It's nice to meet other homeschoolers out there and Christains. :)

I love making bananna ice cream using our champion juicer. You freeze the banannas then run it the juicer with the blank on the bottom and then add whatever toppings. Healthier and better for ya!

Cary said...

That little bed in the last post brings back memories! I had completely forgotten about that. Love it. I guess that's one benefit of saving things/being sentimental.

I love this banana ice cream. Better yet, Winnie loves this banana ice cream. While she was eating it the other day, I said, "Winnie, do you like bananas?" And she answered, "No, yuck! I do not want any bananas." I chuckled inside.

Also, my preschoolers (who were Dash's age) LOVED pushing our tire swing, too. I couldn't get any kids to RIDE it. So, I had to ride it and let the kids take turn pushing me.

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~Amy said...

I love the idea for the shakes! I'm looking for ways to increase my son's calories and that would definitely be a good way- some peanut butter, chocolate and maybe add some instant breakfast or protein powder! I will definitely be trying this!!!

Lori @ The Davidson Den said...

It's hard. Deciding what to do with our little rapscallions. I'll pray for you if you'll pray for me...