Trying new food

Whenever I need a laugh, I play a BuzzFeed food tasting video. The sniffing, the poking, the licking, the commentary and the reactions of delight and disgust make me laugh every single time.

It’s funny when it’s a grown-up in a video. It’s not so funny when it’s my three-year old at the dining table.

The next time KidFish does it, maybe I should lighten up because what she’s doing is completely normal. Trying new foods can be strange and scary, just ask any of the people in these videos.

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People try food of the future
Americans Try Korean Side Dishes
Americans Taste Test Australian Food

My favorite summer adventure

September is here and that means summer is coming to an end. When I think back on my summer of learning, exploration and growth, my favorite adventure by far was berry picking with my family. (Blueberries and strawberries are my favorite fruits.) I loved seeing how they grow and tasting them fresh off the bush/vine.

Both blueberries and strawberries grow low to the ground so KidFish was able to pick them herself! Bonus points for activities that KidFish can do without much help.

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7 days of…adventure

Ring! Ring! It’s Adventure calling. Do I pick up or do I let it go to voicemail?

Usually, I say “no” to his invitations because there are clothes to be washed, meals to be made and so many other things to get done at home. This time, however, Adventure didn’t just call. He showed up at my front door with his friend Summer Sun. My family and I all said “yes” to Adventure’s invitation and over the span of 7 days, we:

  • listened to stories at the library
  • tasted summer fruits at the farmer’s market
  • had two play dates with friends
  • celebrated my mom’s birthday
  • watched two live musical performances
  • explored the botanical garden
  • fed ducks at the lake
  • watched chickens lay eggs at the egg farm
  • got nudged by sheep and a llama at that same farm
  • walked in the park picking up rocks and sticks
  • ran through sprinklers
  • chased the waves at the beach
  • picked fresh strawberries at the strawberry farm
  • saw a whale wash up on coastal rocks

At the end of those 7 days I learned that adventure isn’t about a specific activity. Adventure simply creates an opportunity for my family to explore, learn and connect. We got dirty. We talked. We encouraged each other and laughed…ALOT!

At the end of the week, I sure was tired, but a good kind of tired. The kind where my body is weary, but my mind and spirit are refreshed.

Those 7 days were filled with purpose. Those 7 days were spent, not wasted.

My 7 day take away: When adventure calls, say “yes.”

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