September 28, 2006

Passing it on...

Oh ye of little faith... You know you thought that my crazy life would take away from my schooling my children. At least some of you thought that... I can FEEL IT!!! LOL (Just teasing... you guys have been very supportive). I am making a point here, too...

We have decided to do a formal dinner once a week in our home and utilize all the skills mom is learning and teach the children the preparation, setup and manners to go along with a formal dining experience. I found some websites the other day on napkin folding (I have to know five folds by the end of the semester for my basics class) and the kids took off. They are napkin folding maniacs!!! I am teaching them how to set a semi-formal table for dinner tonight and then we will work up to a formal table setting in the coming weeks in preparation for the holidays. JoNathan is learning some kitchen skills at home and in Boy Scouting and is becoming more and more help in the kitchen. Emmy is into the whole table setting and napkin folding idea and will be doing that this week for our dinner. We are doing it tonight because the weekend will be a bit crazy.

So, on top of their schooling they are learning life skills and manners. I LOVE IT!!!!! This experience is so good for all of us. It is really cool that JoNathan got to go to school with me yesterday and see what happens in a college classroom. I think he enjoyed the classroom time even if he had no idea of all that Chef was talking about. He was not allowed in the kitchen but he sure heard Chef yell at us a time or two. Not a Hell's Kitchen kind of yell just an urgency type of yell. He thought that was funny... ;)

The years of taking the children with me to the grocery store and comparison shopping and menu planning have paid off, too. JoNathan was shopping with his troop for a coming camping trip and he was noticed by the leaders as he kept telling the other boys that the items they chose were too expensive and he kept going to the products and comparing prices and getting the less expensive item each time. Kudos to the boy!!! I am a proud frugal mommy!!!!! I am enjoying the reaping years with this boy more all the time...

On another note...

Class was frustrating last night. You know you can start to pick out the people who are really serious about being there and knowing what they are doing by six weeks into the semester pretty well. Chef keeps shaking things up and pairing and grouping us in different ways to see what happens. I got paired with two people last night that have NO IDEA what they are doing. They kept asking me questions and wanted me to read the recipes to them and talk them through all of their work plus do all of my work. Chef saw it and noticed my frustration. He got onto me about getting things to service NO MATTER WHAT I was dealing with in the kitchen. I am going to have to think through last night and make some decisions on how I could avoid that whole thing again. It did not help that I was making a "new to me recipe" and was trying to figure things out as I went. Pretty chaotic night...

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