But, HOT DAMN!
It was a perfect day: sunny, few clouds, light breeze, and 65 degrees. I could not imagine having program with teens indoors today without a rebellion either on my part or theirs.
Instead, we played for two hours on the playground. We had chalk, bubbles, swings, slides, and strange plastic dinosaurs that I guess little children are meant to climb. The purple triceratops and green brontosaurus ended up being the perfect "safe" zones for tag. And for hilarious photo ops.
The only "educational" activity we did was to discuss what a healthy relationship looks like and how it ideally develops.
A few funny things were said in this discussion.
Firstly, when I asked the teens to each think of a teen couple they see on TV or in movies, 6 of the 8 of them listed ones I did not know at all.
(Hilariously, another argued--quite persuasively--that Spongebob and Patrick were boyfriends, and the other said Bella and Jacob: her exact words were, "Someone needs to rip Edward apart and burn the body." Almost shat myself when she said that because I COULD NOT AGREE MORE.)
I high-fived her.
For the record, who the heck are Allie & Austin, and Beck & so-and-so from Victorious?? I need to educate myself, obviously.
Secondly, I asked the teens to imagine what their absolute perfect dating partner would be like. Here are some answers (keep in mind they are 11, 12, & 13 years old):
- "She needs to have long hair, and a job. Because it's important to have a job, and some people look ridiculous with short hair."
- "Hot and rich." She dug deep for that one.
- "I'd want her to be the same age as me, funny, smart, and have a job."
- "I want a smart guy. If I dated someone dumb, I'd prolly get annoyed and have to whack him upside the head." If only you could have heard her tone--sounded exactly like something I would say. "Oh, and he needs a job. And a lot of candy. I love candy. Then he could buy me a membership the gym." Hahaaaa.
- "I got nothin." At least she was honest.
I thought I'd share a recipe that reminds me of this sunshine-y, happy day. It's a recipe I came up with on Sunday morning under pressure because Mr. J had to get out of the house in 45 minutes. Turned out pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.
Sunny Orange Muffins
This make 6 muffins. Double or quadruple as needed.
In a bowl, whisk:
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1 Tbs. vegetable oil or melted coconut oil
- 2 oranges, quartered, pulp scooped out and chopped roughly
- grated peel of 1 orange
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. baking soda
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
Divide the batter into greased or lined muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.