Day 157: getting ready for school

Girls will start “full time” school next Monday. We are all super excited but also a bit anxious because it will be full school day schedule, from 7:30 to 12:30pm for Lizzy who will start preschool 4, and 7:30 to 2:15pm for Sofia who will start grade 2. They will follow a similar schedule and activities as if they were in school, but distance. Yesterday we had teacher-parents conference for their teacher, one old one (Sofia had him and Lizzy had him last year), and a new one who’s still in his home country Scotland as travel restrictions are still on for most of visa holders. So when we had the call, it was 1am for him, which is insane to think that he’ll be doing distance learning with 6 hours time difference.

We like both teacher and got some sort of assurance that they’ll try to make the best out of it while we all recognise it’s not the idea format. Sofia probably won’t need much parent assistance as she can operate a computer and iPad by herself (skills learning during this lockdown) while Lizzy probably will still need. I probably will separate them so they don’t get distracted nor disturbed by each other, and have plenty of physical activity time after “school”.

Yesterday was a very relax day work-wise, I probably work less than 3 hrs which was nice as I know today will be a busier day.

I made a tofu quiche, a recipe that I saved for a while, and two more dishes more family friendly

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My first piece of the quiche, quite good.


I spent the afternoon reading with Sofia, starting a new book, and then when Sofia had STEM class I did crafting, this is our new project. I also managed to organise the blog a big saving recipes in this page for easier access

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Sofia is still loving soup for dinner so I made a tomato soup for her paired with toast. She loved it.


Vegan tomato soup:


  • 1 medium onion diced
  • oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 can of tomato
  • 3-4 medium potato chopped
  • 1 can of full fat coconut milk
  • 2 cup of vegetable stock
  • salt to season
  1. heat the oil and cook onion and garlic for few minutes
  2. add the tomatoes, stock and cook in medium low for 20 min
  3. boil potato until done
  4. add potatoes to the tomato and add coconut milk and boil for 5 min
  5. add salt as needed
  6. blend

Gratitude: I am grateful for girls’ school. All the teachers we’ve had are kind, thoughtful, patient, and really know what they are doing. Sofia asked me yesterday after the call with her new teacher how’s he, I said I like him. She asked why, I said because he is kind.

4 thoughts on “Day 157: getting ready for school

  1. Love that you’re sharing more recipes. I am a terrible meal planner and your meals are an inspiration for me because they are simple and mostly meat free … I am trying to find a good tofu pasta salad to make before the summer ends but my search has been less than successful.
    Side question …do your daughters go to a private school that isn’t provided for by the community? It sounds like they might but I know that even here in the USA the smaller private schools are able to go back with “in-person” learning because they are able to implement the precautions mandated by the states. I personally would be searching for private schools if I had kids but that’s just me. What are your thoughts?


    1. They actually go to an American international school that we absolutely love. The local schools are closed until October so we are better off. The situation here is really not good, I wouldn’t send them to school even if allowed.


  2. It’s always exciting to go back to school, but this is certainly a strange time. I worry a bit about the little kids who are expected to sit in front of a computer for so long. I hope they give them enough breaks! I personally though am glad to see that they are “structuring” it a lot more than it was in the spring. For us, the spring felt too relaxed, like the kids just had an assignment list and they could complete them whenever they wanted. It didn’t feel like enough routine for me. I’m behind on my blog reading since I was on vacation and I couldn’t get to your blog from my phone for some reason! I had it pulled up one day, but then closed the window and I couldn’t remember the website address! Keep trying “new journey blog” but couldn’t find it. I now see it is newjourneySTARTS 🙂


    1. Fully agree! Although it’s more screen time, it feels more normal than spring time when they were pretty much on their own. Hope you had a good vacation. I miss your posts!


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