The kids raised their glasses of milk high in the air, “clink!” while our family cheered, “Yay to no more Science Fair projects! Hip, Hip, Hooray!”
As our family was enjoying a delicious dinner of Shepherd’s Pie Sunday evening, other families in our neighborhood were sweating it out, helping their children get the boards ready and the science projects complete for the very popular Science Fair, which has been a big part of our community and local public school for many years.
We’ve served our time. Our family knows the pain. And we saw how many of the parents would practically do the project for their kid, to get that good grade. And the kids who didn’t get the help would struggle.
No, we are not bitter (hee hee). But we are relieved to be finished with this chapter in our lives! Because after how many years, and 10 projects later – our family is done!
I pulled out an old Christmas letter from my drawer and thought I’d share my husband’s words on Science Fairs in years past:
Abby (Woogy) is a fourth grader at Hoover Elementary. She is the only child in our home, and probably the only child in the history of Hoover Elementary, to have done her mandatory science project (how popcorn pops) on her own. And she got a ribbon! Science projects are a sore subject around here. I can only talk about them after much prayer and intense psychotherapy.
Still, we raised a glass around the dinner table, each of us congratulating her.
See? This has been going on for years!
So in celebration, we laughed, shared stories and enjoyed another great family dinner, reminiscing about the pinecones, popcorn, teeth, stained rags, detergents – and other scientific things that our kids learned about over the years.
Easy Shepherd’s Pie
(Using leftover mashed potatoes, I made this meal in about 5 minutes! This is a great recipe to use up your Thanksgiving mashed potatoes next week!)
I love comfort food recipes like this one. And the church cookbook that I grew up with is full of these kinds of recipes. I know there are different variations to Shepherd’s Pie, but this is our family favorite.
Taking pre-cooked ground turkey* from the freezer, defrost the meat and add ½ cup of ketchup and 3 Tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce
Defrost peas and carrots, drain, and layer on top of the meat
Take leftover mashed potatoes and spread over the peas and carrots
Sprinkle with paprika - Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until heated throughout
(*Remember how I buy the “4” pack of ground turkey from Costco, and when I get home I cook & season all 4 packs at once? What I don’t use, I freeze, making the meat ready for a QUICK MEAL!)
Speaking of family dinners, just what did this diagram mean, that I posted a couple posts back?
It was just a simple way to convey to our kids how and why we were taking a stand on a certain topic. Sometimes more concerning agendas may appear on my radar screen (I’ll often be the bad guy by bringing up certain topics to our kids). When Paul comes along, he backs me up, explaining things further, connecting the truth with reason!
Simple as pie! (not really ... it's not easy being a parent!)