Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Quarantine Week 1

We have spent as much time outside as possible this last week.
We visited the Cypress swamp:
 Folly on Friday.  As we were leaving they were setting up the barricades.

I'm finding this week to be easier than last*.  One day a time.

*A rough schedule that's working for me:
  • 8:00 am  Breakfast
  • 9:00 am  Morning chores/Arts and Crafts
  • 10:00 am MB nap/EB tv show
  • 11:30 am lunch packed, drive to find a picnic spot
  • 1:00 pm MB nap/EB quiet time
  • 2:30 pm Misc Activity (Books, Dance Party, Backyard play)
  • 3:30 pm LONG nature walk
  • 5:00 pm Dinner
  • 5:30 pm Family Time
  • 6:30 pm Bedtime routine begins

Monday, March 16, 2020

Into the Unknown

Referencing Frozen 2 in the title, but also...the future?
These are scary times.  I'm grateful for so much this morning.
Being home with my kids has made the indefinite quarantine an easy transition.  
We are stocked with food, baby supplies, and...toilet paper?? 
We have a large backyard and a good weather forecast for the days ahead.
K's job allows him to continue business as usual.
Things could be so much worse.
But I still feel scared.  What does this mean for our economy?
How long can we expect this to last?   What does the future look like?
And social media is making me dwell/fixate on the collective worry and I'm not sure that's healthy.
I've told EB that this is Spring Break, because she's at an age where anything else would completely confuse her.  (Though she keeps asking to go to the Splash Pad so I might be confusing her still).  This 'Spring Break' will certainly be one we will never forget.
Stocking up:
We did a major grocery trip Friday morning.  I was able to get everything I needed, luckily, because when I went again last night the produce and meat section were completely bare. 
St. Patrick's Day celebration, at home.
The park in our neighborhood is still open (as of yesterday) but I anticipate it to close, along with restaurants, soon.
Wishing you well, 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Spring in My Step

Hello, March and Happy Spring!
The time change is making me feel invigorated and excited for the warm weather.  I'm starting to pick up a few things for the girls Easter Baskets.  I got this adorable two piece for EB at Once Upon A Child yesterday.  As you can see it's new with tags, but cost me only $5.50.  It can feel like you're rummaging through the bargain bin at times, but I love the thrill of the hunt.  On another note...I am astounded to see some of the swimwear options for little girls.  Triangle tops on a 4T suit?  No.
 This past Friday I had a Moms Night Out with my gf.  We had Mondo's for dinner and then went to the Pourhouse to see a Reggae/Funk band.  Gosh, it was fun!  I felt 25 again.
 Look at these sweethearts.  I took this before heading to our nephew's second birthday party on Saturday.
I am so glad my sis in law captured this moment.  EB was SO excited to show her cuz these 'squishies' she picked out especially for him.  She kept saying "Look, Look!" to him with the biggest smile, she was so proud of her gift choice.  
Looking far too grown up at lunch on Sunday.
And then a little oyster action on Sunday afternoon.  I got K this set for Christmas so that he can roast his own.  There's nothing like enjoying time together at home as a family, and we make it top priority.  Maybe going off on a tangent here, but I've been thinking a lot lately about how much contentment I've found in the mundane aspects of family life.  There is nothing like parenthood to teach you "it's all about the little things" and I appreciate that K and I both value a slow pace and the small moments.  I think it's important to learn to find joy in typical and uneventful things, to savor them as the good times.  Not waiting for the next exciting thing...because then you'll miss the best parts, the in between.   
Have a great week!