Thankful Thursday

Some days are better than others. Most days I’m totally fine, just living life as we know it with COVID-19, but other times I”m sad, frustrated, scared, unsure of what the future will bring.

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Wish war!

Through is all I’m thankful we laugh a lot as a family, and we are able to turn mundane things like a family walk into an adventure and something entertaining.

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I’m thankful for these two people I get to live life with.

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Shadow Family. 

Something To Do

Here in WA we are counting down to June 1st, when we may get the green light to venture back out into the world.

Until then here is a list of things you can do at home because if they go wrong no will know! 😉

-Self Tanner – this is the perfect time to try out self tanners until you find the one that give you the tan look you are going for, and doesn’t make you look like an Oompa Loompa. If you do end up looking orange though…does it really matter? The only people who will know are those that live with you. LOL. Most self tanners wash off with days and if you put some extra soap and scrubbing into it you can pretty much get it all off. Not that I know from first hand experience or anything.

Oompa Loompa

-Natural Deodorant – if you have ever wondered about natural deodorant and if you will like it, now is the time to try it! No worries about BO in the office. There is a lot of info online about detoxing your armpits before starting a natural deodorant option, and how smelly that can be. I have no advice one way or another about the process of switching to a natural option, but I can tell you some work better than others for sure, for me anyway. So if you want to switch and the people you live with can stand some smelly days here and there, now is the time to go for it!

-Fashion Hair Color – Think neon, pink, blue, green, purple! I am a big fan of getting “real” hair color at the salon, but since salons are shut down now is a great time to try out a fun color that may not be appropriate at the office. Most of them wash out in a matter of days, and they are easy to find online, and if you have an Ulta or Sephora doing curb-side pick up they have some great options! Just make sure you have some bleach on hand for any stains in the bathtub if you use color depositing shampoo!

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This brand is what we have used to keep Sky’s hair pink. Next up she’s switching to purple!

-Workout – Specifically the workout you have always wanted to try at the gym, but have been worried about looking like an uncoordinated giraffe. There are so many workout options on YouTube, and lot’s of gyms/programs are offering free online classes right now that you can try it out at home before giving it a go in public. Just do a YouTube or Google search and you will find something! Dance cardio and Zumba are very popular in our house right now!

-Make Up – Always wanted to know how to do a perfect smokey eye or master liquid eyeliner, or figure out how to contour? Now is the time, if you end up looking like a clown, go scare your kids, or you know just wash it off and try again.

What are you doing to stay busy during this time at home? Have you tried anything new?

Thankful Thursday

I am so thankful for a relaxing outdoor space.

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Being home so much makes visiting what we call the “wine patio” a mini vacation.

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All it takes is Fanta in a wine glass and she is happy!

I have a feeling we will spending a lot of our summer out here, now I just have to find room for a pool of some sort!

I think this is the summer to make the most of your space! Stay safe and stay healthy!

What are you thankful for?

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful that the parks are re-opened on a limited basis. Basically the trails and the off-leash dog park are open.

I’m not going to lie, I was getting down right pissed off seeing other peoples nature walks and pictures. All I wanted was to take a walk in the park near our house, and get off the sidewalks with cars driving past all the time. But, I am a total rule follower so I was not about to walk through the park even though others were doing so every time I drove past. Sky was getting pretty cranky as well, why are others enjoying the park/outdoors when we can’t? That’s a hard one to explain to an 8 year old.

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If she rolls I can walk as fast as I want, it’s a win win!

So, when the Lakewood Parks opened back up you bet Sky and I headed to the one closest to us for a nice like walk/roll through the park.

Guys I felt so much better after that. I needed some time in a natural green space. My heart was happier and I felt much more calm. I will never take a walk through the park for granted again. Having park access will hold me over until we can go camping again…I hope. 🙂

What are you thankful for?

Mask Life

If anyone is going to make wearing a mask fun it’s Sky! For the record we all despise wearing them, but if the CDC is recommending it when we leave our house then we will follow the advice.

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Thankfully we have a friend who can sew and she made Sky some masks. Her ears fold over so easy though it’s hard to keep them on her. We found we can anchor them with her glasses pretty well.

I know there are a ton of opinions out there about what is going one and how it’s being handled. Bottom line for me, if it will keep us alive, and keep others from getting any germs we have then we will do it.

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This one fits the best…
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…but she likes this one the most.

There is a big difference between being inconvenienced and harmed and so far, for us, it’s a big old inconvenience. But, we are not being harmed, in fact we may be being kept alive, so for now this is the way life is.

P.S. We already had some N95 masks on hand from house projects and from Community Emergency Response Training through the fire department…we did not purchase ours out from under first responders.

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On a mission to visit one of the school district bus stop locations to get the work packet for the week. Safety first! 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for Strawberry Plants that survived!

I know they don’t look like much, but the small amount of new green growth I’m seeing gives me hope, and puts a smile on my face!

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Strawberry patch in the making! 

I totally ordered seeds and strawberry plants at the wrong time. First of all I didn’t realize the strawberries were coming in the form of dehydrated plants, I thought I had ordered seeds. So when all these plants arrived that needed to be soaked in water and planted ASAP I kind of panicked.

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Some of the plants look like angry sticks, but I see some green there!

It was the perfect storm of plants arriving right after the stay home order was issued, and I had tested the soil and found it to be deficient in pretty much everything. So, I need a bunch of stuff to get the soil healthy, and I have plants that need to be planted, oh and I can’t leave my house to go to a nursery to get what I need to fix my soil (I really wanted an in person convo vs ordering stuff online since I’m not as knowledgeable regarding gardening). So, after a ton of research and putting to use things I had on hand like egg shells, banana peels, black gold and pine needles I was able to plant my strawberry plants.

Thanks to my SIL, Amy, giving me great advice I was able to keep the plants viable for much longer than was intended before getting them in the dirt.

I can’t tell you how excited I was to walk out there yesterday and see fresh green growth! Some of the plants still look like angry little sticks that may not take, but some of the plants are off to a great start. Now I just have to keep the dirt healthy, and work on getting the rest of my boxes healthy so I can get my seeds planted.

So thankful to see something growing!

P.S. I didn’t plant anything in the garden last season because we were house hunting and were sure we’d be moving to a new home, Sky and I both missed the garden so much, so I’m extra thankful to have a garden to work on this summer!

Mental Health Day

I’m not going to lie, this home based education thing is not always easy. I love being home, and I love being home with Sky and figuring out how to make this all work, but wow is it hard some days.

Sky and I worked together on a schedule, and I have been focused on mixing in fun learning opportunities along with the school based work packets, and taking advantage of some of the cool/fun on-line options that have opened up. I kinda thought we were doing pretty great.

 

However, I noticed things were getting rough with attitude and rudeness. Time out’s increased, visits to the principle (daddy) increased, reflection forms increased and I was at a loss. Things were spiraling and I was exhausted.

Finally I asked her what the heck is going on. Why are you angry? Why are you upset? This behavior is not like you. Bottom line…she feels stuck. She has been stuck at home for much longer than Mark I have been, and when there is a need for one of us to leave the house for supplies, it’s only one of us….we want to keep Sky safe at home. Since she has been really chill about the whole situation and has kept saying she’s fine with everything, and understands what is going on, I didn’t stop to think that it has to be impacting her on some level. And, sure enough she’s frustrated with her inability to leave the house and she sees the neighbor girls that she plays with outside playing and says “it sucks to be the only kid at home”.

I thought we were doing a good job of playing with her and getting her outside to play soccer, ride bikes etc, but she is totally stuck with two grown up’s 24/7 for weeks on end, and it’s getting old. Add on top of that that one of those parents is all of a sudden her teacher now to, and it was a path for a blow up!

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Sky built her fairy garden…great break from school work!

 

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And, I planted flowers in our flower pots, with help from Sky. She actually chose all the groupings for each pot.

Enter in a new addition to our schedule, every Wednesday is now a Mental Health Day. Thank you Daddy/Principle…this was totally Mark’s idea! We can get through two days pretty great, but mid-week we are both kinda over it, so we take the day to read books for fun. Play, do arts and craft for fun, spend time in the kitchen. Whatever we can do to have fun and not do school work. Then we finish the week strong. We are still getting through the weekly work packet just fine, and she’s able to focus a lot better knowing she get that mid-week break.

This whole situation calls for a lot more grace, a lot more wine, and more mental health time/days!

How are you coping?

P.S. We have some house projects that are seasonal and can only happen right now, so Mark grabbed plants for me on one of his trips to the hardware store. Was it an essential need, no, but I don’t really care to hear any comments either. I feel like it is essential for my mental health since it 500% increases my enjoyment of my home and I am spending a ton of time at home.