Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for camping! One of the activities we are still able to do safely. Sure it’s changed a little with safety precautions in place, but I’m so glad we get to get out and enjoy the beautiful PNW!

A few weeks ago we headed out to Grayland, WA to enjoy a sunny Fall weekend at the beach. The campground had plenty of empty spaces between groups, and closed all the common areas, so it was really easy to keep to ourselves while enjoying our adventures. Plus the campground was at low capacity because they are requiring a 3 vacancy on each spot between guests, so it was not crowded at all. If you are looking to visit the Grayland/Westport area we stayed at https://kenannarv.com/ and were very happy with our experience!

What are you thankful for?

Life These Days

It is really hard to post when the days feel the same, and we aren’t out doing much. I’m also having a hard time journaling because is feels like I could write the same thing every day and it would be accurate.

But, we are managing to get out and about and have some socially distanced, masked fun here and there. Family walks have been a life saver! And, I have learned the value of letting Sky lead the walk at her speed and whatever direction she wants to go. We end up walking further than expected, and we are having some great conversations about school, life and the world. It’s very eye opening getting a 9 year old view on things! I find that if I take the time to listen she is telling me exactly what she needs to thrive during life with COVID.

Thankfully we live in the beautiful PNW and have some lovely outdoor spaces to enjoy close to our house!

Thankful Thursday

Usually I like smoke…smoked cheese, smoked pork chops, a hint of smoke in an earthy wine. One place I don’t like smoke is in the air! We have been stuck inside for a week now because the air quality is so bad.

No matter how bad it feels here I know there are those that have it so much worse, and those that have lost their homes due to the fires.

Today I’m thankful that the only thing we are dealing with in regards to the fire situation is smoke. I’m also very thankful that we have a great H-Vac system keeping the air inside our home clean and safe to breath. Most of all I’m thankful that I have two very entertaining people to be stuck inside with and a dog that is, for the most part, ok laying around not going for walks or to the dog park for a week.

Really hoping we get the rain that is in the forecast for the weekend we all need it! How crazy is it that we are begging for rain in the PNW?!

I hope everyone is safe from the fires, and able to stay inside until the smoke passes.

Thankful Thursday

After 5 days of learning from home I am so thankful that we seem to have the kinks worked out.

The first few days it was something every day! From the system crashing, Sky logging into the wrong class at the wrong time, me loosing track of time and Sky being late to class, to the power going out…every single day something has gone wrong.

Yesterday things went smooth though! It helps that I have learned the power of setting daily alarms…three a day to be exact all to keep Sky fed (yes I have to remind myself about lunch) and to get to class on time with all the things she “needs” for class. Important things like the right bracelet, water bottle, the good paper (?!), the sweater/jacket/hat of the day, and styling her hair. Alarms are my friend, 9 year old whims are not.

I’m also thankful that today is the first day of NFL Football! I LOVE football season so much! And, even though I’m a bit conflicted if it’s the best idea to being playing football at all, and fear it will be short lived if players get sick… I am thankful that the season is starting. Doing my happy dance! GO STEELERS!

What are you thankful for today?

First Day of School 20/21

It is the first day of 4th grade for Sky and the first day of me not working this school year.

I did go back to work last Wednesday, for 5 days, and got as much done as I could to help students and families with health needs be ready for the new school situation, and for when we return to in-person learning.

But, I have a 4th grader at home, and while Mark is working from home, he’s doing just that working, and in a lot of meetings. So him managing Sky and remote learning all day every day is not realistic. Currently I’m on leave that protects my job, once that expires I don’t know what will happen, but I do know I’m a mom first no matter how much I love my job and my co-workers.

I keep going back to the years spent waiting for a match in our adoption process. My mantra was “It will be the right birth mother and the right baby at the right time”. That same mantra (adjusted to fit each new situation) got me through being laid off while I was on leave after bringing Sky home, helped me embrace being a stay at home mom, lead me to working for the school district and finding the perfect job for me, in the best school, with the absolute best co-workers. I don’t know if I will be able to preserve my job and be home for Sky for the duration of COVID and remote education. But I do know that whatever happens with all of this it’ll be what needs to happen, at the time it needs to happen, and will lead me to the exact spot I’m meant to be.

So far today the system students log into crashed first thing in the morning, and it was a scramble getting breakfast and all the on-line stuff figured out. Since there was no independent work posted for her (which is what her mornings are supposed to be made up of) Sky and I ended up in one of her alternate classrooms…her tree house…to do some work in one of the many work books I stocked up on over the summer.

This whole experience is a learning curve for everyone, and has created a lot of big life changes for a lot of families. I don’t know what life will look like at the end of all this, but I trust it will look exactly how it’s supposed to for our family.

Sending good vibes to everyone…lets make the best of this school year that we can! And, good luck and much grace to all the teachers out there!