Today I’m thankful for blue sky’s, pretty flowers, sitting outside on the patio, and good books.
I’m very much enjoying the last few weeks of free time before I get to go back to work…and I am SO EXITED to be able to go back to work! Very thankful I was able to take a LOA to get Sky through a year of virtual learning, but I missed being at work so much!
Today I’m thankful for Sky! May is the month of Mother’s Day & her birthday which means it’s a double reminder of how lucky I am, and how amazing she is!
I love my funny, sweet, kind, smart, silly, brave girl so much! She has brought so much laughter into my life. She keeps me on my toes, but at the end of the day she’s always there for snuggle time. Every age and stage has been magical and I am so thankful I get a front row seat to the #livingtheskylife show!
I am really far behind on posts…I’m throwing this Thankful Thursday back to Spring Break, the first week of April.
Over a year later and COVID was still messing with our plans. Originally we were going to fly to AZ and spend a week in Sedona, which we were all very excited for. Mark and I got married in Sedona and have not been back since then, so it has been a long time, and Sky was so looking forward to flying, and seeing wear Mommy and Daddy got married. However, the numbers in AZ were pretty bad back then, so we decided it was safer to cancel that plan and scramble to see if we could book a camp spot at our favorite Spring Break destination!
Lucky us, Sunset Bay campground in Coos Bay Or had an opening for us! https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=park.profile&parkId=70 We love heading down there for Spring Break because we tend to get a few days of nice weather since it’s so far south, and we truly love the hiking, beaches, sand dunes, and seafood in the area. We had a few rainy days this time around and took advantage of that to take a drive south further down the OR coast. I had no idea we were so close to CA actually, and we almost made it to the state line, but decided to turn around so we’d have time to stop at a fish market and get dinner on the way back to camp.
This was probably one of the most relaxing camping trips I’ve ever had. Due to some health stuff I spent most of my time in camp resting and reading books, 3 in one week! Mark and Sky had a lot of adventure time together as I was just not able to spend time on the dunes or hiking. I’m not complaining though, it was a really lovely trip and we found some truly beautiful spots further down the coast that we had no idea existed. I can’t wait to get back down there and explore again!
I’m super thankful we were able to switch plans at the last minute and still have a wonderful time. It was so nice to get out of the house and out of town for a week! And, it was really nice to visit one of our favorite spots again! We missed visiting in 2020 since the parks were closed and it really is such a beautiful area, with really great adventures to be had!
One year ago today school was cancelled, I was figuring out how/if to keep working with a 3rd grader at home, how to make sure she was still learning, and not disturb Mark who was sent home to work a few days before schools closed. I remember running “normal” errands (like getting my enhanced drivers license) just hoping I could get it done before things started shutting down for who knows how long.
It was the beginning of the crazy. I don’t think the last year would have felt so insane if it was just COVID we were dealing with. But, some pretty horrible things happened socially, racially, politically that just kept adding onto this feeling of What the actual F is going on?!
I remember tuning into every press conference from our Governor because it seemed like every time he spoke there were new orders for staying home, shutting down businesses, mask mandates, parks closing etc. And, as each announcement brought new levels of caution we would adjust our activities, and make sure we had what we needed to be home for an unknown length of time. Grocery shopping was wild for a few months…so many empty shelves, and worrying about running out of TP because there was none to be found. I was not expecting Costco to run out of dog food, but they did…I was worried for a bit what we would feed Ruthie, but thankfully we managed.
It is a lot to take in when you look back and remember everything that went down the last year from COVID, to protests, to innocent people murdered by police, to an attempted insurrection in the capital, and a zillion other things that happened but I’ve forgotten or blocked. It’s like stuff you see in movies, only now it’s real life.
COVID aside there is the fall-out from seeing what some friends and family really think about racial injustice, social issues, political issues etc. As hard as getting back to normal after COVID is going to be, it’s going to be even harder to come to terms with what those realizations mean to relationships that feel different now, or broken.
The good news is we are closer to the end of this than we were a year ago. Vaccines are rolling out and things are slowly opening back up. I wish it was easy to just return to “normal” life, but I think there are some strange times ahead navigating when it’s safe to visit friends and family, will it required masks still to be around loved ones, what do we do about being around those that will not get vaccinated, what will school look like in the Fall, when will we feel safe traveling/join sports/eat at a restaurant indoors/going to a concert/have a BBQ with all our friends…I don’t know. A new normal will emerge, some things will return to how they used to be, and others will forever be different.
What I do know is we will continue to make decisions that feel safe. Decisions not made out of fear, but love. Love for Sky and keeping her healthy, keeping at risk friends and family healthy, keeping ourselves healthy, and doing what we can to keep our community at large healthy.
It’s important to be thankful we are here a year later because there are over 500,000 of us who are not. Stay safe, stay healthy, and here’s to settling into a new sort of normal.
For the most part Team Yeatman enjoys being home and being safe together. But, all 3 of us hit a wall a few weeks ago and decided we had to get away. Sky had a long weekend from school, so Mark took an day off from work and we made a quick, overnight trip to Leavenworth to play in the snow. The best part was the Bavarian Ritz Hotel (https://www.hotelleavenworth.com/) allows dogs, so we were able to take Ruthie with us! We don’t get to hotel travel with her very often, so it was extra fun, and a nice change for all 4 of us!
I can’t tell you how much we needed this little trip, and how good it felt to do “normal” things. like eat at a restaurant, they have only ever done outdoor dinning so they had a great system in place and we felt safe, wander through shops, and we even found a winery to do a tasting at. It helps that we were there Sunday afternoon-Monday, so there were way less people which was helpful. While we were eating lunch I realized that’s the first dinning out experience we have had in over a year. Yes, we have done takeout, but this time we actually sat and ate at an outdoor restaurant and it felt so good! Everyone has to make their own choice about what they feel is safe, and I can’t say we will dine out again any time soon, but we sure did enjoy it!
We also found a great hill just outside of town for some sledding, snowball fighting, and snowman toppling as Sky and Ruthie proved to be better at knocking them down than building them. The highlight of the trip was walking through town after sunset….all the Christmas lights were still up and it was so beautiful! We had never made the trip to Leavenworth during the Holidays so it was an unexpected bonus to see the town dressed up for Christmas still.
Now we are just hanging on until camping season! Camping season brings with it a lot more opportunities to get out of the house and have a change of scenery and pace, and we all need that right about now!
P.S. We picked Leavenworth because we wanted to play in the snow and it wasn’t looking like we would get any at home any time soon…little did we know we’d have over a foot of snow at home just a few weekends later!