COVID Changed Some Things

Change is one of the few constant things in life. We just never thought change would be because of COVID.

But, with so much time being spent at home it prompted some changes for us for sure, some little, some fun, and some were a lot of work.

-I became a bed maker, or at least a pull up the blankets person. I admit I’ve been a “why bother to make the bed” person for years. However, being home and seeing a messy bed all the time made me feel like the bedroom was a mess, even if everything else was neat and tidy. So, now I spread up the blankets and make it looks nice.

-We completely renovated the master bedroom and walk in closet. The only thing that didn’t change was the carpet and window dressings. Upgrading our bedroom furniture led to the next renovation…

-We renovated Sky’s room twice! Initially she got our old bed, which was a Queen, and ended up being way to big for her room. She needs floor space for toys, and playing in her room and she didn’t have it with such a large bed. So, we sold the Queen size bed and got her a low loft bed, and created a pretty great hang out space under the low loft.

-I stopped making a weekly menu for dinner the first few months at home. Groceries were so hit and miss and we focused on shelf stable foods, so I got creative using what we had in our freezer and combining it with what we were able to find in stores. As a meal planner it was not easy the first few weeks, but then I sort of loved it. I’m back to planning meals now, but feel like I improved my food improve skills.

-We decided to pull up all the grass/moss in the yard and re-seed it. We had to block off the yard for most the summer, which was a little bummer since we have been home so much, but the old dog kennel space became the new pool hang out area.

-Thankfully there is a swing set in a big open field across the driveway for us. We used it on and off before COVID, but since it didn’t feel safe to be in parks/playground, and they were not open for month anyway, an evening visit to the swing after dinner has become a regular things for us. It also gives Ruthie a chance to run around a big field and burn some energy.

-We eat dinner at the coffee table. The dinning room turned into an at home classroom, and it hasn’t really changed back. We have been doing school work all summer long, and it also serves as the craft room. We don’t have an extra room in our house, so for now the dinning room is where all the learning and crafting happens.

-We have not made a trip to E WA to visit family at all this year. Usually by this point in the year we would be on trip 3 or 4 to help in the vineyard or just to hang out and have fun. I really hope we get to visit the Thanksgiving!

-I did not jump on the bread baking train, but I did learn how to tie-dye and I love it! Now I just need more plain white shirts! 🙂

-Family Charades night and movie series marathons are an official thing!

Over all I feel like I am better at appreciating life more, like there was all of a sudden time to just stop and think and be even more thankful. Yes I miss seeing all the people, and doing all the things, but I really enjoy being less busy, having less plans, and making the most of being home with the people I love. Having said that, I can’t wait to be able to plan vacations again, and meet friends at the bar for a drink, have meetings in person (I despise virtual meetings so much, especially without video!), and let Sky play on a playground again and have play dates with school friends!

What has changed for you being home so much?

COVID Summer

I can’t believe it’s almost the end of summer for us…this is my last Monday of no work/Summer Break. It has felt really long, and not long enough all at the same time.

I go back to work in two days (at least I think I do, that’s a whole up in the air situation, but for now I report back to my school on Wednesday) and Sky starts distance learning Sep 2nd. I’m not sure yet what that will look like, but we’ll figure it out when we get there.

This summer goes down as the COVID Summer. We camped a lot, spent a lot of time hanging out by the little pool in the side yard, found our bubble of a few people that we are able to see, took a lot of family walks and bike rides, and visited the dog park a lot. Oh, and we have painted nails a ton and played with make up a lot too. It looks like a circus some days! 🙂

I haven’t posted much because the days kinda all feel the same. And, when we did travel for camping trips I didn’t want to make those that don’t have an escape feel bad. Also, didn’t want to explain that we were extremely safe and had little to no contact with anyone other that those in our safe bubble.

A strange summer to be sure, but I’m glad I get to spend it with my two favorite people and Ruthie too! We have made the best of the situation and will continue to make the best of whatever comes our way!

Summer Time….

…and the living’s easy…especially now that school is over! I think it’s taken me a few weeks to get over how the year ended and how strange it all felt….how strange the world still feels.

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Our dinning room turned classroom…this came down the afternoon of the last day of school. We were both ready to be done. 

I was so impressed with Sky and how she handled all of a sudden not going to school, following along with my lesson plan and schedule, then transitioning to a combo of distance learning with her teacher(s) and my supplementing with materials I put together on my own. Some days were better than others for sure and I think we learned that homeschooling would not be our first choice*. However, Sky was pretty great to hang out with day after day, and I got to see first-hand the things she knows, and how she processes information and learning, and I am so proud of her. I’m kinda proud of me too for not missing a beat and pulling together a home based classroom and learning materials.

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Distance learning…Sky took to it so well!

So thankful that Sky’s teacher was only a text or email away and it really felt like she held our hand through the whole process! The school district did a great job providing learning packets, virtual field trips and encouraging messages every week. The support was pretty great all the way around!

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Some days she did just turn her back on me and was done, done, done.

Now, we take a breath while still doing our 3rd to 4th grade bridge workbook which I figure is going to be more important than ever considering school may look very different in the Fall than what we are used to. We spend 30 to 45 minutes a day on it and it’s just enough to keep her mind working. We did it last summer and Sky’s test scores at the beginning of 3rd grade showed she didn’t lose any progress over the summer. Workbooks are available at most book stores, Amazon, and Costco and I can’t recommend it enough!

We are set to enjoy a socially distant summer, with lots of time camping, self contained style, in our trailer away from others. We are playing it safe this summer for our own health and for the health of those we love.

Happy Summer!

*On the homeschooling note, Sky is so social and really misses her friends and classmates, plus she listens better when it is not coming from me. Also, I myself am not a math/science person and my brain has a hard time in those fields…I will very quickly reach my limits of being able to help/teach her anything in those areas. Having said that we are open to whatever the “best” option is come Fall. It will all depend on what the plan looks like from the district and what the COVID situation is and if it feels safe to send Sky to school (if that’s even an option), and of course as of right now I have a job to go back to as well, so there is that to factor in. As parents we will do whatever looks best for Sky and our family given all the factors involved. I now we are not the only ones wondering what Fall will bring and I just want to say hang in there, I know it’s not easy right now…just hang in there!

 

 

 

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?