To state the obvious, shelter-in-place is wearing on me. I miss my friends. I am done exercising by myself. I yearn for hugs so much that I had a dream about embracing random people.
But every time I want to complain during this pandemic, I remind myself how truly good
my life is.
As I write this, family members of George Floyd are planning a funeral. Not only was his death unjust and unnecessary, but he and his family will be robbed of a "normal" service, due to the coronavirus.
This past month, Ahmaud Arbery's mom did not decorate his home with balloons or plan a Zoom call with family on his birthday. She mourned him. Others honored him by walking or running 2.23 miles.
Friends of ours have lost spouses and parents to COVID and non-COVID related illnesses. None of them have gotten to experience the full grieving process, surrounded by loved ones.
So, yeah: I'll remove my complaint of "boredom" from the pity pile...
This post is about what I have been doing during quarantine. There are also some pictures so you don’t have to visualize. (Trust me, there’s no way you’re going to be able to visualize the best cupcake on Earth.)
If you have a birthday coming up, I hope that you can still find ways to make it fun. Here are 12 ways that I'm celebrating this year:
"Coping" sounds a little dramatic to me, because I have it better than most. I'm used to my kids being at home, and my husband will now join us- AND keep earning a salary. We live in a house with a yard, so we can escape each other. No one is on any medications or has allergies. We're not in the stage in our lives where we'll be missing out on high school or college memories, weddings, or big travel. I feel very grateful.
But, I'm me, so I also feel much more sane and safe with a PLAN. God bless the moms and teachers out there who are creating and sharing content for our kids. We will all adapt and overcome with this e-learning in place. There are so many good ideas out there, so this post will contain a structure for implementation, plus a few creative ways to connect with people without physically being around them.
Weekday Schedule (explanations at bottom; outside time based on hourly weather)
My husband and I have come to the realization that some days are better than others. We used to get caught up on the bad days, feeling paralyzed in our negativity. And then, when the good days came, we'd feel a weight lift, like everything would always be okay. Inevitably, though, we'd have another bad day, and get down on ourselves...
These kids fight constantly. They're going to be the adult siblings that never speak to each other.
Wow- I can't believe how well they're building that Lego tower together. They're definitely going to vacation together when they're older!
We're having the same argument again. Are we just always going to resent each other?
Oh my gosh- he's making me laugh so hard. Maybe we can get the pre-kids "us" back!
This baby is never going to sleep through the night...
Huh- the baby hasn't woken in the night in forever. This is amazing!
My husband would argue that I have
many hobbies, but performing with The Chicago Red Line
is the main one. I am beyond grateful that over the course of 11 years, three kids, two moves, and a career change, he has supported me, even when it was NOT easy.
Here are 11 ways in which performing with my friends "fills my mommy water bottle:"
Well, the longest summer ever is drawing to a close (three days to go)! Here's a recap of five summer #momfails,
and what I can improve on next summer...
This year, our summer is 3+ months long: end of May until early September. Part of me loves that; part of me is mama deer in headlights.
Here is my game plan for the Longest. Summer. Ever.
2. Pick apples/pumpkins --> Do some apple/pumpkin baking:
- Collect leaves --> Go on a fall scavenger hunt: Take leaf collecting a step further and print out (or create) your own fall scavenger hunt. Kids can arrange their treasures on a large sheet of paper for parents to adhere with a hot glue gun. Pro tip: do this after the cherubs are in bed so you don't burn yourself. #beentheredonethat
We all visit the apple orchard and pumpkin patch, and I bet we all bake something with our fall fruit loot. My kids LOVE using the "apple snake" (apple peeler, corer, slicer)
that you can buy for $13. And since I don't need loaves of pumpkin bread tempting me, we bake using this pan
($13) and then give individual mini loaves to family and friends.
3. Chug apple cider --> Sip a fall steamer:
Don't get me wrong. I appreciate a good mug of apple cider, but it's so much sugar, and my kids and I slurp it down so quickly. Buy a few bottles of Torani syrups
with flavors such as Pumpkin Pie and Butterscotch. Steam some milk and add a tablespoon or two for a fall steamer. Add coffee for an autumn latte.
4. Go out for the game --> Create a DIY sports bar:
It's fun to take the family out to a restaurant for the Bears game. Wait...what am I saying? No it's not! Avoid the meltdowns and overpriced appetizers by purchasing some frozen snacks at Costco. Throw them in the oven, set up a plastic table cloth near the couch (or ON it, if your kids are like mine), turn on the t.v., and open a beer that you didn't just pay $7 for...
We had our third baby boy in February, but I was determined NOT to be home bound this June, July, and August. In late May, we kicked off our Gosser Family Ice Cream Adventure. Here are six ways that ice cream saved our summer: