Day 8. Google: how to mop a floor

Thursday, March 19, 2020

We’ve had to cancel our house cleaning appointments and the floor’s getting gross. I’ve cleaned a floor maybe 10 times in my life and have never really been good at it. Now’s the time to learn I guess.

Our disposal broke and we ordered a replacement from Amazon, but it won’t be delivered until Monday (4 days from now) and the kitchen is way behind.

But the other living spaces are tidy, thank goodness.

Day 7. Come for a walk or there will be consequences

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

I came up with a schedule for the kids to help keep them somewhat structured. Funny that Tuesday was the first day it was implemented and today it went out the window. For now I think the most important thing on the schedule is our twice a day walk. Sunshine and fresh air is imperative to mental health, even though that’s only part of it. So twice a day we walk. It’s a struggle to get everyone out of the house but it’s a fight I’m into right now. I had to threaten Julian with less tech time if he didn’t join us once. That worked, for now. 

My work day was full of meetings and half-parenting. It’s a heavy load, trying to be efficient at work and keep the kids together. It would be so easy to let them veg out on the tv all day long, but that can’t be good on a daily basis; we’ll save that for the weekends. 

My body hurts from sitting on these wooden dining chairs all day. I miss my fancy rolly work chair. And my 2 extra monitors.

Day 5. Mostly normal til now

Monday, March 16, 2020

We’ve been in the house for 6 days, with a few trips to the store for goods and a few drive-times for Julian. Other than that, we are home. It hasn’t been very much different from life as usual, feels kinda like summertime, minus the playdates and sleepovers. But both Layla and Isaac had plans with friends last weekend that we had to cancel and Julian is sad that he can’t see Sarah.

The biggest difference for me is learning to work remotely, full-time. And not just sitting at the dining table doing my job, but doing that AND being here for the kids. It’s hard for them to see me here and understand why I can’t talk, play games, read books, watch tv with them.

I’m pretty worried about getting sick. I’m scared that one of us will get it and the hospital won’t have the resources to help. I’m scared of getting pneumonia and having only 20% lung capacity without hospital care. People are self-quarantining when they test positive for CV and I’m scared to have to do this for myself and scared to have to care for my babies.

Day 1. Two weeks of spring break

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Today is the 4th day of spring break and we are homebound. The coronavirus is a real thing now and places are closing. We did squeeze in a trip to Six Flags on Tuesday and Main Event on Wednesday, but now we’ll do nothing and spring break has been extended for a second week.

summertime

Saturday, July 5, 2014

This past week, the third week of summer, I took off from work so we could all have a lazy, late-sleeping, late-staying up, packed with activities kind of summer.  Since the kids aren’t old enough to stay home alone, they have to continue getting up at the same early hour as during school, so I can get them to summer camp/school so I can go to work. But this past week was full of summertime magic.

We went swimming at friends’ houses and public pools. Stayed out late visiting friends I haven’t seen in forever. We had ice cream for dinner. The big kids did a kid-centric conditioning boot camp training event on Tuesday night with more than 100 other kids.  We watched a more than regular amount of TV.  We all accidentally went a whole day without brushing our teeth. We ate snacks all day long, fruit, crackers, cheese, chips, granola bars; whatever everyone could reach, having meals only every now and then.

Fourth of July was a great night; the best way to wind down this wonderful week.  We went with Neala and her family to her mom’s house who lives a block away from a big field where the neighborhood gathered to watch fireworks. The musicians in the family brought their drums and a brown paper sack of other little instruments and some homemade looking standing stringed instrument to where our patchwork of blankets for 6 families were laid out. Someone would start a beat and anyone who wanted to could join in. Kids were running around wild with glow sticks, up way too late but having so much fun. And no one stopped any of them when they took a break from playing and reached for an instrument to bang on. It was pretty magical.  Layla even conducted a little ditty, handing instruments to people and telling when to start playing. She handed Tressa a tambourine and told her to play when she heard the drums. Tressa and I got lost in conversation and she missed her cue. And when Layla came over she said “Didn’t you hear the drums?” I loved how she was comfortable enough to follow up.

And today, everyone slept until 10:30 except for Julian, who slept until 1pm. !!?  We are a lazy bunch today. It’s been a good summer.