Friday, April 3, 2020

Five on Friday - April Goals

When I saw this post approaching on my editorial calendar, I just had to laugh… like I’ve even been working towards accomplishing goals with all that’s going on in the world!  Haha.  Most of my goals for March weren’t even achievable anyway due to the quarantine, so this post will be interesting, to say the least.  Sigh.  I’m still going to go through the post and tally what was and wasn’t accomplished just for the fun of it, but this will, by far, be the worst month for accomplishing goals yet!

As always, I’m using a Y for YES and N for NO to indicate whether or not I accomplished my goals.




March Goals

Personal/Connect

N  Worry, rush, and complain less, live in the present and choose joy. – With all of this going on, uhhhh no.  I’ve probably worried more than ever and I’ve been in a serious funk for a while. 
N  Be positive, confident, and kind and don’t sweat the little things. – While I’ve been trying my very best to be positive and kind, you can probably imagine that this has also been a major struggle these last few weeks.
N  Continue reading self-improvement book. – I put it on pause for a few, but I’m about to pick it back up again.
Y  Do The Best Lent Ever program. – If there’s one thing I’ve been focusing on more than ever, it’s spending time with God.  I’ve literally done this course every single day.
N  Go to confession. – Our church has canceled most events and we’ve been social distancing, so unfortunately, this was a no-go.
Y  Attend the school spring event meeting(s). – Well, we attended the meeting, but only to cancel the event.  Haha.
N  Send out sponsorship letters for spring event. – The event had to be canceled so there was no need to send the letters.
Y  Have a girls dinner. – Thank goodness we had scheduled this for the first week of March!  We were able to make it and try a new restaurant!
Y  Attend Couple’s Club for our church. – Yes, thank goodness we were able to attend this, too!  It was good timing since we’re now all stuck at home not being social.
Y  Attend the Home & School Association meeting for March. – Yep, we had to Zoom, but we got it done.
Y  Celebrate Mama Cass’s 91st birthday! – We couldn’t have a big party like we originally wanted to, but we improvised with a social distancing yard party.  Hopefully we can have a redo when this is all over.

Health/Beauty

Y  Meditate most days. – I meditated every single day.  Lord knows, I need it right now more than ever.
N  Download the full version of Calm app. – Still haven’t done this, but I really should.
Y  Quiet time most days. – I did this every single day, too.  It’s so important right now more than ever.
N  Drink 64 oz. water most days. – Now that the kids are home and I’m schooling them, I’ve dropped the ball on this because I just don’t think about it while I’m running around like a chicken with my head cut off.
Y  Work out at the gym as much as possible.- Well, I made it a couple of times, and then that was it.  It’s now closed like the rest of the nonessential world.
Y  Try yoga. – I did try it once!  It hurt my back pretty bad, though, so I never did it again.  I’d like to try again soon, though.
Y  Start taking elderberry supplements. – I did start taking this, but then I heard it could possibly make the virus worse, so I discontinued them for now.
N  Start cooking with turmeric. – I bought some but I haven’t made anything with it yet.
N  Visit with the dentist to check on my TMJ progress. – The appointment was canceled like everything else.
Y  Continue visiting with therapist. – Yes, we were able to have our appointment via Zoom!
N  Find a general practitioner. – Not even bothering with this right now because nobody is open.

Family

Y  Kids start taking elderberry supplements. – They did start taking these, but again, we discontinued after I read that article about it making the virus worse.  Who knows if it’s even true, but we’re just erring on the side of caution because that’s what I do.
N  Find some less sugary snacks for the kids to eat every afternoon. – With all of the chaos in the world right now, that’s been the last thing on my mind.
Y  Use wellness roller on all of us daily. – I have been using this a lot… not every single day, but I’m trying to remember to do it as much as possible.
N  Watch Jacob play a whole lot of baseball. – We watched him play exactly one game and then everything was canceled.  :o(
N  Take Olivia for a thyroid check-up. – Nope, they’re closed, too, so her appointment was moved to April… and now it’s been moved again, this time to May.
Y  Start prepping for Easter. – I did get everything squared away for the kids’ Easter baskets, because, by golly, we’re going to try to make Easter be as normal as possible.
N  Start looking at summer calendar – swim lessons, VBS, vacay, camp, etc. – Why bother?  Nobody can make plans right now because we literally don’t know what anything is going to look like this summer.
N  Pack and prepare for Disney World. – Sadly, our trip was canceled.
N  GO TO DISNEY WORLD! – Canceled.  :o(

Home

Y  Clean out purse. – I finally did do this, and now I’m not even using it because I’m not going anywhere.  Oh, the irony.
N  Clean out closet under stairs. – Nope.  Since I’ve been homeschooling the kids, I haven’t had any time during the week to do this.  And on the weekend, I don’t have the motivation. 
N  Start test-driving vehicles. – Nope, everything is closed and we’re all staying away from public areas.
N  Complete 1 thing on Master To-Do list. – Nope.  Again, no motivation.  Too much craziness.
N  Research condos for beach trip, take 3. – Nope.  Don’t even know if we’ll be able to take a trip this summer.

Blog

Y  Complete all posts for Spring Break.
N  Complete one post for summer. – Nope.  Now that I’m homeschooling the kids, I barely have time for anything other than school.  The blog is officially taking a back seat.
N  Continue working on 2020 Recap. – Nope.

Summary

17 items accomplished
22 items not accomplished

Here are some pictures of my successes…


Girls Night!

Couples Club!

Jacob's one and only baseball game... my gosh, I hate that we're being robbed of his last season of coach pitch.

Gym time

Quiet time

Home and School meeting

Celebrating Mama Cass six feet away

Now for the April goals… and these will be mighty odd considering the circumstances.  I’m focusing a lot more on family-oriented fun stuff and less on other things.  Although, I do want to set a few goals for the blog and our house just to keep my focus on things I can control and less on the things that I can’t.

April Goals

Personal/Connect

Embrace quarantine, try to focus on the positive things, and make the most of it.
Attend bible study via Zoom!!
Arrange a Zoom girls’ night.
Celebrate my quarantine birthday.
Continue reading self improvement book.
                                                                                      
Health/Beauty

Meditate every day.
Quiet time every day.
Drink 64 oz. water most days.
Start running.
Continue visiting with my therapist on Zoom, of course.
Start taking Vitamin D.
Work on my tan.  :o)

Family

Continue online/homeschool and keep the kids on track.
Keep the kids feeling safe and happy despite conditions in the world around us.
Have a “Disney” day at home since our Disney trip was canceled.
Sidewalk chalk our driveway.
Play in the blow-up pool.
Bake cookies.
Play Cornhole.
Send happy mail to friends.
Give Maui a bath.
Teach the kids how to wash a car.
Teach the kids how to fold and put away laundry.
Teach the kids to ride bikes without training wheels. 
Teach the kids how to meditate.
Life skills refreshers for the kids – how to wash hands, brush teeth, tie shoes properly.
Read daily devotional with kids.
Prepare for Easter.
Celebrate Easter (dress up for family pic, church online, and egg hunt in our back yard)
Book fast passes for Disney in June in case we are miraculously able to go.
Think about summer camp, swim lessons, VBS, beach, and mountains just in case things start to get back to normal.

Home

Hang American flag.
List summer clothes on Poshmark.
Complete 3 things on Master To-Do list.

Blog

Try to post 3 times per week. 
Complete one post for summer.
Continue working on 2020 recap.
Do a Day in the Life on Instagram stories.
Do a time-lapse video on Instagram stories.
Use Instagram oils account more.  I love my oils and really want to focus on them again!

Friday Funnies

Yes, exactly!

Oh my goodness, what I wouldn't do for some cheese dip and a margarita right now!

We may have to see if we can get some take-out tonight.

Me on Sunday. :o(
We're gonna have to have a redo when all of this is over!

On the Blog This Week




Happy Friday, y’all!

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Happy (Almost) Birthday to Me… 38 Things for Age 38

My birthday is April 5 (this Sunday) and since I don’t post on Sundays I thought I’d just go ahead and do my birthday post today.

I’ve been sharing random facts about myself on my birthday for five years now, and the more years that go by, the harder and harder it gets to come up with new facts.  Most of the basic ones have been stated in the past, and if you missed them, I’ll link the posts at the end of this post.  But for all of you new readers, if these sound way off the wall and random, please forgive me… I’m really struggling since I’ve already done so many in the past.  I’ll also go ahead and apologize in advance if there are any duplicates on here.  It’s hard to keep up with since I’ve been doing it for so long!

Ready to get started? 


1/ I’ve always picked up song lyrics freakishly fast so I know the lyrics to thousands upon thousands of songs across all genres.  I can hear some random 70s or 80s song that I haven’t heard since childhood and I still remember all of the lyrics from hearing said songs when my parents would listen when I was little.

2/ Speaking of music, I’ve been to 139 concerts (probably more) in my lifetime… and that number doesn’t include local, random concerts that we attend here around town.  Those listed are only for the big concerts that require a ticket purchase. 

3/ I’ve seen everyone from Dave Matthews Band (23 times) to Ed Sheeran (2 times) to Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake (3 times) to Michael Buble to Kiss to 311 to Elton John to Chris Stapleton to Blues Traveler to LFO to Luke Bryan to The Temptations to The Lumineers and everything in between.  I. LOVE. LIVE. MUSIC.

4/ Brian has been with me for at least 80% of those concerts.

5/ I keep a spreadsheet of all of the concerts I attend so that’s how I know the exact stats.  However, I didn’t start keeping the spreadsheet until probably 15 years ago so I’m sure there could be concerts I’m forgetting from when I was younger. 

6/ I also keep a list of all of the famous people I’ve met/seen in person.  I’ve met/seen at least 44 famous people in person... and that number excludes all of the famous people I’ve seen in concert.  A few people I’ve seen in person are Beyonce (I was an extra in a movie she was in), Chris Klein (he bought a ticket from me at the movie theater I worked at when I was 16), Evander Holyfield (he sat a couple of seats over from us at a Georgia game a couple of years ago, Matthew Perry (my cousin married his sister so I got to meet him at their wedding), Mel Gibson (he filmed a movie near our hometown and we saw him out and about), P. Diddy (he was doing a fashion shoot in the middle of a street in NYC when we were there), and Robin Williams (at his comedy show in Vegas).  My gosh, I miss him so much.

7/ I’ve visited 24 of the 50 states.  I have some work to do.

8/ When it’s cold, I only turn the heater on the feet setting because I can’t stand heat blowing in my face.  My feet are always freezing so I pretty much always have the heater on them, but sometimes my feet will be freezing but I’ll be hot from the waist up, and I hate that there’s no option to have dual temperature control – heat on my feet and air on my face.  Is that an option on any vehicle??  That would be a major selling point for me.  Haha.

9/ I have to put Carmex on my lips before bed every single night and I can’t sleep if I don’t.  I’ve been using it for probably 25 years. 

10/ One time I was in NJ on business and right as it was time for bed I realized I’d forgotten to pack my Carmex (and all other lip stick/gloss).  It was way too late to go out and buy some so I called down to the front desk to see if they had some that they could send up.  They didn’t, and I was so desperate that I rubbed moisturizer on my lips.  Until I did that, I couldn’t sleep because my lips felt like they were going to burst into flames. 

11/ I never thought anything would ever replace my beloved Carmex but this past Christmas I came upon peppermint Chapstick at Target and now I’ll probably never use Carmex again.  The peppermint Chapstick has the tingle which is what I love so much about Carmex, but it also has an amazing scent/flavor unlike the Carmex.  They only sell it at Christmas so I’ll have to stock up every year so I can have enough to get me through to the next Christmas season. 

12/ I’m a saltaholic (I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before) but I do NOT want salt on the rim of my margarita glass.  Margs should not be salty.  Makes me want to barf even thinking about it.

13/ My go-to drink at Mexican restaurants is a small margarita on the rocks with no salt.

14/ Tequila goes straight to my head but I do totally fine with all other adult beverages.

15/ I’m terrified of roaches.  Like, petrified.  I can’t even kill them because I refuse to get close enough to them to do that.  I will literally not be able to function if I know there’s a roach anywhere in the vicinity.

16/ I slept with a teddy bear until I got married.  Her name is Maggie and my Daddy gave her to my Momma when they moved to Montana right after they got married (before I was even born).  My Momma then gave her to me when I was pretty small and she’s been my favorite ever since.

17/ Maggie now has a prominent spot on my bookshelf in my office because I just couldn’t bear to put her away in a keepsake box.  She’s too special and needs to be on display.

18/ I despised water my whole life until bottled water/filtered water was finally invented.  Tap water has always made me gag and I can taste the difference between tap and filtered/bottled in a heartbeat.  So many people I’ve talked to about this throughout the years don’t believe me when I say that because they think that there’s no difference in the taste??  Obviously something is wrong with their taste buds. 

19/ When watermelon is an option for a flavor I always choose it.  Blow Pops, Jolly Ranchers, Starburst, Jelly Beans, Lip Smackers chapstick… give me all the watermelon things!

20/ I graduated college with a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing and a minor in management.  Who knew I’d be marketing my own website all these years later?

21/ I never used the management portion of my degree, though, because I don’t like to manage people.  I knew that going in, but I ultimately chose a minor because I though it would look more desireable on a resume.

22/ Speaking of college, when I was in high school, I only applied to one university – the one in our hometown – because I knew I didn’t want to leave home to go away to college.  I’ve never been adventurous in that way.

23/ If I had chosen to go away to college, University of Georgia was my number one choice.  #Duh

24/ People always told me that eventually I’d regret not going away to college to “get the college experience.”  To this day I still don’t regret my decision one bit.  If I had gone away my life would be completely different right now because I likely wouldn’t have ever met Brian.  I’d have a different husband and different kids or possibly no husband or no kids depending on life’s circumstances.  And I’m sure that an alternate life could be just as happy as my current one since I wouldn’t know any better, but I just can’t imagine my life being any different than it is right now.  I have everything I’ve ever wanted in Brian, Jacob, and Olivia.

25/ I said my first cuss word at the ripe age of one year old – the S word – and my mom said I used it appropriately, too.  Apparently I said it right in front of my Nana, too.  #Hilarious

26/ I still have a potty mouth to this day, but most people would never know that.  Brian is the lucky one who gets to hear the words fly when something goes wrong… especially when my computer isn’t working.  Hahahaha.

27/ There are two things in this life that are guaranteed to make me curse every single time – when technology isn’t working and when I see a roach. 

28/ I have never once slipped in front of the kids, though.  I can turn it off like a light when I need to.

29/ I’ve worn glasses/contacts since I was in fifth grade and I have to wear them all the time.  I can hardly see without them.

30/ I hate regular sized spoons.  I use big spoons for everything – cereal, ice cream, soup, etc. 

31/ When I was young I only used teaspoons.  So basically I’ve never used regular spoons in my life.  Haha. 

32/ I’m terrified of steep inclines.  I’ve had a recurring nightmare my entire life where I’m being forced to drive up a road that’s at a 90 degree angle.  The car always starts to get up the incline and then falls over on its roof.  I always wake up as its falling.

33/ When I was little I also had a recurring nightmare where I was being forced to drive and I didn’t know how to.  I couldn’t see over the dashboard and it was frightening.  That dream stopped after I learned how to drive. 

34/ My Daddy nicknamed me “Tadpole” when I was a newborn because he said the way I kicked my legs made me look like a little baby tadpole.  That’s the only name one of my uncle’s has ever called me.  I can’t recall ever hearing him say my actual name.

35/ I store all of our bath towels in a specific order and rotate them evenly in the cabinet so they all get used equally.  #JustCallMeMonicaGeller

36/ If I could only listen to one genre of music for the rest of my life it would be old standards/jazz.

37/ I don’t know how to drive a stick shift.  My friend, April, taught me back in 2003 before our spring break trip to Panama City because we were taking her car (which was a manual) and our parents wanted someone else to know how to drive it as a back-up… just in case.  I ended up not driving it the whole time we were there so I haven’t driven one since we practiced… so I don’t even remember how to do it. #LostArt

38/ One of my parents’ favorite stories to tell about me is how I loved the song Like a Virgin by Madonna when I was little.  I was two when it came out and they said that I used to go around singing it all the time... I’m sure that would be majorly frowned upon in today’s society.  Haha.

Happy almost birthday to me even though I can't celebrate because we're all quarantined.  Waaaahhhh.






Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Our Week – The One with Quarantining, Week 2 (River Walk & Yard Parties)

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Originally, I had intended to post our weekly recap yesterday so I could dedicate today's entire post to all things Simplified Planner.  But with all of this new quarantine homeschooling going on, I've gotten way behind on all things life, and unfortunately, the blog has to be the first thing to take a back seat.

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Now for our weekly recap...


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Well, another week has come and gone, and things are looking more dire in the United States than ever.  This week I’m grateful for our little bubble, healthy family members, plenty of food to sustain us, and lots of at-home activities to entertain us.  I’m grateful for technology and the internet so that we can still be “close” to loved ones even though so far away physically, and I’m grateful that we still have toilet paper.  Because, yes, it’s still impossible to find online or in our city.  Sigh.

Monday, March 23 (Day 10 of Quarantine)

Monday morning, we were back to the grind with online/homeschooling in the morning.  We had a successful day and completed all of our work by lunchtime, and then after lunch, the kids and I all went outside in the driveway in our PJs to do sidewalk chalk before the rain came in. 






Monday afternoon, Jacob’s homeroom teacher called to check in on us and make sure that we were rolling right along without any issues, and the kids were excited to be able to talk to her, if only for a few minutes. 

Our school holds a spring fundraiser every year and I had already started collecting money from the third grade parents for our auction items, so I spent the afternoon refunding money to everyone who had contributed since the event has been canceled. 

While the kids watched their afternoon movie (Frozen 2 for the eight millionth time this week!), I talked to one of my old coworkers on the phone for a good 30 minutes.  He and I have lunch often since I quit two and a half years ago, but thanks to social distancing, we haven’t seen each other since the end of January, and we had a lot of catching up to do.  One thing I’ve enjoyed about the whole quarantining thing is more actual conversations on the phone instead of random texting.  I can’t even remember the last time I talked to someone besides my momma on the phone for 30 minutes!  It’s like old times! 

I made baked chicken, broccoli, and red potatoes for dinner, and then after dinner I jumped on the stair stepper for a few minutes to get some cardio in.  B and I put the kids down for bed around 8 and then he and I spent the rest of the evening watching shows.




Tuesday, March 24 (Day 11 of Quarantine)

Tuesday morning, I woke up feeling anxious because I knew I had to take a trip to the grocery store.  We were completely out of meat and fresh produce, and we were also almost out of milk.  We’ve seen no meat here in town for weeks (other than the Boston butt I purchased last week), so I wasn’t confident I’d come home with any chicken. 

Fresh Market does put their chicken on sale every Tuesday, and our Fresh Market is rarely busy, so I thought if I arrived at opening that maybe I could snag some.  However, right now, Fresh Market is letting all of the elderly shop for the first hour alone since they are more vulnerable (which is wonderful), so I had to wait until 9 AM to go in.  I arrived at 8:45 and sat in the car for a few minutes to scope out the situation, and at 8:59 AM I put on my gloves and walked into the store.  I was fully prepared to also wear a mask (just a reusable cloth one that I have for pollen season), but there was literally nobody else with one on, so I decided not to wear mine.  For starters, they say the masks aren’t even protecting anyone anyway, and I’ve seen where some people are stealing other people’s masks since there aren’t any to be found, and finally, I didn’t want to look like one of the horrible mask hoarders that everyone is looking to crucify right now.  (Wow, an entire paragraph about why I didn’t want to wear a mask to the grocery store.  Something I never thought I’d write about but here we are…)

Anyhoo, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Fresh Market was fully stocked on all produce and chicken (and it was still on sale!!!!) and they also had some breads and cheeses which have been hard to find.  There was a five pound limit on chicken, but five pounds is enough to feed our family five times, so it was definitely a win!  I filled my cart with loads of fresh produce, the five pound max of chicken, and some bread, cheese, and cookies.  They didn’t have any milk (dang it) and many other items that we needed so I knew we’d have to make a trip somewhere else later that day. 

When I got home, the fun part began.  I went inside, washed my hands, went back outside, brought the groceries inside, unloaded the groceries from the bags, tossed the bags in the outdoor recycling bin, went back inside, washed my hands, used an antibacterial wipe to wipe down all of the groceries, washed my hands, put the groceries away, sanitized the counter, the refrigerator handles, and the door knobs, and then I went upstairs and changed out of my grocery store clothes, put them in the washing machine, washed my hands, and then put on clean clothes.  LAWD.  If we end up getting this virus, it surely won’t be from lack of being sanitary.

After all that hullaballoo, the kids and I finally got started on our schoolwork for the day.  We miraculously managed to get all of our work done before lunch, and then after lunch I had a Zoom conference with my therapist.  I’ve been seeing her every couple of weeks since October to keep my anxiety in check, and as you can imagine it’s more important now than ever to keep my mind healthy and strong because of these circumstances.  I was originally scheduled to meet with her at her office, but thankfully, her whole office implemented remote conferencing this week so we can all stay safe at home.

Tuesday evening, we kept it low-key with pizza leftovers from Saturday evening when we ordered takeout.  After dinner, B ventured out to Publix because we were out of milk.  I made a long list for him of other items we needed (which we’re now just calling a wish list) and thankfully, he was able to fulfill 80% of the list, even finding ground beef!  Woo hoo!  There’s still no flour or sugar to be found as well as a couple of other items, but I’m sure we’ll get ahold of some soon. 

After dinner the kids and I went outside and played some more with the Stomp Rocket, and then B and I had a date with Netflix after the kids went to bed.




Wednesday, March 25 (Day 12 of Quarantine)

Wednesday morning, we started online/homeschool right on time and while the kids worked, I worked on sterilizing some Amazon packages that had arrived the day prior.  Since the virus has been found in several Amazon fulfillment centers, they’re now recommending that all packages be quarantined and not brought inside.  Therefore, our method is as follows:  we’re quarantining packages in the garage for a day or two, we’re opening them outside, dumping out the contents, disposing of the packaging in the outdoor recycling bins, wiping down the products with hand wipes, and then quarantining items inside for as long as possible before we actually need to use them.  So much work, but it gives me peace of mind.  Well, as much peace of mind as one can actually have during a time like this. 



After lunch, the kids and I went outside to do some working out.  Our school held three virtual spirit days this past week to keep everyone connected – TikTok Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, and Thankful Thursday.  I videoed the kids doing some jumping jacks and sent them in to the school to be shared with all of our families. 



After our workout, I went inside and put away some laundry and then Olivia and I gave her beloved Sheepie a much-needed bath.



The kids had their movie time afterward, and they chose a family favorite… Home Alone 2.  So good.  As per usual, I worked while they watched and then I went downstairs around 5 to make breakfast for dinner – eggs, grits, bacon, and toast.  Always a crowd pleaser!

After the kitchen was clean, we all went outside for some good evening fresh air.  The kids and I played frisbee in the back yard while B mowed the front yard.  Yep, it’s officially that time again… the grass is greening up and growing like crazy! 

We came inside a little earlier than usual Wednesday evening because Jacob had to get in his PJs for a Zoom bedtime story at 7 PM with his teacher and all of his classmates.  She read Mulan (the original version) to them and then they all chatted (goofed off) for the remaining time.



We put the kids to bed immediately following story time, and then B and I hung out on the couch watching shows as we do most nights.

Thursday, March 26 (Day 13 of Quarantine)

Thursday was another morning of school, and right around lunchtime that day, we got the news that the governor of Georgia extended public school closure through April 24th.  We were originally scheduled to go back April 6th, but it’s been pretty obvious as of late that it would have to be extended since things have gotten worse and worse by the day.  Our school is a private school which means that they can make their own decisions, but our superintendent and principal typically follow the lead of the public school system, so I knew it was only a matter of time before our school made the decision to do the same.



Even though I knew it was coming, and even though I knew it was for the best, the news saddened me, and the kids were also sad when I told them their time away from school would likely be extended.  We all decided to get out of our funk by going on a walk around the neighborhood just before lunch.  It was a beautiful day, but it was sunny and pretty darn hot, and we all worked up a little bit of a sweat.






After our walk, the kids wanted to do yoga, so I put on a video for them and I did some cleaning.  After their yoga class, they turned on their afternoon movie and I went upstairs to work.  I came down and made BBQ chicken, garlic whipped potatoes, and broccoli for dinner, and then we had a little more outside time after dinner. 

Our pastor had scheduled a livestream church council meeting at 7:30 to discuss some things, so I tuned into that for the whole 45 minutes while the kids got ready for bed.  It was very informative but also bittersweet as our school principal fielded questions about graduation and activities for our seniors.  My heart goes out to them… I just can’t imagine having my senior year ripped away from me like that.  Our principal also shared how successful our online learning program has been and how we’ve all been staying connected through morning prayer and live Zoom meetings every day.  It made me so proud to belong to such a wonderful, connected school whose priority is to put relationships and the well-being of our students and families first, and I’m just so grateful for them for putting forth so much extra effort during this hard time.  Our pastor also made the sad announcement that all Easter masses have been canceled and that Easter will, unfortunately, have to be celebrated via livestream.  I mean, I knew it was coming, but I definitely still shed some tears.  For the first time ever in my life, I won’t be able to set foot in church on Easter Sunday.  This is all just so strange.



Once that was over, B and I put the kids to bed, and then at 8:30 I logged back into Zoom for a live Parent Happy Hour that our school administration had put together for all of the parents at the school.  Everyone had brought their favorite cocktail and we all spent the next hour chatting and “hanging out.”  It was a unique experience, that’s for sure, and I was grateful to have some human interaction, even if it wasn’t face-to-face.



By the time I was done with that, it was already 9:30 but B and I just decided to YOLO and stay up a little later and watch some shows (because why not??), and then we ended up turning in around 11.

Friday, March 27 (Day 14 of Quarantine)

Friday morning was our last morning of online/homeschool for a while as we’re on spring break this week, and Jacob had live Zoom meetings with both of his teachers and his classmates.  His class was supposed to have been on a field trip to a nursing home that day, but since it was canceled, one of his teachers took the kids on a virtual field trip to Disney World and they all got to “ride” Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in Hollywood Studios (which we were supposed to have been riding this week in real life.  Waaaahhhh) and Expedition Everest in Animal Kingdom.  It was such a special touch and a great way for him to kick off the day.






Mid-morning, we got the call from the school saying that they are extending online learning through April 24th just like the public schools in Georgia.  We obviously knew that was coming, but gosh, it was like a punch to the gut.  We’re slowly creeping into the timeframe where the kids should be doing all of their special end-of-the-year school activities and I’m just dreading hearing the words that kindergarten graduation is going to be canceled.  Please oh please let this all be over before that.

B and I got word Friday afternoon that The Fox theater had postponed all of their Hamilton shows, and that our tickets were rescheduled for a Saturday night in September.  I wrote it in my planner for the new date and then started wondering if we'd even be able to go then... I took to Instagram to poll all of you, and the majority of you think that things will be back to normal by then and that we'll be able to go.  I SURE HOPE SO!



After lunch, Jacob’s paraprofessional called to chat with him and check on him and I thought it was just the sweetest thing.  Our teachers are all going above and beyond to stay connected with our babies and it’s just been incredible.

The kids requested to go on another early afternoon walk, and as we walked our usual route, we saw one of Olivia’s friends from dance and her mom (my old friend from high school) sitting out in their driveway (they live one street over from us).  We chatted with them for a good 15 minutes (while standing about 15 feet away), and then we went on our way.

Our neighborhood has been in development for 12ish years now (it’s really big) and we’ve been living here for 10 of those years, so we’ve seen probably 75% of the houses be built.  There’s just one lot left in the whole neighborhood, and we discovered last week that they’re about to start building on it.  When we walked up on it Thursday, the kids were excited to see a giant pile of dirt and a huge piece equipment to help level the lot since it’s on a major hill.  The kids requested to take their picture of the dirt pile and then we went on our way. 




When we got back home, it was time for Olivia to Zoom with her teacher and classmates, and her room mom had arranged for the kids to do a scavenger hunt together.  They all had to find something round, something that started with the letter A, something red, something small, something old, and a few other things.  Olivia loved it and she cheesed the entire time they were on together.  Plus, she got to see her BFF so her day was made.  After she was done, that wrapped up our school week, and we officially cleaned up and closed up shop for spring break.




That afternoon I worked while the kids watched their movie, and then I made grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner because – Lent.  I’d had a particularly tough day because of everything going on, and I was feeling especially down because we were supposed to have left for Disney World the next day, so after dinner we Facetimed with my parents.  It’s always comforting to talk to your momma and daddy when you’re down.  Unfortunately, my mom and my brother both still have to work outside the home (they’re both essential at their jobs) so we can’t see them, and I miss them.   



After our call, we all piled on the couch and started the series The Imagineers, because what else would you watch the night before your canceled Disney trip?  We apparently like to torture ourselves.  Haha.  We watched the first episode and a half, and it’s very good, by the way.  :o)

After the kids went to bed, B and I watched the season finale of A Million Little Things, and oh my word, so many tears.  As if I haven’t been making enough of those on my own lately.  Then this picture showed up in my Timehop for the day... just cruel.




Saturday, March 28 (Day 15 of Quarantine)

Saturday morning, I woke up in a major funk.  I was just feeling so out of sorts knowing that we were supposed to have been leaving for Disney World, but instead, we were stuck at home trying to figure out how to fill nine days without leaving the house. 

I did make homemade waffles as I always do, and then we all watched Lego Masters, and then after that, I knew it was time to stop wallowing and get out of my funk.  We tidied up the house, Olivia played with her stuffed animals, B picked up Chick-Fil-A for lunch to break up the monotony of sandwiches, and the person who bagged our food had written a sweet little note on the bag which, of course, made me tear up.  It also made me snap out of it and try to make the most of the day.




It was sunny and mid-eighties, so B blew up the kids’ blow-up pool (third year running… I’m telling you, best money we’ve ever spent) and then we spent the entire afternoon outside.  The kids played in the pool so well for four whole hours.  I spent the time reading and working on my tan, and B spent the afternoon cleaning the overgrowth off of the back of our fence.  We’ve neglected it for the last ten years, so there was a lot to do… one good thing coming out of this quarantine!  Just look at that before and after down below!



Before

After

We all came inside around 5, showered, and got directly into our PJs, and then we had hot dogs and mac n cheese for dinner.  B and I made a couple of Moscow Mules, and then we all settled in to watch one of my childhood favorites, Hook.  Jacob proclaimed it’s his favorite movie ever and Olivia proclaimed that it’s her second favorite movie ever, just behind Frozen 2.  Haha.  I hadn’t seen Hook in, probably, 20 years, and it took me straight back to being a kid again… and it made me miss Robin Williams more than ever.  And yes, of course, I cried.

After we got the kids in the bed, B and I decided to see what all the fuss was over Tiger King, and after just two episodes, I’m still wondering what the hell we watched.  OMG, what a train wreck of a show.  Haha.

Sunday, March 29 (Day 16 of Quarantine)

Sunday morning we slept in until 8:30 (typical) and then I made homemade Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins for breakfast.  We livestreamed church at 10:30 and it didn’t crash this time (yay!) and then we all got ready and had lunch.




By Sunday, the kids hadn’t left the house in seven whole days and I hadn’t left in five (only stepping out to go to Fresh Market earlier in the week) so I told B we needed to find somewhere to go because I was going crazy.  We decided to try to go to the river walk downtown, and we decided that if it was too busy, we’d leave and find somewhere else to go.  Thankfully, there was barely anyone there, so we spent the afternoon walking along the river and seeing the sights.  We go downtown pretty frequently, so it was bizarre that we hadn’t been in so long. 

There were a few other people out fishing and walking, but everyone was very careful to do the social distancing dance and stay far away from each other.  We ended up walking a different route than we normally do simply to avoid other people, and we ended up seeing a few spaces that we’d never really paid much attention to. 

Maui had never been there before, so she was in heaven, and I’m pretty sure she’s enjoying quarantine more than any other time… she’s probably been on more walks this week than she has in the past six months!  I think she’s also loving all of the extra time with us because she never has to be alone.  <3










Since we were already out and about, we decided to stop by my parents’ house for a yard party.  They sat on the porch while we stood in the yard, and we spent about 20 minutes catching up with them.




On the way home, we stopped by the liquor store down the street from our house to pick up some ginger beer since we were out.  They have a drive-thru so we didn’t have to get out of the car, and then I sanitized everything when we got home.

My father-in-law came over shortly after that to have a yard party at our house for a bit.  We hadn’t seen him in weeks, so it was nice catching up with him, too.  He lives alone, but he’s been making the most of his quarantine time by cleaning out all of his old files. 



B and the kids played video games the rest of the afternoon while I finally put in an hour or so of work, and then B picked up barbecue from our favorite local barbecue place for dinner.  We did the whole sanitizing rigamarole when he got home, and then we had a delicious dinner complete with leftovers to save for lunch one day this week. 

The rest of the evening was spent watching YouTube videos of the rides at Animal Kingdom since that’s where we were supposed to be on Sunday, and then we also watched some more of Tiger King after the kids went to bed.

Sunday fueled us with some much-needed (SAFE) face-to-face interaction with real humans, so I’m hoping I can make it through this week without being too down and out. 


And now, since it’s the last week of the month, here's my currently section for March...

Currently Reading

I still haven't finished Christmas Shopaholic... I was enjoying it, but I put it on hold while I read City of Girls for my book club meeting, and then I just didn't have the desire to return to it since Christmas is over.  Whoops.  Instead, I picked up Class Mom since it's more appropriate for this time of year.  Even though, now it's really not since we're all stuck at home doing school online.  

Currently Watching

We just finished The Bachelor, This is Us, and A Million Little Things since they're all now on hiatus for the summer, and we're still working on Shark Tank, Modern Family, and Lego Masters.  B and I also started working our way through Better Call Saul season 5 a couple of weeks ago, aaaand we just started Tiger King which I literally cannot even wrap my mind around.  OMG.

Currently Listening To

Since we've been staying at home for the last few weeks, I've been glued to iHeart Radio listening to my favorite morning show - Elvis Duran.  I love how they report the news... they stick to the facts, they focus on the positive side of things, and they are not sensationalists as every other news outlet seems to be.  They make me laugh and that's exactly what I've been needing lately.  I've also been listening to a lot of jazz and old standards because they cheer me up, and we've also started listening to our favorite summer artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Zac Brown Band, Chris Stapleton, etc.  

Alright, y'all, after a verrrry long post, I'm finally out of things to say.  ;o)  Y'all take care!


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