Wednesday, May 13, 2020

quarantine views: week 9

Good Morning!

We're still living up the life over here.  Homeschooling in the mornings (when I'm not at work) and watching Disney+ (a very good investment during these times) while Dex naps in the afternoons.  When it's nice, which is hasn't been, we spend the day outside.

I've read my way through 14 books (check the log, starting with The Two Lives of Lydia Bird) and I've started taking a lot of what I call "pandemic baths" which is just a regular bath during a pandemic.  I take several a week and allow myself a bath bomb or bubble bar each time.  C and I had an unconventional date night that involved driving around Pickerington, picking up dinner, eating it at church, followed by playing ping pong at church. A date night to remember.

We dropped some dinner off to Miriam.


Each of the bigs have gotten a single trip to the store.  Fully masked and gloved which everyone should appreciate as they like to touch and lick (GMac) everything. You're welcome.


We spent an hour at church just running around and playing.  It was probably the happiest the kids have been in weeks. 


Coke Slushy King. Yes, I let my 2 year old have a coke slushy. 


Sleepovers have become the norm for these two. 


We had to pick up some ping pong supplies on our date night.


I ordered some decorate your own cookies from CourtneysCutOuts for everyone to do for Mother's Day.  C and I ended up making them and I was a-okay with that as I didn't have the stamina to have the kids make them by the end of Sunday. 


The library has curbside pick up! I can stop spending so much on kindle books (I know, I can borrow electronic books, too).  All books are quarantined for three days after their return. 


Yesterday was a nice day and on nice days we go on a walk. Usually a lap around Sanderson exploring nature stuff and yelling at the kids to not go near the playground. "WHAT'S EVEN THE POINT?" as GMac has proclaimed. 


This walk involved a lap on the trails in the woods. 


Have Mickey, will travel.


A walk to Sanderson isn't complete without a stop for pictures with the school buses.







Wednesday, May 6, 2020

quarantine views: week 8

My calculations say it's week 8 of quarantine. Not sure if we're entering week 8 or leaving it, but it's week 8.

Stopping this to deal with the overly talkative two year old who wants a large heavy blanket fashioned on him as a cape. 




Back to quarantine life.  Despite being home all the time, things are hectic.  There are so many more hats and I'm missing it taking a community to raise our kids.  There's a reason why I gave up the education degree.

Here are some scenes from the last week.

Our neighbors flagged down the Kona Ice truck and Ainsley was able to say "I thought this was a bad day, but it's a good day!" Thanks a lot, kid.


Eight feet on my walk with mom.


I found hand sanitizer (but couldn't open the bottles) so I called C to Kroger's from work and called my dad from home and they each came and bought the limit of two. 



The kids did a scavenger hunt Grandma Elsea sent. GMac touched dog poop. I asked why. He said he thought it was poop, but it was mud.  I informed him it was poop and he was banned from using that hand until we got home.  Boys. 


Little boy, big chair. 


We went to church for the first time in 7 weeks, just us, and masked up. 


Pardon the large eyes. C couldn't get a picture of me without blinking so I was working hard to keep them open.


Breakfast of quarantine champions who wake at 6:30 a.m. and come to Mommy 2+ times during the night.


GMac lost his glasses in the creek so Emmy got him some replacements. Hard to believe he doesn't like them as he wears them constantly.



He insists on carrying the book all the way home when it's an accomplishment that he just makes it walking the entire way. 

Also, for those wondering how far we live from my parents, from door to door it's the length of the Titanic. 


Grandma Elsea sent waster guns. Dex just likes dumping his out. 


Reading and waiting for Grandma to drop something off.


While working and homeschooling this guy wanted to sit in my lap. I thought he was rubbing a tag on his face. Turns out it was a pen. I can see how it feels the same as a tag. 


Little Laverne, but with Coke. 




Wednesday, April 29, 2020

quarantine views: week 7

We're in week 7 of quarantine (and I'm a-ok with it because I'm an introvert who just wants to be in her own house (or yard).

Anyway, here's what we've been up to. ]

On Sunday, GMac asked me if eating a lego could make his stomach hurt. I told him probably which made him all kinds of worried that he'd die. Turns out, he had a lego and couldn't find it and thus the next logical conclusion, in his mind, must've been "my belly hurts (forget the fact I haven't had breakfast and I can't find the lego therefore, I ate the lego."

C found said lego on the floor of the living room.


Dex discovered the sandbox! He hadn't been able to explore it before due it a parent caused thumb injury. I won't name the parent, but it wasn't me.


Grandma dropped off Decorate Your Own Cupcake Kits!


One. Sprinkle. At. A. Time. 



Morning walk to check out the post-rain puddles. 


A sand man!


We had two of the same blends of wine, different vintages and so C decided we should have a vertical flight (if two glasses can be considered a flight).



Monkey's Diner and Tea Room are still open for business. It makes me so happy and nostalgic to see her playing with the serveware I used to play with at Aunt Babs'.


Self-imposed time-out because he was mad something didn't go his way. 


Modling his mask for Grandma's mask making business.



Wednesday, April 22, 2020

earth day nature bracelets

We took a page out of Mrs. Jurecki's (Monkey's awesome kindergarten teacher) book and walked to Sanderson to make nature bracelets. Monkey was interested in collecting flowers while GMac collected dirt and rocks.



















Tuesday, April 14, 2020

It's been two months, nine days and a pandemic since you last heard from me

Well, well, well.  A lot has happened in the last two months and 9 days.

I went to NYC with my mom and Emily and Abby and her mom. We did all the things and managed to not get COVID-19.

C and I went to VA and DC with Emily for wine and the SCOTUS. We did not get COVID-19.

My parents are no longer allowed to leave their house or Emily or I will call them and say "ARE YOU SERIOUS?"

I read a young adult series (this has got to be the biggest shocker) and several other books.

The kids' schools have been closed which means we are all relying on my freshman year of college education courses. C and I (mainly him) just discussed if the preposition in Monkey's test as "in" or "in front" or "in front of." He's leaning towards "in front of" for various reasons, I'm leaning towards "in front" because it just sounds right. 

Easter came and went and felt a lot like Christmas morning with the lack of all out church.

Charles and I have prepped the downstairs guest room as a COVID-19 quarantine room.  

Other wise, it's pretty much like summer break, minus the pool, over here.  

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

a quick run down

The Elseas are trucking along through 2020.

Monkey had a lovely extended bout of strep.

Dex had a monstrous cold that had him up half a dozen times a night for over a week yelling "Mommy!"

We're still waiting for GMac to come down with something.  Monday I paid the latest Children's Urgent Care bill from Dex breathing issues in December, so we're due for another visit.

C has pink eye.  I diagnosed it from my armchair.

I'm walking away on my new treadmill (outside yesterday! and hopefully today) while C "cycles" on our amazon purchased cheap, 5 year old exerpeutic bike until his newly purchase real indoor cycle arrives.

C and I are also watching our way through The Office (again) and not eating nearly as much (read: any) espresso bellavitano cheese.

We're gearing up for Dex's 2nd birthday, but if you heard him talk, you'd think he was 5.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

2019 Reading

2019 has come and gone and ended in a reading rut.  I still blame Where the Crawdads Sing for being too good to follow up with anything else. I probably started a dozen books after than and couldn't get in to them.  I'm starting my annual resolution of reading every day again and am one day into it continuing Rhythms of Renewal.

2019 Books

1. Love to Hate You
2. On a Beautiful Day
3. Sweet Nothings
4. In Dog We Trust
5. Over You
6. I Owe You One
7. Wedding Tiers
8. Little Tea Shop of Lost and Found
9. Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses
10. Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe
11. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
12. The Wedding Date
13. You Drive Me Crazy
14. The Kiss Quotient
15. Educated
16. If You Could Go Anywhere
17. Maybe This Time
18. One Day in December
19.The Unhoneymooners
20. Little Fires Everywhere
21. My Favorite Half-Night Stand
22. Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating
23. The Flatshare
24. The Wedding Party
25. Evvie Drake Starts Over
26. Love and Other Words
27. Dating You Hating You
28. Roomies
29. The Friend Zone
30. Burn Down The Ground
31. The High Tide Club
32. Where the Crawdads Sing
33. The Last Post
34. Midnight at the Blackbird Cage
35. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill