I can’t believe we’re going into week 5 of this.
In some ways it’s become a bit easier as we’ve created some sort of a routine. We know what to expect.
But in other ways, it’s harder. I miss hugging people – my mom, my sister, my friends. I wonder how long this will go on…will we go back to school (doubtful?)? Will we have camps? Will we be able to go on our beach trip in July? (Please god in heaven, say we can.) And admittedly, there are moments when I need a long ass break from the people in my house. I love them dearly, but dang. Let’s be honest, they probably feel that way about me too.
Weekends are better for me. Having to work, but also parent and help with tech issues, makes for stressful week days. Weekends are a bit more relaxing. We go outside as much as possible. I read. We watch movies. We play games.
At the end of last week, Em and I used Overtone and colored our hair purple.
We drove over to my MIL’s house and chalked her driveway and dropped off some goodies (hand sanitizer, a face mask and chocolate!).
And, of course, we had “celebrated” Easter. We had an early Sunday morning egg hunt and then a few more throughout the day. It’s my daughter’s current favorite past time. “Hey Mom! Hey Dad! Will you hide the eggs for me?” We’ve run out of good hiding spots!
The kids start “official” school this week. They’ve done online activities in the last few weeks with their classes but not true assignments. Today that all changes. We’ve got one set up in the kitchen and one in the dining room. I’m not worried about the 5th grader at all. He seems to be taking it all in stride and can navigate Google Classroom like a champ. The girl child is another story. We are blessed with a great teacher but trying to explain technology to her, as well as how to submit work and how to actually do the work…ugggg. We’ll see how this goes.
I had one major breakdown last week. My poor husband simply asked if I had ordered any dinner in an Instacart order and I hadn’t. It was all snacks. He didn’t say it rudely. He had no ill intent, but I lost it. I felt like I had failed…adding to a list of one more thing I wasn’t doing well. I’m not working at my best. I’m not being the best parent, best spouse, best “insert whatever” here. And apparently I can’t plan ahead and think about feeding my family. But that’s all in my head and in rational moments, I know that. This is a crazy time and I’m doing the best I can. We all are.
All in all, we’re managing. I’m grateful that my husband and I both have jobs. I’m grateful for things like Instacart and Drive-up services so we don’t have to actually go in stores unless absolutely necessary. I’m so glad we had literally just bought a ginormous thing of toilet paper before it all disappeared. I think we’ll make it another week or two before we have to track some down. I’m thankful the weather has allowed us to walk outside almost every day.
Week 5, here we go. We can do this.