Monday, April 20, 2020

Easter at Home 2020

Happy Monday, everyone! The sun is shining here and I am feeling a sense of clarity in my mind.

Tomorrow marks 40 days since life started changing for our family, due to COVID-19. I feel incredibly blessed that we've been impacted in such small ways (small ways that sometimes feel bigger than they are) in comparison to others. Nick is partially back to work, and I still have the awesome opportunity to be working from home during this season.

Personally, I've had some incredible days at home, and also some days where I have been battling anxiety. Thankfully the good days far outweigh the bad, and today is one of those incredible days! 

It's the first day in weeks where I used my planner to keep track of some tasks I wanted to complete for the day. Something as simple as making a to-do list has helped bring some sense normalcy back into my day, and it feels good. Typing out this blog was one of the items on that list!

While Easter was a little over a week ago, I still want to share some pictures and a recap of our day!

Piper was so excited to see what the Easter bunny brought her on Easter morning! She especially was excited for her big surprise from mom and dad - her brand new bike!

After the Easter basket fun, we went back upstairs to watch Church online, from the comfort of our bed. I wasn't feeling too well that morning and it was so great to have the opportunity to rest in bed while watching the service!

Later that afternoon, we took Piper's new bike out for a spin and she did really well with it! We were blessed with some warmer weather on Easter, so we spent as much time outside that afternoon as we could! As for Easter dinner, my mom spoiled us with a full Easter dinner delivered to our house! We had leftovers for days! It was awesome!

As for the week following Easter, it was really cold and snowy! We made the best of the snow but, we still didn't get outside as much as we'd like last week. We are looking forward to some warmer days coming soon!

I'm hoping this was one of our last (if not the last) snowfalls for the season. Staying at home during this seasons is so much more manageable when we can get outside!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

One Month at Home

Hey, guys! It's been a while. It's been 3 weeks to be exact. I really thought being at home more would mean that you would be hearing from me more often on the blog. However, I've come to find that maybe "having enough time" to update the blog wasn't ever the issue, but rather it's more dependent on where it lands on my priority list for the day.

I honestly can't believe that it's been 3 weeks since that last time I sat down with the blog. Time has been moving at a strange pace where I'm never quite sure what day it is. I'm sure there's a bunch of you out there that can relate. For the most part we have just been floating through the days when both Nick and I aren't working. We almost always get a good amount of time outside in our days, even when it's chillier out. We just bundle up a little more.

Since it's been so long since the last time I checked in, let me catch you up with some photo highlights from the past three weeks:

Nick created a little workspace for me in our spare bedroom a few weeks ago, which has made working from home so much easier.

So far, we have only had one picnic in our time at home but, seeing this picture reminds me to make sure we schedule a few more picnics together as the weather continues to get nicer!

One highlight of our week is on Friday mornings when Piper gets to have a video call with her teachers and friends from class! This has been extra special given the news we received this week, that all schools will be closed for he rest of the academic year.

Camping "under the stars" in our living room has become a weekly thing.

While we haven't had much structure to our days, and we never quite know what each day will bring, I can say that our hearts have been so full during this time together! All of this extra family time has definitely been the highlight of the season! There have been more than a few occasions when Piper has ended her day randomly declaring "this is a good life" or, "this was my favorite day" or, "I loved this day together"! While we may have started off unsure of how to navigate this time of such uncertainty, I think we're doing something right.