My kids have apparently outgrown egg coloring and it makes me sad. But they humored me. Barely. The eggs are pretty and we spent some time together while Greg sang odd songs to add a layer of silliness to the afternoon.
Saturday, at four in the morning and for reasons that still are not clear to me, I decided to clean the laundry room. I worked with what I had on hand and mostly decluttered and reorganized. I failed to take a before photo because I wasn't thinking I was tackling this particular spring cleaning project at that hour until I was already elbow deep. But I am happy with the results and am looking forward to overhauling all the cabinets, closets and dressers in the coming days.
Saturday night, Ty and Kate challenged each other to a stay up all night adventure. They snuggled together in Kate's room with popcorn and a movie. Neither made it up all night but they did see 11pm so it was close, I have been told. They have done really well together, stuck at home.
Sunday afternoon we lounged around the living room together, discussing other challenges we may tackle in the coming week. Legos are taking the lead followed by baking. I think we may need exercise challenges to keep up with the second. And then round 4pm, Greg and I discussed how early was too early to go to bed.
I launched a creative project on Sunday and had fifteen people respond. I am photographing families on their front porches during this "quarantine" and telling their stories. I am in love with the images from the first sessions and can't wait to see the end result. This is feeding my creative energy more thoroughly than spring cleaning. Go figure. My need to connect is strong; however I do need to find a way to prevent hugging my people as the first kiddo threw herself into my arms when I arrived despite me promising to remain at least six feet away. Fortunately her parents are very laid back and are keeping a healthy perspective even in this crazy season.
Monday, Erin celebrated her birthday in a personal quarantine. She was exposed to the virus last week. They still want her to work as essential personnel at the hospital but she isn't socializing. So we video chatted with her after depositing gifts, food and cupcakes on her doorstep. We have a date planned at our favorite Cuban restaurant when this mess ends. But happy 25th, kiddo. Sorry your birthday was lame.
Monday I woke hours before the kids and had started spring cleaning. A few hours later, I reached a point I called out for one of my freeloaders to jump in and help with a minor chore. No one made a move to assist so I continued working on two additional rooms before handling that request myself. The children all pointed at each other in a blame game I met with an order. One got to clean windows. One was assigned blinds and another got to scrub the nasty dog bowl stand by hand. Three items were crossed off my to-do list and one of the kids is moving out before I want to deep clean again. I am calling this a win-win situation.
My handsome husband turned 50 on Tuesday. There is no one else I'd rather be quarantined with although we have agreed it might be nice to be isolated without the kids for a weekend.
But we celebrated with all the kids; Erin and Lauren virtually in their spots around our table. We had an almond cake with fruit while they had funfetti cupcakes in their own homes. We laughed and enjoyed being "together". These are strange times but we are making the most of the situation.
My bible study group met via zoom. It was nice to see everyone but nothing replaces the coziness of meeting in a living room together. I couldn't help but feel a bit sad for my teacher friends and all the kiddos who will be missing their daily hugs and interaction.
Wednesday Greg was sent home from work because a coworker was at the hospital being tested. As of next week Makenna, Kate and Ty will all be working from home. Greg may have to join them. Navigating an online schedule with healthy interactions is going to be interesting, to say the least.
Wednesday night, after Greg and I went to bed, Kate and Ty once again attempted the last to sleep challenge. Ty won after Kate conceded at one in the morning. Ty claims he saw 4 a.m. By Thursday afternoon, I was inclined to believe him. No further late night challenges are permitted because the mom still needs to like her children the following day.
Today we took a hike and enjoyed the change of scenery.
My photography project will wrap up next week and I am pretty excited to reveal it. But because everyone was home together after one of my quick shoots, Greg pulled together his own idea. I love my safety guy and his crew.