Well, the kids are going to go back to school in-person tomorrow, so I thought I’d recap some of our quarantine experiences.
We built a mask collection (thanks to my mom)!
We did some baking:
…got into escape rooms:
…played volleyball (until they shut the court down):
…did some art projects:
We invented a new type of Ping Pong called “PE Ping Pong”. The rules:
If the ball is on your side of the table, use whatever means necessary (using the paddle) to get it back over the net (even if you have to hit it 10 times).
If you’re the reason the ball goes off the table, you have to run in place while playing until the other person hits it off the table.
Add some dramatics where possible.
Laugh a lot (though in this particular photo they are in deep concentration mode lol!):
I also learned how to cut Chase’s hair (not very well, but good enough for quarantine). Check out the before & after’s!
We learned how to do everything online, setting up our workspaces and even virtual Tae Kwon Do spaces!
Chloe and I started running again:
We did a lot of “drive-in” and “drive-by” activities: Drive-in movies, Drive-by last day of school, Drive-by birthday parties…
I did some organizing (in addition to my big home projects):
And the kids did what they do best:
It has definitely been (and continues to be) a strange time, but all that time “trapped” in the house together actually came at a great time for us. After the kids’ dad died, life was a whirlwind. This forced us to slow down a bit and just enjoy our time together. Man, I love my little family….
As is tradition, I gave Chase a birthday “experience” versus gifts this year. I asked him if it was OK to give him an early gift and luckily he said yes, because we got to go see Blue Man Group! Chase is a percussionist and lover of all things weird, so I knew it would be right up his alley. We had an awesome time, and afterwards Chase was able to get his picture taken with the drummer and guitar player, as well as one of the blue men! Then we finished the day with a giant slice of pizza downtown.
These one-on-one experiences are so precious to me, and I absolutely love that they love them, too! Happy early birthday, Chase!
Chloe showed off both her musical and visual art skills at her Fine Arts Night tonight! It started with an abridged performance of “The Greatest Showman,” followed by an art show around the school. This girl’s got talent!
I took the kids to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban In Concert and it was so amazing! The kids are begging to go to more of them. They played the whole movie on a giant screen, with all the orchestrations played live by the orchestra/choir. Such a cool experience!
One of the Christmas presents under the tree for the family this year was to see Finding Neverland! The kids had a great time coloring on the walls at Bass Concert Hall (oh, and they enjoyed the show, too)!