“Quarantine”

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:

…played games:

…got into escape rooms:

…played volleyball (until they shut the court down):

…read books:

…did some art projects:

We invented a new type of Ping Pong called “PE Ping Pong”. The rules:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Add some dramatics where possible.
  4. 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….

Blue Man Group!

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!

Mary Poppins!

I had the honor of directing a summer musical this year, Mary Poppins!  The kids got to be in it, too!  Chloe had a very important job.  If you’ve seen the show, you will understand:

We rehearsed in the mornings, and did tech in the afternoons.  Chloe loved that part!

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They crashed on the drive home every day!

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It was a really great experience for them, and they weren’t ready for performances to be over!

 

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and… SNAP!  The job’s a game!