It has now been a little more than two weeks since we’ve been living our best self-quarantined life. My friend said to me two weeks ago that whether we like it or not, this will be one of the defining moments of our lifetime. I have thought about that quite a bit.
It feels true.
Before this month I never stayed in my home for more than maybe a few days at the most. Now I’m averaging once a week to go to the grocery store right when it opens, or to go to our old house (where no one is) to help move. Staying home is starting to feel so normal. I definitely feel like I am getting used to it already.
It seems that each 24 hour period contains some of the most heartwarming, magical moments… but also some low points that can feel pretty heavy. Our children are thriving. Goldie said “please” for the first time this week (a word we had been working on for months) and Nova is the most loving and cuddly she has ever been.
There are also moments that are so tough. I tend to internalize my friends and families problems- of which there have been many.. some very serious, some heartbreaking, some scary.
From my few friends who have had the virus their reviews are very mixed on how horrible it is. It’s super scary for Jeremy and I to think about being sick at the same time. We had the whole-family stomach flu last fall, and it’s so tough to be sick AND be a good parent- especially when you are both sick. But in this uniquely strange situation I’m not sure if it really matter that we’re a seven hour drive from our family, because even if we were very sick we wouldn’t ask our moms for help. Strange times. Keeping our fingers crossed that whatever happens we can handle.
My other big fear is what if our kids get hurt with something normal, like a broken arm or a bad cut… with the hospitals being overwhelmed and less safe we’re extra nervous.
Anyway… I’m only writing out all these fears so I can read them later, years down the road. I wonder how all this will seem to us then?
She’s so precious.
Obviously some parts have been tough. As they are for everyone. For us… well there’s the normal worrying for our parents and grandparents health, loss of income from our bnb business and trying to get work done each day without childcare of any kind (and on top of that we’ve been moving, which Jeremy has done probably 70% of it by himself). I’m super aware how lucky we are that we CAN work from home, that we own our own businesses and that our income isn’t coming only from our bnb biz. I’m not complaining…. but I am tired. I mean- aren’t we all?
Some positives- staying home with the kids has been magical… not at every moment, of course, but the magic in every day feels super significant. I’ve been taking an online class, designing our new home, facetime-ing my parents every day, having coffee on our new porch, ordering food delivery and making cute little homemade toys with the kids. I’m so grateful for all of this!
I’m doing my best to embrace this strange time. I’m glad it happened while our children are little because they don’t seem to notice or mind that we never leave the house. I’m so thankful. Today they are helping Jeremy wash the car and they think it’s SO COOL.
Wherever you are I hope you are safe. Sending love from our home to yours. xx
ps. A few links….
-You can marathon our podcast here (show notes here).
-We made this bread and these muffins and they were so good.
-The best thing I got for our kids easter baskets are these binoculars. I’m making a lot of the stuff in their baskets otherwise, like a plush for each one, it feels right this year.
-We’ve been trick or treating at our own front door… in March… haha.
-Here’s what I’ve been reading this week!
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