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This is starting to get old real quick.

I look out the window and see the effin squirrels chasing each other around and I’ve never been so jealous of a rodent in my entire life. Those sunflower munching sons of bitches.

I guess a global house arrest is one way to come back to blogging. The last time I blogged I only had one kid, haha!

Kid1 is 4.5 and just cannot understand why we can’t go to the playground or her favorite toy store. She is so disappointed that we can’t do all of the things we used to do. The last thing we did was go to the local sweet shop and get a chocolate covered Oreo and pretzel (and a 25 mg CBD chocolate for me – yeah, I knew what was coming LOL) She misses her friends and is starting to turn into a feral animal due to this global house arrest. Hasn’t started gnawing on the furniture (yet).

Kid2 is 19 months old and has no idea what’s going on. Lucky her. And she still take a 3 hour nap every day. Ugh, she has THE LIFE right now. Her big sis is home all day to play with her and that’s both her joy and pain in the ass all rolled into one, LOL.

I didn’t bother picking up a learning packet from school. My entire body wretches at the thought of homeschooling. MAD props to those who can do it. I just CANNOT. So I don’t.

Here’s what we have been doing:

  1. Cooking. Kid1 loves to help with breakfast. I put her in charge of the scrambled eggs (I supervise, relax.) and they turned out pretty good! I couldn’t find flour anywhere last week and my Amazon order got canceled. Luckily the local artisanal market has some so our eventual cookies and muffins are gonna taste extra fancy!
  2. Painting. We painted ONCE. Biggest mistake of this quarantine. Do not recommend, LOL. The next time I let them paint it will be when it’s warm enough to turn a hose on them.
  3. Watching a lot of Frozen and Olaf’s Christmas Adventure. The kids aren’t into Frozen 2 but I LOVE it!! I haven’t even been able to watch it the whole way through without someone crying or whining or whatever.
  4. Kid1 has been writing and illustrating her own stories! She’s maybe written about 10 stories and drawn over 200 pictures. I’m so proud of the little artist she’s turning out to be!
  5. Texting family members. This is how she’s going to learn how to spell, I swear. She asks me how to spell what she wants to say and we sound out every letter.
  6. I let her dad and Sesame St. deal with teaching her math. I don’t do/will not do/cannot do math. I have a recurring nightmare that I never graduated because of a math class. Face your fears, bla bla bla, we have enough to fear right now.
  7. I’m wildly allergic to any sort physical activity so I let their dad take them outdoors to skate and run in the empty parking lot close by. I’ll walk for hours days and weeks but for the love of God, please don’t ask me to run.
  8. I’ve been lecturing my older family members to stay inside and to fact check everything they come across on the internet. #saveaboomer
  9. Screen time rules are nonexistent. Unless you scream in my face and then your tablet is gone gone gone until the next day.

We don’t have a schedule. We barely have a bedtime anymore. I’m so stressed out and my anxiety keeps me awake most nights. This whole thing sucks. I don’t have to tell you that. Whatever we can do to make home a happy and less stressful place to be is what I’m doing to do.

To those who are able to schedule and homeschool, keep on doing what you’re doing. I admire that kind of discipline. Our kids will be fine. They are watching us uplift and care for them and our neighbors. Their generation might be defined by this pandemic, but not because of fear or disease, but because of the complete outpouring of love and support we have given each other.

We can do this!!! See you on the other side!