Friday Favorites: Trying to Keep it "Normal"

One good thing about homeschooling and all thse new Covid-19 regulations being put into place is that we've pretty much been practicing social distancing for years.  We do venture out for shopping, to meet up with a few friends, and to go hiking but we rarely encounter large groups of people in our day to day lives.  I have been trying to keep on keeping on as normally as possible.


I am loving my latest book and had such a hard time getting anything else done Friday afternoon after a quick very early morning run to the grocery store.  The boys and I did manage to get their schoolwork done for the day and cleaned all the bathrooms while catching up on all the laundry. But mostly I sat in my room reading.


What was not a favorite was that we got a message that Alec's shadow day has been put on hold since the school is closing starting Monday the 16th and they don't have a date for when they'll be back in session (much like all the other schools).  They'll keep us posted and I just hope he gets to shadow before the end of the year as I want him to have a real idea of what schooling is like so he can make an informed decision about next year.  But we'll take it as it comes.

I started my morning on Saturday cooking up some delicious Weight Watchers' pumpkin muffins and finishing up my book before immediately diving into another one.


Alec and I planned out a pie recipe to mix up for Pi day (3.14-- March 14th); he tried out this recipe for custard pie by King Arthur.  Only to find out that not one of us actually likes custard pie!  We each took one bite of the same slice and threw the rest of the pie away.  It looked great, sounds like what it was supposed to be like,  it just wasn't a texture any of us enjoyed.

We all headed out to Bass Pro shop after lunch to get Ian some new hiking boots-- he's already outgrown the ones he bought when were in South Dakota.  I looked for some new hiking shoes and tried to get Alec to at least try a few pairs too.  While the shoes are expensive we so do much hiking that we feel it's worth it.  All three of us found a pair that we just loved!

Mine look so small in the middle next to both my boys! (They wear size 13!)
We ended our night with dinner out at the Black Dog-- apparently the last meal we'll be eating out for some time since all the restaurants and bars have shut down as well.  How is our economy ever going to recover I wonder?

Sunday morning I finished up the book I was reading on Saturday and worked a bit on my blog.  It was cool but sunny out so I tried to convince everyone to go for a hike and try out our new shoes.  We ran into a few other families and couples out on the trails.  But for the most part it felt like we were hiking alone. We saw a pair of swans!








We completed our schoolwork on Monday by 11 and made plans to meet up with one other family to go hiking together.  We hiked for two whole hours and while it was a bit chilly it was fabulous to get outside and breathe in all that fresh air.



We woke to snow flurries on Wednesday! Karate class was canceled but Alec and I had grand plans for baking and cooking anyway.  He put together a brownie chocolate chip cheesecake using this recipe from The Painted Apron while I cooked up our traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner. We tackled lots of schoolwork and finished up yet another book for the year.  I am loving putting subjects to the side one by one as we finish them up!




We finished up schoolwork rather quickly on Wednesday and took a few minutes to see just how much work we had left in our remaining subjects.  Then the older two boys cleaned house while Evan and I made some zesty ranch Chex mix.  We headed out on a hike before lunch since the sun was shining and temps were supposed to be up near 50.

 

It was a cold and rainy day on Thursday.  We worked quickly to get through all our schoolwork and finished cleaning the house by lunch.  We spent a quiet afternoon at home and I spent a bit of time trying to settle our homeschooling plans for next year.  My husband brought home take out pizza for dinner so I didn't have to cook!

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  1. Yes, we are used to hunkering down at home which makes this season of isolation much easier for us! I'm feeling sorry for all the folks who are having to get used to spending time with their kids.

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    1. I do feel like we are having an easier transition than others but that's certainly not to say this is easy! I had no idea how much I relied on little errands here and there to get us out of the house.

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  2. So now everyone's life kind of looks like yours! We have been fininishing school work pretty early since the boys can work pretty independently and do not struggle at school and we have spent a lot of time outdoors. We have been baking or making something most days and walking and biking, eating dinner outside too.
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    1. Yep! LOL. We always finish our schoolwork by lunch (even with a high schooler!) because my boys are all pretty independent learners too. Plus we are finding that our school year is winding down pretty early this year. We are trying to spend time outside whenever it's not snowy, rainy, or cold and we have been baking and cooking like crazy! So jealous you can eat dinner outside; it is just not that warm here yet.

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  3. It must be easier for you with not much changed! I'm glad Gabbie did her shadowing and I registered her before all of this happened. It's so hard not knowing what's happening.

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    1. It is a bit easier as far as our routine... still weird to try and grocery shop or run errands and see so many bare shelves and things though. I am so glad Gabbie got her shadow day in already too! That's wonderful.

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  4. Aside from everyone being home with me, my lifestyle has not changed that much with social distancing! I love the picture of the hiking boots. Jack is now in a 12/13 and his shoes look so big. Take care!

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    1. It sounds like my husband might be home with us next week so that might be a small adjustment for us all but I think I might actually prefer that. It's really nuts when the doctors keep reminding me that they aren't done growing yet.. I sure hope their feet are done!

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  5. My 14 year old son wears an 11 and those look huge! I can't imagine a size 13! That brownie chocolate chip cheesecake looks amazing.

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    1. Yeah.. my 14 year old wears a 13. His feet are so long and so narrow. It's crazy that both of my oldest have the biggest feet in the house.

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  6. I am glad that all is going well for you all. We are hunkering down getting used to all the cancellations.
    Blessings, Dawn

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    1. Not sure how it will go from here on out.. just got word that starting on Monday they don't want us out of the house even for walking or hiking! Yikes... that could make this very tough. Thankfully we have a lot of land so I think we'll be OK but it seems like each time they crack down a bit more it raises the anxiety of everyone that much more.

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  7. So glad you enjoyed Regretting you! It was such a good read! We have been doing a little hiking, but everywhere we've been has been so crowded, since everyone else is hiking too....because what else is there to do outside?! It's a crazy new normal for us now that we still are adjusting to. Stay safe and hope you are having a great weekend!

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    1. We haven't really encountered anyone on the trails yet. I was actually surprised to find many of the parking lots empty when we went out this week. But I'm thinking as more and more businesses shut down, the longer families are home together, and the warmer it gets the more crowded they'll become.

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  8. Yes, now that I work from home (as of a few months ago), I'm pretty much social distancing all the time too! At least you guys have some sweet treats to get you through! :)

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    1. We sure do! Not that they seem to last very long though...

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