Today’s victory comes in the form of a package of paper towels and, wait for it, an 8-roll package of toilet paper! This must be what it feels like to win the Lottery!
Carts whipped up some Pineapple Fluff today
Charlie baked banana bread, and I made some guacamole. A pretty yummy day!
Academics consisted of math, and then a pen pal letter to Mrs. Larsen!
Diary time: Carter:
Charlie: Monday 4/6/2020 Today was weird we started the day around 9:30. Then for exercising we played a game that you don’t even have exercise. For lunch is the best thing you can have pizza. I’m about to play fortnite and play with friends.
Kelly: Monday 4/6/2020 We spent a lot of time outside this weekend, cleaning up the yard, organizing the garage, and dreaming of summer adventures! So, this morning’s overcast start didn’t sit well with any of us! We slept in a bit, rearranged our day, made guacamole, pineapple whip, and banana bread, and played Wii Vacation. Straying from our regularly scheduled programming didn’t hurt me in the slightest! My other win of the day: I got Easter basket goodies, paper towels, and, wait for it, toilet paper at the store! Holy hell! I should go buy a Lottery ticket 😉 We spent the gloomy afternoon baking banana bread, making pineapple whip and guacamole, and then emailing teachers just to check in. Missing the outside world a little more today. I’m excited for a couple drive by birthday celebrations this week and the potential to get outside more!
For creative time, Charlie decided to build a marble / bouncy ball run!
Academic time was spent playing Prodigy. Together!
Following individual passions for outside time
Hello, Happy Hour!
Diary time: Carter: Second Monday Just finished outside time, with some psychic doodles in chalk starring Millie, and a bike down to the mailbox for the books. Another weird stretching exercise for morning exercise time, and more Pokemon sketches for DA. After lunch Charlie watched some movie about hockey, and I played more Zelda, two DIvine Beasts down. Hopefully more after reading time.
Charlie: 3/30/2020 Today was fun we did boring math then fun math. And i finished a movie series The Mighty Ducks. We went outside and i played basketball and baseball and it made me think of how bored I am.
Kelly: Monday 3/30/2020 Today brought sunshine and a renewed sense of survival. I jokingly use the word “survival,” but there is a hint of raw honesty there. We quarantine and practice social distancing when we do walk to the mailbox. But with others perusing Target or playing at parks, it seems all for not 🙁 But for us, today was a success. We rocked a HIIT workout together, then Carter led us through dance stretches. Charlie needs to stretch more! Just like his Daddy! For creative time, Carter continued her Poke-People and uploads to Deviant Art, while Charlie and I made a cardboard bouncy ball/marble run. During academic time, they challenged one another to Prodigy, and they played so nicely together, I let them have an extra half an hour! I had a Happy Hour date with Sam and Katey while Andy helped Carter make dinner: Steak and Potatoes. And the day ended with a beautiful sunset. We are going to be okay.
For outside and creative time, we left positive messages at the development entrances. My favorite was Carter’s CoVid-19 germy
Not to be outdone by Carter, I decorated the steps 😉
Creative time creations: Charlie’s completed marble / bouncy ball run and Carter’s Poke-People
We’re compromising on academic time: 30 minutes of optional yet encouraged school assigned work and then 30 minutes of Prodigy.
We took Chalk the Walk to a new level during outside time. We did the mosaic thing that’s circulating the Internet, but we extended it over the duration of our drive slab of walkway. Then we “bookended” pretty squares on either side, covering our entire sidewalk!
Social time spent Zoom’ing with Mrs. Larsen and class!
Carter’s Chocolate Chip cookies! Yummy!
Zoom team meeting with the best around!
Evening walk with cookies and beer!
Carter’s Zoom Dance meeting The greatest part was her task: Tap out a 5-count with a word or phrase related to the Quarantine!
Diary time: Charlie: 3/31/2020 For lunch I had hotdogs and chips and cantaloupe. We also finished my marble run today. It is 2 parts and hard to build. I played baseball and I worked hard. I worked on pitching and batting I did pretty well on both.
Kelly: Tuesday 3/31/2020 Today’s highlight was, without a doubt, Zoom! Charlie had his first class meeting. Imagine what you think 20 unsupervised 4th graders would look and sound like, then take that x10, and you’ve got the class meeting! Mrs. Larson is a rockstar, and she redirected them wonderfully. He was excited to see everyone again! I had a team meeting with my special ed team. A little work, a lot just jibber jabber together. Definitely needed for all! And Carter had her first dance Zoom class. It was just a “how to” of sorts, but she had fun! Her task was to make up a 5-beat tap accompanied by a word or phrase related to the Quarantine. She tapped out “so-cial dis-tanc-ing” with the biggest smile!
Late Start Wednesdays are a time for outside. Fresh air and physical movement is good for the soul. So it being socially isolated in this crazy time!
And Subway for lunch! Grabbing to-go food has been the one thing Carter’s missed while in quarantine. Otherwise, she’s rockin’ the lock in!
The Harry Potter marathon has begun! We finished up movies 1 and 2 … well, most of us finished up 2!
Those cookies Carts made? Even better with milk!
Look out! There’s a new biker crew in the ‘hood!
Quarantine Basketball gets a little rough!
Diary time: Charlie: 4/1/2020 I got twenty dollars from kara for picking up dirt so yay. We went outside and played my least favorite sport soccer supprised I have a least favorite sport. And lunch was nice I had a good grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup. And today was won of the better days I have had today.
Kelly: Wednesday 4/1/2020 I held my first IEP, an exit no less, in the comforts of my yoga pants in my kitchen. The current state of public health demands for deadlines to continue to be met while also maintaining safety. So I conferenced Jess Andrea, Karlene and Mom in to celebrate and exit my student! If we ever get back to school, I have one more success story to share! Afterwards, we attempted to hike the “lake loop” of Saylorville, but GPS routed us to the rock quarry near Johnston! So we hiked a 1.5 mile stretch of the Neal Smith trail, completed alone and isolated. Is was damp, and it smelled heavenly. It was quiet, and it did my soul good. We headed home via Saylorville. I pretended to be playing on my phone while driving over the bridge, and I’d veer and spook Charlie! He really thought we were going over! We also started our Harry Potter marathon, getting through movies one and two. Carter fell asleep mid-movie, which is always pretty darn cute!
… I was a little worried she was talking to the cats! HA!
Kitchen Bouncy Ball … good stuff!
Academics: Learning about the Oregon Trail and Proofs
Charlie wanted to play baseball. Carter wanted to play soccer, but Charlie wouldn’t budge. So, I “made up” a game, essentially soccer, and he loved it!
Charlie was enlisted to help Brenden and Kara, the neighbors, with landscaping. It was just a matter of time before that wheelbarrow went over! HA!
It’s just not a proper end to the day if Daddy doesn’t rough us up!
Diary time: Kelly: Thursday 4/2/2020 Charlie needed a sleeping in morning, so we somewhat scraped our “schedule.” We skipped our physical time, but jumped into social (Carter FaceTimed Mia) and creative (Charlie made Speks games) time. I tore up our bathroom and continued my cleaning tirade. We went outside before the rain. Charlie wanted to play catch and Carter wanted to play soccer, so we merged the two with a kick / catch type game, two goals, and me in the middle defending against both. It was a little crazy, but they loved it! So, WIN?! Charlie was enlisted to help Brenden and Kara move sod, and he made $20! We enjoyed a slow roll afternoon, with drawing, Fortnite, and cookies.
If the Coronavirus had a face …
I had to run into my school to print IEP documents off, then to Carter’s school to pick up “essential work,” aka her drawing, then came home to these chucklebunnies! I brought cheeseburgers from Sonic; you’d have thought it was Thanksgiving dinner! Then we wrote letters to Owen and Makayla! Sending the love!
Fridays have become “Funday FriYAYs with the Bumsteds,” or Game Day! We are BINGO ready here in Ankeny!
Our rickety setup! But it works!
First Grant won. Then Collin, then Nora. And finally Charlie, followed by Kelsey. Carter and I won on our final board playing Blackout, at the same time!Winners chose candy trophies, in the order of their wins. “Trophies” to be mailed Monday!
Diary time: Carter: Friday, Week Two Another off-schedule day, woke up at 9:30 and didn’t really do creative time or morning exercises. Mom brought us books and Sonic from the outside world, and we aren’t going back to school until at least April 30th. In Zelda, I beat Vah Rute, so I only have one Divine Beast left, Vah Birb and Ravioli.
Charlie: 4/3/2020 Boy was today a fun day and here is why. We got to play video games in the moring. And we had good fries and bacon burger we had sonic. We also played bingo and I won skittles. We did a little bit of creative time and I watched carter play zelda.
Kelly: Friday 4/3/2020 For real! On top of everything else going on in the world, we woke up to freezing rain! C’mon! Needing the sunshine here, Mother Nature! With the weird weather came our weird, out of routine day. I had to run into school to grab some things (after waiting out my 14-day quarantine!). I also grabbed BOOKS for the kids (really, for Carter!). While out, I grabbed Sonic for the kids. Books and Sonic: You’d have thought it was Christmas! After lunch, I got to run to Northview to grab things Carter needed (since Gov. Reynolds has closed all Iowa schools until at least April 30, 2020, due to Covid-19), ie: her artwork. The kids played Zelda together while I was out, and then we virtually met up with the Bumsteds for BINGO. After a few games, we’d all won candy prizes (to be mailed to them next week). Reflecting upon the kids’ writing, today was a winner! End of Quarantine Week 2, and we’re hanging in, surviving, and I would almost say thriving <3
Dude. Three days ago it was sunny and amazing. This morning, it’s freezing rain! What the hell, Mother Nature?!!
We left the house (Carter’s first time out since we went into isolation upon our return from Floriday) to drive by Encore and to get cake balls! Our Encore family cheered and celebrated as students drove by waving. Sweet to Eat Bakery gave us a much needed sugar fix!
Charlie’s new glove … and Fortnite … and a strong need to get ready before noon (at 11:34am!)!
Playing “Evil Apples,” basically “Cards Against Humanity” with Carter and her teenage friends has easily been the most uncomfortable thing I’ve experienced ever!
I’m running out of things to deep clean. Time to redo, tear up, or fix things!
I caved, and I started “Tiger King” on Netflix. What a train wreck! This text exchange made hilarious even more funny!
Charlie’s continued descent into laziness …
Andy and I spent the sunny Sunday outside. Andy worked on building the pitching mound for Charlie, and I trimmed bushed and branches, cleaned out flower beds, and started to “summer-ize” outdoors. And I took a chunk of my thumb off, proving why indoors is my space! HA!
Dinner was amazing! This quarantine stuff is hell on my waistline!
We wrapped up the beautiful day with some pitching and catching, a firepit, and beverages in the hot tub, all under the stars.
“Only in the darkness can you see the stars” So fitting right now