Episode 12 – We’re Back!

Guess who’s back…back again! Episode 12 is finally here for your listening pleasure. We’ve got some awesome new rec room items, we spend some time catching up with each other and play a game of “most likely”.

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Birthday Parade

While navigating our new normal during this pandemic, another thing we’ve had to adjust is birthday parties! Between our amazing group of mom friends, we’ve figured that we are going to miss out on at least 6 of our kiddos special days. Our friend Katie came up with the idea of a birthday parade when little Elsie’s birthday came around. We all decided on a time and met up in the elementary school parking lot, all while socially distancing ourselves by staying in the car. Some of us made banners, had balloons and blasted her favorite song “Let It Go” as we drove by her house honking and waving. The look on her face was priceless. We’ve since done 2 other birthday parades and not only did the birthday kid love it, but we quickly realized it was an amazing morale booster for us parents too. It has since become a major highlight and we are so thankful we have video proof to look back on this amazing time that we all came together to make a difference one birthday at a time. 

The 5 Stages of Social Distancing

Well, here we are. In the thick of it. Week one of no school and social distancing down as we prepare to embark on week 1 of  “Shelter in Place”. We thought it might be a fun idea to share some of the things we’ve been doing to keep busy and some of the silver linings that have come out of this week. 

Let’s face it, when I first heard the schools were closing for at least 6 weeks, I had a moment of panic. “What am I going to do with these kids for SIX WEEKS?” It may be safe to assume some of you had the same thought process. Denial, panic, anger, depression and acceptance…we’ll call these “The 5 Stages of Social Distancing.” Luckily, I feel as if I arrived at the acceptance stage rather quickly, and since then it’s been pretty smooth sailing.

Back to Basics

We’ve been getting outside (thank you sunny weather) and taking walks, riding bikes, and eating lunches and snacks in our front yard. We took a walk on a path we’ve never gone on that is literally only 1/4 a mile down the road from our house. We threw rocks discovered bridges, and watched a backhoe and dump truck move some dirt around. One of the highlights of our outside time was teaching the boys how to play hopscotch. It gave me so much joy to watch them do something I loved as a kid!

There has also been a lot of discovering and growth (for everyone) on this journey. Mason has finally learned to tie his shoes, and rather quickly which makes me think I put it off too long because I thought he couldn’t do it. He also is an expert egg cracker! Another thing my control freak self wouldn’t allow him to do because #shells. I’m learning more patience and that it’s ok to let others do things sometimes. It doesn’t have to be “my way or the highway” (unless I’ve told you to get your shoes on and there isn’t compliance…then it’s most definitely the highway!)

If you haven’t discovered “Just Dance” videos on YouTube, I highly suggest it! PE time has been transformed and watching your kids follow along to the moves is entertainment for everyone. Our oldest has tried the actual game once, but ended up so frustrated because it gives you a star rating (video games can be so judgey). Most of the ones uploaded to YouTube are 5-star ratings, so not only do you get a good workout, but also a confidence booster!

No matter what stage of social distancing you’re in, don’t forget that you’re not alone. We’re all in this together and doing the best we can with what we’ve got! – Casey

Episode 9 – Journey To Motherhood – IVF with guest Meaghan Bickel

This week we start our three part series on different journeys to motherhood! This week Casey and Emili welcome special guest Meaghan Bickel to discuss her journey to motherhood through IVF. 

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Snuggles and Scooter Weather

Week one of staying home. Lots of snuggles, shirtless school work, fun projects, learning how to ride a bike, lots of sun 🙌🏼, and of course visiting our soon to be home. I’ll gladly not leave once we are moved.

 I’m normally an extrovert that lives on being out and about. This week has showed me that after becoming a mom I love staying home. They are enough of a fill for me. My people are fun, sweet, students(I hated school! These guys love it), and so helpful. I’m NOT minding all the extra tv either. It was also nice enough to go for some scooter rides. Praise the Lord for great weather. Oh yeah, I forgot, I haven’t gotten dress once and will not Anytime soon. I’m pretty sure that’s been my favorite. – Sarah

We are nearing completion of our new home and we couldn’t be more excited!

Coronacation

One week ago we found out that our kids’ schools would be closed for six weeks. I’m not going to lie, my first reaction was UGHHHH! We had been pummeled with bad news that previous week. Events and appointments canceled. Baseball season postponed, which was a tough pill to swallow for my boys. Spring is the busiest time of year for my kids. Kellen plays on several baseball teams, and Nolan being a few years younger was not too far behind. Right now we should be gearing up for conflicting practices or games every night, my email inbox dinging with notifications from coaches, and school functions to boot. Instead, it’s radio silence.

One week in and we are adjusting surprisingly well to our new normal. We have slowed down and been given the beautiful opportunity to spend quality time with our kids. Not just a quick “tell me about your day” on the way to practice. I’ve been able to identify learning gaps, skills overlooked by being over-scheduled and we’ve started to fill them in. My kids have all learned how to do their own laundry from start to finish,

Kellen rode his bike to his grandparent’s house all my himself for the first time and cooked us a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon. These kids are resilient! Circumstances took their beloved baseball season, but a few days in and my youngest brother had built a home run fence out of pool supplies from the garage, and a bit of our baseball joy was back. The following day Luke and Kellen built an obstacle course that took up our entire acre of land, and spent all afternoon taking turns to see who could get the fastest time.

I’m also teaching Kellen to write in cursive, since that is something not taught at our school anymore. I don’t want the kids to fall behind, so we have been doing some school work, which has given our day some rhythm, and has been good for the kids, but especially for myself as I thrive on routine. We even say the pledge of allegiance every morning at the request of my kindergartner. I have let go of the high expectations that I held for having a clean house. We’re spending more time making messes than cleaning, because who is going to see it anyways? We stay up late and sleep in. We took today off from our home school, but they’re still learning. We’re measuring the ingredients for banana bread, and the kids are reading in the fort they built this morning. It’s far from perfect, but we’re trying our best and having a lot more fun than I had ever imagined at this whole quarantine thing. I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to slow down! – Emili

Travel Week Photos – Legoland

My kids are GREAT little traveler’s (they definitely get that from their dad!), so we decided to take a trip to Legoland California last year. They were 8, 5 and 3 when we went, and I will say I think they were the perfect age for Legoland. Some of the highlights from the park were the Driving School-my kids did that about a dozen times and we even bought them a driver’s license lanyard with their pictures as a keepsake, and we visited in February so there were rarely any lines to stand in. We stayed at their hotel which was PERFECT for the size of our family since the sleeping arrangements were a bunk bed with a trundle in one area and a king size bed in a separate area, so Evan and I could stay up a bit later and watch TV. I got our kids matching lego shirts with their names from Etsy, and we definitely made some memories that will last a lifetime! Evan and I took a trip to the big island of Hawaii this year without the kids, so we are starting look at our next family vacation to Disneyland (shorter flight, carsland) or Disneyworld (never been, but longer flight) and I would love to hear some feedback on which was your favorite! – Emili