Another month has come and gone, and I can honestly say I don’t know if it was for the better or for the worst due to the pandemic.
This pandemic has taken its toll on many of us. Whether it be mentally, physically, or both. Parents that now have to work from home while juggling remote learning on top of their everyday tasks. Parents who have been laid off or lost their jobs have to figure out a way to still make their kid’s futures bright and act like things are okay.
Even though no one is in the same boat at this moment we are all struggling. These struggles make this time a pretty scary and stressful time to be alive, but somehow we are making it work.
We are learning to appropriate the small things, the extra hugs throughout the day, the simplicity of stepping outside and breathing in the fresh air, the joy our children’s laughter brings and learning to embrace that messes truly do make memories.
Things to do While Stuck at Home While Living in the Pandemic
Build a giant pillow fort: I don’t care if you have kids or not this is always fun. On rainy days where I can’t get the kids outside this is what we love to do. We get a little carried away from time to time but it is all worth it. Put it up, have a picnic, play games, and read stories inside our fort. It gets them away from their screens and forces them to get creative.
Plant a garden: Now this is something we have been doing for years, but for many of you there was never enough time to do it and maintain it. Take advantage of the situation and enjoy some fresh air, some dirt, and hopefully a great harvest in the fall.
Celebrate the small things: If you have been on the blog before you know I truly started to embrace this when Jane was diagnosed with ASD. We even implemented fun family pizza Fridays in our house because it is an accomplishment to get to the end of the week, no matter how good or bad it was. The little steps in the right direction eventually turn into big things. Celebrating your small accomplishments will help you and your family stay motivated during this hard time.
Get creative: In my short 8 years of being a parent, I have learned that kids do better, and honestly, I do better when they are busy. Right now that is tough because camps are closed and sports are not happening. That is when I turn to art. Giving them a simple project that takes hours to complete… sometimes days really helps them from going crazy and destroying my house. Here are a few things I have them working on at the moment.
Some Final Thoughts About the Pandemic
This is an uncertain time, no one knows what is going to happen, no one has been through this before… well there was the plague, but I don’t know anyone that is still alive to tell us how they handled that so I guess we are out of luck there.
The truth is we just have to make the most of every day and learn to embrace the moments we are being given. I know that is easier said than done especially since it feels like things and opinions on how to take care of this virus change by the hour. Just remember the goal is to come out of this pandemic better then what we went into it.
Now, let’s dig into some basic monthly scoop topics:
High Lights: The MCB is still steady and growing!! I count my blessing every day for this! Thank you for sticking by us during this difficult time. We are getting ready to launch the Back to Scool Readiness which is a plan for every parent who is wanting a less stressful school year.
Changes: Not too many changes have occurred, however, if you have noticed I have been a little off on posts and e-mails not to mention a bit MIA from social media. I am finding through this time I need to give myself more grace. Between my day job, remote learning, and this blog, I found myself rolling myself too thin and I started to tear apart.
I was too tired, feeling under the weather, and honestly really cranky (my poor family). So, I decided things will get done, maybe not the way I had planned or how I want them to be but they will get done. I scaled back on clients and taking a week off the blog every month to take care of me. Since I run MCB pretty much on my own I have come to terms with letting myself learn that things will get done and it is okay to sometimes focus on me.
- Quick Fix Tangy Strawberry Chicken Grain Bowl Recipe
- Monthly Scoop May 2020: The Toll of the Pandemic
- Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
- Financial Journey: April Tax Month
- Ham and Cheese and Potato Bake: Leftover Ham No-Fuss One Dish Meal
Look Ahead: As mentioned above I am working on the back to school readiness for the 2020-2021 school year. I know this upcoming school year may be a little different so I am working on adjusting some things to make it work even if we are stuck with remote learning for part of next year. The MCB is also working on the summer recipe line up and a few special posts.
Life Scrambles: We finally left the house for the first time in 6 weeks. We risk our lives for fried chicken. Hey, mama needed comfort food, and let’s face it it is not as comforting if you have to spend half a day in the kitchen cooking it just to enjoy it. Thank you Dish Room for the wonderful meal!
We also drove the 60 minutes to the nearest Walmart and stocked up for the summer. Freezer full and pantry full so we should be good for a while.
Also our garden has started!! We actually did 3 this year. Yes 3 gardens! I decided to transform our flower beds into both flower and veggie gardens. I hope it works… only time will tell.
Reading: To be honest guys it has been a lot of movies and TV shows lately. I am so tried it is hard to read.
Watching: I am hooked on Expedition Unknown there is still some mystery in the world.
We rented Maleficent: Mistress of Evil on Fandango and that was about it!
Hooked on: I am hooked on this Dr Teas Meletonine Epsome Salt. It is the perfect end to a stressful day!
Excited for: The summer! Jane’s first day of school is on May 14th. She has worked her but off and really deserves a break. On the 13th I am going to decorate the house so she waked up the first day to a celebration!!
Future Goals: Just to form a new normal so I am not behind on the MCB and so work goes a little more smoothly. Just because we have the pandemic happening life for many still goes on… we just have to learn to pivot and make changes.
Until Next Month