Writing in my stuck-at-home journal helps me process the pandemic, and record memories. It’s also the perfect way to keep busy during summer storms!
When it Rains it Pours
Welcome back to the S.S. Momma Is Waving the White Flag. It is day 2 of summer break.
I had plans to make a checkers board from flour out on the lawn today, soak up some vitamin D, and then maybe take a nap. But, Mother Nature decided to come through last night and remind us all that with higher temps comes the possibility of pop up thunderstorms.
And pop did they ever!
The wind was horrible. My friend’s patio set ended up in her pool. Trees were down everywhere, and some people won’t have power for another day yet. The forecast called for passing rain. They may have underestimated just a tad.
Luckily, our power stayed on. But in the wake of the storm we have been left with horrible humidity. Three minutes outside, your body parts stick together, and the sweat is just nasty.
The kids begged to stay inside today.
It’s Thor’s Day…
Movie time it is. Did I mention the TV room is also where I do all my work from? My job, my household bills and such, are all done from the office space right beside the TV area.
As I balanced the checkbook, I actually started to write “Thor” as the payee, instead of the water company, because we were watching the Avengers movie for the 37th time. They are great movies, but I cannot concentrate when Thor is on screen!
My tip of the day is NEVER TELL YOUR KIDS FUTURE PLANS.
I made the mistake of letting them know they are going to their grandparents’ house tomorrow night for a sleep over. I thought it would put them in a good mood. No. It has made them keepers of the clock. Every fifteen minutes they have asked when they get to leave.
I finally stopped answering them and it got quiet. Do you know what I heard next? Alexa letting them know there were still 9 hours until bedtime. They have resorted to bringing Alexa into the equation.
The rest of the day was immediately planned out–first, unplug Alexa. I think I heard a hint of sarcasm in her voice during that last time check.
Running two errands that do not include getting out of the car–just stop, drop, and roll on. Supper. Board game. Baths. Pack for sleep over. Bed.
While tucking kids in, I planned on tomorrow being my catch up day on all things adult, since the kids would be away.
This summer is going to be a little more challenging for us adults because we still want to give our kids the best summer break they can have, and yet keep them safe.
It’s truly going to a summer for the books, talked about for so many reasons. But we are all in it together and learning as we go.
I stubbed my toes the whole way through home schooling, and now it is only day 2 of summer vacation and I am already off the planned path.
Stay tuned, can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.
Fun Things to Do While You’re Stuck at Home On Lockdown
- Check out these kids education websites offering free subscriptions.
- Help your kids learn how to make bubbles at home!
- My kids are obsessed with these active indoor games.
- These crafts for kids are so fun and easy!
- Learn how to make headbands with buttons.
- Make reading even more fun with this PB kids summer reading challenge.
- You won’t believe why parents are gluing pennies on shoes.
- Rawr! Here are some of our favorite dinosaur crafts.
- Get kids off technology and back to basics with learning worksheets you can print at home.
- Make being stuck at home fun with our favorite indoor games for kids.
- Have fun coloring our awesome Fortnite coloring pages.
- Make a batch of these Edible Harry Potter Wizard Wands, with this recipe from The Nerd’s Wife, and then have a Harry Potter movie marathon!
- Your will love these fun halloween games for kids!