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lately - still social distancing

We are officially beginning month 2 of social distancing. The kids currently have their spring break.. so we have to try harder to keep them occupied with things other than TV and iPads.

The social distancing has had no effect to M's work.. he is working from home but his hours remain the same.. so he decided to take a few days off.

So what have we been up to? 


We are playing a lot of board games.. the kids current favorites are Monopoly Jr., Blokus, Rummikub and of course UNO. In fact given the choice between game night and movie night game night almost always comes out on top.

The weather has been either nice or rainy.. so we are trying to spend some time outside whenever a nice day comes around. I have never seen our neighborhood so full of people. Usually its a ghost town, just cars zipping here and there.. but now that everyone is home we see families biking and walking.. it is quite a smile inducing sight. 


H's teacher has been encouraging her students to learn how to tie their shoelaces. I put D to the task of teaching his little brother how to tie his shoes laces. And after just a few days of trying he learned! 


We got together with our friends on ZOOM and played some Bingo.. my little man won $10! 

I'm still reading.. D has already read everything he owns.. some books more than once.. I found the Percy Jackson series for him.. he had already read the first two books and then subsequently watched the movies.. three more are on the way. I like to use paperbackswap. And Target was having a Buy 2 Get 1 Free book sale so H used his Bingo money to buy three books from this series. D and I are also very slowly making our way through The American Story: Conversations with Master Historians. Another little gem is on Instagram. Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams in partnership with NoKidHungry have celebrities and other public figures read stories online. H requests a few each night.. 
      
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34 comments:

sonia // daring coco said...

I love that D taught his little brother how to tie his shoes. That is so precious and cute. I love that they'll choose game night over anything else. I remember playing board games as a kid and it's some of the best memories yet

Sxx
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Jennifer said...

Social distancing is getting hard.

Jennifer
Effortlessly Sophisticated

Angela said...

The days passes so slowly with social distancing. It sounds like you are doing a great job in keeping the kids busy.

Jeanie said...

I love the Jennifer Garner site. And it's so great that they love board games. So much more personal than online ones. It all looks good. I'm especially relieved to know M can work from home.

Have a good week, Hena.

Kelly said...

It sounds like you're doing well and finding good ways to stay occupied. Also great that M can work from home. It's stressful when loved ones have to be out and about for work.

Polyester Princess said...

We used to have game nights with my husband's youngest daughter when she was young and spending the weekends with us. It always was much fun, and some of the games we played will always remind me of those nights. It's such a fun thing to do, and I love it that your children prefer it over movie nights! I've been reading a lot as well, and I am happy I'm such a book hoarder, as I've got enough reading material to keep me occupied. Stay safe, Hena! xxx

Chatty Crone said...

I think you are doing a FANTASTIC job during this crisis - glad your hubs took some time off too.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

That's so cute about teaching his brother how to tie shoes! You guys sound like you're making the best of this quarantine! The weather has been the same here. I'm ready for warmer temps and more sunny days!

Billie Jo said...

Hello, my friend.
Your social distancing sounds like it is very similar to ours.
We have been playing cards and games after dinner.
Our schools here in Pennsylvania have closed for the remainder of the year.
This doesn't affect us, as we homeschool, but it does seem sad.
Stay safe, my friend.

simply styling said...

It’s tough not knowing how long the social distancing will last. I am missing my family too ! I’ve been reading a lot and organizing everything ! Xoxo

Amy Johnson said...

Good to hear hubby is still working and things are going as well as can be expected for your family.

Amy Aed said...

Glad to hear everything is going well with you, it's a very stressful time. I hope you're doing well during this quarantine, and are feeling okay!

karen said...

I cannot imagine social distancing with littles! Looks like you are doing good. Hopefully we are nearing the end (??). My days are quiet and my husband's work increased from being at home. He is a prof and he had to convert his classes to online and it's a LOT of work...but I'm glad he is home sweet home!!

Rach said...

That is adorable that D taught his little brother how to tie his shoes!

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Makeup Muddle said...

How cool that he learnt so quickly! I took ages to learn how haha! I love the idea of playing bingo virtually xo

Makeup Muddle

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

I want to win $10...how fun is that??
XOXO
Jodie
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R's Rue said...

😀

Laura B said...

Our spring break was tough too! I ended up keeping the school schedule going because I was going to go crazy otherwise! Your games sound great! I used to love playing Rummikub as a kid!

Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom said...

Bingo on Zoom sounds so fun! And, to win $10! I bet he was excited!

Carrie
curlycraftymom.com

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

One of the positives of quarantine for me has definitely been all the extra time to read which I never had before.

Debbie said...

we are soooooo lucky to have the internet during this stay at home pandemic!!

we have been playing games also, racko and banagrams are our go to games!! i too have been zooming with friends, it's great, isn't it!!

Veronica Lee said...

You are doing a great job, Hena. I can imagine how challenging it must be to hole up 2 active boys at home!

Stay safe!

Emmylou said...

Great to see everyone keeping busy:)And Percy Jackson is such a great series! And our weather is so crazy over here now...snow again so not much outdoor stuff lately...sigh....

MELODY JACOB said...

Thank you for sharing. Stay safe
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Kathrine Eldridge said...

Love the idea of Bingo on zoom! So fun!

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Stefanie said...

Love how big brother is teaching his little brother how to tie shoes. It is a life skill.

Mica said...

It's good you are making the most of your time together and spending lots of time with game nights! I found the Easter break tricky trying to entertain the kids while also working from home, but I'm hoping next week when they start remote learning they will be occupied a little more so it's easier to work from home, hehe. Lots of fun activities together, like painting and crafting, we do on the days I don't have to work :)

Hope that you are having a nice weekend :) It's a rainy day here - perfect weather for continuing to isolate at home!

Away From Blue

windowtothebeauty said...

The idea of online bingo with friends is great: D Regards:**

Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra said...

Looks like you are all still finding lots of quality activities to keep you entertained while staying at home.

jeanne christine said...

What a good big bro teaching the little one! Great job!

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Red Rose Alley said...

It's nice to have all those board games to keep your kids busy during this time. I heard that puzzles are wonderful also. You have a lot of people joining in on Zoom. I'm really glad that me and the girls set that up, so we can chat.

Stay well, friend. You're doing good with those little ones at home and trying to make smiles every day. : )

~Sheri

awhite said...

Aw, a shoe-tying lesson! Such a cute thing- glad you were able to capture it; it's going to make a great memory!

-Ashley
Le Stylo Rouge

Deborah Kos said...

I like the way celebrities are getting involved to help out by reading stories to kids. We are coming up with so many great online alternatives for kids to learn and have fun during this social distancing time.

Doused in Pink Life & Style said...

We've been playing a lot of monopoly and Uno too! So awesome that you captured your son mastering his shoe tieing! Stay healthy and safe!

Jill - Doused in Pink

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