The End of the School Year

Another school year has drawn to a close. Unlike 2020 and 2021, my kids spent the entire year in the classroom. Which felt like a major accomplishment... until my 10-year-old tested positive for Covid with only two remaining school days left. He was quite bummed. To be honest, I was also bummed. It's not like... Continue Reading →

The Third Pandemic Birthday

Quentin turned 10 years old this week. His birthday was five days after our state shut down in 2020 due to Covid-19. We had plans to go to a hotel with a waterpark and had to cancel. Last year wasn't that exciting either. A March birthday means we couldn't reliably plan to have an outdoor... Continue Reading →

How Far We’ve Come

On this day two years ago, we were increasingly concerned about Covid-19. Large organizations were beginning to shut down. Certain cities had become hotspots, with hospitals quickly filling. I was supposed to attend a book event that week and it was canceled. On March 12th, 2020, Ger and I made a huge trip to the... Continue Reading →

Out of Options

It has now been 23 months since our schools first shut down. My kids were home for a year of remote learning and no preschool. The older kids transitioned back to hybrid and then full-time school. We re-enrolled Autumn in preschool in April of 2021. Our state has had an indoor mask mandate from the... Continue Reading →

When There Isn’t Space

When there was something and suddenly isn't,an absence shouts, celebrates, and leaves a space.-Naomi Shihab Nye, "Burning the Old Year" In the category of "there are no good options," we decided to only send Autumn to preschool for half days. By doing this, we can pick her up before lunchtime so she doesn't have to... Continue Reading →

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