COVID19 Parenting

Day 21: We have an 8 year old!

April 5, 2020


2012 blast from the past
2018: photo selected by Annabel
this morning with her requested birthday breakfast (eggs, berries & cheese!)
loving sister and quasi babysitter at times

This was 8 years ago!

Who knew Annabel would grow up to be:

  • a creative and talented artist
  • a caring and responsible big sister
  • an independent student (she generally takes charge of her 2nd grade work and we stay out of her way — though it helps that she has excellent teachers that she loves!)
  • a sophisticated eater (she was the only one last night to eat the kale/quinoa salad I made!)

Birthday plans:

  • Menu entirely selected by birthday girl including Chicken Kitchen for dinner
  • Gifts (sewing machine, friendship locket, more!)
  • Drive by her two BFF’s houses (not getting out of car but sending love and waving / screaming from a distance)
  • “5 hours of iPad time” (maybe!)
  • CAKE (store bought — no oven, remember — but home decorated)

On a much less exciting note, I will finish the 21 Day Fix today (0 workouts missed)! I do feel a little stronger! Onto A Little Obsessed and then Fix Extreme. We will see if I am still in the mood to attempt 80 Day Obsession after that.

I feel like it’s worth at least a 1-2 week attempt!

Happy-ish Sunday! I did not have to go in yesterday. Hoping that history repeats itself.


  • Reply omdg April 5, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Happy Birthday Annabel! We were well over 5 hours of iPad time yesterday and it wasn’t even a birthday here. Just saying. 😉

  • Reply Michelle April 5, 2020 at 11:33 am

    Happy Birthday to Annabel! I remember reading when she was a little toddler! Can’t believe she is so big!

  • Reply Lori C April 5, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Happy Birthday A!! Sounds like a lovely day, and I can tell mom is in a good mood too. Congrats on 21 df!! I just finished Week 1 and man I was sore midweek! Although I’m surprisingly not sore today. Maybe that means I’m getting stronger? Ha! Probably not yet but hopefully a little stronger after 3 weeks. Good luck on your next challenge!

  • Reply Amanda April 5, 2020 at 12:08 pm

    Happy Birthday to Annabel! No Passover birthday this year, just quarantine. 😉

  • Reply Carly Holm April 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Aw so sweet! Happy birthday Annabel- I can’t believe I’ve been following you for 8 years, I remember when she was born.

    As a fellow beach body devotee (not a “coach”!) I wanted to let you know I recently switched to peleton and LOVE it. Not the bike (yet… but I’m considering it) – but their other workouts. Tons of different strength training, HIIT, yoga, etc. They’re offering a 90-day trial for free. You may want to give it a try to switch things up- also the music is way better and I love the energy of the instructors.

  • Reply Katy Rotman (@katy246) April 5, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    My youngest also turned 8 today 🙂 Happy birthday A!

  • Reply Erica S April 5, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Happy Birthday A! It’s surreal, isn’t it?? 🙂

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