Rituals & experiences I will always associate with this time:
- Taking walks with Genevieve in the stroller while playing the Moana soundtrack. Usually, she will walk on her own for a bit and then ask for the stroller and some music. 90% of the time, she will choose Moana. I can’t say I hate it (yet). Josh is typically biking around the neighborhood with the big kids while we do this.
- All of the nature in our neighborhood. Definitely never paid attention before. Sightings: lots of blue jays, white ibises, ducks, orchids, flowers of all colors and varieties (I am not an expert so I have few specifics!), mangoes & avocados up in trees, a pineapple plant growing fruit, and more.
- Checking off daily programs — Headspace, Beachbody, and (soon) Organize365! What can I say — I have always been into daily rituals and projects (think: blogging streaks, distance running training programs, cookbook projects, etc). But right now I am especially into them. Probably because they provide automatic structure to every day. As a coping mechanism, I don’t think it’s a terrible one as long as I am not obsessive (ie, go crazy if I can’t check off a box or something). Thus far, I have managed to keep my plans fairly ambitious but my expectations reasonable 🙂
- Facetime with my sister & baby niece. Even though I cannot be physically with them, I feel like I have been part of her life (and part of my sister’s life as she goes through this very unique and crazy time with a newborn).
- Family takeout on Saturdays. Saturday used to be date night — now it’s family takeout night, and it is fun. Don’t get me wrong — I will be excited to go out on dates once this is all over. But I think we may adjust the frequency down to around monthly. It helps that the kids are getting older and will all (usually) happily watch a movie together in the evenings. (“Usually” b/c sometimes there are fights about what to watch and one person refuses, but generally it works out okay.)
WELL. It’s another day. Josh is off (yesterday he had to round in the hospital, so that will be nice. We will see if the above schedule is adhered to! We were thinking about forcing a one-day break from Minecraft for the big kids but now I’m questioning that . . .