COVID19 life Parenting Weekend

TG Break Continued

November 28, 2020
there we go

Random Notes:

♥️ We did hit up the zoo yesterday and ended up getting a membership (it was $80 for tickets or $126 for a yearly family membership — so the deal was compelling). I’m glad we did because it took away the pressure of seeing everything. Also — we are less likely to want to go to the indoor places we used to frequent. The kids had fun except for a ~30 minute tantrum G had. The pic above was taken immediately after said tantrum ended. You would never know, right?

♥️ I totally failed on my Operation 100 goals yesterday — a whopping 198 minutes were spent on my phone, most of which was Insta scrolling. To be completely transparent, I’ve had a few fail days over the course of the last ~60 days. I’d still consider the project an overwhelming success (and it has proved to me that I CAN minimize my phone use, at least most of the time). I am already annoyed at the time I spent scrolling instead of reading This Tender Land (love it so far). Luckily . . . today is another day.

♥️ I have been hit hard by an organizing bug and I cleaned out my computer (deleted so many old files). My hard drive is still taken up primarily by photos/videos though at some point these are going to go too — we have backups on google photos and I printed yearly photobooks, so I don’t feel compelled to keep originals forever. I also sorted through some toys. We will see what is next . . .

♥️ Aside from organizing I’m feeling a little bit blocked when it comes to 2021 goals. I’m sure it’s pandemic/uncertainty related. Laura and I are recording some fun episodes next week (Best of 2020, plus our annual Goals Episode) so I really want to delve into what I’d like 2021 to look like, but it’s not coming as naturally as it usually does.

♥️ Today = divide and conquer. I think Josh is going to take C skateboarding and to the beer store while I take A&G to the Gardens to meet up with friends yet again.


  • Reply gwinne November 28, 2020 at 8:04 am

    It struck me reading this that our days of going places as a family on the weekend are pretty much over. LG will join in for really special things, like meeting Grandma at the beach (we meet halfway, which is about two hours), but teens really do their own things (or nothing!) on the weekends. And now with COVID, I spend most of my days with Tiny Boy so I’m personally not inclined to do anything structured on the weekend, in sharp contrast to life a year or more ago; if he can get out of the house and play with a friend, great, and if he can’t, I’d prefer that he play solo while I take care of housework or read. I’m guessing the next big outdoor event will be tubing/sledding and that won’t be until Jan or so.

  • Reply Chelsea November 28, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Speaking of organizing… I’d love to hear your review of the Organize 365 100 day program.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 28, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      I only got through half BUT I am determined to start again this January (Lisa actually notes that most people do not get all the way through for the first 1–3 rounds!).

      I actually really like it. But I will give some more detail in a post – should definitely do that prior to starting my next attempt 🙂

      • Reply Ali Barkley November 29, 2020 at 10:19 pm

        Yes! I’ve been wondering about that too! Would love to hear more about it when you have time.

  • Reply Grateful Kae November 28, 2020 at 9:31 am

    On a completely unrelated note- I just ordered the Wonderland 222 planner!! This is my first ever planner purchase that isn’t $9.99 or less from Target. THANKS A LOT, SARAH! lol!!! 😉 Just kidding. I’m so excited to try it! I have a question though I’m not clear on and I didn’t see it in your review- do I “need” a cover of some sort for it? I’m thinking I may leave the notebook at home and only carry the planner with me. How durable is the cover? I know you showed it tucked in an old Hobonichi binder type thing I think, but I’m not sure if that’s necessary or just your personal preference? I just want to know if I need to get anything else to use it successfully. 🙂 Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 28, 2020 at 2:56 pm

      I think it depends! Since I take mine from work and it gets thrown into my back all the time, I am not sure the covers would be enough . . . but it may be different from you if you are currently planning to just keep it on a desk at home!! I have it in an old Hobonichi cover and plan on putting it in the one I bought for 2021 (originally for an actual hobonichi) just to add something new in January!

  • Reply Karen November 28, 2020 at 9:50 am

    We have been going to the zoo all the time in the pandemic, even when it is freezing here in Western Canada. A membership is a great investment!

  • Reply Jane November 29, 2020 at 10:19 am

    The beer store?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 29, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      beer making store. yep! (Josh is into brewing his own – buys all the components and he wanted to go to some special store. He took C after skateboarding. No beer was consumed by minors 🙂 )

  • Reply Sam November 29, 2020 at 11:34 am

    We are thinking that a zoo membership will be our daughter’s Xmas/Hanukkah present this year since it’s a good pandemic/toddler friendly activity.

  • Reply Courtney November 29, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    You may have talked about this before, but where do you print your family photo books? My goal for 2021 is to go back and do photo books for the last 4 or 5 years but I don’t know where to start as far as a good service.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger November 29, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      I use Shutterfly – pretty easy to use and affordable if you wait for an “unlimited pages” coupon code! I do the auto arrange first and then move things around. My photobooks are good. Not perfect. But they get done 🙂

      • Reply Courtney November 30, 2020 at 11:52 am

        Thank you!! Done is definitely what I’m going for, not perfect haha

  • Reply Irene November 29, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Our zoo just closed again because of rising COVID numbers. But don’t worry bars, restaurants and nearby casinos are all open! The pandemic has really made me jaded about the motivations of my local government.

    • Reply Melanie November 30, 2020 at 9:20 am

      I feel the same Irene! People are crowding into bars here in Northern VA but our schools are closed and are virtual. Really don’t understand this logic.

  • Reply Lisa November 30, 2020 at 9:29 am

    Glad you guys had a fun outing to the zoo! I would not have guessed G had just had a tantrum! Kids! I can not get our 2.5 yo to wear a masks so kudos to you for getting her to wear one. I keep ordering different ones but he pulls it off immediately. They are not required at school so he doesn’t get a ton of practice since we don’t take him anywhere besides the park this summer, but I made sure he kept his distance from other kids and would leave if the park got crowded. We will keep working on it because I don’t think masks are going away, even when we have a vaccine… Or at least that is my understanding!

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