April 6th, 2020

doubel starfish

Quarantine Day 24

It's true what they say that if you do something for 21 days it will basically become routine. What has become routine for me is being at home, waking up at 8am instead of 6am, and working at home with four other people. We have finally created a schedule that works for Aubrey to do her school work, get help from us, and lets us get our own work/school things done. I had many complaints those first few weeks, like I could go on for hours and hours about how frustrated I have been with Aubrey's attitude, my own lack of motivation, feeling stuck with so many other people in a 1500 square foot house, and missing people that I don't live with. Yesterday I turned a corner and am working on seeing the positive moments and holding on to those.

In that vain, here are things that have made me happy lately:

(1) family game night- we have done this twice and both times everyone was laughing and having a good time together
(2) Spring yard work - we all worked outside without complaint for two days and got the yard in great shape. Aubrey commented "today we turned a new leaf" and it really made me feel good that she appreciated the joy of working together on something
(3) Mom and Aubrey made homemade cinnamon rolls and they are amazing! Aubrey didn't stick with mom through to  baking them but did roll out the dough and get them shaped so I will give her credit for working with my mom when she wasn't really in the mood
(4) My niece had a temperature and was feeling really crappy for 2 days and we were freaking out and on day 3 she was MUCH improved so we did not go to the doctor and today she continues to feel like her usual self
(5) Video chats with friends
(6) Having a clean house- thanks mom, Aubrey and Natalie.
(7) On Friday Cole and I went into my office to work because we were at our wits end with Aubrey and needed some space. It was great to be away from home, breathing different air for a few hours.
(8) We are mostly eating healthier because I am cooking at home. Lots of grill nights and simple vegetable filled dinners that we can all enjoy
(9) Walking. My feet tend to hurt all the time, year around, so walking is not my preferred exercise. I have been going out with Cole for at least one walk a day and it's brightening my soul and helping me feel rejuvenated to come back and do the school/work things on my to-do list. It really helps that we are finally turning towards Spring and the sun is out and it feels so good to be outside.
(10) The dogs. They are constantly with us, laying on our legs, following us outside, and comforting us when we feel isolated. Dogs are a human's best friend!
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