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A Look Back on Quarantine

This quarantine has definitely taken everyone by storm and made people reassess everything. Literally everything. Sleep schedules are screwed up, dreams are off the charts crazy. We're looking at our physical and mental health more acutely and our wellness in general. I started doing workouts twice a day. Who AM I? If you were doing that before quarantine where do you go from there, and really don't brag about it. ha ha who has that kind of time?

We've been prioritizing our streaming of shows (is there anything left you haven't seen and how did we exist before binging a season? Imagine waiting a week to watch what happened to Ross when he woke up after he and Rachel claimed to be 'on a break"? What the fresh hell! Kids these days have no idea. ha ha

So I'm going to take a look back at all the fun and crazy times of quarantine. As restrictions are lifted and we start to gain a 'new normal' I want to remember this time. It was a blessing but also felt like a curse at times. I realized I'd clocked over 1,000 hours of time where I was with at least one child over the first 9 weeks. I put in roughly 16 hour days with 1 if not all the kids. It was bananas. Someone was ALWAYS touching me. Always asking me for something. Always needing me to do something. One thing that was blatantly clear during quarantine was I'm my kids Bitch. Like literally. "Mom can you get me water?" "Mommy come wipe my butt!!!" "Mom can you help me with my homework?" "Mom she's touching me!" The list goes on and on but I'll refrain from writing them all, but you get the picture.

So let's dive into some of my favorite moments from quarantine. First, let me say my older girls baked the hell out of quarantine in the first couple weeks. We had to tell them to take a break because while, I love ALL desserts, even I couldn't make it through an entire chocolate cake, a strawberry shortcake, cupcakes, brownies, chocolate covered fruit and then some. Notice the brownies right next to the cake? I KNOW!!!!

Please note the chocolate covered fruit on the side! And that chocolate cake was hands down the BEST chocolate cake I have ever eaten. And I'm not just saying that because my daughter made it. When I took my first bite... it was magic and just what I needed! ha ha

We didn't just stop at baking, Oh no! We cooked our butts off also! Honestly, I LOVE cooking but even I was getting aggravated by not having other options it was cook or eat cereal which I opted for a few nights. Ha ha I made homemade spaghetti sauce TWICE during quarantine. Twice.

In my now 42 years of existence, before all this COVID-19 madness I'd made it once. So yeah. Twice. In case you couldn't tell...there's a mic-drop right there. My mom always made it, her sauce was the best and I'm angry at myself for not paying more attention to her recipe while I had the time. Still not the time to talk about my mom, but she was an amazing cook. Her lasagna, oh my god. Just to clarify a touch, my mom is one of the most important people to me in the whole world. She's been sick for some time and honestly I can't fully go into things without hysterically crying. I'm crying now just typing these few sentences. It's just not the time to delve into that yet.

Anyway, so I try to make sure my kids get in the kitchen with me as much as possible because it was something so precious to me that, again, I want to share with them. Cooking is such a bonding experience and food is really important to my family and has been my whole life. Who doesn't love good comfort delicious food?!

For the record I always cook fully clothed. I don't know where the little one comes from! ha ha See my dirty house in the background?! I told you. Why do we have a crutch leaning on the couch? Who got hurt? The answer to that would be no one. They just like to play with them.

And the conveniently located bucket of paint on the counter because who DOESN'T need that in the kitchen. On the counter when they are making pizza? I'm sure Martha Stewart has paint cans on her counter also and plays around with crutches while she calls Snoop Dog. Side note: I love that Martha Stewart and Snoop Dog are friends. It's perfection.

Some of my other favorite highlights were our family walks, playing baseball in the backyard, chalk art, water play, bubbles and just daily adventures. My girls made up dance routines in the backyard like my sister and I did as kids. They used their little siblings as props but still, I call it a win and it made my heart soar! Do you ever get excited to see your kids do something you did as a kid? Oh day they drank out of the hose, and I know! It's horrible for you with all the new knowledge we have, but I couldn't help but feel an immense sense of 80s pride that my kids did that! Ha ha

Things got a little 'Lord of the Flies' around here!

I promise my sons not pooping on the floor. Though I'm not really sure what he's doing...

Yeah again, I don't know! ha ha

But seriously how sweet is this?! Amelia loves her siblings and I love that she HAD to hold Allie's hand and that Allie was down for it.

So while we had beautiful chaotic moments, there was also times where it was a literal shit show. Like here when I took a project off of Pinterest which was puffy sidewalk paint. This is what it was suppose to look like:

This is how my heathens interpreted it:

Like what in the fresh hell? I walked outside to check on them, and by them I mean ALL my children the 13 & 11 year olds too. I would have expected this from my 4 & 2 year olds, but seriously. I walked out and walked right back inside, shut the door and took a deep breath.

On another day my son took a bath bomb that was his sisters from Lush and made us a literal foam party in our backyard. Oh hey! ha ha

Thank you Lush for the insane amount of bubbles and joy your bath bombs brought my son during quarantine.

We ventured to a drive in movie here in town which was the first time we've ever done it. If you're even in or around Richmond, VA and feel the need to go to a drive-in definitely check out

We as a family need a bigger car if we are all going to try to cram in the back of a car to watch a movie...everyone was just yelling at each other, squished, smelly, a total shit show. But we ended up having fun...I think. I may have blocked parts of the evening out ha ha

So I guess to sum it up, it was A LOT of family time. It was a shit show but there was always moments of beautiful chaos. These are people and I'm so blessed that I was able to spend this time with them.

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