Let’s face it. It’s been a long month for all of us.
Our “normal” routines have been stripped away, and we are unable to do many of the things that bring all of us so much joy. Things like date nights or movies or even a trip to the zoo, have all been forbidden as part of shelter-in guidelines to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On top of that, add in the worry and fear about contracting the virus (we especially worry about Grace) and the uncertainty about when and how things will return back to “normal.”
But while life has changed a lot in the past few weeks, one thing has remained steady in all our families, a chance to find joy in being together.
Some days that’s certainly easier said that done, but most definitely always worth striving for.
Those who follow us on Facebook will know that Kyle and I make a post every day with the hashtag #foreverhappydays. It started as part of the #100happydays initiative, where the idea was to post a photo of something that made you happy for 100 days in a row.
We did that several years ago, and felt it helped us to center ourselves and remember to count our blessings, even on the toughest of days.
When our first 100 days was up, Kyle and I decided that it had become such a bright spot in our own lives, we opted to continue under our own #foreverhappydays mantra.
While I would be the first to tell you that not all of our moments under quarantine have been “happy” ones, I would also tell you that we continue to share our photos as a way to remember that we can always find something to be thankful for and happy about, even on the darkest of days.
I, for one, am so grateful for the nice, beautiful spring weather. It means picnic lunches on our patios, family walks, bear hunts with Charley and endless trips down the slide.
Our family has also been grateful for family movie nights, with a little help from the Orpheum Theatre for some popcorn. Some of our favorites have been Frozen 2, Onward, the live action Lady and the Tramp and Trolls World Tour. You can probably tell who picks most of the movies at our house, but Kyle and I have enjoyed them too!
Another benefit of being not the only ones sheltering in is that I’ve gotten to chat with my brother every weekend. He and his wife live in Virginia, and it’s usually hard for both of us to make time in busy schedules to catch up.
But we have had fun visiting. Usually quite social, they hosted a virtual Easter meal for their friends, leaving take out containers on their front walk and sitting on their porch when their friends came to pick them up. They’ve also been baking bread and homemade crackers for virtual wine tasting events with their friends on the Zoom app.
Speaking of baking, the girls and I got a hands-on lesson from my mom on how to make homemade cinnamon rolls during the quarantine, and I hope to try it again soon.
I still miss all of our “regular” things, like Grace’s weekly therapy appointments and family outings. I can’t wait until we can take the girls back to the zoo and play with their cousins.
But, for now, the safest thing for all of us, is to stay at home, shelter-in and remember there’s lots of ways to make every day a #foreverhappydays!