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Exploring Historic Grimsby Beach

A couple of weeks ago I took the kids on another little adventure. I stumbled on this blog post from In Search of Sarah about these fabulous colourful houses in a town not too far from where I live.  I packed up the kids and recruited my parents to come with us. We've lived in this area for decades and never knew this little historical area existed. So, I had to share the cuteness with them.  I won't pretend to be a historian and tell you all the amazing things about these houses but suffice to say, they were just as cute in person as they are in the pictures.  You can learn more about these houses here: Grimsby Beach - Visitor Info History and Heritage - Village of Grimsby I LOVED the colour of this home and it was just as fresh looking in person as it is in the photo. This home was stunning in person, the picture doesn't do it justice.  The kids wanted to sit on these stools so bad but I wouldn't let them! I had to remind them we were the too look not touch. But I

COVID-19: How My Family is Dealing with Self-Isolating

It's been 4 months since we first heard about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and the effects it's had across the world. My kids have been home for a few weeks now while I've been working from home and I think we have finally found some peace of mind about our current situation and the way forward.

I'm not one to stick to strict schedules...I mean...you've seen my posts declaring I'd blog for 365 days, workout for 300 straight days, read a book every month etc. I like the idea of strict schedules, but my lifestyle doesn't really gel well with that idea...and it's something I should probably come to terms with and just accept. But no...I like to torture myself with unrealistic expectations lol. Ugh. One day I'll get it!

So back to self-isolation. We're hanging in there. I tried a daily schedule for the kids and it backfired so badly so now, we're just taking it day by day. The kid's teachers have started online learning/lessons so we do what we can while I'm working, and anything that takes more one-on-one support is saved for the evening when I'm finished working for the day.

Taking the pup for her daily walk
The kids are plugged into their iPods, Netflix, and Xbox and I'm ok with it. We break up their screen time with chores, school work like I mentioned above, and daily family walks (to get some fresh air).

Showing her brother how it's done!
This past weekend was beautiful and while we can't really go anywhere, we spent the majority of Sunday playing basketball on our driveway, short bike rides, and walks in the neighbourhood.

Supervising the garage clean up
We've also been spending more time as a family, having movie nights a few evenings a week.

Has it been hard not being able to socialize with our family and friends? Yes. It's been really hard and being isolated has made my depression and anxiety bubble up again. But, we're taking it day by day and the daily walks are helping us all get some much-needed exercise!

How are you handling the COVID-19 pandemic and self-isolation?

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