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Lessons On My 40th Birthday

Me and the Fam! I have news. A few weeks ago I celebrated my 40th birthday. It was my second COVID/lockdown birthday and I wasn't even sad about it. I'm not a huge birthday bash kind of girl, so not having to break the news to everyone that there would be no crazy party felt sooooooo good.  I've thought a lot about this post. About turning 40. What do I want to share here to help document this milestone birthday? When my kids look back and read this online journal so to speak, what do I want them to know about what I was thinking on May 11, 2021? And here's what I came up with: On celebrating my special day: COVID birthdays aren't so bad as an adult. Sure they suck shit for kids (can't have a party, can't see their family and friends, hardly any presents because said parties are a no-no). But for me, as an adult, I understand why I can't party it up with like 50 of my closest friends and family members. I understand that a Vegas trip is out of the questi

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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