19 MayFirst day of Summer 2020

It was a strange way to end school this year and mommy did not get a picture on the last day of school in the “Comfort Class”. While they started their school at VHEW with their trained teachers they ended at “Comfort Class” with mommy as the teacher while trying to maintain working too. They tried to pull wool over mommy’s eyes to get away with doing less making some days rougher than they should have been but in the end we all managed to succeed at homeschool. Looking back each of the days are such a treasure. Any day shared with a loved one is a treasured day. 

First day of school in 4th and 2nd verses 1st day of summer after 4th and 2nd grade
They have grown. They are smarter. They are loved. Their laughter is contagious. They amaze us. 
 

Treat time to celebrate summer and working on making plans for the summer. 
Praying health over family and friends and making more precious memories while having a fun summer together

16 MayLast week of school

Monday was a full day of school and a little home economics for Ivy. She learned to make homemade bread all on her own. Both girls front loaded their weeks too. 

Tuesday we went to Mimi’s after we finished school and work. Always a good time! 

Our big girl decided to stay to have a one-on-one with Mimi

We hung out with a neighbor that afternoon

But of course we FaceTimed before bedtime

Wednesday, good morning text from our big girl

They rode bikes, walked, rode the golf cart, and had lots of fun which was a lot more fun than Chris and Lisa working. 

Ivy knocked out her school work quickly and entertained herself while mommy/daddy worked. Thankful Mimi and Leia brought us lunch that afternoon too. 

Thursday was fun time after school while Mommy cleaned and organized the pantry/house then we all relaxed by out little fire column
 

Friday would have been the girls May Day Play Day at school so we did lots of playing at Mimi’s. Ivy practiced her back flip she mastered and taught Katie to do one, all the girls swam in the pool and then had a girls spend the night party with Mimi


Mommy and daddy FaceTimed our girl at bed time Friday and when she woke up Saturday

Breakfast with Mimi is always yummy and made to order

Morning fun at Mimi’s before the parents arrived




We convinced daddy to get in the 72 degree water with the girls, such a trooper

Alex shared her cake she made that day then we went to neighbor’s house for a private mini concert 
 

 

 

 

10 MayMother’s Day 2020

Mother’s Day was fantastic! Chris set his alarm to wake up early to make sure he was up before Lisa to fix breakfast. Breakfast was served a few minutes after Lisa got up. He fixed a yummy breakfast of omelets with steak, peppers, tomatoes, and pepperchinees, hash browns, and cinnamon rolls then he cleaned up the table while mommy got to snuggle with the girlies. We all ended up on the couch snuggling to FaceTime Mimi and Deedee then watched an old movie, “What a Girl Wants” together. A morning full of sweet time, unrushed, and snuggles started the day off right. 

Snuggles, cards, and yummy breakfast


Face-Timing our Mimi and Deedee 🙂

  

We got to Mimis a little before noon to give her hugs on Mother’s Day. She was sitting in the swing ready to greet us. The girls always comment on how they love riding up and seeing her in the swing waiting on us. We sat with her and had a few minutes before a neighbor came by to say happy Mother’s Day then the Rhoads arrived to join the visit. Mimi had prepped all the veggies and sides and marinated the steaks but Chris and Mark finished cooking lunch for the moms. After lunch we all sat around visiting by the pool and in the swings, girls swam, rode the golf-cart, or chilled with adults. Time together is sweeter these days after being on lockdown and all the uncertainty recently. 

 Photo Ops at Mimi’s house



These two were our water bugs
 
Nap after fixing breakfast and lupper

 

Mother’s Day evening Chris put a fountain Mimi gave me for the front porch and we got to sit out on the porch listening and relaxing together. After a nice relaxing bath we enjoyed ice cream together as a family then ended the night snuggled up watching a new show together. A perfect ending to a day with our girls, Chris, Mimi, and the Rhoads. 

09 MayAnother week goes by

Saturday morning, mommy and daddy enjoyed a cup of coffee on the porch then headed out to see if we could find a pressure washer. We went all the way across town but never could find one. Mommy also mixed up a couple batches of cinnamon rolls to share with Mimi and the Rhoads before heading to Gardedale to get the girls since they had spent the night. Of course they had been having fun all morning with a bike ride around the neighborhood and swimming in the pool. The Rhoads ladies were there by the time Lisa arrived. Stacy and Lisa went on a 4.5 mile bike ride where Lisa crashed, leaving a nice bruise on her knee but we got some movement in for the day too since we were not getting in the pool for our movement like the littles.  

The Dobbs ladies went to put flowers on Papa’s grave since decoration was that Sunday. It is hard to believe it has been more than 7.5 years since she we last hugged his neck. Some days it feels like an eternity and other days it feels like it just yesterday. What each of us would not do to have one more papa bear hug or hear him say he loves us again. With all the uncertainty of COVID and life now plus his sudden let breath reminds us to treasure each and every moment we have together, tell the people you love you love them, forgive those who ask  or even don’t ask so you don’t live with regret when it is too late, spend time with those that matter the most to you because weather is is a virus, heart, accident or whatever there maybe a day when you are left with memories and the heartache wishing you had just one more hug or moment. 

Saturday evening we celebrated our sweet friend and neighbor’s birthday. Thankful to have them in our lives and getting to have fun with them during this isolation time

 

Sunday morning mommy fixed a BIG southern breakfast/brunch for our little family so we would have plenty of leftovers for a couple days. We headed to Mimi’s for swimming that afternoon and supper with the family. We always enjoy pool time and cook outs at Mimi’s in the summer. Love that summer started early this year! 
 

The first full week in May arrived, meaning there is only 3 more weeks of school. We finally think we have a schedule that works for us down but still anticipate there might be bumps in the road. There is not as many pictures but we are still having lots of family time, working from home, homeschooling, and loving life together. So thankful for this season when we are in isolation to have our girlies at home and getting to see them every day and continue seeing family in town. One funny this week while we were doing school was a neighbor calling to see if the girls could go get something out of the mailbox they had left … in reality they want to scare the girls. Leia did a little shocked sound but did not scream like they thought she would, LOL 

Cinco de Mayo finally fell on Taco Tuesday … only to be cancelled by a virus named after a Mexican beer

Nevertheless, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday with our family and friends after school and work on Tuesday. The girls had fun with a slip-n-slide with cousins and friends then Chris headed to pick up Mexican from our favorite, locally owned Mexican restaurant. Thankful we called it in early that afternoon even though he had to wait 20 minutes when he got there. 
 


Dinner with family from Habaneros. 

Wednesday was daddy’s day for school but mommy organized everything for it. He apparently had a hone call or something because the girls ended up upstairs doing school and asking momma questions. One cool assignment to see their thoughts on homeschool was their writing assignment; love to hear their thoughts on different topics. The workday was made better by a yummy coffee and day was made better with a big smile! The day was rough for Mommy since her ear started aching again; there is a doctor appointment for Friday scheduled now. Either war Lisa took off early to get some snuggles while chilling on the couch with our littles. 


So excited Leia and mommy did a puzzle together too

Thursday was another school morning although we were a little relaxed about it. The girls did their reading, math, and school hangouts but that was about all for school before we decided to end the school day. We picked up Sara and Katie to load up to go to Mimi’s that afternoon for a little fun in the sun and sweet time with Mimi. Leia was our water bug and did not get out of the water most of the afternoon. We are blessed to be able to have getaways to Mimi’s during this crazy time and still hug Mimi’s neck! We made bread at Mimi’s house to enjoy and share with neighbors then headed home to cook dinner and spend time with Chris that afternoon. We walked down to see our neighbor’s porch progress then ended up asking them to come back for a drink and game but the girls could not hang with it and fell asleep early. 

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Friday was another school morning and house cleaning day but first we worked on puzzles and snuggled. Lisa did have to go to the ENT for her ear after having a difficult time hearing for a couple weeks. It was a 2 hour wait in a very crowded waiting room. Needless to say, Lisa was not happy waiting that long nor was the procedure fun. Plus to top it off she has to go back next week to get a hearing test since the audiologist was not there. Thankful for a fun evening of games and ordering pizza to end the day. 

Saturday was a low key, R&R day! I think we all needed it! Even though we are in a state of more isolation and life “slowed” down with school being cancelled, work commute eliminated, no extra activities outside the home, etc… it is mentally/emotionally draining having things different, not knowing if you will get what you go to the store for because the shelfs are not fully stocked, and wanting to do something but nothing being open to do and wanting to make sure everyone in the family is safe and healthy. Plus, momma had not been sleeping well and it was catching up with her so a rest day was a good day for the household. Mimi made a special delivery of flowers for Mother’s Day but only stayed about 5 minutes and Lisa/Ivy walked around the neighborhood but other than that we did not see anyone or leave the house. However, we did have a fun “visit” with Chris’s family thanks to technology with the “Batson Virtual Talent Show” that evening. It was great to see everyone’s face and hear their voices. Hoping to get to hug necks one day soon too when life returns to some normalcy. 

01 MaySchool week

Monday was a full day of work and school. It went way better than the last week! However, we know not to get too cocky and know that we need to pray wisdom and grace each and everyday. We are slowly figuring it out and seeing what schedule works for us and how to handle the conference calls and school meetings, plus try to teach and be productive at work…we can not do any of it on our own strength but relay daily on grace to get us through it. Today was a good day where we felt we succeeded with little work productivity, a big smile after tears when mommy took the time out to teach Ivy math, Deedee stepped in with math lessons with Leia via FaceTime, Ivy joined her Girl Scout troop and made a mask, we even managed to throw home economics in with a little bread making today before going outside to played together too … thankful for a day like today when we think maybe we can home school and be successful at it. Thank you Lord for the day and grace you gave us to make it through it with smiles and showing love towards each other.
What a setup for school and work

Math online started in tears so we shifted to a little instructional time on the white board

instructional time led to understanding and smiles over tears

However, even when moved back to the computer she ask, “can I have paper and pencil to do math? Too much screen time is bad” 🙂 This girl is her momma’s girl, preferring old school paper and pencil over the computer

Leia was happy doing math via FaceTime with Deedee; mommy is so thankful Deedee is willing to teach her math while mommy teaches Ivy and works. What a blessing Deedee is a gifted math teacher that is willing to share her time and we get to call her ours. Looking forward to seeing her in person when COVID crisis is over

Home Economics at its best … Leia was not interested in it today and it is not a mandatory subject everyday so she is not pictured and enjoyed some chill time doing what she wanted while Ivy did it with mommy

Tuesday is suppose to be a work day for Lisa but since we are doing our own schedule she decided to focus on family and home harmony rather than work work. Tuesday morning she made homemade from scratch, sourdough cinnamon rolls for all the family to sit down together and start the day off too. Chris headed back downstairs to his office to work after his short coffee break. Lisa then moved into the role of teacher for a couple hours. It is a joy teaching our girls when the focus time is on teaching instead of dividing attention between multiple items and stretching oneself too thin. We spent an hour with Ivy working on her school while Leia worked on math sheets Deedee had sent. Ivy was doing well but Leia was getting frustrated so then mommy shifted from 2nd grade teacher to the 4th grade math and worked with Leia for a little bit on her items. It is so cool to watch how both of their minds work and alter teaching methods to fit each of their individual learning personalities. They both had their google class hangouts with their school friends that morning too. Hearing that it was suppose to rain Wednesday we decided to wrap up school at noon to enjoy time outside together rather than finish the last assignment and push it to Wednesday.  

We picked up Sara and Katie for a little outside fun that afternoon. We blew bubbles and played corn hole. Mimi arrived with Sara and Katie’s bikes so then the girls rode a little before venturing down to the Talley’s to explore by the creek and tree house. Stacy came over to so we got to have a yummy dinner together. Mimi hung out a little bit but headed home to get pine bark out and the Rhoads headed home when Mark got off work. 

After last weeks breakdown, Chris and Lisa decided he would take Wednesday, school teacher role so Lisa could focus exclusively on work one day of the week. Lisa worked the WHOLE day, 10.5 hours trying to catch herself up. Chris said the girls did a great job with him doing school; thinking mommy losing it and organizing the day for them and of course, the prayers are working made the day much better. They ended school by lunch and was exploring outside since the rain and thunderstorms did not come that they said were going to come in that day. There were no pictures since mommy was focused on catching up at work. We were thankful our oversized fridge repair guy could come install the part we needed. It was nice putting cold stuff back in it rather than running them to the downstairs refrigerator but boy were we thankful for the two weeks our fridge upstairs was out did we have the extra one. That evening we had sweet family time before bed time and simply enjoyed being together. 

Thursday, it was back to mommy doing school and working. Both went great! There was a minor breakdown that mommy would not cook exactly what they wanted since she was working that morning but it was over with in a short time span. We were done with all the have-to items by lunch. Aunt Stacy came over to pick us up to go to Mimi’s and we picked up Chrick-fil-A on the way. The girls were pumped the pool was open and looked so inviting. Despite the 68 degree high and water temperature of 62 degrees the girls jumped in and then stayed in the water an hour or more. We had to take them leave to go home for Leia to go to Harris’s drive by birthday party that afternoon then headed home for the night.
 

  
 

Friday was a home day for momma! We did not do our Thursday clean since we went to Mimi’s to play so mommy cleaned on Friday while daddy worked and the girls chilled. The girlies called Mimi to ask if they could spend the night there that night so she came to get the girlies in the afternoon. Chris and Lisa had a chilled evening and visited the Talley’s a little bit while the girls swam and visited with Mimi. We FaceTimed the girls and everyone called it an early night at both houses. 

FaceTimeing our little beauties

Ivy is always up for snuggles and a picture 

26 AprCOVID crisis continues

Monday was a good day for school and fun! Thankful this week is starting off a lot smoother than last week. Praying it continues. We started the day working and schooling then once it was done moved to the all out fun. Sara, Katie, and Stacy came over for about an hour to play and fellowship. We cleaned out the fridge for dinner  Sweet Ivy is always up for a picture or two; we asked Leia if she will let us have a Leia Tuesday picture.  

Tuesday was a good day. We knocked school out in the morning and headed to Mimi’s for some girl time
 

We left the girlies there for the evening with Mimi so both momma and dad could work

Sweet pictures Wednesday morning from mimi’s house. Love that she is teaching them to do yard work just like she taught their mommy when she was their age

It was not all work at Mimi’s, of course they had fun too

But they did a great job helping in the yard
 
When they got home that afternoon we did school work to catch up on assignments that they missed when they were at Mimi’s working in the yard … best part of home school is being able to alter the schedule and do it on our time line 

Thursday morning we knocked school out quick and got to have a bike riding, fun time kind of afternoon with our cousins. We were one bike short for everyone to join in on the fun so we got the golf cart out as well so everyone could explore the neighborhood together


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice-cream

Fridays are our light school days and we just do a little school in the morning, reading and math only then transition to fun lessons or recess for the day. Blessed to have such a good week with these little loves of ours!  Loving this stage in life!!

As we were counting our blessings we looked in the fridge, pretty sure this is not what a fridge is suppose to do … not what we wanted but thankful we could get a repair man here quick. What we did not know was that there was more to it then we thought and it would take two weeks to repair since we had to special order the part

Family time and dinner fellowship following the fridge bad news makes life sweeter

Ending the week with a girl night movie bash watching “Trolls World Tour”

Saturday was a family day. The girls and Lisa went to Mimi’s to hang out with the Rhoads girls while Chris had sometime to himself to decompress and relax. That evening we had a little family game night at home, girls request. The girls learned Chris’s latest game obsession, Catan; hope this means a lot more family game times to come

Sunday was a R&R, church in the morning, get ready for the week ahead, chill out at home kind of day … no pictures just doing life in quarantine

Monday mommy and daddy had to work … maybe should have used the method below to get work done or maybe we were too cocky from last week running smoothly and did not pray over this week like the week before thinking we got this on our own. Really not sure what happened but one things was for sure and that is this week did not start smooth with work and school at all! 

Tuesday was smoother since work was taken out of the equation for Lisa but the day still was not completely smooth nor had mommy learned the lesson that we needed to pray for the Lord to help us through the week, every day; guess you could say she is a slow learner. However, there was laughter throughout the day, school work was completed, and we had nice family fellowship over dinner 

Wednesday was a BAD school/work day! No pictures, just yells, tears, and headaches … why did we not see the advice from a sweet friend on this day instead of a few days later? Mommy had already called it a day by lunch with a pounding headache from the stress of parenting, working , and teaching … the rest of the day was a blur from lunch to bed … maybe it is blocked out to try to forget it but pretty sure we called the school day early and just tried to make it through the day

Thursday mommy and daddy had to work but life still needed to happen in our house, school needed to be done and Thursday is also cleaning day at our house. Again, we tried doing it on our own without pausing to ask Jesus to  take the wheel. After a morning of getting yelled at with the girls not wanting to do school, mommy finally snapped. This was not the finest mommy moment but she decided she could not do it all on her own. She finally marched down to daddy’s office and pulled him into the school teacher role for the day. The girls were directed to ask their daddy any school related question after lunch and had a list of chores after school work was completed since mommy could not get it all done after the stress of the week. The house cleaning was not as the deep of a  clean as Lisa prefers on Thursday but it was done and stress to do it all removed from Lisa’s shoulders. That evening Lisa cooked dinner and no-one complained about the vegetables on their plate. We all ate and had our small talk but all seemed to be mentally and emotional drained 

After a LONG week we needed a Friday Funday …. the girls did their reading in the morning but that was it for school and focused on emotional health for the rest of the day. We talked, had a devotional, and prayed over our day and time.  Daddy still had to work and had several conference calls that day so the Comfort girls loaded up and headed to Mimi’s for a little fun with cousins so we would not disturb him with our loud mouths and noisy. The girlies ended up staying at Mimi’s for a 4 on 1 girl party while mommy came home for a date night with daddy. We all needed a little break after the week where there was as much peace in our home as any of us liked but so thankful for grace and forgiveness we can show to each other. Our family prayer is our home can always be a place of peace for our family and friends, where we all WANT to come go to escape the craziness of the world; Lord help our home be a place to run too, a place to escape that is filled with love, grace, and kindness to all who enter. Thankful our girls can have a escape to Mimi’s when our home needed a ‘checkup’ and Chris/Lisa can have time for a a date night during this crisis time to reconnect and recenter the balance in our home



   
The girls sent us a good morning text Saturday; love seeing the sweet snuggles and smiles on their faces. Mommy and daddy enjoyed coffee on the porch and sweet, connective conversation then they decided to try baking bread together for the first time together. One loaf looked a little flat since it was cooked in a larger pan while the other looked fabulous since it was cooked in a smaller pan but what really mattered was how they tasted (or what was on the inside) and both tasted great! Sweetest part of baking bread was doing something together and enjoying one on one time. Midday, Chris started working on tech stuff for the house while Lisa headed to get the girls. Traffic was horrid going to pick up the girls …. is the social distance measures lifted and we did not know it?!? Thankful not to be in the multi car pile up from the traffic jam. It was nice getting to Mimi’s and spending sweet time together with the  Mimi and Rhoads girls for the afternoon. However, it was not all chilled like we wanted and everyone had not received the decompression time needed. Mommy headed home early with Leia since we were still over stimulated to give her some chill time to decompress while Ivy stayed at Mimi’s to play and get receive her energy from socialization; we have a introvert and extrovert in the house and want both their needs met. I pray their needs are met and they both know they are loved, uniquely and deeply. 

 

Sunday we needed sweet family time!!! We worshipped and had church together, we snuggled, and had fun family time with lawn games and bubbles outside. Mommy snapped a few pictures of the bubble blowing time but the rest of our day together was electronic free, old-fashioned, simply being in the moment …. so refreshing for the soul and sweet time with our little family to reconnect, recenter, relax, and have fun together. Praying next week’s work/school week goes smoother than last and is filled with more grace and love
 
Daddy had to have a turn and the girls chased the one mommy made

12 AprEaster 2020

What a different Easter this year was then any other year in our life! While some parts were different none of it differences was all negative. In fact in retrospect ever difference could have a positive twist.  

It was different because all the churches were empty..yet we gathered together in our home to have church together as a little family and was not rushed. 
 It was different that many stores stores closed to give employees a day off…yet we were able to go to the store before Easter Day to get our supplies even if they did not have everything we wanted there was something there. 
It was different that there were not community egg hunts…yet we got to have family egg hunts and connect with communities via zoom calls
It was different that everyone did not get dressed up…yet we had clothes and were comfy the whole day and there was less pressure to get the perfect family picture .
It was different that everyone did not get have big family gatherings..yet our little family got to gather with the Rhoads’ and Mimi to fellowship and treasured it more this year than in the past

Always thankful to celebrate Easter! Three days after His death, Jesus returned and conquered death. He forgives us when we do not deserve it. Jesus provided the way to get to spend eternity with God in Heaven when our work here is done. Thank you God for being in control even in these uncertain times and showing us unconditional love to all your children.  



Going through their loot from the Easter bunny

Breakfast with our little family. What a blessing it has been to have more meals gathered together with the COVID isolations

We got to mimi’s and it was only drizzly raining so we got pictures infront of Papa’s tree 

Family selfie before lunch feast
 
This lady always fixes a feast


Enjoying sweet fellowship 

More selfies at lunch

We snapped picture of the Rhoads gang too after lunch

Mother-daughter bond is so special! I pray I have the kind of bond with my girls when they grow up that I have with Mimi

Then the adults went on a hunt for a special egg Mimi hid


Looking for their golden or silver egg


They always like finding those! 
 

Sweet Mimi gave the girls a fun Easter basket too
       
Hunting eggs in the basement since it was rainy
 

Ending the day, the boys were not into our Hallmark 😉

11 AprCOVID Homeschool Transitioning to Our First Week of Online School

Following spring break our little family has tried to do “COVID homeschool” and work all in one. Truth be told we have not been as successful as mommy wanted to be although we thought we set the expectations low the first week. We were told the end of the first week the school system would be rolling out a plan to help; we thought halleluiah, help is on the way. Unfortunately, the roll out was not what we expected, there would be no grades counted and the amount we were given was less than our “COVID Homeschool”. There is not nearly the communication that we thought there would be from our school system. We have talked to friends from other systems and have been shocked a t the difference in the roll outs; ours not being on top of it as much as neighboring communities. Nevertheless we have a minimum plan sent by the school system, less than what we currently were doing and “online school” starts on Monday. Neither child has their first google class with their teacher and friends until Tuesday though so we would be winging it again on Monday. After what felt like a very long work week we decided to enjoy the weekend by not looking at computers, work, or worrying with school except for the last test of Chris’s master program which he took Friday afternoon/evening.  

Mommy and daddy both worked most the week; working exclusively from home is more work than going to work since we don’t count the coffee breaks and social time with coworkers as work time like we would at the office. We did a little bit of school with the girls but did not stress too much with it since official “online school” starts the next week. Thankful these two little ladies are with us in our quarantine. Their joy is contagious and bring much laughter to the house.  



Friday evening we so enjoyed being at Mimi’s while Chris studied and took his test. Thankful to live nearby to give Chris quiet time to himself to study and destress from school 

Saturday morning snuggles, so sweet

Blessed to have a great day with our Mimi! We snapped a picture and headed home before the stay at home order went into effect. 

Of course we head out in the backyard with sweet neighbors celebrating Chris finishing school

Sunday Funday helping Stacy put up her summer shade … girls stayed at home incase I was stopped I could tell them I was taking a mask holder to my sister that Chris printed her on his 3D printer

The girls had fun doing water balloons and Ivy loved seeing Scotty that afternoon

We had not told the girls the roll out of “Online School” looked weak so Monday was the day we hoped would be a smooth start to “Online School” and hoped the girls would rally to do a amazing job. Unfortunately, it was NOT what we hoped for at all. We tried to write down a schedule and even let the girls have input to the start time however, they decided to go rogue. A half an hour before our start time one child decided she wanted to start their “online school” work because they were bored. The other child was askig for a extension because they were hungry. Both had multiple questions since they were not sure how to start online school and there was a huge mess in the kitchen from the other making trying to get a snack/breakfast. Chris was sheltered from the chaos locked away in his office but Lisa was in the middle with the make shift office in the dining room trying to complete a conference call before we scheduled to start our school time. The plan was beautiful but ended up being a no go with the girls wanting to work on different schedules and not adhering to the schedule agreed upon. Following a few breakdowns and momma losing it we finally got rolling and made it though the school portion of the day. Chris did come up to make himself and the girls lunch as Lisa worked. We never made it to the “First Day of Online School” picture like so many on Facebook did because it just was not one of the days where that was an option with fake smiles. We were just thankful, we made it through day one of the official first day of online school between the tears, yells, and mental exhaustion. It was not graceful day! It was a day where momma felt like a failure. It was a day that may have cured us from ever wanting to homeschool again. Thankful for the evening though! Mommy got dinner on the table and we got to sit down as a family, there was a sweet walk that evening with little Ivy and momma, after baths we got to have family snuggles watching TV then the girls headed to bed while Lisa and Chris both retreated to their work work to try to catch up from the day where everything was not done that needed to be done.

The only pictures from the first day of “online school” … mommy is a picture person but boy it was not the day for pictures. Thankful for the sweet dreams that night and that there would be a new day come dawn and second chances 
 

Tuesday, Lisa was bound to make it a better day. She woke up early to start working on work yet knew a hour in that she still mentally needed a break. To make the day better instead of focusing on work work she decided to write a schedule down for the girls to follow for their school day. The morning ran slightly better than the morning before. Leia had a google hangout with her class at 9 and Ivy had one at 11. Mommy decided she would only work a few hours and see how the hangouts went and would help the other child with school instead of trying to get them to do it online or just giving directions. Yet, they still wanted to challenge everything and still did not want to follow a schedule minus the google hangout time with their class. A revelation came during one of their fits after momma watched them on their hangout time …. one question was asked: would they ever act the way they acted Monday and this morning with their teachers at school like they had their mother? Both quickly looked at momma like she was crazy at the thought of acting that way with a teacher and claimed they would never act this way for their teacher. Ah ha, that is way this is harder than expected…they were not home schooling they ar eCOVID schooling and making it harder than they ever would at school; they knew they were not acting the way they should and it showed with the one question. Yes there is more freedom with two kids verses a class room but the kids act worse at home than school. Working 30 hours a week and trying to homeschool when they acting like crazy kids, keep up the house, and dealing with life as it is now  is mentally and emotionally taxing. By lunchtime on Tuesday, Lisa had decided lets just do art after lunch and forget the rest of school (it is optional anyways), get the items done for work work that needed to be turned in that day done, and develop a better strategy Wednesday. Tuesday afternoon, both girls did their normal “homework” they would have done after school. Lisa stopped working and made spaghetti for dinner and tried turning her brain off to give herself a mental break because it is exhausting feeling the mom-fail, Jesus take the wheel. Praying for a good night and sweet family time that restores our souls. 

Art class was good and google hangout was fun seeing classmates … the rest was challenging but it was better than day 1’s ‘online school’

Chris worked on another 3D print Stacy asked him to do to store her N95 mask since they are re-using them at the hospital. Thankful for a tech nerd husband with his tech toys 😉 
 

Wednesday was a new day full of hope and new beginnings. The day is a full work day for Lisa so most of school needs to be online and better defined than previously to keep us all on track and mentally stable. Lisa was up at 3:30am to create a detailed schedule (done on the computer this time to be more formal and so we can edit it easier when needed), alarms were set on a iphone to keep everything on track, and then mommy started working on work. Chris woke up at 5 to start working on a document for work too. Guess we are going with the motto. When the girls awoke mommy showed them the schedule and had a heart to heart about how things would be ran from now on to make homeschooling, working from home, and life work in our house for the foreseeable future. With a better attitude and a prayer for a good day, we started the school and work day. It ran so much better! The girls followed the schedule and did not try deviating during the morning. Mommy even got a coffee break on the porch with a sweet neighbor; so good having a few minutes to decompress and catch up with a sweet friend even if we were sitting on opposite ends of the porch. We all took brain breaks throughout the morning too. The girls had finished the assignments the school had sent so when aunt Stacy called about lunch to see about taking the girls to Mimi’s while Chris and Lisa both worked. The girls enjoyed time with Mimi, walking around the neighborhood and riding the golf cart while Chris and Lisa both got most of their work finished then even got a short nap before they headed back home. We decided to go to support a local food truck who happened to be a neighbor of the Rhoads’ that evening. Since the truck was near the Rhoads’ we ate outside at their house with them before Chris took Leia home for a bath, she was hot outside. Lisa and Ivy stayed a little longer to enjoy a s’more and sweet fellowship before heading home for a little family time. So thankful for a better day and getting to go to bed without the failed feelings; praying for a better night sleep to. 

 
We got dinner at the Rhoad’s neighbor food truck to support them. Chris took Leia home while Ivy played in the water and enjoyed s’mores before mommy and Ivy headed home

We say it frequent but boy are we grateful for these two sleeping beauties

Thursday ran fairly smooth. Everyone followed our schedule. They girls did school academics and we rolled into Home Economics just before lunch (aka cleaning the house; tomorrow Home Ec will be more fun). It was nice having little helpers while doing a deep clean and shaved some time off the job; many hands make work light. We were done by mid afternoon with little planned. Mimi and Stacy had asked about the possibility of dying Easter eggs so we decided to do it. After all mental health is important and helps keep your immune system strong. We grilled out and ate outside to keep the social distance then we set up our area to dye the Easter eggs. We love the tradition of dying the eggs together; we did miss Mark this year as he was home working long hours. My hope is that we get to do it together for years and years to come. Blessed to get a couple hours of normalcy with family and being able to keep our family traditional alive.

My man grilling while the sides were roasted inside and we had sweet fellowshipped 

The girls all wanted to visit Buddy too

Most of the day was spent outside though and we got to dye eggs after dinner


Love their personalities
  
 
Strong ladies…strong bond

Traditional collage of Easter egg dying fun

Chris preferred to chill on the porch while we dyed eggs
    
Our egg-cellent creations
     

This Friday was good Friday and it is good indeed. A Friday where we celebrate Jesus’s giving up His life to redeem His people that has sinned and separated ourselves from Him; a Friday that was the worst day in Jesus’s life is now called good. He showed grace and love to us when we did not deserve it. I pray His love and mercy is shown to us now during this time in a world of uncertainty and sometimes fearfulness of the unknown. We pray our focus is on where God wants it to be and we are able to show the love He gives to us to others. After all, one day the worst day in our life might be called good too if we learn, grow, and it is used to better us and those we love. We were blessed to get to have a late start this morning and few snuggles. Chris headed to go golf midmorning; we were glad he is done with school and could do something fun and would get to use his new clubs. The Comfort girls did a little bit of school then decided to make it Friday fun-day by baking Easter cakes for the girls to decorate. As we pulled them out of the oven the eye doctor called to say our glasses were ready but they requested no kids when picking up; we had been waiting and calling about the glasses a few weeks so really wanted to get them. The girls walked down to a neighbors to jump on their air track while Lisa ran to grab them at our curbside pickup appointment time. Afterwards Lisa sat out by the fire pit with he neighbor, socially distanced to catch up before we headed back home A little bit later we picked up the Rhoads and headed to Mimi’s for girls afternoon since Chris was not going to be home until late. The girls had fun riding the golf cart and simply being kids. We all enjoyed the family time and togetherness with eh fire pit keeping us warm. The little girls were not ready for the fun to end so they asked about staying the night while Lisa took Stacy home then headed home to see Chris and enjoy what we had left of the night.  


We home schooled a little in the morning

Then shifted out focus to having a little more fun
  
Bunny cakes made to decorate for Easter

Thankful for sweet neighbors for the girls to walk down and hangout with while Lisa picked up glasses we had been waiting 4 weeks to get; hope they help Ivy’s convergence problem like they have Leia’s! 

Chris took a selfie on Wes’s phone playing golf while Lisa and the girls chilled out at Mimi’s for the afternoon/evening
 
 The girlies decided to have a girls night at Mimi’s

Love that they get to have this special time together

Saturday was a quiet morning at the Comfort household as Chris slept in and Lisa enjoyed a cup of tea and cup of coffee in the stillness. Mimi texted that our girls were up at 7 while Sara and Katie slept in a little. However they were all up for breakfast and eating at 8:30 and Chris got up about that time too. We worked around the house most of the day taking care of things that we had been putting off with work and schooling but did manage a bike ride that afternoon. The girls had a great time playing at Mimi’s. Aunt Stacy went out to pick up her girls so brought our girlies back home too. We got to have a virtual happy hour with Dawn and Ricky to catch up while the girls decorated their cakes then ordered pizza for dinner since it was way too late to cook when we looked up. That evening we played Catan with neighbors on the patio and let the kids play before calling it a night. What a great day getting things done and catching up with people we love.  

Snuggles with Mimi before Sara and Katie got up


Chill time after they up while Mimi did breakfast

Breakfast at Mimi’s is always yummy
  
Love they all had a morning devotion and prayer together! 
  
The girls did a awesome job decorating their easter cakes


Chris ready to pick up pizza and Leia modeling her cute new glasses

Fun evening with neighbors

 

 

30 MarSpring Break 2020 … COVID style

Well this is not a Spring Break that we ever imagined! Our 100 year old neighbor said the closest thing that he ever remembered to this time is when there was a Polio outbreak and you had to stay away from people who had it. Nevertheless, spring break is here and we are trying to make the most of it, quarantined style. Both Chris and Lisa decided not to take off any this week since we are quarantined at home but we are giving the girls a break from school and relaxing bedtime so we can have a little fun, family time through out the week. Thankful for time spent together and praying God’s protection over all our family, friends, community, state, country, and world.   

Monday, Mommy and daddy worked ALL day while the kids played, watched TV, and built forts; mommy is trying to front load her work time this week. Daddy fixed our lunch and we did get to enjoy it as a family. He was able to end his work day before mommy too so he sat on the porch and watched Ivy play in the rain on the swing. That evening the girls picked what they wanted for dinner and we had family veg-out time watching a new show aunt Stacy told us about, “Green House Academy” 

 

Tuesday, Mommy got up early to get her hours in at work to get to spend some fun time with our girls. Daddy had to work all day. The Comfort girls decided to take a mental break and go to Mimi’s for the afternoon. The Rhoads joined us too. Thankful for the immune boost as we relaxed and distressed a little. I do not think that any of us were quite ready to leave when we left since it was peaceful and more like the times before the CORID virus was discovered and fear started crippling the world; we rode bikes, walked around the neighborhood, girls rode the golf cart, and we sit outside with sweet fellowship. This time is precious together! God I pray we get more of it together with our loved ones. 

 So thankful for a carefree afternoon with Mimi and the Rhoads then the girls getting to FaceTime friends. So good for our souls and immune systems
   
Thankful for a family night with popcorn and movie
 

Wednesday was another long workday. The girls are amazing at entertaining themselves. Thankful they are a little older during this outbreak yet wishing they would stay little forever and we could protect them from all harm. We know that we alone can not protect them in reality. The only one who can truly do that is our Lord, God can so we pray God holds them in his arms and us during this uncertain time. That afternoon/evening we did venture to aunt Stacy’s to spend time with her before she has to return to the hospital to work. We all dread her going to the front lines but will claim Psalms 91:2-5 over her and the medical staff! 

Love this little ones imagination

After work we headed to the Rhoads for dinner. Stacy goes back to work at the hospital so we will be isolating ourselves afterwards … family sticks together but we also protect each other
 
 

Love my sister so much!!
 
Sweet dreams my loves. Praying health over you and all those you love

Thursday morning Lisa worked a little then had some veg time with the girls before we started deep cleaning the house. A hard reality was hit that morning reading Facebook. It made us want to really retreat and pray even harder for protection.

A raw prayer:
God we pray for your forgiveness for the World you created that has turned our backs on You. Lord, we pray for Your MERCY on us all! Heal your people from the virus that is crippling us, heal our lands, help our hearts to remember how You deliver us from death. Strengthen family units and help the church be the church outside the walls of a building. 

After praying and cleaning we mustard up the strength to get out of the house and go to Mimi’s. Mimi’s is a place we have retreated many times, three acres of freedom. Sara and Katie went with us since aunt Stacy was at work. Thankful for the childhood innocence and the joy little people bring when we life hard; love watching them have fun. We were also told via a state press conference that Alabama public schools will not be returning the traditional school classroom for the remainder of the year. Even though we somewhat expected this we still are figuring out what it means for school moving forward. God is in control and we are His clay. 

Hard reality hit thinking about this virus! God I pray protection!!

On our way to Mimi’s

Fun in Papa’s truck


Fun in the golf cart too
 

Friday morning it was our weekly grocery store run. The girls stayed with Mimi while Lisa went to go see what was on the store shelfs. We have not let the girls go to the store since the shelfs started getting empty and trying to protect there from germs. Thankful we were able to get most everything on our list for the week; we ordered a few other staples online. We planned on hanging out at Mimi’s until noonish but stayed a little longer since Stacy brought the girls out to talk with them too. 

Afternoon fun with buddy and the girls …. Leia did not want her picture taken
 
Movie night snuggles are the best!
  
The girls enjoyed sleeping in the tent they made

Saturday we had dedicated to purging the garage while the girls cleaned out the playroom. Lisa made a yummy filling breakfast to get us ready for the day of fun ;). Our plan was to start at 10 and work until it was finished. We worked until the trash cans were full and we were tired then came in to shower to get ready for our movie night. Loving the extra time to simply be together.  

Garage clean out … good dent in it but trash cans full so it is not finished. 

Loving out snuggle nights 
 

Sunday morning, we joined our church family online again then hung out at home for a little bit. Then Lisa and the girls headed to Mimi while Chris studied. Midday the Rhoads joined the fun and we all grilled out. Mark and Stacy headed home early while the girls played. They were having a great time riding the golf cart. Leia came up with the idea to throw water balloons but the other three was still wanting to ride so mommy joined the fun and threw them water balloons with Leia and at her. The little sisters joined the fun shortly afterwards followed by Sara a little later. Lisa took Sara and Katie home after the water fun while our girls spent the night with Mimi since both Lisa and Chris had to work Monday.

Mommy threw water balloons at Leia while the other girlies 


Sara finally joined the water balloon fun
 

Monday our girls got an extra day of spring break with Mimi. They helped water the flowers by transporting the water pitcher in the golf cart and helped Mimi cut the grass. Mimi picked up Sara and Katie mid day for them all to have a little fun together. They all stayed outside most the day enjoying the vitamin D from the sunshine and fresh air. Lisa headed to Gardendale to pick our girls up late that afternoon once the ‘work day’ was over. 

Morning walk with mimi

while mommy and daddy worked … they were having a lot more fun than us

We also made a special delivery to Grayson for her 10th birthday 
   
Sweet dreams my baby girl

 

22 MarWeek of Homeschool and Telecommuting due to CORID-19

It is Wednesday which makes it day 3 of school being out and Chris telecommuting but day 1 of both Lisa and Chris telecommuting went pretty well. There still is a lot of uncertainty around the virus that has forced businesses, schools, and restaurants to close but we are doing our part to #flatten the curve. We all stayed home all day. The girls both read and did math for 40 minutes each while Lisa and Chris worked. Other than those two subjects they pretty much played but some of the play was engineering related so that counted as science. We took a family walk in the afternoon before the girls asked if they could wash a car. The car wash turned into just playing in the hose but they had fun. We grilled out dinner then ended up having an early bedtime again tonight in our room. We know rest is good to keep our immune systems up so trying to make sure we all get plenty of it too. 

Thursday, we did much of the same. and stayed home all day. Ivy was getting a little stir crazy and started face-timing from the chair with daddy while mommy was on the couch. Leia was content to chilling out one more day. We enjoyed a family walk or two and rode bikes too. Ivy got to FaceTime a friends, Evelyn that evening; keeping connected to people is good for us. The girlies slept in our room again since they wanted too. 

Friday, we spent the morning playing outside and riding bikes. The girls were excited when the dog from down the street came down to visit; we kept our social  distance with the human but not the dog. Mid-morning the adults were all on edge and stressing ourselves out readying what we could get our hands on regarding CORVID-19 virus.  We decided it best if the girls headed to Mimi’s to see her while Chris worked since we all had been in isolation and had saw each other Tuesday. Stacy, Sara, and Katie ended up coming over too. We talked about what they were saying to the nurses and medical staff; our medical aunt told us one of the best ways to fight off disease is not to stress your body out. So we decided to all simply enjoy being a family and do normal things together like dinner. The Rhoads headed home after dinner but the Comfort girls stayed the night at Mimi’s. The girls loved playing in the basement, riding the golf cart, and chilling out at Mimi’s; it is one of our places we go to relax and mommas always make everything better no matter what age you are. 

 

The girls were excited to see each other! It is not the 6 feet of social distance at dinner but it was good for our souls to be together, normal, and not stressing out

Saturday, morning we chilled out watching a new to us Netflix show, Green House Academy. Then we decided to go on a walk while the girls rode the rockers then the adults rode bikes while the girls rode the golf cart. The Rhoads came back about lunch and we all had a little fellowship before a late lunch. Mark mentioned that we were suppose to be leaving for Helen, GA that day. It is strange how life can take you to unexpected places. Grateful we were together! We know to never take for granted a moment you have with a person you love. We had a great time just being together and fellowshipping. We came home as Chris was finishing his studying. Our little family got to enjoy some sweet time together too. Time is the most precious thing; thankful for this time with those we love. We had a light dinner together after the big lunch then just simply was together until bed time. 

Morning snuggles are always the best! 
 
Escorting the golf cart riding bikes and then enjoying a nice lunch before heading home 
  

Sunday morning mommy was the last one up so breakfast was late but she was up for a few hour during the night; God I pray better rest in the week ahead. It was a good morning to sleep in though since it was a rainy one. Chris worked on school and Lisa did a couple hours of work after breakfast. Our Sunday school met online. It was encouraging to hear from them and get to fellowship online. We FaceTimed with Deedee and Grandpa for a little bit. Ivy and Lisa went for a walk that afternoon when the sun came out then came back to paint nails then had an afternoon snack. Chris and Leia joined us outside after our snack. The girls rode bikes and swung in the swing. A couple neighbors stopped on their walks to say hi but no-one stepped off the roadway and we were in the middle of our yard so we kept a good social distance. We as humans generally crave connecting so it is odd having such distance but we know it is for the good of all. It is also strange not having a ton of things to do; the isolation is giving each of us time to just be together with minimal distractions. God I pray You still our spirits and we turn back to you as a nation under God again…heal our land, heal our hearts, forgive us for turning from you, save us Lord.  

Leia chilled with daddy while Ivy walked with mommy

Little spa time 


Enjoyed sweet snuggles with Leia while we watched TV before bed