The New Year started out challenging – we watched the insurrection play out on television. It was sad and scary. It was tough to process as an adult but also for kids.Â
It felt like forever between when the Capital insurrection happened and the Inauguration. My school was remote from Thanksgiving until the week of the Inauguration to help everyone stay healthy (a good decision since we had seven cases while remote). Wednesday we are always remote so everyone was able to watch it on TV. What a day. It was the first hopeful day in a while.
Chris continued his health journey in January participating in the Winter Warrior challenge. He ran half marathons the five Sundays in January! He also walked every night. So proud of him!
This was a very different Christmas. There were no parities. There were no lights to visit. We went to Mass by watching it on TV. The kids sat on a bench in front of Santa with masks just for the traditional picture.
Two very important traditions were maintained.
Our Christmas card was a two part card. First there was a very boring post card that said â€œSorry, this is the best we could do. 2020 and all, you know?â€ People thought it was pretty funny and on point. A couple days later the actual card came. It featured us in zoom like boxes on the front. Inside was a picture of nice-ish clothes on top, with pajamas on the bottom. And lots of technology. It was fun and very 2020.
The second important tradition was the Christmas Pageant. I first talked to Aidan and Josh about it in October. We practiced with the kids on zoom and then filmed parts with small groups. Then Josh and Aidan edited together. Brendan still sang. Aidan played the piano for him. It was shown on the parish website and social media. It wasnâ€™t the same but it was pretty great to find a new way to make it happen.
School started remote for both the kids. There was a schedule but of course it is not the same as being in person with friends. All the fun things both kids enjoy – Brendanâ€™s theater, Aidanâ€™s music – just donâ€™t happen in the same way. Iâ€™m back at school. We have a hybrid plan and lots of protocols in place. Itâ€™s very weird and a bit unsettling.
October was a difficult month for lots of reasons. We got through it together. This is hard. None of it is easy and we all need help. We are all coping in our own ways.
We continued with house renovations since we were all home so much. Chris stripped the wallpaper in the living room. He painted it yellow and did a great job accessorizing it. Brendan purged a lot of costumes which meant we were able to get rid of that box in the living room. We got a new couch as well. It looks like a whole new space! It looks like grown up love here now!
Emi had her 3rd birthday. Despite how challenging things are for each of us – having a 3 year old wanting to celebrate as a princess is a nice break from our stress!
Halloween didnâ€™t much happen this year. Compared to years that Brendan has gone all out – wearing an animal onesie just didnâ€™t seem to be up to par. I, on the other hand, had two costumes to make the girls smile – a ladybug and Billie Eilish.
As if the year couldnâ€™t get any weirder – it was 80 degrees in November! Chris got an extra day kayaking in. Jenney and Aidan did too. Brendan and Emilee had fun at the beach. It was a very weird November day.
The highlight of November was the election. Of course we did not know for days the official winner. I found out officially from a text from Aidan. The best. Then we watched the coverage the rest of that Saturday. It was a bright spot after long months.