COVID-19

Six Thoughts on Saturday

I’ve been blessed with a couple of hours to myself this afternoon! Jimmy had a training at our church and I had to pet sit, so my mom is watching Sadie girl for a bit. I am so thankful for her willingness to help out ❤

Speaking of Sadie, my mom reported she is having a blast with her cousin and the bubble machine my parents have, lol.

Toddlers playing with bubbles from bubble machine

Since I have some time, I thought I would share some thoughts that have been swirling around in my head lately!

1. I can’t make this stuff up. Sadie and I were hanging out in her room the other day and I heard Malcolm and Niva playing in our bathtub but thought nothing of it because they play in there all the time. A few minutes later, there was a huge crashing noise in the other room and Sadie and I found this scene.

Husky pulled shower curtain down

Niva and Malcolm somehow pulled down our shower curtain, shower curtain liner, and the whole entire curtain rod and pulled it across our living room. I can’t even make this stuff up! I live in a zoo 😉

2. Hearing and face masks. I don’t talk about my hearing loss a ton, because it’s pretty mild. I’ve been recommended and fitted for hearing aids by my audiologist, but insurance doesn’t cover the full price so I say “what?” a lot and pretty much have to be looking directly at someone when they’re talking to me. If there’s no background noise, I do really well. With COVID-19 and mask wearing, hearing what people are saying has become so hard. Everything sounds muffled more than it already does for me, lol.

3. Cute messes. Jimmy and I were getting dinner ready last night and Sadie was in our basement playing for quite a while. It was finally time for dinner and she still hadn’t come upstairs. I peeked down the steps (you know, the ones Malcolm got glass all over…) and saw that she pulled all of our shoes out of our shoe racks and lined them up.

She also somehow figured out how to climb the steps while wearing my size 9 (#bigfoot) Crocs. Impressive 😉

Shoes lined up

4. Potty training. Okay fellow parents who have potty trained their children, help! What age did you begin potty training and how did you start? We’ve been reading this book and even got Sadie a potty of her own, but can use any tips and advice!

5. Pet sitting. While I don’t pet sit nearly as much as I used to, I love seeing Haley. She was one of my first petting sitting clients. She did well with Lola and saw me through the end of college, starting pet sitting full time, bringing home Malcolm, Mavis, Sadie, and Niva. Needless to say, we have a special bond that I cherish ❤

Girl with chocolate lab

6. Nails. I used nail wraps (which are basically nail polish stickers) the other day and have been really impressed with them. They look legit and have held up well. I don’t think they’re affordable enough to use regularly, so I want to know: do you paint your nails often? What is your favorite nail polish?

I go through phases of painting my nails and taking great care of them… and then sometimes I ignore them for a few months. My favorite nail polish brand is China Glaze and good ol’ Sally Hansen, but I’m always open to trying different brands!

Tell me something on your mind today!

Documenting This Time

I don’t know if you feel this way, but I constantly feel acutely aware that we’re living in the middle of a huge, history-changing time right now.

I feel it when I go to the grocery store and everyone is required to wear a mask. I feel it on Sunday mornings, when we’re gathered around the TV to watch the services instead of with our church family at the physical building. I feel in the mornings, when Jimmy is home with us when he’s usually at work. I feel it in the afternoons when we walk Niva and there’s a lot more people outside at 2:00pm than normal.

Family walking Siberian husky

I feel it when I’m out doing an Instacart order, trying to bring in extra income because we haven’t received Jimmy’s unemployment checks yet. I feel it when I talk on the phone with family and friends instead of being with them in person.

It’s a strange time, with a lot of unknowns. The quarantine hasn’t been all bad for our family, and for that we are incredibly thankful. We’ve spent a lot of time together, remained healthy, adopted a wonderful dog, and I’ve been able to work. Most importantly, though, we’ve learned to lean on and trust in God even more. 

He has taken care of and blessed us through this crazy time like we could never have imagined. I’ve felt my relationship with God deepen in a way that it wouldn’t have if we didn’t experience financial fears when Jimmy was laid off, a worldwide pandemic, and not being able to be surrounded by our church family during such a tough period of time.

Coffee and bible with toddler

I’m praying that we’ll be able to look back on this time as just that–a time in history. With that in mind, I’ve been working on documenting our daily life with lots of pictures and a few vlogs.

So, that’s what I’m sharing today. Some pictures of our everyday life, along with two (!) vlogs from this week, which can be found here and here.

Husky and baby in carrier on walk

Lots and lots of walks have been happening and we all love them. 

Dad and toddler on couch

Jimmy got some work done with his assistant. 

Black cat riding in the car

We took Malcolm on a joy ride!

Instacart lanyard

My Instacart lanyard feels like an extra body part lately, lol. So thankful for this work!

Toddle and husky on crib rails

These two are always up to something!

Baby eating popsicle

Popsicles have been wonderful for teething pain. Sadie’s canines have been coming in and it has been a doozy for everyone. 

Cat and husky

Malcolm and Niva kept me company while I painted my toenails. 

Toddler with pigtails

Sadie hardly ever leaves her hair in pigtails, but it’s adorable when she does. 

Biscuit I can read book

I’m pretty sure I’ve read this book 876 times in the past week or so 😉

Cooking with toddler helping

I’ve started to have Sadie help me cook and she absolutely loves it! It’s definitely not faster or easier to have her help, but just watching her discover things in the kitchen is 100% worth it. 

Husky sunbathing

Sunny weather calls for Bible time on the porch swing while Niva sunbathes!

Does your daily life look totally different than it did a few months ago?