This was our first full week in quarantine or "Social Distancing" as its been coined due to the threat of COVID-19. All schools are closed, many non-essential businesses are closed, restaurants can only do delivery and carryout, and people are told to stay home, avoid social gatherings, playgrounds, keep 6ft away from other people if you do venture outside. Its been interesting thats for sure. Thankfully we have already been through the transition of working and schooling at home, unlike many of our friends who are now faced with that. But not having any physical socialization has been difficult. Bram is extremely social and explaining this situation to him in a way that his understands and is not terrified has not been easy.
Monday was a tax deadline and I worked allllll day, so Lee and Bram had adventures close to home.
On Thursday we decided to go forward with Bram's first horseback riding lesson. It's outside, one-on-one with very minimal physical contact. He really enjoyed it! She taught him how to brush the horse, put on the saddle and reigns and how to make the horse walk and trot. They even did some obstacles like navigating cone mazes and walking over poles on the ground! I hope we can continue this through the quarantine period as its our one respite and seems safe enough, for now.
We got our next Little Passports subscription delivery, Meme & Poppy got this for Bram for Hanukkah in 2019 and he has really enjoyed getting mail with his name on it, and following along on Milo, Max & Toby's adventures. The activity book that comes with it is a great addition to our homeschooling and the crafts/games have really been fun! This time was animal finger puppets. We recently bought a new deep freezer, and the box it came in has been a great source of entertainment for Bram. Its been a space ship, a store, and now a puppet theater.
We then packed up and went outside, we explored further than normal crossing the trails from our lake to a neighboring lake. We found a nice spot to have a snack and I read the story to him. On the way back home we collected various items for our Stone Soup! At home we mixed it all in a pot as I wrote the recipe listing and we described how it looked and smelled. Then we read the story again while he did the sequencing. We didn't get to the tracer pages that day.
There is an activity that is popular right now on Facebook and Instagram which is painting on your windows so people walking by and get some positivity. I found a recipe online for easily washable paint using flour, water, soap and food coloring, so we gave it a try... it didn't go so well. The paint was basically water and ran down the windows, the color was not dark enough, and from the outside it almost looked like we were writing an SOS message to someone. What was poetic was as we turned off the lights to go upstairs to bed I the street light made the messages reflect INSIDE on the walls, it's like we needed to hear the messages the most.
is a kiddo who still lives with his parents and dog in a suburb of Washington, DC.