UNO!

This morning Liam crawled into bed with me to tell me about the 8 rounds of Uno the boys had already played together. Yesterday there were no fewer than four Uno sessions - probably more that I didn't know about - each of multiple games. It can be played just the two boys or the whole family, in person or over a screen with friends and family we can't currently visit.

Nathan came up with the idea to give Liam a set of Uno cards for Christmas this past Christmas. We chose a set of cards in a tin so the box would survive lots of use. We had no idea that six months later it would be a key ingredient in surviving social distancing, traveling around the house daily.

Best Christmas Present Ever.

Day 16 - Lead us not into Temptation

We did not have a slow enough day today. By Wednesday I was looking forward to the weekend - my whole being is still getting used to how to live this new do all the things with all the people while everyone is at home reality. But I think that is the temptation - to do ALL THE THINGS. To STILL do all the things we've always done, just in a new way. And now that there is no travel time, we can do more of the things because we think we have more time for doing things. AND YET - it's not really true, and it's exhausting.

So while we (the kids?) had a few slow moments today, we also fit a lot in - getting outside in the yard for the morning sun, an impromptu game of Uno with Henry, a wonderful lunch catching up with Alex and Adina and Theia since we couldn't see them in person as originally planned for today, yard work to get more leave removed and beds uncovered ahead to the rain this coming week, more Uno, this time with Grammy and Papa, prep in the school room for distance learning to begin next week - all good things. But by the end of the day I was once again all screened - and energyed - out. And it seems so was everyone else. We came to the end of the day with after dinner fighting. We sorted it out and enjoyed one more game of Uno before bed.

It will be raining tomorrow. I think we can do less.

Day 15 - Playdates

We are social distancing and pretty much in quarantine at our house, since other than Tim's trip to the grocery store last Friday none of us have been anywhere with other people for 14 days at this point, so how is it that today we had more playdates than I think we've ever had in one day?

Nathan had a morning get together with his teacher and class. Liam had "morning recess" organized by another classroom parent. Following indoor recess a classmate called up to ask to continue playing. Which lasted until lunch which was followed by another playdate with friends of both boys. The screen and schedule management of playdates without leaving the house is exhausting for the parents, but wonderful for the boys. I definitely reach screen fatigue faster than they do.

Aches

My body aches.
My shoulders and the back of my neck from the stress my body is carrying even if my brain is good at not noticing.
And from my still working on it home office setup. (I need a better chair, and keyboard, and laptop stand, and mouse...)
My legs - thighs and calves - ache from the squats that have begun a fixture in our morning gym routine.
And from the hikes that now occur throughout our week.
My arms ache from pushups (again, thank you morning gym) and planks (when I get tired of suffering through the pushups).
My body aches, but I guess it isn't all bad.

Day 14 - Let it be

Each night and again in the morning I have been thinking of this prayer from Compline as it appears in the New Zealand Book of Common Prayer's English translation.

At night I am remind:
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

As I start the day, even though it is a prayer for the end of the day:
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.


Lord,
it is night.

The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done;
let it be.

The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives
rest in you.
The night is quiet.
[b]Let the quietness of your peace enfold us,
all dear to us,
and all who have no peace.[/b]

The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day,
new joys,
new possibilities.

In your name we pray.
Amen.