Raise your hand if you have been bored during this quarantine at home. Yes, my hand is very high in the air. My kids and husband have too. It is not necessarily a bad thing. This time has taught all of us to come up with creative ways to keep busy. Use our imaginations. It has re-taught me how to slow down, something I have not done since having kids. There have been tears and emotions, schoolwork (which is not a favorite part of the day around here) and lots of downtime. Here is another week of the good and bad. We remain healthy so all is good for now at Casa Block.
It’s the little things.
This week was pretty much the same as the others though a couple things were a little different but made a big difference. For the first time EVER, my husband offered to clean the house. I didn’t think it would actually happen. But he did it and it gave me the day off from cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, I still did laundry, helped with the kids school work, tidied the kitchen as I do over and over every day. But I didn’t have to scrub the toilets or vacuum the floors and it was REALLY nice. My list was long and he did it all. He hasn’t had a lot of work since we have been home and I am so grateful for all of his help with the kids and sharing responsibilities.
We also had a bit of a heat wave in LA this week so Friday we quit school early to do outside water play and it was perfect. For one afternoon it didn’t feel like quarantine and home school, it felt like a relaxing day at home. The kids had the best time and it was wonderful. The weekend was nice too, though Friday took the cake with outdoor play, baking, Shabbat with friends and a game night. Now I have a bit of the Sunday night blues but hopefully it will be a good week. The sun will be shining so that is a start.
Another week has passed and we continue to find ways to stay “busy” each day. The kids went back to online learning and have a bit more routine in the day. Their teachers have been meeting with them on zoom and we monitor and assist with school work. There is a lot of boredom. And a lot of screen time. And a lot of repetition. It feels a little strange to continue posting the same kind of photos week after week but that is our life now and it is what we are living. Wishing you all health and wellness in this stressful time.
Spring Break 2020
Last week we had spring break off from online learning and a time to celebrate Passover and Easter. It was a rainy week and a week that is normally spent traveling and with family for the holidays so this year was definitely different from the past. Here are photos from the past week. There are more photos than usual in this post because there were more days between posts. It has been a roller coaster of emotions but ultimately we are happy and healthy which is all that really matters.
My newest Toy
This week I ordered a remote camera shutter release. Basically it is a remote control to fire the camera so I can essentially be in the photo and take the picture at the same time. Many people have asked if it makes me sad to not be present in the photos I have captured through this home quarantine series. While I am most comfortable behind the camera, I think it is nice to be present in some of the photos so when my kids look back on the experience they remember me as being part of it. I have struggled with the focus of the images as it is tricky to get it right without looking through the lens but that is one of the great challenges that has pushed me outside my comfort zone of shooting in new ways and keeps me inspired. I am still experiencing the emotional highs and lows of this crazy journey we are on but shooting daily has been very helpful in giving me purpose and continuing to push myself creatively. I feel I am continuing to grow as a photographer and will continue to push the boundaries to expand my photographic knowledge and ability during this time at home. Here are some photos from Friday through today:
Our family has been trying to keep our spirits up and ourselves occupied during our quarantine. We are in week 3 and it may seem that these photos are redundant from previous posts– because they are. We are doing many of the same activities and adding some new ones. Bare with me as there are a lot of photos in this post. I am really striving to capture it all and make the mundane look a little more special so my kids will look back on this time and remember the good that came of it. We are healthy and settling into this new lifestyle as best we can. It is hard but we are making it work. For now, here are my photos and my “journal” notes for each. Sending you all wishes for good health and safety.
So we are well into the second week of our home isolation and it sure does feel like we are repeating the same day over and over. Don’t get me wrong- we are happy and healthy which is so important right now. But we feel like we are living the movie “Groundhog’s Day”. Every morning we wake up and go for a family walk, do school work, my husband leads PE lessons, they have online learning, reading time, free time, online play dates, soccer lessons— AND repeat. To spice it up, my son wanted his head shaved and my daughter got slime stuck in her hair and decided to cut it out. In the front. To the scalp. *sigh* Here are some photos from the last several days. Nothing special or out of the ordinary, just a way to document our time in quarantine. Stay healthy and safe out there!
Document your days
It is Sunday morning and we have been home for a week. We are starting to settle into new life with online learning and visiting friends, phone calls, home activities, walks around the neighborhood, countless projects and ways to play in different spaces of our home. Washed countless dishes and loads of laundry and washing hands till they are chapped but this is all part of our quarantine. The most important thing is that my kids are having fun and are not scared. They have been bored- WE have been bored. But they are getting so much time to do the things that we can never seem to fit in and we are doing it all TOGETHER. I think it is important for parents to document these days. Even if it is capturing time on the ipad or reading a book, it will be wonderful for our children to look back at this time as a special and meaningful time in their lives. A time where life slowed down and they were able to spend quality time with family and new ways of communicating with friends, relatives, teachers, coaches, etc. Someday their kids will learn about this in their history books and what a great gift for our kids to have pictures to show them. These days may feel long and the activities may seem menial but capturing smiles and togetherness will go a long way in their memories of this time and that may be one of the positives to take from all of this. Here are some photos from our last two days. I will continue to capture and post our everyday as a visual diary and to keep myself shooting and doing what I love.
Our New Normal…
In a time filled with fear and frustration, laughter and tears, I have gone through a wave of emotions as our family adjusts to being home-bound indefinitely. I have gone from working mom and chauffeur to home-school teacher and housekeeper. All while feeling afraid of the unknown that surrounds us all- the fear of getting sick in this awful pandemic. As we navigate our new schedule, I have learned a lot about myself and what seems to be working best. For one, a schedule did not work for us. It made me feel bad when I was behind, tense when I was late and disappointed when we did not complete my expectations. Today, we tore it up and it was our best day yet. I am striving for a balance between having the kids learning and doing school work and having fun and memorable experiences. I think it is important to have them connecting with friends but not overdoing it and feeling sad or frustrated. As we navigate this journey I have decided to pull out my camera and capture some of what we are doing in our days together. We have baked, learned, played, laughed and cried. Here are a few pictures of our week thus far. Many more photos to come. I would just like to take the time to say how grateful I am for the health of those I love and hope you all are hanging in there during this very scary and unusual time.
Sweet sleepy girl
Newborn baby sessions are done in the early days of the baby’s life to ensure they are sleepy and able to sleep in those sweet little tuck positions. There are other tricks that help to keep them sleepy and happy too- lots of milk and a warm room with white noise. All of these tools help make the session easiest on baby. This sweet little girl was at the perfect age and slept like a champ. Her parents were so kind and open to getting creative, which I love! Here are some photos from our newborn session.