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.
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.
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: