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Captains Log Day 63

Captains Log Day 63

It has been a loooooong time since my last blog post, but it’s really hard to write when I’m not inspired. Every day pretty much runs into the next – wake up, school work, lunch, isolated bike ride or walk, dinner, another isolated bike ride or walk, bedtime. The end. Wake up the next day and do it all over again. Even weekends are basically like “what can we do today that doesn’t involve going anywhere or being around anyone.”…

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Quarantine Week 3

Quarantine Week 3

My paternal grandma, Mamaw, talked often about her time working as a riveter in the airplane factory during WWII. She really was a “Rosie the Riveter!” My grandpa served in the war and she did her part on the home front. I always listened to her stories with such interest and asked questions because it really fascinated me this whole idea of aiding in a war effort from home. It never occurred to me that I would see in my…

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Homeschool week 2

Homeschool week 2

Kids have been out of school now for 1 week and 1 day, and let me tell you, this homeschool ship is sinking fast! Throw me a life preserver cause I’m jumping ship! Ha! We had a rough morning getting back into the groove of school. It’s drizzly and gloomy out and everyone just wants to be snuggled in a chair watching tv. I get it. I want to do that too. But, I know my kiddos are better when…

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Ice Cream Science

Ice Cream Science

It’s hard enough having to socially distance ourselves right now from everyone, but to not be able to go outside and play makes this extra challenging. It’s 40 degrees and overcast, so not terribly cold, but still not warm either. We’ve managed to take a short walk around the neighborhood most days just to get some fresh air, but it would sure be nice if it was sunny and 60 and the kids could just run and ride bikes and…

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Day 3 – Homeschool

Day 3 – Homeschool

I never thought I would actually be homeschooling my kids, but that’s the world we are living in right now. During the summer, we occasionally do worksheets and academics, but it’s much more relaxed knowing it’s just review of what they learned in school. I’m really doubtful they will be returning to school to finish out Kindergarten and Preschool, so I’m giving it my best shot to keep them on track learning what they need to. Eli’s teacher sent home…

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Day 1 of the Coronatine

Day 1 of the Coronatine

Well, the world has officially come to a stand still. Literally. Coronavirus hit the United States, and now Ohio, so schools are cancelled, gatherings of 100+ people are cancelled, and it’s pandemonium at grocery stores. Toilet paper seems to be most in demand, followed by cheese, graham cracker crusts, and frozen potatoes. I don’t understand the toilet paper thing because this virus is NOT affecting the GI tract at all, but since there is a run on toilet paper, the…

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Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Chicken Tortilla Soup

At least 2-3 times a week I make slow cooker dinners. I love my Crock Pot because it’s easy to throw ingredients in when I wake up in the morning, and dinner is ready whenever we are in the evening. Ninja class, dance class, soccer games, and church meetings all seem to happen right around the dinner hour, which means I have zero time to fix a meal if we want to eat at a somewhat normal time. That’s when…

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The Book Loft

The Book Loft

Have you ever visited a place and immediately thought you would be happy to call it home??? I walked into my happy place over the weekend when we ventured into German Village and checked out The Book Loft. This store is actually a pre-Civil War era home, with 32 rooms of floor to ceiling books! If you’re claustrophobic and think books are just okay, you would do best to stay outside. BUT, if you’re claustrophobic and LOVE books, you’ll quickly…

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Get Outside and Move!

Get Outside and Move!

We had such a fun time hiking at Hocking Hills, that we decided to continue our outdoorsy weekend exploring Scioto Audubon Metro Park in downtown Columbus. It was once an industrial site that how now been transformed into 120 acres of wildlife preserves, walking trails, a dog park, kids playground, obstacle course, and huge rock climbing wall. I had no idea what to expect, but we weren’t disappointed! The kids playground is small and mainly has climbing features with one…

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Winter Hiking in the Hocking Hills

Winter Hiking in the Hocking Hills

I’ve recently discovered my new favorite thing – hiking in the winter! No sweating, no mosquitos, no spider webs to accidentally walk through, and did I mention the no sweating part?!? We had a stretch of “warm” weather where the temps reached mid 40’s, so we decided to get the kids outside and enjoy mother nature. With all the flu and viruses going around, I didn’t want to take them somewhere indoors, but we were definitely going a little stir…

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