September 3, 2020

What Online School Looks Like


It looks like time on the laptops/Chromebooks.  A lot of it.

Rerun decided to move to the couch to get away from Tad.

Ane is holed up in her room, using my old desk.

And Thumper now has at-home ABA sessions again!  While the weather is good, they will be outside in what I am calling our “ABA pavilion.”

Keeping them outside is just another level of safety right now.  Here’s hoping the weather holds out for a while…

September 2, 2020

First Day Of Virtual School


Welcome to the new school year, which is not full of bus rides and meeting new teachers and all that.  The kids are sitting at home, on laptops, on Zoom.

This is so weird.

But, I did take the traditional first day of school pictures, even if they didn’t go anywhere.

Ane, 11th grade:

Tad, 9th grade:

Rerun, 5th grade:

Thumper, 2nd grade:

The boys all had new T-shirts to wear (Ane picks out her own clothes), but I didn’t even bother putting shoes on anyone for pictures because it’s warm and we’re not going anywhere….

August 31, 2020

Obachan’s Birthday


Yesterday was Obachan’s birthday, but in the current situation, having a party was a little hard.  Just a little.

So we arranged to all be with her at the nursing home, talking with her in shifts.  But she did get a cake.

We all got to say hello through a big folding glass screen, but had to use a microphone and headset so she could hear us.

After months apart, it was so good to finally see her and talk with her.

We’ve all missed her so much!

August 28, 2020

Flashback Friday


We bought the Honda Odyssey in June 2006.  I went digging through my files and found the pictures from the day we bought it.  The first real drive we took with it was just a couple of days later, when we drove over to Fort Casey (via the ferry to Whidbey Island) with Ane and Tad to meet up with Friend and Doc.

Look how little the kids were!  Don’t ask me why Ane is biting her hat.  And please remember that the Webmaster and I have changed in 14 years…

Anyway, we only spent the day there, but the kids had a good time.

But it was our first “road trip” as a minivan family, and I remember how much I loved ALL THE SPACE that we could use.  After stuffing both kids for ten months into the back of my aging Ford Contour, it was AMAZING.

And now I look at these pictures of tiny little Tad, and it’s no wonder that he doesn’t remember any other car than our Honda Odyssey.

Today is my niece Bette’s TENTH birthday!!!  Happy birthday, sweetie!  Miss you lots!