September 7, 2020

Our First New Couch


In 20 years of marriage, the Webmaster and I have never bought a new couch.  Our first one was bought secondhand from someone my mother knew, who was downsizing a room.  Our second couch came from my aunt and uncle when they replaced their living room set.  Our third couch (which we needed to replace) was from my step-uncle and step-aunt when they bought a new couch.  The kids had pretty much shredded this last couch to the point that I had been covering it with blankets when people could see it over Zoom.

It being Labor Day, the Webmaster and I decided to just find something, ANYTHING, so long as it was in one piece and didn’t look like it was going to fall apart.

So we picked one out from World Market, which was in stock at our local store, and the Webmaster ran over to Home Depot to rent a truck by the hour to fetch it, and then take the old couch to the dump (along with some other items).

First, we moved the old couch out to the front yard.  This was extremely appealing to all the kids.

Tad began to have a meltdown over getting rid of this couch, but it was happening.

The new couch arrived and it was greeted with great enthusiam by everyone but Tad.

He is currently refusing to sit on the new couch.  We shall see how long this lasts.

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!