Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Back in the water

We were talking to the blond twin about her swim club's new plan to start practices again. She's ready to get back in the pool, especially since the girls high school swim season starts in about 10 weeks. 

The club has access to an outdoor pool from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. They are breaking up the teams so there are fewer swimmers in the water at any time. Each swimmer can spend one hour in the pool. Swimmers will practice two nights a week.

When the official email came across, we told the blond twin that her practice time was from 9:00 until 10:30. She looked at us and said, "9:00? Why?" She did not seem happy and we stared at her for a minute.

I looked at her and said, "9:00 p.m. You don't have to get up early."

She smiled and said, "Night practice. Good."

Monday, June 1, 2020

Out and about

When Covid-19 destroyed the girls' summer plans, we spent some time trying to figure out how to keep them busy. On their own they would sit on their devices and watch videos all day. We knew that they needed some downtime during the summer, but 24/7 was too much downtime.

The brunette twin was able to find some normalcy in her world pretty quickly. Horseback riding is a good way to maintain physical distance from others. She was able to start lessons again almost as soon as her school year ended.

Recently golf courses opened up. She's been golfing with her Dad once a week and hitting the range often.

Both girls are taking an SAT prep class, which will help them during Junior year.

The blond twin is retaking pert of her Chemistry class. She didn't do as well as she wanted first semester, especially if she wants to apply to nursing school.

We've given up on finding summer jobs. So businesses are still completely or partially closed. We realize they will hire back their former employees before they hire new ones. Also, Covid-19 is still lingering. We're not sure it's worth the risk to have the girls working.

Now, if only the blond twin could get back in the pool, we'd be set.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

What's in my bowl?

It's hard to find something that everyone can agree on when it comes to meals. The blond twin only eats certain things on her self-created fitness plan. The brunette twin is a vegetarian who doesn't like most fruits and vegetables. 

Now Holly has decided not to eat her dog food. She's gotten spoiled since everyone is home all the time. Holly has been eating lots of table scraps with her breakfast for weeks now. Recently we served regular dog food, a brand she ate with gusty a few weeks ago. She sniffed it and walked away.

This has gone on for days now. We decided she no longer gets anything but her dog food. When she gets hungry enough, she eventually eats what's in her bowl.

We have enough trouble trying to feed the human children. We're not going to allow our dog to become our next picky eater.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Pandemic hair cut

We've all seen the funny videos of celebrities getting hair cuts during our COVID-19 shelter at home mandate. No matter how casual everyone feels right now since we're mostly staying at home, we all eventually need to do a little grooming.

The brunette twin decided a few weeks ago to change her hair color. Six boxes of purple hair die later, she had brown hair with a purple glaze. It was really pretty, especially in the sun. 

The ends of her hair turned a pale purple/grey color. She decided that she wanted to cut it down since the ends were also really dry, so it was hard to brush her hair.

She asked me to cut her hair. Let's say it's not perfect, but it's not bad for an amateur like me. She took some pictures to document the event. As she said, "It's good enough." I think that's our new motto as we all go through these days.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Drive-by party

The pandemic has brought a lot of what we used to consider "normal" life to a halt. While we're waiting to get through the pandemic, lots of new traditions have sprung up. Today we were part of what might be my favorite new celebration.

Aunt Reenie was planning a low-key celebration for her birthday today. We don't normally celebrate birthdays for adults as a family. This is not a normal time, though.

We gathered at a park near Uncle Steve and Aunt Reenie's house. There were about 20 vehicle, including a fire department ladder truck. Aunt Reenie's dad was a Chicago Fire Department Battalion Chief, so the local fire department was happy to be part of the party. We decorated the cars with balloons and signs. 

The weather was sunny with a brisk breeze. Still, lots of people were outside working in their yards. Our parade set off to the delight of the neighbors. Everyone stopped to watch us go by.

Aunt Reenie was standing in the garage talking to Uncle Steve. By the time our car went by, she was wiping tears from her face. We went back around the block for a second pass by the house.

A few cars stopped, yelled greetings and went home. We might have to stay apart for our health, but that doesn't mean we can't all be together. Our first drive-by surprise party was a success that brought us all together for a some fun and laughter.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Pandemic dress up

Overheard at our house...

Mom:  "I put on jeans and a sweater today. I feel fancy."

Mom's friend:  "I'm going with the hoodie and jeans look today."

Mom:  "So, semi-formal today?"

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

It's your teacher

A big conversation among parents has been how to keep kids motivated to complete assignments. It gets harder as the shelter at home days drag on. Lots of people have shared stories about how their students were on the verge of getting an incomplete grade because they had not completed enough assignments.

When my device rang, it said, "Private number." I hesitated, then answered.

The voice said, "Hi. Is blonde twin there? It's her teacher." 

I said, "One minute please." And then I promptly hung up on her. I didn't mean to hang up. I tried to mute my device so I could tell the blonde twin who was on the phone.

The teacher called back immediately. I apologized, muted the phone, told the blonde twin her teacher was on the phone. I said, "You are doing your work, right?"

The blonde twin seemed shocked that her teacher was calling. When she hung up the phone, she was beaming. She said, "My teacher just called to tell me what a great job I was doing. She said I was one of the few students actually completing all my work."

We were so proud of her. We knew the girls were logging on every day and seemed to be doing their work. We never actually checked, though. The blonde twin had an "I told you so" attitude all evening. She earned it.