Friday, August 28, 2020

High Five for Friday (8.28.20)

Just like in-person school would have been, the first couple of weeks of virtual school were accompanied by quite a few false starts, missteps, and challenges, many of which we didn't anticipate. That said, as we wrap up week two today, I find myself so grateful for 1) the amazing principals and educators in our school district, 2) the bonus teachers and coaches - Will's cross country and soccer coaches, along with Hallie's dance teachers - positively influencing and impacting our lives on a daily basis, and 3) my kids' resilience and positive attitudes throughout all of this nonsense. Keep on keepin' on, friends. We can do this.
This one REALLY likes to do school with Hallie.

After seeing how much Will grew since she'd seen him last, Will's orchestra director gave him the go-ahead to move up to a full size cello. So late last week, Will and I packed up his 3/4 size cello and headed to the music store from which we've rented his instruments since he started playing at the beginning of fifth grade. We spent about 30 minutes in the store (masked, of course - seems like we should to mention that these days), playing different cellos until Will found the one he liked best: a brand new Romanian model, which supposedly - because of the craftsmanship and design - will only sound better and better as it's played. Once we'd signed on the dotted line, we cruised through the Starbucks drive-thru for a quick treat before I dropped him off at school for orchestra class. The outing was probably the most enjoyable and appreciated 90 minutes of my week; the bonus time with Will, in the middle of a school day no less, was such a welcome and needed perk to our virtual schooling schedule. 

Cross country tryouts started this 6:35am. Which means Will needs to be at school at 6:25am, we need to leave the house at 6:20am, he needs to be up at 6:05am, and I need to be up at 6am. I know lots of people get up far earlier than 6am, but that time of day just isn't my jam; I'm a night owl and I don't like to get up before the sun. BUT (and because this is a high five post), I DO like both wrapping up my daily three mile walk by 7:15am and exercising before the sunrise ignites the day's heat. 

Though our local production of The Nutcracker will not take place this year, we plan to show our support for the (eventual return of the) show and love of all things nutcracker by wearing our new nutcracker masks! I found the fabric on Etsy and sent it to my mom, who graciously turned it into masks for Hallie, her friends, me, and my friends. 

Last but certainly not least, our patio is undergoing an extreme makeover this week and next! I'm planning on a more detailed post with lots of pictures in a couple of weeks, but until then, here's a sneak peak of this exciting project!

Yep, that's Hallie, assembling furniture. She's kind
of a rockstar when it comes to this kind of project. 

Happy weekend, friends!

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