We now return to our regularly scheduled programming

It was a long 6 weeks of recovery for my poor bum.

But I do think that in that time, the boys and I learned to embrace comfort, rest and snuggles to a whole new level.

Joe, who was in GO Mode to take care of all of us, embraced the cold outdoors by cross-country skiing as much as possible.

Charlie and I have learned some new, complicated games, like Tzolkin (below) and Dice Forge, and Henry has figured out how to kind of turn distance-learning into doing the kind of learning and experimenting he feels like doing.

It’s not exactly great for developing life skills like paying attention and following directions, but the kid is curious, active and experimental.

Charlie’s all about those directions, but he got pretty creative with his decorate mask assignment for his art class. A mustache!

Outside, they practiced making the sounds of all of the different instruments they could think of. Do-it-yourself music class!

Charlie joined an online afterschool chess club. Henry likes to be right there!

And then we’ve got mountain-climbing for P.E. See? We’re making it all happen.

Two Sundays ago, I was feeling considerably better and antsy to get out of the house and moving. So I put on my yak trax and hit the sidewalk.

I made it to Lake Harriet, which is a mile and a half away. I felt great, and was inspired by the hockey-players on the lake to keep on truckin.

Then I came across a steady stream of people doing a Polar Plunge. Not for any event, charity or anything…just people who want to dunk into an icy lake for kicks.

I felt further inspired and kept on.

I ended up making it to Linden Hills, fueled up with some coffee, and enjoyed my return walk, totalling up 5 miles that day. It was a big accomplishment, especially after barely making it two blocks just a few weeks ago, and a wonderful sign that the next day I wasn’t even sore.

To celebrate…well, mostly because we were inspired by Cupcake Diaries…the boys and I made sweet zucchini cupcakes with avocado frosting.

It was difficult to get a photo where they didn’t look gross, but I promise you, they were delicious! Charlie did a great job icing

…and Henry, of course, came in when the sprinkles came out

Bolstered by my walking success, the boys and I drove up to NE Mpls to explore around the river and St Anthony Main.

It was…super cold! We didn’t last long, but it was nice to be out nonetheless.

It’s the end of Quarter 2 of my first year of teaching. I made it halfway! With a fresh start ahead, I’m trying to come up with ways to improve my curriculum and try out new projects. Toying with having the students do a weaving project with homemade cardboard looms and plastic bag strips…

I do enjoy the creativity and flexibility that has come out of this time we’re in.

Now that I feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, AND I can, you know, move again, I’m feeling such joy.

Just Keep Swimming

For my birthday, I usually go to an art museum and go ice skating. When I envisioned my COVID birthday, I thought, “Hey! At least I’ll still get to go skating!”

With my injury, that was obviously not an option either.

Luckily, my mobility keeps getting better, so we were able to go on a short hike. Joe’s the expert at finding great places to walk, so I asked him for somewhere flattish, with dirt trails (paved ones can be icy, which is scary for me right now), and is a bit of a drive away so we could really get out there and listen to some How to Train Your Dragon, as read by David Tennant. He remembered Cleary Regional Park, the place where Henry found his great quill feathers.

A lot of people were out cross-country skiing there as well. We even saw someone with an infant car seat tucked into an inner-tube that they pulled along behind them as they went! So cute.

Henry would sprint in bursts, making some kind of vehicle noise, and then would rest in the snow to regain his energy.

I thought a break sounded nice, too, so the boys and I took a rest together.

While we ate our lunch back home, we enjoyed some winter rainbows courtesy of prisms Meagan sent!

It really was a lovely birthday! I’m so happy for the darling people I live with

For Christmas this year, we got the boys Nintendo, and they’ve been loving their Mario Kart break of the day! They have also been enjoying some of the classic Mario games, which is fun to watch.

Those silly boys bringing some last minute joy to me right before their bedtime.

The next day, we celebrated Colleen’s birthday belatedly with a lovely walk through Como Park. Babies!!!

It was a gorgeous afternoon

Henry was curious what he looked like in his snowpants. I told him I’d take a picture, and that he should make the face he wanted to see. Hahahahahaha!

School started up the next day for all of us. Henry was really looking forward to it, and Charlie was bummed. I was…ambivalent.

But now that we’re halfway through the week, I can honestly say it’s been good. It’s nice to have some more purpose to our days, and it gives me a good distraction from my butt!

Henry’s learning oodles about snakes and other animals, and loving sharing his new facts. Charlie is finding he still has plenty of time to create Lego scenes and read, so being back in school’s not so bad.