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.

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