Coming at you from the most BEAUTIFUL morning outside right now….warm and humid and very summer-like (trying to merge my love for being out on the deck on summer mornings with also wanting to write):
Welp, today is the day! May 26, which is the official “lift” date of the Safer at Home order for my state and county here in Wisconsin.
Of course, we all know that doesn’t mean an immediate shift back to normal. I didn’t follow the news too much this weekend (I can really only take pretty small doses of the constant negativity at any given time), but I did read up some on exactly what this means.
Actually, I don’t think we will be massively impacted right away, as for the most part we are planning to continue to try to lay low, socially distance, etc. as much as we still can. The main stores I need (grocery store, occasional Target run, Home Depot/ Menards) have all been open anyway!
The biggest change I think for our household is that our gym will reopen (with limited capacity and a bunch of restrictions/ changes). We have talked and decided that we do feel comfortable allowing the boys to either attend small (<5 kids per group) exercise classes (which have a good, specific plan for maintaining social distancing) and allowing Asher to swim in the lap pool (by appointment only, one person per lane).
I am on Week 5 of 6 of my Beachbody “The Work” program and am loving it, so I’m actually (I can’t believe I’m writing this!) in no huge hurry to rush back to the actual gym.
Ethan’s tennis lessons have also resumed now. Piano will continue to be virtual throughout the summer, per their latest update. We are waiting to hear what swim team will look like this summer, with the main pools they can use shut down until at least end of July apparently. We have a virtual meeting tonight for more info.
The biggest thing I think for us that is missing in our life (well, besides like group activities, soccer leagues, etc.) is eating out at restaurants. These are opening back up today too! (At 25% capacity, with social distancing and a bunch of other precautions in place).
We haven’t actually talked yet about when we might consider going out to eat. I guess it feels a bit uncomfortable yet- March 11thwas the last time we ate out! I want to be safe and careful as much as we can.
I do like the idea of supporting the businesses though and as I think about it, I feel like if I walk in and sit at a sanitized table, away from others, I probably don’t have any higher risk really than if I ordered take out from the place (where people were also handling, preparing my food)? So we’ll see. Maybe later this week or next week we might try?? I know Ivan would love a cold draft beer again sometime too! 😉
In other news, I made another meal plan this week!
This is week 3, and I’m using Kelsey’s new templates (from her IG story highlights @kelswharton). I rolled over a couple things from last week I didn’t end up making and I am usually pretty loose with what day I actually cook the food, but I’m excited to have a plan down!
Finally, because this is too cute not to share- check out my sister’s new baby chicks!! (in Ireland)
Steps: 10, 211
Read: 😦 Too many other family things happening this weekend!
I am grateful that 5 am Joel replied to my post yesterday with 5 of his own gratitude items. (Thank goodness, because my, ahem, usual lovely readers here didn’t respond with any 😉😉- there’s still time! Comment below!! 😉) Obviously, I LOVE talking about what I am grateful for, but even more, I love hearing what others are grateful for! It’s such an interesting perspective. I picked a couple of the list Joel sent me here to share:
4) Cooper at the beach! We are so blessed to live close to the beach and will always be making the most of it. Cooper loves running on the sand with my wife while I’m out surfing.
5) A reminder of home – Boomerangs! 8 years ago, my parents gave my wife’s parents 3 boomerangs as a gift. They were visiting from Australia. Every time I’m at my in-law’s house I see these and it’s a little reminder of “home”. The middle one was hand-carved by an aboriginal friend of my mum’s from back when she was a kid.