The Anniversary of the COVID-19 Shutdown

One year ago tonight on March 11, 2020 President Trump gave an address to the Nation on the coronavirus, actor Tom Hanks announced himself and wife Rita Wilson had tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced an indefinite suspension for the rest of season, and the World Health Organization declared we were officially in a pandemic.

What a year.

Last year on this date I wrote a blog post documenting how the state of Arizona, where I live, had only tested 100 people for COVID-19. Do you remember how hard it was at that time to get a test? The criteria was so limiting that it was impossible to be tested unless you had recently traveled to Wuhan or been exposed to someone with the virus.

As of today Arizona has administered 4,332,529 tests, there has been 830,465 confirmed cases, and horrifically 16,464 deaths.

It is mind blowing to me looking at the graphs below and seeing what out country has experienced over the last 365 days.

Image Source: The New York Times

COVID has become part of our daily life and all of us have been impacted. On a personal level my husband Josh has seen many COVID patients on medical calls he has been dispatched to with his ladder truck. Some with oxygen levels in the 70s refusing to go to the hospital because they don’t want to be put on a ventilator. This breaks my heart so much. Recommended Reading: My Husband is a Firefighter, Please Stop Calling COVID-19 the Flu

Josh has worked at fire stations that have had COVID outbreaks. We know so many people who have tested positive and lost loved ones in the last 365 days. And it has just sucked.

Really. Really. Sucked.

I never thought I would experience anything like this in my lifetime.

If you have been a longtime reader you know that I struggle with panic attacks and anxiety. If any year was going to cause me to panic it would be this year and I am just so thankful that God made it possible for me to focus on my mental health years ago. God is so good. And even in the crazy scariness of this year I have still felt God’s protection over my head and heart.

Weird things that I have enjoyed this year include: driveway visits with friends and family, going to the grocery store to pick up my food curbside, homeschooling my kids, cute/comfortable face masks, hand sanitizer, being able to schedule my immediate family to get their vaccines (and yes the scheduling website was awful but I still enjoyed that I was able to help), online fitness studios (shoutout to Fit Women’s Weekly, Apple Fitness, and Dribble Up), watching Star Wars with my oldest son, and saving money by eating at home.

I am thankful to have a roof over my head, the ability to homeschool my children this year, and that my husband has a job. I know so many people in the United States are suffering right now and I am hopeful that the $1.9 trillion relief bill that President Biden signed today will help our country.

529,000 lives have been lost as of today from COVID-19 in the United States. Never did I think our country would reach such a number in a year. Our family will continue to mask up and do our part to help. I am now the only one out of my parents, brother/sister-in-law, grandparents, and husband who has not been vaccinated yet. I am so grateful they were able to get the vaccine and that they will be safe from hospitalization and severe COVID-19 complications. This year has been hard. But I am so hopeful that better days are ahead.

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This Week. Ugh.

This week has been exhausting, horrible, and so sad. It has been horrific what has happened in the span of a few days.

President Trump called Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ratffensperger asking him to overturn the the state’s election results in the 2020 presidential election, there was a pro-Trump mob that vandalized The Capitol which also resulted in the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, and the United States had a day with 4,000 COVID deaths. Ugh. All of it heartbreaking.

I am still trying to find the good in each day but some days it feels really yucky and so, so sad. Here are a few things that made for a happier week…

JOSH IS GETTING THE COVID VACCINE! I’M SO HAPPY.

Josh is scheduled for his vaccine on Monday. I am seriously so grateful he has the opportunity to get one. We had a bit of a wait to get the email to schedule but once the email arrived we got him scheduled within the hour.

If anyone else is planning to get a vaccine in Arizona the website to schedule was a little finicky. They recommend using Chrome or Firefox. I can tell you from experience to setup his account Firefox and Safari did not work. Chrome was the only browser that allowed for the account setup. Once the account was setup I could use Safari.

I will be sure to update how his experience goes, if you are interested check back on the blog next week.

HOMESCHOOL

I started back up homeschooling the kids on Monday. We got through the week and it felt good to be back on a routine after Christmas break. I am shocked at the amount of material we get through some days and other days I am just thankful we did math and english.

Also looking at their math workbooks makes me feel slightly overwhelmed. I know we will get through all this because we did last semester but it just looks intense. Thankfully Saxon Math provides great outlines for each lesson.

This week we talked about the New Kingdom of Egypt, next week we learn about Moses and the Plagues, the kids started back up their typing program, Maisie is spending 20 minutes a day on ReadingEggs.com, and we went on another long family walk. All in all homeschooling made this week brighter and much more structured.

APPLE FITNESS+

I got to try out a workout on the Apple Fitness+ platform. I could have done this sooner but I am horrible at updating my watch and phone. Josh finally encouraged me to do the update so I could try a workout. And I am so glad he did. It was so fun!

My little guys did the workout with me and that made it extra entertaining and encouraging. They were telling me good job every 10 seconds and we were all giving high fives to each other after each round. At the end of the workout my three year old said “My legs are shaking”.

Once I use it more I will give a full review. But for having just done one workout I really enjoyed it.

And those are a few positives from a pretty sad week in the United States. Hang in their friends! Keep taking care of yourselves this month. Eat nutritious food, drink plenty of water, try to get more sleep, and if it is nice where you live spend sometime each day outside.

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Highlights From The First Days Of 2021

Happy 2021! Here are a few of our highlights from the first days of 2021. I hope you had yours have had a nice ease in to the new year also.

Fireworks

Our neighbors did not disappoint. We didn’t even have to go outside to see fireworks and could stay warm and cozy inside the house and enjoy the show.

Bible Reading Plan

I started my new Bible reading plan this weekend. While I enjoyed the one I did last year I didn’t finish it as it was written. So I decided this year I needed to go with something not as structured.

I am doing The Legacy Plan this year. This plan allows you to read at your own pace and each month lists what books of the Bible to read. For January I am reading Genesis and Exodus, 1 chapter of Proverbs daily, and 3 chapters of Psalms a week.

PS…I am loving these nail polish strips from Dashing Diva. I have had these on since before Christmas and they are still going strong.

Walks and Talks

Josh worked on New Years Eve and had a super busy night. He came home and slept until 1:30 p.m. and when he woke up we decided to go for a family walk in the neighborhood. We walked for 2.5 miles and had a great time with minimal complaints from the kids ;).

I also discovered I have a little walking buddy this weekend. We were shocked how well our 4 year old did on our long family walk and everyday since he has been asking to go on more with mommy. So far we have walked 6 miles together in total this weekend. So proud of him.

Praying Over Christmas Greetings From Friends & Family

Our pantry door is currently displaying all the seasons greetings we received from friends and family. Each day in January we are taking one card or photo off the door and praying for that family. It should take us the entire month of January to get through all the cards. So if you sent us a card or photo this year know we are praying for you and your family this month.

Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical

I cried. It was amazing and exactly what I needed to start off 2021. And never did I ever think I would be constantly singing songs from a musical about a rat who wants to cook. The kids and I have watched it twice and Josh has been caught humming It’s A Rat’s Life several times.

If you have no idea what I am talking about in Fall 2020, Broadway fans came together on TikTok and collaborated to create a new musical based on the beloved Disney film Ratatouille. And on January 1, 2021 a streaming version became available to view for several days. Tickets are still available and you can stream it until January 4th at 7pm EST. All ticket proceeds go to benefit the actors fund.

We hooked up my computer to the projector and watched it in our master bedroom. The kids grabbed laundry baskets and made little boats with blankets to sit in. We all laughed multiple times and it was just amazing and people are so talented. Congrats to all involved! Seriously the best way to start the year!

Cinnaholic Party Platter

We love these vegan friendly treats. I have horrible skin reactions if I eat eggs and these egg free treats are just so good.

We enjoyed munching on these before and after watching Ratatouille.

Prepping For Homeschool Semester #2

The new workbooks and textbooks are nestled in the kitchen cupboard ready to go for the week ahead. I underestimated how long it would be take me to prep for this upcoming week but I am fairly certain I have everything ready to go. I am ready to get back into our school routine. I think the kids are too.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and reading! Have a great week!

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