Dispatches from the Distancing – Days 136-155

Well, it has been a while! Besides what is happening in the outside world (the election and the light at the end of the tunnel, the pandemic) our lives have been very quiet.

The kids are still doing distance learning and will at least until the end of January. After that, who knows? The COVID-19 cases are spiking in Oregon so things are shutting down again. I’ve gone back to ordering groceries and picking them up, although there will be one trip to the store tomorrow so that I can be sure to get what I need for our small Thanksgiving dinner.

We did have parent-teacher conferences earlier this month and they went well. Lillie is doing very well with distance learning, both because she is very self motivated and because her teacher has stepped up to the challenge of teaching in this new way. While I think we can all agree that the pandemic sucks, I do think that it will at least teach kids to be more proactive with their learning.

Chris’s conference also went well, although the transition to distance learning has been harder for him. His teacher this year is very much like the teachers at his old school, which I think is making the transition a bit smoother. He’s really enjoying math and we’re looking for some science activities for him to do on his own at home. I also make sure he has SSR every day (silent sustained reading), although I will admit the hour of reading may be more for me than him sometimes.

As I said, our Thanksgiving will be small this year. We usually only have my two friends join us, and they are not coming the year, so the meal won’t be much different, just smaller. I do think we’re going to forego the fancy china this year, but other than that, it should be pretty much the same. I guess the Thanksgiving Parade is still a go this year, so I’m sure there will also be a parade and football!

We’re going to try to do some Christmas activities. I think, if the Grotto does their lights this year, we’ll skip that. Zoolights, which we always attend, is going to be drive-through this year. Pat isn’t exactly excited about that, but I’m willing to give it a try. Hillsboro is also doing a drive-through display which we may check out. And, of course, we’ll do some decorating around the house. I’m not sure if Pat will decorate outside–I’m always a little nervous about him on a ladder out there–but we’ll see!

I will admit that I haven’t taken very many pictures lately, but I do have one. Lillie loves playing basketball and is really missing being on a team this year. I took this picture of her as she was shooting some hoops in the backyard, and I swear she looks like she’s 7 feet tall (for the record, she’s currently only 5’4.5″)

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