It goes without saying that this holiday season is different than any that we’ve seen before.
We are all quarantined to our homes instead of partaking in the normal Easter celebrations like attending a church service, watching your kids compete in an egg hunt, and bringing your favorite dish to a traditional dinner with family or loved ones.
I know we felt the oddities around everything, and even so, we were able to have a great day celebrating in a smaller way. And I’m so thankful for it.
We’ll dive into that in just a minute, as I’d like to cover other highlights from the weekend with some chatter first. It’s been a bit since I’ve done a full weekend recap around here!
I’ll be the first to admit that I had been sitting on the struggle bus over the past week or so. It’s like everything that’s going on finally set in, and the weight of it all hit me like a ton of bricks. Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been personally dealing with, if you’re interested in giving it a listen.
We have good days and bad days, and I had just been a in funk of several harder days. I had motivation to do my normal(ish) to-dos, but my heart had been anything but calm and slow to anger. I guess you could say it was expected to surface in Week Five of being quarantined? Sheesh.
Scott and I have been feeling it hard, and we are getting extremely antsy being in our walk-up apartment every day. But, we’re so thankful for that too … as I know that a warm and safe space to shelter-in-place isn’t the case for all.
So, we do our best and keep on keepin’ on. We put our faith in God’s plan for us (what we always do, especially in strange, uncertain times) and move forward. It’s a day-by-day process and we’re just here living it!
That pretty much sums Saturday up. I woke up, had a few moments, got sad, took a nap, had a cup of coffee, and then decided to change my mindset and enjoy all of the good around me. And I’m sharing this with you in case any of you are feeling the same way. I bet it’s more “normal” than anything right now! We’re all in this together, and we will get through it.
Here are some other highlights that mostly include a lot of time outside exploring new areas of our local park as a family after egg dying and decorating.
We played soccer, walked and strolled, and took about a five mile loop through a lot of hills, steps (with a stroller – that was fun), and scenery.
It was truly beautiful, and I think it’s hilarious that several of you noticed the girl taking a photo behind us when I shared it on Instagram stories.
She totally look like she’s photo bombing!
I never mentioned this on the blog last year (such is a busy life of working full-time during Skyler’s first year of life), but we spent last Easter in Houston with Scott’s sister and her family. We had a great holiday with them and missed being around anyone from our respective families this time around.
Our “usual” Easter Sunday has shifted throughout the years, so we’re still navigating what that means anyways! It always includes a church service, a delicious meal, and time with loved ones, and I’m grateful that we were still able to do all of those things … even if it was from afar.
It was the first time that the Easter Bunny came to visit our apartment, and he did a great job decorating the place with a mix of candy-filled eggs and hand-decorated real eggs from the day before.
Most of you know Scott’s background of performing as a professional mascot, and even the small part of what is left of his former work accessories never disappoints in times when you just need a bunny suit, ya know? It’s fine. Everything’s fine.
I didn’t even take a picture of Skyler’s basket, but it included a mix of chocolates, a Toy Story coloring book, a homemade toddler-sized mask made with a bunny material sent with love from my mom (who would have ever thought that this would be the most practical gift ever?), and a bath bomb. Oh my gosh that bomb a hit and I have a feeling that we’ll be getting a lot more of them.
Skyler had a blast hopping around the apartment collecting eggs, and we worked on our counting to make sure we grabbed them all. He’s doing so well and is learning so much right now! It’s pretty amazing to see.
We had a lot of carbs for breakfast (crescent rolls for the win!) and ate enough chocolate and taffy candy for the year, but it just dawned on me that we didn’t even have jelly beans. That’s probably for the best! Ha.
Scott really wanted to get “dressed up” to stream our Easter church service online, so we went with the typical business at-home video call attire. I’m not going to lie … it was the first time I’d put on anything but leggings or comfy pants in over a month and I didn’t hate it.
We spent the rest of the morning video chatting with family and then Scott and I cleaned the entire apartment while Skyler napped.
I worked on organizing while Scott went for a run and then tested out a new at-home strength workout when he got back. I’ll be sharing the details on the blog this week because it was a good one!
We decided not to fuss with a fancy dinner, and supported our local diner that Skyler and I frequent for date nights for the spread you see here. They didn’t have ham, but it was slim pickings for it in our neighborhood and that was more than okay.
Our weekend ended with excitement over a bath bomb (seriously the best), funfetti cookies, and a bonus episode of Tiger King once Skyler went to bed. Riveting stuff!
It was a strange weekend for a holiday in our country, but a great one nonetheless. Now I better wrap things up since Skyler is up and the sticker books only last so long. I’ll leave you with this photo because it’s just too cute.
Thank you for checking in today, and I’ll see you back here soon with a new workout.