Well my…things changed have changed in the last bit. When I last left you with last night’s post, schools here have closed. We are closed for four weeks at this point. So kids are scheduled to go back to school on April 16th. Who knows if that will stick?! Right now my attitude is that I’ll believe it when I see it as I’m guessing it might extend beyond that. What a crazy changing world.
So I set myself in place to hunker down and get ready for childcare with my littles and with the school aged kids too. They are more than a handful but it’s not a lot different than summer care so I shifted gears. I started putting my thinking cap on. I need big kid activities…I need crafts. A kit similar to this (LINK HERE) that I bought some time back brand new from the thrift store for a $1 came to mind.
Yep, I’d pull that out.
Although it’s not my responsibility to school the kids, I decided I should get some planned reading into this. Could I figure out how to add some math? I have kids in several different grades so what do I do?
My plans have been to order a couple new swing sets and new outside toys so I sat down a the computer and was ready to order them…then in the back of my mind I decided maybe I should wait. Waiting two days wouldn’t make that big of a difference. Things are changing so fast that I thought it reasonable to wait.
At the same time, I started wondering about me. I am considered immunocompromised because of my cancer. I’m at a higher risk because of my age and because I am diabetic. I thought just to be safe, I was going to drop a note to my doctor in Lacrosse and see what she said about me staying open. I wrote the note and waited for her answer.
As I was falling asleep that night my mind was racing with what ifs, projects for the kids, and plans for outdoor equipment.
Then kids came yesterday. I didn’t have a full house which was okay. We started the day our really fun!! A new baby started care.
She was the star of the show. She seriously got a lot of attention in the morning. Everyone wanted to do everything for her. I did a lot of reminding about hand sanitizer and the like.
The I got out the perler beads set. Oh my word. It was the best $1 I have ever seriously ever spent. I had four kids here really old enough to play and they player and played and played. Later after watching the four year old got into it to. They did did for at least four hours. I couldn’t believe it.
I will definitely be buying another set of these from Amazon and will watch for all garage sales and thrift stores for these. I haven’t seen the kids so interested EVER.
As the day unfolded, I listened for my computer to ding and at one point it did. I went to the computer and read a message from my doctor….Here’s what it said:
“To keep you and the children safe it is probably best to close.”
So bigger, new changes are coming my way. After consulting my own kids I decided to stay open through Thursday….After that, I will be off through April 16th. Our thoughts are that is that it’s not close here yet and that would give parents a few days to scramble and find alternate care and give me a few more days of income. As of this morning, most have care for their children secured.
I’ve always wished for time off so I could get caught up. I never wished for it quite like this. At naptime yesterday I started a list of things I want to do while self quarenting. You know that pile of flimsy quilt tops I have. I plan to conqueror that. I have lots more other things I want done too. I’m not going to waste this time. I do have some cross stitch and quilt making that I plan to do but there’s lots of cleaning and organizing on the list too. Every single day, something is going to come off my “To Do” list. I’m trying really hard to look at this all as a gift of time and not a jail sentence with no pay.
Watch the blog…It’s going to be busy with lots of project and things being tackled. I’ll be doing a boatload of spring cleaning. If you want to join me I’ll post a link of what I’m going to be tackling next and we can all tackle it together. Any job is easier when someone is cheering us on….let’s do it together. We’ll start it all next Monday with something easy…how about that laundry room or laundry area. Let’s get that all cleaned out and spiffy.
I hope you are taking any time you might get as a gift as well….I’m hoping I can make the best of this!