I thought today was Monday…

Today I woke up and rushed out of bed to wake my son up for homeschool. We run on a schedule because my son’s adjustment disorder and ADHD really rely on a schedule. Our day can go to hell in a basket really quickly if I don’t follow a schedule. I remembered that today I had work as well, and since work kept emailing me about some of the systems being down, I was not looking forward to clocking in. As I walked out to the kitchen, I noticed my husband sitting in his chair, not working…

I had already woken up my son at 7 am…. poor kid didn’t get to sleep in on a Sunday it seems. And I didn’t have to go to work. So I ran back into his room and let him know that he did not have school today and that he could go back to bed. I was relieved, mostly because I actually didn’t want to work today. I thought the weekend felt too short. I just have no concept of days anymore. I have worked from home for 4 years now. I have homeschooled for a year and a half now. And now with my husband HOME all the time, and not being able to go out on weekends, I just honestly lose track of my days.

I wouldn’t mind going back to work full time, if it wasn’t for my kids. I just can’t do that AND homeschool AND be a baby sitter. Like my son needs my attention. My daughter is doing better with PT since I stopped working full time. She was very behind before I stopped. My job is fairly easy, which is why I can still do it a few days a week as needed.

The weekends pass us by too quickly. I am just so done with being confined. I want to take my family out on a road trip but I know that isn’t possible right now. It sucks, because I am an introvert and I honestly don’t like to go out much but when I do, it means I really need it. Instead we have been filling our time with hikes or walks at the park. We have used our pool more this year than any year combined. Which is great because we did spend a lot of money 2 years ago to fix it up.

We both don’t have any local friends (I have like 2). So we aren’t missing out on any “get togethers” really. I miss having lunch with my friend but I mean other than that, we had our own lives. I do miss seeing my mom and being able to go to her home or out to see my grandma. My grandma is in a nursing home so that’s off limits.

We are waiting for my uncle’s head stone to get here so we can install it sometime in September. We are hoping for cooler weather so that we don’t over heat the day we go out to install it. I am not looking forward to that date. I am so tired of cooking, so my husband finally allowed me to get take out food for the first time since March 8th. Yep we have waited that long…half because of COVID, half because that’s when we all got food poisoning the day BEFORE my birthday… YEP…

Welp, today is going much better now that it’s Sunday and not Monday. But that just reminded me that tomorrow is Monday….ugh.

Things are going to get repetitive …

Yes, we went back to the zoo again. You are going to find that with COVID going on, a lot of our “NORMAL” locations to go to are off limits due to either high activity OR not being opened. We choose outdoor activities for the kids to enjoy to help lower the risk of getting sick. I know we still have a chance to get sick but we need to get the kids OUT of the house. Here are some photos from today!

We, of course, wear masks during the entire trip, minus while we eat. We social distanced. That’s my MIL in the photos. She is the best at making the kids have a good time. I invited her out to the zoo to join us since I know we will be going A LOT in the near future. I want to make sure to include some of my family.

If you are in Albuquerque and you have nothing to do, and you want a semi-safe activity with your kids during COVID, I would suggest the zoo or BioPark. They are monitoring people and high touch areas to make sure you are social distancing, they are enforcing masks and they have a one way path to follow through out the zoo. They have hand sanitizer stations placed around the zoo, which is very nice. And the bathrooms are very clean. Go before noon if you don’t want to burn up from the Albuquerque heat though. The animals are more active earlier in the morning. The indoor attractions are closed for the time being, such as penguins and amphibians, but that is the same for many other locations.

If you are feeling up to regular outdoor activities – you can look into our national monuments. This is the Boca Negra Canyon – part of the Petroglyph National Monument. There is a parking fee. There are tons of walks like this locally, and if you go early enough in the day, it shouldn’t be too hot. Just a heads up, look up how easy/moderate/or hard, the paths are, this one is NOT wheelchair accessible. There is a lot of climbing and I had to carry my 2 year old for half of it.

I am going to visit other locations to see if they are open and I will let you all know here when I can. I want others to know what is available to go to. If it’s hard to get to, if it costs anything… because I had been avoiding stuff for a while because I thought some locations may still be closed. Yes COVID is still happening, but you can still be safe, spend time outside with your family, mask up when you do so though.

We did wear masks while hiking up, we just took them off at the top when no one else was around because we were eating and drinking. So don’t come at me for the no-mask photos. ❤ I am PRO-MASK.

Oh yea…you might have noticed…I am posting again from my WORKING computer!!! My husband bought me a new part to replace the broken SSD. And now I can actually use MY computer! I am still waiting on the warranty replacement piece from Ibuypower though…. that they “sent out” on the 14th… and it’s currently the 25th…. *(rolls eyes)*

So I should be updating more often again. I am going to try to do more around town – homeschooling is going well, and my daughter has been potty training for over a week now. She’s doing great with minimal accidents! Potty training seemed so hard until she finally caught on to what we wanted her to do…whew.

What are you doing in your town? Are you keeping safe? Remember to social distance. Be safe. Be healthy. If you travel, please wear a mask and follow state rules. I know it is hard but we can stop COVID out.

I hate computers – sort of

Computers… you’re probably at one right now or at least on a small device shaped like a phone. I’m right aren’t I ? I am such a genious!

I have a love/hate relationship with my computer. It likes to stop working, while I love it when it actually works. No, my computer isn’t old. It’s actually less than a year old. Still under warranty in-fact!

So I have mentioned it in posts before, but my computer started having issues in July and then stopped working completely. I contacted the company it was under warranty with and based off of everything I have previously tried to fix the computer with, they thought I needed a new SSD. It’s a small drive that just runs the computer, I have a much later HDD that holds all of my important information (that’s the thing that saved me.) So they said on the 14th that they would FedEx me a new SDD. Okay …so time passes and I get a notification on my phone that I was due for a FedEx delivery…except…I wasn’t because the computer company had not given my package TO FedEx yet… Ugh.

So the date came and went, while I still did not have a working computer. I was using my son’s computer to print stuff and everything I needed. Finally by the weekend my husband decided to just go out and buy me a new SSD. So I just installed it and YES it worked! So that at least confirmed that my issue was the SSD. I reinstalled windows and just tonight I got message from FedEx saying they JUST got my package and it will be here NEXT week. I am going to use the SSD that the company is sending me as a back up (I already have 2 hard drives, so I am going to add a third). I take a lot of photos…. that is my excuse.

Anyways, I am a little disappointed in the company because they kept just blaming FedEx, while FedEx kept saying the company simply did not give them the package yet. And I actually trust FedEx on this one because a customer support person had admitted to me that a lot of packages were going out late. Ugh again. Just be honest with me and tell me it will be two weeks before I get my stuff, don’t get my hopes up. This computer cost us over $1,000. It was my x-mas gift last year from my husband. It’s LESS than a year old!

Well, what ever. Everything looks fixed now. So tonight I am spending time fixing it up, downloading files. And I need to print a bunch of homeschool stuff for my son that I haven’t been able to print because every time I needed to print something I had to run the laptop back to my printer, which for some reason will not print over WiFi… I don’t have time for that stuff.

Some photos from the zoo….

The zoo opened here in Albuquerque again. Minus all the indoor activities of course, this is a COVID-19 world as we all know. But my family and I have decided that since we went to the Bio-park garden in the weeks prior that we would feel comfortable about to go to the zoo. New Mexico is a mandatory facemask state, so I am comfortable going out in open spaces more often. Note the “Open Spaces” as I write this, we still are not joining any Co-op homeschool groups or going to anything too busy. The zoo was walking the line as it was. But I may schedule more visits during the morning hours while other children are at their scheduled classes, where as we homeschool and can make our own schedule. Yes the kids in our area are online schooling currently but – they still have a schedule to follow.

Don’t mind the few photos of my daughter with out a mask. We were eating lunch away from everyone else. We brought wipes to wipe down anything as well. But that was the zoo. We had to follow a one way path and we got to see most of the animals, minus any indoor attractions like the penguins. We miss the penguins.

Another thing going great is POTTY TRAINING… I know right? I can’t believe it either but I found my daughter’s weak spot….SWEDISH FISH…my daughter fucking loves them. So I started to offer them as a treat for going potty and today she make a break through and she has started consistently going in the potty. So I am working on getting her trained full time, I hope we are going in the right direction with her. She is 2 1/2 and my husband really hates it when anything I change makes her cry…she’s a daddy’s girl. But she needs to learn and she is getting it finally.

We had movie night (like we do now) on Saturday night. It has been great setting up something we do weekly. Since COVID our family life has just been changing to fit how our world now works. Yes, we homeschooled before hand but my daughter’s therapists and my son’s dr appointments have all been changed now. I was going to get my son into horse care/ riding and that was cancelled because of COVID. I am still waiting for the horse place to eventually open again- as it holds classes for homeschoolers, and I would like my son to meet more kids.

My daughter may do HIPPOTHERAPY eventually but I have not heard from the facility yet that she has been referred to. Tomorrow she has her YEARLY GI visit via video chat. Nothing new is going on with her allergies, we just want to keep this doctor in the loop and continue our care with him. If we don’t see him, and we end up needing him, we could be SOL while waiting for a new appointment. So a small visit online should keep us as his patient.

We have not scheduled our yearly appointment with the allergist yet, we were supposed to schedule a food trial but I don’t even know if they are doing that during COVID. I don’t even feel like calling the clinic since they are a pain to deal with. The allergist we see if very special, shes pretty much the only one in the area that understands FPIES. And she only works one day a week…… yeah…. at least at the clinic we see her at. So she is harder to get into….

I can’t remember if I have mentioned our fish tank or not. We have had it for a month now and oh my god look at that plant growth! We have had the fish for a bit over a week. They are great fish and I am so happy we started this project with my son. He loves it and it gives him something to look after. Though I need to go in and cut some of those plants back…I didn’t realize they grown 5 inches a week….. I am seriously not even kidding I could start my own plant selling business!

Oh and homeschooling? It’s still going great.

Potty training hell & School photos

Let’s see…whats new…? Well, yesterday I started hardcore potty training with my 2 year old. So the only time she is allowed to have a diaper is when she is napping or asleep for the night. We don’t go out with her often, so that’s not too much of an issue right now. But she is resisting training right now, she will hold it in until she wets herself or she will hold it in until I put a diaper on her. Eventually she will be potty trained, but right now we are going through what I refer to as “Potty training HELL”.

If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you will know about the new china cabinet I bought this week! I tend to buy things I like when I see them, but this is not too often. I have been looking for a china cabinet to fit my painted ponies in (they used to belong to my grandma-in-law). I finally found one at a decent price and talked my husband into buying it two days ago! I have since cleaned it up and added my ponies to it! I am very happy with the outcome, but I also need to buy a new small side table to put in my doorway for random items like keys, purses, etc now.

My family and I renewed our zoo pass for our city since the zoo opened last week. Masks are mandatory and they are limiting access to a specific amount of people every half hour. They are also limiting access to OUTDOOR attractions only which I am completely fine with. While I will miss the penguins, I am totally fine social distancing outside with a mask on.

We have been to the Biopark gardens twice already. Once to just get out of the house and the second time we took my son’s homeschool year 2020-2021 photos. I would have preferred to go someplace else but at this time traveling is out of the picture.

So those are some of the photos I took of him. I might redo some at a different location sometime in the fall as a second set of photos but I have not decided yet. I also took photos of my daughter the next day -she turned 32 months old and as you all know, I document every month.

And her photo theme for this month was muddy puddles. We wanted to document how much she loves Peppa Pig right now and that she jumps in puddles a few times a week like this and gets all messy.

So we decided to try something other than the orthotics for Lily’s feet at this time. I am going to try different shoes and other foot things for now, the cost and her father are the issue. Her father doesn’t want her to use the orthotics and wants to look in to other options, and the cost is almost $800. If we cannot correct her walking with other ways we will invest in orthotics.

Something else we are looking into for her OT is Hippotherapy, she has been referred but we are still waiting to hear from someone. We have also been referred to SLP for her talking issues. She sticks out her tongue a lot when talking so she is being evaluated to see if it is a real issue or if they feel that it is not… we will see. Today at lunch time they are supposed to watch her eat as part of the evaluation and I have also sent her SLP videos of her talking and eating just in case she gets nervous on the phone. Lily tends to not listen to us while we have our telemedicine visits, so I am prepared.

On Monday we will have our yearly visit with Lily’s GI dr, but that is also a telemedicine visit as well -I need to think of any questions we have for this doctor because honestly, I really don’t know what to expect… hes helping us with her FPIES (food allergies that involve the stomach). And we have re-trialed some foods recently but she still reacts. So …. I don’t know where to go with it right now… no where is where I am thinking, at least for a few months, then to retrial the foods again…

Okay well, I have to go back to homeschooling my son, he’s done reading his books for school and needs me to teach him math, science and spanish. I am finally settling into my role as his teacher, it took over a year to get to this point. It’s hard to make that leap but I am so happy to have made it.

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