Quarantine Continued

Oh how utterly naive I was three months ago when the coronavirus hit the U.S. I was hoping it would only last a few weeks. Ha ha ha. I remember when the girls’ schools closed, I was so stressed because at first they were initially closed for two weeks and I just couldn’t fathom doing distance learning with them while working full time for two weeks. If I had known then that they would never go back to school for the 2019-2020 school year and would continue distance learning for three months; that we would still be quarantined in the summer; that I would lose my job of 16 years as a result of the virus; and that our original ideas for summer fun would be drastically changed, well, I probably just flat out would have had a nervous breakdown.

Since my last post about quarantine, Vivian has finished kindergarten (online) and Lillian has finished her first year of preschool. After I was furloughed from my job on May 1, William switched to part-time daycare. So, the girls are home with me full time and William is home with us Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every-other-Friday. Three months after quarantine began, many, many things are still closed (playgrounds, museums, libraries, zoos, etc.). We mostly do activities outside – lots of hiking, biking, walking, and swimming. It’s taken me – well, it’s still taking me – a long time to adjust to this new forced nonworking routine. I’m not used to being not busy and, frankly, I don’t like it and I don’t do well with it. I think back on what I used to do in a day and it blows my mind – I was so busy, so organized, so efficient, and so productive…and now, well, I feel like a sloth. As if I didn’t already know it, this time at home has confirmed that I am not cut out to be a full-time stay-at-home-mom (or a homeschool teacher!).

Despite my uncertain feelings, we are forging ahead. What else can you do? We have no control over this pandemic and I have no control over when/if my company will bring me back to work. I can only be extremely thankful that we are all healthy, will not be living in a cardboard box anytime soon, and that I have the unexpected gifted time to spend with the kids doing fun things and making special memories. And, speaking of that, here are some of the things that we’ve been up to in quarantine recently:

Backyard Water Play

Creek Play at O’Neill Regional Park

Hiking to Patriot Hill in San Juan Capistrano

Hiking to Aliso Peak in Laguna Niguel

Biking the Serrano Creek Trail

Walking Around the Lake in Rancho Santa Margarita

Hiking the Pecten Reef Loop

Watching the Airplanes Take Off and Land at SNA

Hiking in the Oak Glen Preserve

Walking Around Lake Laguna Niguel

Climbing Trees at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

Finding Hidden Waterfalls in Aliso Viejo

Beach Play in Newport Beach

Freezing in Laguna Beach

More Beach Play in Newport Beach

Train Rides in Irvine Regional Park

Exploring the Children’s Garden Trail in Irvine Regional Park

Pony Rides in Irvine Regional Park

Another Beach Day

Exploring Tide Pools in Laguna Beach

Exploring the Nature Park

Exploring Trestles in San Clemente

Finally – the Pool Opened!

I know enough now to expect to be writing a third quarantine blog post in three months. By then, school, in some form or another, will be back in session. I’ll be teaching online at CSULB for the Fall semester. And maybe (or maybe not…who knows!) I’ll have my job back. Most of all, though, hopefully by then, the coronavirus case numbers will finally be on a downward trajectory!

About Carrie

I'm a Midwest transplant in SoCal...spending my time exploring, questioning, reading, writing, baking, skiing, and running.
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2 Responses to Quarantine Continued

  1. Diane Chambers says:

    Fantastic post. It’s so honest about your feelings and so inspiring for all the actions you have and are taking and substituting for the “old” norm. Those kids and you will sure have great POSITIVE memories from all this pandemic panic.

    • Carrie says:

      Ha! This post was tempered. I don’t think you want to REALLY read my honest feelings about my job loss, struggles with the state unemployment system, identity crisis, and this pandemic!

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