I will forever remember 2020 as the year the world shut down! It has been surreal, no? Our day-to-day life has seemed to go on much like normal, since we homeschool anyway. Of course, the kids had activities and classes every day of the week that have all been moved online, canceled, or postponed like everyone else’s.
We have officially been in self-quarantine for over four weeks now! During this time we have had much more free time in a day, that I have actually very much enjoyed. Just like back in the day when I wasn’t able to get out of the house much due to the lack of funds and abundance of babies, I’ve thrown myself into making our time meaningful by spending more time on our family meals and celebrations.
St. Patrick’s Day
Our first self-quarantined holiday was St. Patrick’s Day. We donned our T-shirts that my sister, Miriam, had gifted us for Christmas. Aren’t they fun?
Our meal was simple but festive, and it was ever so much fun to see the kid’s faces light up. Our dinner was their request. We enjoyed potato soup, cucumber salad, green Jello, garlic bread, and green fresh squeezed lemonade.
With a last name such as “Irish” the shamrock dishes were something I collected years ago. It always amazes me how just a few little touches turnes an ordinary dinner into something special!
Happy Birthday, Jason
My husband also celebrated a birthday in self-quarantine. The only thing he ever wants for his birthday is some home cooked food, so he was very happy. I made him one of his favorite gringo taco dinners with all the fixings, and homemade banana cream pie.
Easter at home was definitely something new! I’ve been seeing so many photos of people decked out in their Easter Sunday best. Yeah, not us! We T-shirted the day, and not one of us was unhappy about that!
I woke the family up with our traditional Sticky buns–my fave! Then we watched a teaching on the resurrection of Jesus, followed by some clips for the kids. He is risen!!!
And then we feasted on a full meal that I had prepared the day before. This is our traditional Easter Menu, that I adopted after Jason’s grandmother passed away.
It was a lovely day of celebrating Jesus’s resurrection, good food, swimming in the pool, and just relaxing at home.
We are still enjoying our extra free time, but much like you, I’m sure, we’re ready to get back out and see our friends and extended family. I just tell myself to keep enjoying the time and making the most of it, because I suspect that once it’s back to life as usual…we’re gonna miss this!