Jared, Riley, and Aidan all finished school this week. We are all hoping this marks the end of remote learning and that all the kids will be able to physically attend school in the fall. The twins continued working on their Eagle projects and are almost done. Riley is making games for a school and Jared is making a cart to store electronics devices for visually impaired kids at another school.
This weekend Falyn’s Scouts BSA Troop had a camp-in. Falyn set up her tent in the backyard and participated in zoom activities with the other girls in her troop. She said it was a lot of fun.
I did grad portraits for Kayli and her friend this weekend. They are friends from high school and went to different colleges. We went to several spots and got some great pictures of them.
Falyn graduated from SBS today. It certainly was not the graduation we imagined when the school year started. They are suppose to have an actually graduation ceremony in July, but we went ahead and celebrated on the day she was scheduled to graduate.
That makes 20 years, 6 kids, and 5 graduations we’ve had there! It’s the end of an era and the start of a new one.
I took all the knowledge I’ve gained from helping Talia, Kayli, and Aidan get into college and put it into a workbook to help high school students with the college application process. It’s called Getting In! The best time to start preparing for your college applications is when you start high school. I ordered a copy for Falyn so she can start thinking about colleges and start to gather data she will need to apply. But don’t worry if you are starting the process later – this book will guide you through it, helping you get your applications turned in on time.
I was super excited to get a #1 New Release badge for my book this week!
Jared and Riley spent the weekend working on their Eagle Scout projects. They are coming along and hopefully will be finished in the next week or so.
This week marked the last week of remote learning for Falyn. It wasn’t the last day of school we had expected to end our 20 years at SBS. She was supposed to graduate next week but the ceremony was moved to July. We will still celebrate next week.
Falyn participated in OCBSA’s Digital Dash. She has been riding her bike everyday for 1-2 hours and racked up over 90 Kilometers of biking between May 18 and May 29!
We were excited to watch the launch of SpaceX launch of two American astronauts to the ISS on Friday. We all held our breath as it took off and cheered when it made it to space.
We also watched the docking of the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Saturday. Since Dan and I both worked on the ISS project, it was especially fun for us to watch all the footage from inside the ISS.
When this all started on Friday the 13th in March, we never expected it to last this long. We are getting close to being under the stay at home directive for 3 months now. It looks like they will start to slowly allow businesses to open back up over the next few weeks. But the kids will finish out the school year on remote learning.
I once again ventured to Costco. That means I made it 4 weeks without have to go there. I once again filled up the cart and stocked up on food. Hopefully I’ll be able to make it that long again before having to go back.
This week we traveled up to Berkeley to move Kayli out of her college apartment. One nice thing about the pandemic is the lack of traffic. It was nice not to get stuck waiting in traffic for hours like we normally do. While we were there we took some graduation pictures on campus.
This was also Ziggy’s birthday. (Technically it was his adoption day.) Ziggy is Falyn’s bearded dragon. Falyn made a cake to celebrate the day.
This week marked Kayli’s last week at UC Berkeley. She had her last finals and has now officially graduated. We had ordered her graduation items last month and were worried the wouldn’t arrive before Saturday. They finally got her on Friday, just in time for the celebration. Sadly, the dress we ordered did not arrive it time. It was stuck in customs at LAX.
She spent the day she was supposed to be attending her graduation ceremony at home watch a virtual minecraft graduation ceremony and celebrating with just immediate family members.
We ordered sushi for dinner from her favorite local sushi restaurant and I made an angel food cake with chocolate frosting per her request.
This weekend Falyn participated in a Scouts BSA Virtual Camp-in. She set up the tent in the living room and the camping stove in the backyard so that she could cook us lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday for her First Class Rank cooking requirements. She made quesadillas for lunch, a lo mein stir fry for dinner, and eggs, hash-browns for breakfasts. It was all very yummy!
Gallifrey’s 7 birthday was this week. The kids made decorations and a cake to celebrate. I’m not so sure that Gallifrey appreciated it, but the cake was delicious!
Dan and I again managed to get away for a picnic lunch at the park. It really helps with the monotony imposed by the quarantine to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.
Sunday was Mother’s Day. I had a nice relaxing day, which included spending time in the spa. Falyn made me breakfast, Dan got take-out for me for lunch, and Dan and Aidan made dinner. I got this nice card from the kids.
Kayli had her last college class this week. I know it wasn’t what she had pictured for the end of her college experience. In two weeks she will graduate with no graduation ceremony. We will have to travel up to Berkeley to move her out of her college apartment by the end of the month, which is when her lease is up. I plan to take her graduation pictures while we are there. Even though there won’t be a graduation ceremony we can at least take pictures.
We have been supporting our favorite local small businesses to try to help keep them in business. We can order online and then stop by to pick it up while maintaining social distancing. Our favorite local brewery is Four Sons Brewing. We were excited to see our favorite food truck, Kaya’s Kitchen, taking online orders for pick-up at Four Sons last weekend. I had been missing their tator tots and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I continue to work out M-F at Mo-Mentum Fitness’s 8 am Zoom class. The Mo-Mentum instructors do a great job keeping you engaged in the workout even though you are not at the gym. It is nice to see all my workout friends each morning and gives me a reason to get up and get going each morning.
I love this time of the year when all the flowers are blooming. Here’s what my rose bushes in the front yard look like right now.
I did try a new recipe this week, but neglected to get pictures. I made homemade egg rolls. Everyone loved them and I will be making them frequently from now on.
The highlight of the week was finding toilet paper at Costco. We were down to the last few rolls so I was super excited to find it. I had to wait in line about 10 minutes to get into the store. Most of the people were wearing face masks and everyone was trying to maintain “social distancing” while in the store. I completely filled up my cart with food and hope that I can make it at least two weeks before having to go back to the store.
For PE, Falyn has been biking around the neighborhood every afternoon. It is great exercise and she enjoys it a lot. She is required to do 30-60 minutes of physical activity every weekday for school.
On Thursday the kids had a tea party on the front driveway. Kayli and Falyn had a lot of fun planning the party, decorating the driveway, and making the food.
On Saturday Kayli helped me dye my hair purple! I’ve wanted to try out purple hair for a long time and decided that there would never be a better time to experiment with my hair. It is a semi-permanent hair dye and will wash out over time. Here’s a pic of me with the new hair color wearing my face mask. Every time I go shopping now I feel like a bank robber!
On Sunday Dan and I picked up take-out and headed to the park for a picnic. It was nice to get out of the house for a little while.
I made some more scones this weekend. I doubled the recipe and added some chocolate chips to the top of half of them. Everyone enjoyed them.
It was nice to have a break from remote learning this week. Everyone was able to sleep in and didn’t have to worry about zoom classes and homework. We got a nice surprise from Falyn’s school when this sign appeared in our front yard. It definitely brought a smile to her face.
Falyn and the twins used this week to work on Scout activities. Both Jared and Riley have the council go ahead for their Eagle Projects. They will start moving forward with them next week. Falyn finished up her Second Class requirements and had her scoutmaster conference. Her board of review is scheduled for next week. She also continued working on three merit badges: Personal Fitness, Personal Management, and Family Life.
Falyn also had a zoom meeting to continue working on her Ad Altare Dei religious award. One of the requirements for the chapter they were working on was to discuss with an Eagle Scout how they see their role in helping younger Scouts see the values promoted by Scouting. Aidan, and two of his friends (who also happen to be big brothers of Scouts in the class) jumped into the zoom and lead a great discussion with the younger Scouts.
We have been enjoying the musicals Andrew Lloyd Webber has been making available for free each week. This week’s show was The Phantom of the Opera. He drops a new musical each week on Friday at 11 am PT. It is there for you to watch for 48 hours on the The Shows Must Go On! YouTube channel.
I wasn’t able to try out any new recipes this week because we were missing ingredients for every recipe I was interested in making. I’m trying to stay away from the store for as long as possible, but may have to venture out later this week as we run out of food for dinners.