How is it going today?
It was a relatively calm morning. I had Yan do some homework. I had the other two just watch TV. I tried to get some work done midmorning, which I did. I finished one project. My oldest one had one major tantrum where he was just screaming because he couldn’t find his sweatshirt.
It’s, like, his favorite sweatshirt. It turned out, it was on one of the strollers outside. Like, why would you leave it in the stroller?
How are the 3- and 5-year-olds today?
I have been just generally letting them float along and whatever they want to do. Occasionally they’ll get sick of the TV, and they’ll want to just come upstairs and do something non-TV-related, and it’s good and bad. It’s like, oh, that’s nice. You’re using your imagination. But on the other hand, it’s like, please just go watch TV and don’t destroy the house.
The little one just likes to kind of run laps around the house, which is great because that kind of wears him out a little bit.
I think, generally, we’re settling into a routine. I mean, that first two weeks was rough.
Just having a hard time accepting that, Oh, my God, all three of my kids are going to be home all the time and I’m going to be pretty much by myself with them the entire time. And, Oh, my God, how am I going to handle this? Because I’ve never had to do this.
Right now they’re used to being at home, they’re used to this, whatever this is.
Well, there’s not really a choice at this point.
Yep. We’re all condemned to be with each other, basically.
That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.
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