Monday, November 23, 2020

We should already be on break but we have today and tomorrow still to go. These two days are always awkward (2 day week) and I always wish we had the whole week off like many schools do.

I am linking up with Heather, Tanya and many more here!

Friday I worked and my friend came over for a quick patio happy hour at my house from 3:15-4:15. I left at 4:30 and my husband and I met to help move Jack out. Move out day! Students are home until the first week of January. They will do a bit more class stuff from home, take finals from home, and will be done with semester one on December 9. My break starts December 18, but we finish semester one mid-January.

His dorm is below. It took a sweet forever. We weren’t allowed to go in and it seemed like he was packing as he went – lol. They didn’t have to take everything home but he had lots of musical equipment that he wanted and needed to have at home.

These IKEA bags are amazing!

We packed my car first and that took from maybe 5:00-6:30. I left and ordered us pizza and Tom and Jack finished up. We finally sat down to eat at home around 8:00. I was so happy and Jack was really in a great mood and you could tell he was happy to be home.

Mason had play rehearsal until 9:00 and then plans to go out with friends so move out was Saturday morning for him. This chapel has been the view out of his window this semester. He basically only moved books and clothes out.

Front view of his dorm.

This beautiful fountain is across from his entrance.

We were loaded up in 15 minutes! Such a difference from Friday night!

At 11:00 both of my kids were in the nest! I had done a 7:15 grocery run to have move food in the house and then I made an omelette for one and fried rice for the other. Happy to be a short order cook!

Saturday Mason and I chatted from basically 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with only about a 30 minute break while Tom needed help stringing my new patio lights. We sat on the patio with the heater on most of the time. It was really nice. Jack had a virtual class much of that time but when he finished he and Mason finally got to catch up. It has been a strange semester. They were not allowed in any other dorm room and they have not had much time together.

They ordered Shiraz mediterranean take out and we headed out to eat in a bubble with our friends. I knew they were happy to be without us for the evening! I took this photo during my morning Kroger run to show you the bubbles. Our state has no inside dining allowed until December 13.

It was raining but we were cozy inside the heated bubble with ventilation on two sides, too!

I had a cocktail called a Paper Plane. It was good!

Focaccia that they give you.

My friend and I split a fig and pig pizza with fig jam for the sauce and a special type of bacon topping.

My new patio lights are controlled from my phone!

Sunday was super lazy but I was so happy to have my kids snoozing away in the house. They both slept until 12 and I made chocolate chip pancakes for them. There was a light rain most of the day and I read and had coffee on the patio and

used this little heater. I thought about a fire but the rain lasted much of the day.

Mason went to hang with a friend, sadly – ha! Jack and I got a chai latte for me and a smoothie for him and a couple more things from Kroger that we forgot. Tom worked on our Master bath project most of the day to get ready for our plumber who is coming this afternoon to rough in the plumbing.

My heart is happy and I do not want to speak too soon but I think I have seen tremendous growth in my kids from their experience thus far.

We have decided to stay home for Thanksgiving and just be the four of us. I ordered our meal from a local bbq place and I will do a few extra sides. I will miss seeing my family and my in-laws. But, our governor has asked that we keep it to a two family maximum and that seems like the best idea given our numbers.

How was your weekend? Tell me the highlight! Thinking of you all this week as we navigate a strange and sad holiday. I am not sure how many posts I will do this week but I will let you know!


19 thoughts on “Hello Monday

  1. Glad your nest is full, it is amazing how much they change in just one semester. My boys are bother here too and I am so happy to have them home, even if the house is crazy torn right up now. I have to work Monday and Tuesday too, wish we had the whole week off as well!


    1. Thank you! It really is! I am happy your boys are home, too, and that it works ok with the renovation. That is a bit more challenging. Ours is contained to part of our bedroom right now so it is not too bad. Hopefully these two days will go by quickly for us!


  2. I know that you are glad to have the boys home! It is always an adjustment, but also so much fun to catch up and to observe how they have changed and matured. 🙂 For the first time ever, it will just be the four of us for Thanksgiving. Going to do a traditional meal, but scale it down. We may have a socially distant picnic with my mom and brothers over the weekend if the weather is nice. Happy Thanksgiving!


    1. It is just nice to know they are under my roof even if they are sleeping in! Yes, I look forward to seeing more of that. Same for us. We ordered from FABD and I will add cranberry sauce, mac and cheese, and roasted carrots I think.


  3. So funny the two different move our experiences 😂I know you’re so happy to have them home! I love your patio lights too! I didn’t expect the weather to be so dreary this weekend…I had to kick on the heater in the sunroom. That’s still my go to spot for peace and quiet and my little tree. I hate the two day week too. I just wish they’d give us the whole week! Have a great day 🙂

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    1. Yes! It made me laugh. I need to decorate my patio since I still plan to be out there as much as possible. I’m hanging on to Thanksgiving decor just a bit longer. I also feel like it should already be Christmas break for some reason?

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  4. SOOOO happy your college boys are home!!! Our two college kiddos come home Wednesday morning! We will be home, just us 5 for Thanksgiving. Different, but we will try to make the best of it! It will be relaxing! My husband got a 25 lb turkey! We’ll have LOTS of leftovers!!!! haha
    Happy Thanksgiving! I love hearing about everything you do! You inspire me! 🙂


    1. Thank you! And, I am so happy for you for Wednesday! Get ready for a messy house and so much stuff! 25 lbs is a lot! You will be searching turkey recipes like crazy but I have learned to use my freezer much better! Turkey noodle soup, Turkey pot pie, Hot browns from Kentucky, hot ham and turkey subs – your family will be sick of it!
      You are too kind! Happiest of Thanksgivings to you, too. It is sad but maybe it will be nice to be more intimate.


  5. Aw, I’m sure you’re thrilled to have your boys home! Sounds like a great weekend. Hope you have a great short week & happy early Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  6. So fun with the packing differences…! One of my girls refuses to be stressed about anything… The rest of us is waiting at the door to go out, and she is lolling around doing the things she needs to do before she can go out…
    So, happy thanksgiving to America! We only adopted half of your holiday – Black Friday! 😀 Celebrations will be different this year, right? Youngest daughter’s high school will start distance teaching from Monday until Christmas break… When will this be over!? MIL told us she’s expecting to get her vaccine in January (since she’s elderly), I do hope it’s true!


    1. Totally! That is funny – she must be very Type B personality. Thank you! It is a big holiday for us – the biggest one for food, definitely. That is smart about your daughter’s distance learning. That is what I am hearing, too. First the medical, second the high risk, elderly, and teachers, and then the rest.


      1. Are teachers considered high risk in America!? That’s great! We are so overlooked over here, you can’t believe it! “Elementary schools need to be open, bla bla…” – no one talks about the teachers, it’s ridiculous!
        Type B? Is that like calm and a bit nonchalant?… (sounds like my girl! :-D)


  7. We have 2.5 days of school this week and we are finding it rather weird as some teachers are treating it as a catch-up/ wrap- up and others are starting new and big projects. I bet it was great to have your boys home this weekend and I think it really shows their different personalities on how different pick up went.


  8. I am sure you will have a great Thanksgiving with your boys home! I teach in Florida and we also always have school the Monday and Tuesday of the week of Thanksgiving….I have always found it so strange!


    1. Thank you! Hello to a fellow teacher! Yes, it is odd. I had pretty bad attendance even though we are virtual. I think it would be better to take the week off as a fall break maybe? Happy Thanksgiving, Danielle!


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