Category Archives: Family

Family Zoom Meeting and Birthday Party

Family Zoom Meeting

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Today was my sister Tara’s birthday and she set up a Zoom meeting for the entire family. We used that time to catch up and wish Tara a Happy Birthday. We had my parents on as well as my sister, Shelby and her kids plus Tara. With everyone spread out all over it was nice to do something like this so we could catch up. I think by the end of this the kids will learn how to behave while on a Facetime, Google Hangouts or Zoom call. Andy just has a very hard time staying still on the thing. We actually set up our island chairs to face the computer so that we could all see and the computer mic picks us up fine so we didn’t have to be right on top of everything. I think it worked out well.

Eva working on the BB hoop

Before and after the Zoom call I had a little project to work on. Our in-laws sent us a basketball hoop. Eva and Andy were both very interested in helping out with the assembly of the hoop. I got out my mechanic’s toolkit and showed Eva how to use the socket wrench. We worked together until the Zoom meeting and then again until around 11:45 when I had to go in for my daily LEGO livestream. There was a time right after the Zoom meeting where Eva took care of connecting the hoop to the backboard. She did a great job unsupervised. We loaded it up with water, we had no sand, and the kids were ready to get playing. So, while I did my livestream I could hear the kids having a great time using the hoop. I think they will be having a lot of fun with it as the weather continues to warm up.

Homebound Lockdown with this Crew

This band of nuts

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Who do you have on your pandemic survival crew? At my house we have a couple of great kids who have been working very hard to keep active with their studies and learn new things. They are distance learning from my sister, Tara. She has Science projects for them to each learn. Allison has been working with the kids on their studies from school. She’s also keeping us fed and making sure that a schedule is followed but not too strictly. There is room for adjustments.

Each morning we watch the school principal start off the day with announcements and prayer. We also catch the livestreams that our priest are doing for our parish. They have been doing daily Mass and also the rosary. We also get some behind the scenes pictures of how they set up for the livestream.

The kids have been connecting with their friend online. We’ll try and connect with the cousins soon, too.

I try to keep up the entertainment portion of being home. I’ve gotten a number of games, toys and movie for review and we are going to check them all out. Lots of learning ones in there, too. Any way we can keep conversation going around learning is good.

What is your family doing during this time?