Celebrating and Lockdown

Like half of the nation, we did a little celebrating recently. It was a long, tortured week of refreshing social media and news sites and then that Saturday morning while I was working out I read the news.

I absolutely LOVED all the videos of people happy and celebrating. The sense of relief was wonderful. That night we celebrated as a family, including Logan so he learns about civic duty and voting and speaking your mind. After all, he had “voted” with us a month ago! 😉

I got a balloon at the dollar store (mostly for Logan). We opened a bottle of local Oregon bubbly. I got a piece of special cake at the store that we all shared.

Logan got to drink his apple juice from a REAL cup. LOL He loved it. And CHEERS!

We watched the speeches, it was very very emotional.

Then Friday the 13th the governor of Oregon announced we are going into another lockdown. Portland is closed for 4 weeks, the rest of Oregon is 2 weeks, but I imagine it will go on a little bit longer. I got the news a little early and went to the grocery store before the noon press conference. For weeks now I’ve been slowly buying a little bit of extra stuff at the grocery store. Mostly things like lentils, beans, pasta, basically stuff that could live on the shelf for a bit. But this time I bought essentials like veggies, milk, eggs etc.

I’ve basically been in “lockdown” in a way since March. I’ve worked from home this whole time, which I am happy I have a job that I can do that. I know it’s a privilege. I go into the office once a month or so to do some stuff, but basically home this whole time.

So it won’t be a huge adjustment this time. Not like March. Saturday I went swimming, probably for the last time for the next month. Which I am bummed about. I understand and I think the lockdown is VERY necessary. But I just got back to the pool after 7 MONTHS. Oh well.

This lockdown will be a little harder for sure. The weather had turned rainy and gross here so less outdoor time like in March. 🙁

As for the holidays…Thanksgiving is cancelled so we will be doing our own thing at home. Not sure what we will do yet. I am thinking maybe Michael’s mac n’ cheese and a ham or smoked chicken.

Logan is SUPER excited about Christmas. We decided to put up a few decorations early. 🙂

So that’s about it for now. Hope everyone is staying safe! Wear a mask. Stay home. Be safe.

Merry Christmas!

I hope everyone had a good holiday!

We had a good, but busy week. We had friends over Sunday night for Yule dinner and presents. Then on Christmas Eve my parents came into town to visit for a few days. Michael smoked some chicken and I made a really delicious Brussels Sprout dish for dinner. (Cut sprouts in half, season with olive oil, salt, pepper, chopped shallots, red pepper flakes, bake for 15 minutes then top with cubes of brie cheese and chopped walnuts, bake for another 15 minutes. So good!)

This year was particularly fun. Logan understood Christmas a lot more and was SO excited! We left out milk and cookies for Santa and first thing Christmas morning, Logan walked past all the presents and went to inspect the milk and cookies to see if Santa ate them. 😉

Logan got lots of cool stuff from everyone. He got a Star Wars cape from his Auntie Rachel. 🙂 Lots of dinosaur stuff. Coloring books from us. And headphones from Santa for his very first plane ride next month!

He got Frozen PJs on Christmas Eve and LOVED them and wore them all day on Christmas.

I got some nice goodies! A tray for my jacuzzi tub (and a bathtub pillow!!)– I can’t wait to use it! My brother got me some keto chocolate and much needed new swim goggles. Michael got me a wireless charger for my phone for work. It was a really nice day.

Christmas Day was low key. Logan and I took a nap. He played with his new toys and watched movies with Grandpa. Stevie was loving all the attention. Then Michael’s family came over in the afternoon for Christmas #2 and dinner.

Lots of good food! For dinner we made a spiral ham and Michael’s mac n’ cheese. Michael’s sister made green bean casserole, deviled eggs and her famous beef and green bean appetizers. There were tons of munchies.

It was a full table!

All the food turned out great. There was tons of it, too. Leftovers for days.

More presents. Logan got a bunch of new PJs, clothes, underwear and new shoes (which were probably his favorite present!).

Christmas cookies made by Michael’s sister (she makes the best cookies!). It was chaotic but fun having a full house.

The day after Christmas we had breakfast and then my parents headed to the beach for a few days before going home to Seattle. Michael and Logan went to Michael’s mom’s house to set up some technology they got for Christmas. I went to the gym and then after-Christmas shopping.

The rest of the day was pretty low-key. Cleaning and then preparing for another dinner party with Michael’s childhood friends. This time it was chicken enchiladas (from the leftover smoked chicken) and leftover Mac n’ cheese. It was a fun night but I am so ready to have a few relaxing days this weekend!

Happy holidays!