We were supposed to go camping at the beginning of summer. I don’t know how it is in your neck of the woods, but here in the NW you book your campgrounds/yurts/cabins 9 months in advance. That’s the window. It’s always a crap shoot. Like, will the weather be good “this weekend” in 9 months? Who knows! Last summer we had a bunch of camping weekends booked and then we sold our house, bought a new house and were moving. I remember we were camping in Eastern Oregon this time last year when we got the phone call from our realtor that our old house had closed!

How could we predict a global pandemic would cancel our camping plans for this year?!

Anyways. I was bummed. I had booked a super awesome cabin at Fort Stevens near Astoria, OR. I went there a bunch of times with my family when I was a kid. I remember it being very fun and cool and my brother and I would just take off riding our bikes on the trails. And there’s a shipwreck on the beach. It’s a cool place. I was so excited to take Logan! Needless to say, huge disappointment when it closed at the beginning of this pandemic.

As campgrounds started opening up in July on a limited basis, and reservations were now 2 weeks in advance only, I thought maybe we could do something. But it wasn’t in the cards. Michael got a new job (which is good) but there was no vacation time. Then Stevie got sick and until this weekend he’s been on a lot medications and I didn’t want to leave him.

Well, we decided to camp in our backyard!

We kept it a secret and then when Logan got up from his nap Saturday afternoon the boys started putting up the tent!

Logan was OVER THE MOON! He was so excited. And you know what? It was good to be outside. He had a lot of screen time when this pandemic started and it was nice to just get outside for many many hours.

He played outside with his toys. We listened to music and had hot dogs for dinner! Plus the most amazing hummus I’ve ever had that we bought that morning at the local farmer’s market.

Logan was so excited about camping he said “let’s go to sleep now!” When it was still light out. LOL We explained we had to wait until dark and that meant he got to stay up past his bedtime.

One thing missing from our campout was a fire pit and s’mores. I’ve wanted a fire pit in our yard for 10+ years. We still haven’t gotten one, hopefully soon! Instead we had yummy popsicles (Logan’s first). And we did some music:

It was finally getting dark. Logan was so excited he went inside and put his PJs on all by himself. He was ready!

We tried to get Bella to go in tent with us (she’s camped with us before) but she didn’t want to do it this time. So she went back in the house with the cats. πŸ˜‰

Camping was a blast. Logan said he wants to do it every day now. hahaha. I’m thinking we’ll do it again before summer is over. Maybe Labor Day weekend! And hopefully we’ll have our fire pit by then.

Home School

We decided to keep Logan home from daycare/preschool for a week or two. It was a really hard decision. We’ve both been working from home for like two weeks now (and now Michael is laid off) but we were still taking Logan to school.

Part of it was for stability for Logan and for him to have a normal schedule. It was a good thing. That first Monday like half the parents at daycare pulled their kids out. So the classes were super small. By the end of the week it went from 27 kids to like 20. Next Monday it was 10. I think there’s usually 100+ in the daycare. (It’s ages 1-12 with after school care, too).

With the smaller classes Logan was thriving. It also helped keep daycare open and give the teachers their hours. They depends on their jobs for health insurance. It’s all such a mess.

But by last Friday we were both feeling weird every time we took Logan to school. Monday the Governor of Oregon shut the state down and said officially stay home. It seemed like this was the time to take him out temporarily.

We already had a play room set up in our new house (that Logan didn’t really use much) that we turned into “school.”

When Logan was a baby a coworker gave me a ton of puzzles and games and flashcards that her daughter outgrew. I hung on to them for whenever he’d be old enough for them. He’s finally old enough for some of them!

And he has a ton of art and drawing type stuff that I got Logan for various birthdays and Christmases.

We had a ton of stuff to use for learning and I asked some friends who had been homeschooling their preschoolers for a few weeks already for resources. I got a TON of good ideas!

PDX At Home Resources

How to Homeschool Preschool

Montessori at Home

A science podcaster I listen to posted this: PBS SoCal STEM

So far this website is our favorite: Scholastic Activities

Yesterday while I worked, Michael did some drawing, shapes, coloring, letters. Then he took a break and I took a break from work and Logan and I took a walk looking at trees.

Then home for a snack and watching Scholastic videos about rabbits and nature.

Then we painted rocks to put in our garden. Then Michael and Logan went outside so he could ride bikes while I made him lunch. Finally nap time.

After a long nap, Logan played with his toys and then got to watch a movie and more bike time outside. That was pretty much our day. Michael and I tried to trade off. It’s a long day for sure trying to keep him occupied.

Logan was a little whiney and difficult at times. He wanted to know when he could go back to school. He cried a few times (like buried his face and wept). It was really hard. πŸ™