You can follow all the rules, do everything you’re supposed to and it’s still not going to happen.

Photo taken by Abbey Fatica
Photo taken by Abbey Fatica
Photo taken by Abbey Fatica

Community. Friends. Comrades.

All these things were hard to find in the last year. Most of us really had to try and keep our relationships strong. Introverts, I’m talking to you. Mostly, because I am you.

I really didn’t have an issues with lockdown or staying home. Sure, I had my moments where I thought I was going to lose my mind, but for the most part, life went on for our family. Except for the whole hybrid schooling part, our kids…

I know what you’re thinking. Ok, boomer…

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Not even close. I live with four Gen-Z’s, but since I’m with them all the time I’ve never experience one in real life. According to the charts, by birth I’m a millennial, but I tend to hover between Gen-X and Gen-Y. I was born at the very beginning of the millennial generation in 1981.

But since I live with a part of the Gen-Z population, I’m fully exposed to what they bring to the table. My oldest is only 13, so I’ve only seen the younger side of this generation. Sure, I’ve watched…

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

The last 382 days have been about survival.

Today marks a milestone for our family since the pandemic started back on March 13, 2020. Our kids are finally going back to school full time!!! Over the past year, they started at 100% virtual, when it was only supposed to be three weeks, to finishing out the school year in a way I could have never imagined in my entire life. Then we had what seemed to be the longest summer in existence. Most of their activities were canceled and we spent A LOT of time hanging around at home. …

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May 23, 2020

It’s that time of year again. Summer Break, woo hoo… This time the rules are a little different because it seems like we’ve already been on “vacation” for the last 9 weeks. That is without pools, the heat, bbqs, and the like.

In our house, we followed a schedule to keep us on track to finish school work each day, so while the end of the year lacked full closure, the summer will provide a break from intensity of school work.

Now, that’s not to say that school will completely go out the window. No, no, no…

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May 22, 2020

As we wrap up the end of the school year, I feel as if there is lack of closure. My kids didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to their teachers.

Many activities that took place to close out the year like the pancake breakfast, fun day, clap outs and picnics were lost in the shuffle.

Most of the time, I’m pretty go with the flow, see the glass half full type of girl. …

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May 20, 2020

When it comes to homework and projects, I usually let my kids take the reign on their work. With distance learning during the pandemic, I’ve been a little more hands on but they are still mostly on their own.

My daughter finished a career project the other day and asked me to look it over. The first thing I asked her is if I could really proofread it or if she wanted me to glance over it.

The first go through, I wasn’t allowed to voice my opinion then once she was completely done, I got the…

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May 12, 2020

  • Wake up. Usually with the dog anywhere between 4:30–5:30am.
  • Try to fall back asleep. If unsuccessful, journal and meditate.
  • Get the kids breakfast.
  • Take shower. Prepare for day.
  • 9am — start school with the kids. We follow the same schedule each weekday. A daily walk and my yoga time is included and we usually go until about 2:30/3pm.
  • Most days after school we play outside, turn on electronics, read all the books or play games.
  • Eat dinner, mess around for a bit then get ready for bed.
  • All to wake up and do it again the next…

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May 3, 2020

Some days it feels like the 4728482nd day of March but most of the time I can’t believe how fast we are moving through this Stay At Home order.

It seems that Fridays come sooner and sooner each week. The kids finish up another week of school in awe.

When we reflect back on the past 8 weeks, we ask ourselves “what are we doing to make the time pass so quickly?”

It comes down to one recurring theme: FUN!

We aren’t focused on activities being canceled or our favorite places being closed. …

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April 30, 2020

Each Friday, we celebrate our week with pizza and a movie. It allows us a family to come and wrap up the work we’ve done together. We are able to relax and enjoy one another’s company.

Now more than ever, do we need this release. During this period of online distance learning, my kids stick to a schedule Monday through Friday to stay caught up with their lessons.

So come Friday evening, we are all ready to kick back and bond as one unit through the magic of film.

There is something about being home with my…

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April 27, 2020

Together, we gathered all the ingredients. Pulled out the mixing bowls and found the recipe. As we read over the instructions, it was clear the directions were very vague.

My daughter came to me the other day in her venture to bake more while we are on lockdown with the idea to make a peach cobbler.

My mind instantly flashed back to my grandmother’s house and the decadent peach flip she would make.

It’s been years since I’ve had it and emailed her immediately for the recipe. …

Abbey Fatica

Writer, Author, Lover of all words and exclamation points!!! My children are the inspiration to my voice. Connect with me:

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