This post contains affiliate links.  The last time we went out freely in public was on March 13, 2020.  Since then, we’ve largely remained at home.  We are blessed that my husband can work from home and that I do my work from home.  Our youngest two homeschool, and our oldest has been home from school since mid-March.  When we started staying home, I thought it would be for a month or two.  I didn’t think it would be for four months and counting.  Still, I’m determined to make this time a positive time.  Knowing that the rest of the country is in a similar position makes me feel a little less isolated and alone.  Here’s how we’ve been spending time at home.

How We’ve Been Spending Time at Home

All of us have found ways to fill our time and keep our spirits up.

How I’m Keeping Busy

I’ve found several new interests now that I have the time to pursue them.

Ancestry.com

Seventeen years ago, before Bookworm was born, I joined Ancestry.com and started researching my father’s side of the family.  I put that interest aside for all of these years, but last week, I signed up for the free two week trial.  I was surprised to see how much more information is on the site now and to learn that one of my relatives fought in the American Revolutionary War!

However, I’ve decided not to continue to pay after the two week trial is over.  Instead, I’ll wait and ask for a few months’ subscription for a Christmas gift.

Reading, Reading, Reading

I’ve so been enjoying having more time to read!  I share all of my books that I’ve read here on Fridays, so stay tuned.

Latch Hook Rug

I haven’t done a latch hook rug since I was a teenager, but now I’ve picked up the hobby again.  I wanted to look forward to fun things in the future, so I picked a Christmas themed rug.  A nice surprise is that the kit came with the canvas already trimmed, so I don’t have to worry about it fraying.

How We're Spending Time at Home

Paint By Number

How We're Spending Time at Home

I’ve never done a paint-by-number kit, but the girls and I each ordered our own kit, and yesterday we sat down for the first time and spent about 40 minutes painting.  I think it will take us weeks to finish our paintings, but it was fun.  The girls did much better than I thought they would with such complex designs.  I’m usually in a hurry to get things done, so this helps force me to slow down and take my time.

How We're Spending Time at Home

How The Girls Have Spent Their Time

The girls have found plenty of ways to stay busy, too.

Homeschool

For the past 1.5 years, our homeschool hasn’t been quite as rigorous as I would like.  We were so busy with ABA therapy, speech therapy, and extracurriculars that we were doing the minimum that we needed to do.  Now, we have more time, so we’re able to conquer all of our subjects and get a lot done in a day.

YouTube

The girls started a YouTube channel 1.5 years ago, but they didn’t often post to it.  Now, they’ve been spending a lot of time making stop motion animation and videos and posting it to their channel.

Crafts for Gifts

The girls went to YouTube and have learned how to do all sorts of things.  Cuddle Bug learned how to crochet and is working on crocheted Christmas presents.

Barton Reading & Spelling

Both girls have dyslexia and have been working with a Barton tutor.  When the shut down happened in March, our tutor offered online lessons.  Since the girls had no other outside obligations, they started getting tutoring 5x a week.  They made awesome progress!

Our tutor had a baby at the beginning of June, so they’ve been off for several weeks now.  Hopefully lessons will start again soon.

How Bookworm Has Been Spending His Time

I’ll be honest, Bookworm in particular is having trouble with this change in lifestyle.  He misses his school, and he misses his friends.  However, he has found things to keep him busy.

Online Summer Classes

He’s toying with the idea of graduating early (I graduated early, so I have no problem if he takes this path).  This summer, he took a Government and an Economics class, so those requirements are now out of the way.  Also, for this year at least, since Arizona has such a high number of coronavirus cases, we’ve put him in an online school.  If he chooses, he’ll be able to take university classes through the online school at the same time he meets his high school credits.

Dabble in Politics

For the past few months, he’s been working 4 hours a week for a political campaign.  Just last week he took a summer leadership position, so now he’s working on the campaign 10 to 12 hours a week.  All of his work is virtual, thankfully.

Final Thoughts

Shifting gears from a family who is constantly on the go to one that only ventures out once a week or so has taken some time getting used to.  But there are many families facing the same circumstances.  I’m determined to make the most of these circumstances and enjoy this forced slow down while trying to keep my family safe.  Hopefully by sharing how we’ve been spending our time at home I’ve given you some ideas.  I’d also love to know, if you’re mostly home now, how you’re spending your tim.

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