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Over the weekend Keane celebrated his 8th Birthday. And because there is nothing normal about the year 2020, this birthday celebration was a little different. His friends marked the day by doing a Birthday Drive-By. A parade of some of his best little friends driving by with decorated cars, waving, blowing blowers, popping poppers and spraying him with silly spray. So much fun and excitement and Keane felt like a pretty big deal. Its definitely a birthday he won’t forget, ever. A type of birthday non-celebration celebration.

We had the driveway birthday ready.

The birthday boy and here comes the lead car.

After that, they just kept on coming. Gifts were passed out and Keane & Cullen passed small “Thank You” gifts into the cars of each of their friends.

Both Keane & Cullen looked like little Lord Mayors of the parade.

Keane had no idea, but as a surprise we rented a water slide and invited a few friends over for a small party. He hadn’t seen these friends in 3 months. He was so surprised and excited.

Cullen really enjoyed the surprise too.

So good to play with our friends again.

And because we are deep in the Minecraft phase of childhood, there had to be a Minecraft cake.

All has been quiet on the blog front the past 2 weeks. Let me tell you why. My computer got hit with a pandemic of its own. A virus that took it down. Crashed it. There is never an ideal time for a computer to freeze, fail or crash, and I really tried not to panic, despite the fact that I had 2 very time sensitive photoshoots waiting to be edited. As calmly as I could, I reached out to the people of Apple to get an appointment ASAP. I managed to get a same day appointment. Brought my MAC in. Left it in their technically smart hands for a few hours, only to eventually receive the news that it was beyond repair. Ahhh! Ugh! WTF 2020?? Is there no good news planned for this year?? Anyway, long story short, I had to get a new computer but now all of my software, including my editing programs are either lost or not working. So that sucks. But listen, first world problems I know.

On the lockdown front, we are still trucking along. With each passing week I get a little more desperate for ideas and activities to keep the boys happy and entertained. Beware a desperate mother, who knows what dumb awesome project she’ll come up with in the name of killing an afternoon. This particular afternoon I set the boys up for a little “Paint Ball Smash”. But just like everything when it comes to kids, it never plays out the way you expect.

The set up. Tarp to protect the driveway. Paint balls separated by color. Boys are armed with mallets. Boys are wearing safety glasses (cos safety is no accident).

Let the smashing begin!

This was so satisfying/therapeutic.

Look out kitty! You are right in the middle of the danger zone.

Such a pretty looking mess. In my mind I had plans to let their messy creations dry. Then I was going to frame and hang them in their room.

This is what the boys thought about my plan. They basically middle fingered the entire idea by marching barefoot across the boards.

Paint ball mountain climbers, as demonstrated by Keane.

Cullen is only delighted with himself.

Things are getting very slippery.

Man down.

And couldn’t be happier.

Law and order is gone and we are just dumping paintballs everywhere.

Another man down.

Kids are only happy when things are really messy.

Of course it was only a matter of time before they were throwing paint balls are each other.

Ta-Dah! And lets all be terrified by the notion that this might not be my worst entertainment idea during this time of lockdown.

Lockdown Update

May 6, 2020

I don’t have a lot of time to write a blog post today. We are in the midst of packing up the camper to head off for a few days. Everyone is needing a bit of a mental break from lockdown life. So we thought a little adventure would help lift the spirits.

But since I haven’t posted in a while, I thought I’d share a bunch of pics on how life in lockdown is going. Lots of school work and lots of outside fun to get us through each day. Thank goodness the weather has been so nice.

Anyway, not a lot of chat, but a lot of photos. Enjoy!

Cullen learning all about food.

Keane in the throws of a book report.

An art collaboration.

Keane is reading and I guess Cullen is relaxing.

Cooling off on an evening walk.

Keane helping Cullen with his sight words.

Board games and hanging with one of the geckos.

I’m about to give them a haircut. Look at Cullen’s face.

Egg coloring with this cool little gadget.

More homeschool.

Cullen working on the life cycle of a chicken. Keane was suppose to be doing some math, but this is where I found him. To be fair, it was a nice day to climb out of the window and sit on the porch rail.

Keane working on a plant project.

Left, putting Boston in the wagon. Right, watching some video tutorial.

Our swim teachers baby chicks are getting very big.

More board games, with a side of tunnel building and wrestling.

Yet more homeschool work.

Cullen’s pumpkin seed sprouted, so we planted it in the garden.

Another walk and more river fun.

What shopping looks like in the midst of a pandemic.

So much learning. They’ll be genius’es.

Paddling in the creeks, looking for ants and ….

….wrestling. Always wrestling.

Math quiz.

A day break to the lake.

Mother Nature

April 23, 2020

One of the many projects we’ve taken on during our time in lockdown is planting a vegetable garden. Boys were super into it and have even kept up on watering the plants daily (when it doesn’t rain) and weeding the vegetable box at least once a week.

A wagon full of supplies.

Clearing out the vegetable box.

Turning the soil.

Who knows why, but they felt the urge to climb in and stomp around.

Time to hydrate the soil and Keane’s dragon.

Seed planting time.

We decided to plant carrots, peas and broccoli.

Future broccoli.

Keane using my phone to take pictures of his Minecraft lego dragon.

One of their school assignments also involved working with plants. Keane choose cactus.

Cullen decided to plant a pumpkin seed, so it will grow for halloween and he can carve a scary face.

Making notes in his plant journal.

The Hunt

April 19, 2020

Not as chaotic an egg hunt as previous years. Corona has made everything different. But we made sure the boys got to enjoy an Easter Sunday hunt, despite the current restrictions. Not the typical stampede of a herd of hunting kids, but a smaller crowd means more eggs for all the little hunters.

Cullen and his buddy Ashton, hot on the trail of eggs.

Eggs in the bucket and Ashton has spotted some more.

Cullen found a haven of eggs hiding in the bushes.

Keane too.

Cheers to Easter eggs!

Minutes into the hunt and Keane’s bucket is already at capacity.

Ashton’s little brother Julian is not as fast as the big boys, but he’s finding the low down stashes.

Thrilled with what they’ve found so far.

A bucket full. A chin full and a handful.

A hunters “show and tell”.

Still more eggs to be found.

Julian is pretty impressed with Keane’s collection.

A little help from Daddy and Julian spots an egg way up in the tree.

The gang.

Oops! Julian lost control of his eggs.

Keane had to get himself an overflow bucket he’d found so many.

Well done to our little group of hunters.