Missing Life before Covid-19

Five months. That’s how long we’ve been dealing with this pandemic. We stayed home, we followed the government-issued lockdowns, what we thought of our normal lives back then is now replaced with our “new normal”.

The first few months, I would say were easy for me. Despite the fear that Covid-19 brings, I was mostly grateful to be able to do what I was aiming for for the longest time – to work at home and be with the kids 24/7. But man, five months into this and I realize how hard it is. I was getting antsy, the kids drive me nuts, I miss my personal space, I miss my quiet time, I miss dressing up, wear make-up and have a separate life apart from being ‘MOM’.

Along with that, I also miss going out. My side of the family is big on celebrations and get-togethers. There was never a month in a year that we don’t visit my parents or meet somewhere to catch up. During this five-month quarantine period, we only saw my parents and siblings once. We’re not yet sure when the next one would be.

As I was looking at old photos the other day, I realized that we lived 2019 to the fullest without us knowing that 2020 would be like this. We had major changes in 2019, moving to our own place, kids changing schools, starting this blog, starting the crayon business. We also went to many new places last year, spent more time with family, created memories.

So, let this post be a look-back on how 2019 was a great year with the hope that we’d get to live that way again when this pandemic is over.

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Surviving the First Week of Online Classes

Continuing education for this year is a very hard decision to make for the parents. With the pandemic, our children’s safety are our utmost priority. Given that all of us are adjusting, I am sure even the schools have to undergo major adjustments in terms of their curriculum, what modes of learning they will adapt, how to deliver the highest level of education for the students.

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ECQ Diaries: Give Yourself a Break

Day #45 of the Extended Community Quarantine and I know it’s been hard for everybody. We may have different family dynamics – some dads cook, do the laundry, are the designated tributes to do the groceries – but, this post is for the moms who are working doubly hard now that everybody’s staying home.

If you’re like me who likes to plan, I can just imagine the thought bubbles in your head. I understand and won’t judge your need to have separate spreadsheets of meal plans, grocery list, savings and expenses because I’m like that. I need to see in writing what needs to be done, what’s missing from our supplies, how much money I have left.

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