Life with the Lumbers: what we’ve been up to

It’s been a minute since we last posted on a regular schedule. We have had quite a year dealing with Covid ramifications so we took a break from regular posting to lighten the load a bit.

And that break was just what we needed. We were able to take blogging off the plate and spend some much needed energy on one another.

Oldest daughter is busy with school but is having a good year, despite the strangeness of starting the school year online.
She’s growing up so fast and she is beautiful.
Little daughter is adorable and keeps us on our toes.
She is full of sweetness and sass.

We also have recently decorated for fall.

My kiddos helped me and we had a blast.

The Lumber fam kitties are doing well, too.

Gray says this the UPS man sure was nice to give him this box to sit on.
Daisy thinks her daddy’s uniform shirt is a perfect blanket .

Covid still has our lives basically shut down. No dance, no school and no church. So in the meantime, we try to fill our time having fun together, learning together and doing things around the house.

Recently we completed two small outdoor projects, which we will share with you soon.

But until then, have a blessed weekend! See you soon.

Emorie: Now entering the back nine

Photo credit: 365 Photo

Nine years ago today, our oldest daughter Emorie blew into the world. We were told only one year earlier we’d never have children without fertility intervention. We said we’d go home and think about it. Two months later, we found out she was on the way. She was born three weeks early and was the tiniest, pinkest infant Id ever seen in my life. We were instantly in love.

Photo credit: Portrait Innovations

Her personality grew right along with her and she gained a fan club everywhere we went.

She was snuggly, sweet and had her daddy wrapped around her finger. Still does, in fact.
Photo credit: Portrait Innovations

Even as a toddler, she was known for her sunny personality and soft spot for others.

She is smart, talented, kind hearted and loving. She is empathetic toward others and wants to be an oncology nurse someday.

She doesn’t like to admit it, but she loves her little sister and tries to take care of her.

She is happiest when she is dancing and she works hard each day to become better at her dancing.

She is growing up so fast and will be a fourth grader this fall. We have realized we only have nine more years left before she goes to college. Time truly does fly when you’re having fun.

Happy birthday, Sunshine. You are loved beyond measure.

Life as a Lumber: what we’ve been up to

I apologize for the lack of posts lately but things have been a bit crazy busy around here. We are still self quarantined but things have picked up a bit with us. We are knee deep in house projects and we’ve only just finished school.

This little bumblebee is enjoying a thistle flower drink.

The girls and I have been taking walks each day and we see so many things on our walks that make us smile.

Our neighbor’s cows always stop to watch us walk. They are skittish and won’t come to the fence though.
Our lillies are in bloom and they’re beautiful.
Our garden is doing well too and we are overrun with squash.
The girls are doing great and growing fast.
My hair got crazy long but it’s all good. I’m cutting it this week.
We learned to make cake in a mug and it is delicious! Recipe soon!!

Thanks for sticking with us! We will be back on regular schedule this week.

Life as a Lumber: What We’ve Been Up To Lately

Hello, all. I hope everyone is well and staying safe. We are doing well, but due to our struggles with At-Home Learning, our posting schedule has been a little lighter than usual. Bear with us- we are slowly but surely returning to normal.

We’ve passed the time (since we can’t go anywhere) with projects, gardening, and a lot of family fun time (and a little bit of silliness too).

We have been working on making our backyard a space we can all enjoy and love. Recently, I redid a porch swing my grandfather built for me as a teenager. I’ve never had anywhere to hang it so it’s been in my mother’s basement for over a decade. I’m so excited about it!

The two little lumbers are missing their school friends, their church friends and their dance friends. We are doing online learning and a preschool homeschool curriculum, as well as online dance classes with their dance studio. We also watch a lot of online church services. We have just tried to make life as normal and as fun as possible right now to alleviate the uncertain and the anxiety we are currently dealing with. I hope when everything returns to normal they will look back on this time and remember the fun things we did and not the scary things we have experienced.

We have also uploaded some new content to our YouTube channel. It’s pretty silly but a lot of fun. You should really check it out.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRtOszGc3Tk

We have so many cool things to share with you all next week. Keep in mind we are closed this weekend and will not post, due to the Memorial Day holiday. Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you Wednesday.

How to beat the boredom during the covid-19 self quarantines

As you know, I am predominantly a DIY blogger but one portion of my blog pertains to parenting. Like many of you, we are navigating our new normal as homeschool parents who work from home and self quarantine to safe guard our families against getting sick with covid-19.

Being quarantined doesn’t mean you must stay indoors.

While we have mine and the girls’ school work to occupy a lot of time, and we can go outside to occupy a bit more time, sometimes we still find ourselves a little bored and lonely. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun and useful ways to bond as a family , and to teach your kiddos a little something in the process.

1. Cooking

Get yourself some cute kitchen helpers.

Everyone needs to eat, and once you’re tired of all the takeout options, you might as well cook at home. I’m kidding, sort of. In all seriousness, cooking is hands on, a cross curricular activity and something your kids will need to know as adults. You don’t have to make a full meal, you could even make something as simple as a tray of cookies. My child hates math but she loves cooking. She doesn’t realize we are practicing math skills when we cook. She just thinks it’s grown up to help mom with dinner.

2. Take a nature walk

Nature’s playground

Recess at school serves the same purpose as recess when you’re schooling at home. Fresh air and activity give the brain a refresh. You can make a science lesson out of it and go on a nature walk. You can go on a nature scavenger hunt and find rocks, acorns or flowers. Or, you can go outside and simply enjoy the great outdoors.

3. Roast some marshmallows

This one requires lots and lots of supervision. Reward your kiddos for their hard work by allowing them to make a few s’mores. Even if you only make one s’more, they will love it!

4. Paint a picture or make a craft

Make a cute little footbird

We made a bird painting from a little paint and our kids’ feet and they turned out so cute. You can also just hand your kiddos some paper and colored pencils and let them take the reigns- creativity at its finest!

What sort of “sanity saving learning activities are you all using?