Summertime in the Days of Covid

These are strange times indeed, and strange times sometimes call for strange measures. Here’s a look at our socially-distant summer adventures in the days of COVID-19.
social distancing

Carol Anne wields her social distancing aid, the pool noodle.

mother and child with mask

A.’s first Mother’s Day.

paparussandgrandbaby

Papa Russ loves his buddy.

summertime in covid
family covid times
outdoors is safer than indoors
broken tent

Broken tent, still safe.

outdoors
roses

Pharoah’s Roses

puppy drinking water

Otis getting a drink.

grandmama and baby C.
josh outside in summertime
raven the dog
little girl shooting

Bella girl learning to shoot.

baby boy outside with grandmama
kilgore fam
instant memories

Instant memories of a memorable summer.

polaroid photos mother and child
outside during the summer
    Imagine you get a call three days from now. It’s a family member who woke up with a cough and fever. With your heart in your throat, you think back to the event over the weekend — was everyone exposed? What about the one with asthma, was he exposed? What about our father, was he exposed? Did we make a choice that may cost us big time?
 
   …These are the thoughts I don’t want to think. If someone comes down sick, I want to feel confident that we took appropriate precautions to make sure there was no spread within the family. I want to be confident that we didn’t stick our toe over that line.
Our system may not be what you need and that’s ok. But I’m glad we have a system. We have a plan. And if that phone call comes in 3 days I won’t have to worry about the rest of us, just the one that is sick.
 
“POOL NOODLE RULES”
 
All visiting occurs outside. Every family member has a mask and a pool noodle. If you get any closer than pool noodle length to another family member (outside your immediate unit) without a mask, you get whacked with the pool noodle. Masks may be removed (for eating, drinking, etc) as long as you are >1 pool noodle away from anyone outside your immediate unit.
 
Additional stipulations:
Handwashing and masks are required at the food table. Please wipe designated bathroom with Clorox wipes if used.
Stay safe in these crazy days, friends! 

1SE 2019

A glimpse at our lives, one second at a time…

2019 Highlights:

Mr. Bob passed in February

C.A. & K Wedding

J.R. & A. Expecting

Israel Trip (our first!)

J.S. & M. Wedding

Caleb’s Arrival

This video was created using the 1SE app (paid version) and music from EpidemicSound.com

C.A. & K. 2019

“Once upon a time, there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love 

“Love is, in fact, an intensification of life, a completeness, a fullness, a wholeness of life.”

— Thomas Merton

Congratulations to Carol Anne & Kendall…  May your journey be filled with many magical days.

Wedding Photos by the incomparable Kristin Faye.

(bee) Showered

bee bridal shower

bee theme bridal shower

In September 2018, Dana and I teamed up to throw this shower for ‘Bride-to-Bee’ Carol Anne.  The wedding countdown is on!

“If I was a flower growing wild and free
All I’d want is you to be my sweet honey bee
And if I was a tree growing tall and green
All I’d want is you to shade me and be my leaves
All I want is you, will you be my bride?
Take me by the hand and stand by my side
All I want is you, will you stay with me?
Hold me in your arms and sway me like the sea…”
– lyrics by Barry Louis Polisar

Passover 2018

seder plate 2018

I don’t have many photos from our family Messianic Passover Seder, but what a wonderful night it was! 22 seats were filled with family and dear friends.

Scott did a lovely job leading the Seder. Arabella asked the Four Questions beautifully, and received a hefty cash prize (collected on the spot from the Seder participants) for returning the afikomen. Mom made braised beef and Autumn brought matzoh ball soup, while Dana decorated the tables and I lit the candles and arranged the Seder plate. As my Dad likes to say, “A good time was had by all.

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Happy Passover, friends! Dayenu, indeed.

Pine Mountain 

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Lately I’ve been grateful for new trails, sturdy hiking boots, and Saturday afternoon family time.

I’m also grateful for 35mm film in an old green Holga, and the fun of teaching analog skills to kids in this digital age. Neither G-man nor Bella had ever used a 35mm camera. The trickiest part was learning to “wind” the film to prep for the next shot. They both had a hard time remembering this step, so I’m looking forward to some “artful” double-exposed images!

Happy March, friends. Have you been hiking lately?