Friday March 27: My sister is home! We go sit in my parent’s back yard while my family sits on the porch and we visit. It’s really, really hard not to go give my sister a huge hug. She seems good and happy—it was really hard for her to leave Brazil and it’s really hard to have no idea what’s coming, but she’s doing really well with it all. We talk and visit and Graham swings and it’s nice to be together, even though we’re far apart. We go for a drive-by of one of her friends who also just got home from his mission and shout as we wave out the window.
Saturday: We eat chocolate chip waffles and have a dance party, then go feed ducks and run down the trail. It’s hard to fill up all the hours but it’s also really fun. We got Graham some new little toys and he loves playing with them and finding new things to do. We watch Toy Story before bed, and the fact that Graham loves it SO much is Randy’s favorite thing in the universe. We get a new dishwasher thanks to our amazing landlord and Randy helps him install it as carefully and socially-distanced as possible while I work on a website for a client.
Sunday: We have church in our house and it goes well, Graham does a good job of listening and loves the fun activities we try to do to make it more fun. We make big delicious meals and read books in the afternoon. We go visit my family in the back yard again. Graham doesn’t understand why he can’t play with his cousin or why Grandma can’t hold him, which is really hard. The neighborhood has a surprise drive-by for my sister and some other missionaries who just came home and it’s SO fun. I hang out the window and wave and scream while Graham laughs from his seat.
Monday: Back to the grind. I work and head to the grocery store to get some produce and other staples. I buy some things for my family since they can’t go to the store and drop it off on their porch. We make a delicious pasta dinner and Graham LOVES it. We go for a long walk and read lots of stories and work on counting, which Graham can totally do, he just doesn’t like to perform on-demand.
Tuesday: More work, more school, Graham is having a hard time napping and going to bed which is SO strange. He is usually the BEST sleeper alive. We spend the day singing songs and putting cars and toys down the slide. The days blend together, it’s so easy to forget which day is next and what is happening.
Wednesday: APRIL FOOLS. Graham eats blue eggs and we go and get Fiiz drinks for my family. My mom wipes down the cups and we play in the back yard while they sit on the porch. It’s a bit colder and I’m praying for more warm weather so we can continue outside, distanced visits. Graham LOVES helping me vacuum and mop and we spend the morning cleaning. We go outside and jump on the trampoline and dig in the dirt. Naps are still somewhat of a battle for some reason, and I research a 2 year old sleep regression. That plus all the strangeness of our new lives must be putting him in a funk. But that’s OK.
Thursday: We work and do school and deal with cold weather. It’s a more indoor day and we try new crafts, order Easter egg dyeing kits, and I fight off feeling like this is going to last forever. I’m SO excited for general conference coming up and hope to get peace and understanding with it. Only time will tell I suppose.
I am SO grateful for amazing employers right now. I’ve been assured many times that they are not having hiring freezes, they are not planning lay offs, and that things are OK. Randy got an email from EY that his job offer is in tact, that they are working out his start date for the fall, and it is all OK. We are SO lucky. And I absolutely won’t take that for granted.