Some days are more emotional than others. Yesterday I said more prayers and sent more well wishes than I did the day before. With my boys at home though, I try hard to keep this emotion more within, but it’s hard. I’m normally a “pollyanna.”. But the reality is…it’s scary what is going on in the world right now. And we need to let ourselves worry, cry, and grieve once in awhile.
But it’s also good to think positively – keep that hope! Because eventually things WILL be back to normal. Today I am going to really focus again on more of the positives that are happening. Many people ARE recovering from this virus. Thank goodness. Social media is keeping people connected across the globe. Yay for the internet. Zoom and Facebook Lives are allowing us to hold events and gatherings virtually. People are sending and getting more “thinking of you” cards in the mail. Some families are even getting home improvements projects done that they didn’t have time for before. Yes, there are good things coming from all of this.
And in our house our boys are getting along better! They are getting goofy together, spending time together, and being friends. That has been SOOOoo good to see.
We got the trampoline set up earlier than we had planned.
Nick took over the living room one day and built a gigantic fort that he slept in that night.
Luke has been going on walks with his dad at local parks and trails.
Nick has been trying out lots of awesome new recipes and helping us cook dinners.
Luke has been giving more details to his home on Roblox.
We are having more family movie nights, playing board games, doing puzzles, and reading new books, too. We’ve also been hand-delivering small treats to a few people who live nearby just to spread some cheer…knocking on doors, standing back (at least 6 feet), and sharing smiles and conversation for a few minutes. It’s been a “feel-good” activity. It’s gotten the boys out and about. And it’s been a way to see people we miss without getting close.
If you have Hershey’s nuggets on hand. Here is super quick craft idea you could make and deliver to your neighbors. I got this idea from Wendy Lee at www.creativeleeyours.com.
Products I used… See below for a complete list of products linked to where you can find them in my online store.
- Ornate Garden Designer Paper
- Two pieces that are 7-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ scored parallel to short edge at 1-1/4″ and 5-1/4″
- 3-1/2″ x 1-1/4″
- Petal Pink Metallic-Edge Ribbon
- After folding along the score lines of the longer designer paper strips, adhere/connect the two strips together by overlapping the 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ sections.
- Wrap and adhere the smaller designer paper strip around a Hershey nugget chocolate candy. Then attach the base of this wrapped candy to the center overlapping section of the longer strips.
- Pull strips upward. Use a bone folder to curl the strips inward. Fold at the other outer score lines to form the ears.
- Paper clip together to hold it steady. Wrap and tie on the ribbon. Remove paper clip, and shape the ears more with a bone folder if needed.
Here is another one that I made with the Parisian Blossoms Designer Paper and Petal Pink Striped Organdy Ribbon.
Hoping that you are also finding positives during these more trying times.
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- Hershey’s nugget chocolate candies
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