Thursday, February 18, 2021

What Does Life Look Like Right Now?

Thought it'd be nice to have a post to look back on that tells how things were on February 18th, 2021 during the covid world that seems to be getting much better.  There were days in January where 10,000-11,000 people per day were getting diagnosed with Covid in North Carolina. Yesterday it was under 2,000. And more like a few hundred in the County where Charlotte is.  That's really good. Like really good.

More people are getting vaccinated including a lot of our friends because they're in healthcare and most importantly all four of our parents have had their first shots and one has had their second shot!  WOOHOO! The relief I felt from that was HUGE.

Kevin has been going into his office from day 1 because he owns the place and was by himself. Also, both of his offices are very large and can accommodate way more people than he has. Social distancing is easy. It's been totally fine.

My office was closed to us coming in from last March until last May. Then we started going in two days a week on an A/B schedule which really flopped early on because people went to the office when they wanted.  Again, it's a large space and plenty of room. Plus we all have our own offices. And we wear masks if we leave our own office to go to the bathroom or whatever. I think in October it was expected that we all be back 5 days a week in person. Again, small private firm.  

Molly Anne went back to school mid-August last year as our County opened with going one day a week in-person and the rest remote. Then the last week of September it went to two days a week in person. Then October 26th they started going 4 days a week and that is still how it is today. THANK GOODNESS. I knew we lived in the right County but this solidified that. There have probably been under 10 cases at her school and who really knows the background on all of those. Who knows if the people/kids have been there with a symptom etc but it hasn't been numerous cases at once. The school has done an AMAZING job with keeping each case contained and none has spread AT school, it seems like at least - it's been very spread out timewise. Also, the County after school program opened at her school in January so she goes to that a few days a week and loves it. I don’t love it as much as she does but I’m trying to balance work too so it is what it is for now.

Grady's daycare/school opened early August and has been open ever since. They've probably had more covid issues than the elementary school but they've contained it well. And they're probably more conservative as well which is never a bad thing. 

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Day to day we eat at home almost every meal. We have dined out maybe 3-5 times for dinner and mostly at our club. Molly Anne does a couple extracurricular activities that are very covid regulated - she wears a mask at jazz the whole time she is there. In tumbling she has to wear one into the building but takes it off during class because that class is in South Carolina where they don't have the law about exercising in a mask. She plays tennis at our club with friends from the hood and they're outside. Grady is about to start swim lessons where Molly Anne took them from last June until December. They're wonderful at Charlotte Aquatics.

With all of this covid stuff I know we have all 'suffered' (some way more than others) but I want to shield my kids as much as possible from life not being normal. I want her to get to do normal 5 year old things because she should be able to since she has no health risks. I talked to their pediatrician early on and he firmly believes that children need to be in school and doing activities because it's best for their mental health. Risk versus reward. All about taking mitigated risks. That's what Kevin and I have tried to do the whole time. Still have a life so we don't go crazy but be smart about it. 

I think in general we've done a decent job of it all. Sure we've been out a few times and probably have done stupid stuff but it was worth it to us. It's all about each family's risk and what they're willing to do. To each their own as I always preach on here. Do what's right for you. 

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We are THRILLED to get to get on a plane in the future and go wherever we want to go. We want to show the kids the world and let them have amazing experiences and we plan on doing that. Not tomorrow but when we feel like it's right to do. I also want to fly to Maryland and see my parents whenever I want...that will be a good feeling.

Okay that's all I have for now! Cheers friends.

 


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