So this has been a weird summer, right? I don’t know about you, but we didn’t go on any trips, didn’t do any of our normal fun summer activities, and to be honest, we barely left the house. That doesn’t mean I haven’t had a fun summer virtually, though, thanks to Animal Crossing: New Horizons…I got to do lots of fun summer things in the game!
My animal neighbors threw me a very fun birthday party:
I went swimming in the ocean:
I visited an aquarium with a friend:
I went star gazing:
I had an all-penguin slumber party:
I enjoyed an outdoor workout with some of my animal friends:
I had a picnic on the beach:
I saw a beautiful fireworks display:
I went fishing:
I participated in a fashion show:
I went to an art gallery with a neighbor:
I attended an outdoor concert:
I spent some time in a tea garden:
I visited friends:
It certainly hasn’t been the summer I planned or even wanted, but I made the best of it, and I had a lot of in-game fun!
We might not be able to see a movie in a theatre right now, but we can participate in tonight’s Hamilton watch party on Disney+ at home! I even picked up some of our favorite movie snacks for the experience.
This is another unusual activity in a very weird summer, but it’s a memory, and a good one at that!
I’m pretty sure this line from Ice Age: The Meltdown is actually the forecast for 2020:
“I’m trying to make a living here pal, it’s all part of my weather forecast! The 5 day outlook is calling for intense flooding, followed by the end of the world! With a slight chance of patchy sunshine, later in the week.”
If you had told me at the beginning of the year that we would be celebrating baseball’s Opening Day at the end of July, I wouldn’t have believed you, but here we are. Like so many other things this year, our Opening Day dinner was a bit scaled back, but we still enjoyed some favorites like nachos, Chicago-style hot dogs, and brats, and Chickadee is, as always, ready to cheer on the Cardinals!
Today is Bunny’s 16th birthday!!! It was our fifth family birthday celebration in the time of COVID-19, and while things are more open in our area, we’re still mostly staying home, so we didn’t have company, we didn’t go to the spa (which had been our original plan when we talked about her birthday months ago), and there was no dinner out, but I think she still had a fun day!
We started with presents, of course:
After opening her gifts, we spent the day watching some of Bunny’s favorite movies: Field of Dreams, Zootopia, Spies in Disguise, The Sandlot, and Hamilton (of course). I made one of her favorites (Stromboli) for dinner, which I hope made up for us not going to a restaurant.
This year’s bunny cake was modeled after Bunnie from Animal Crossing…I think I did a pretty good job, although I wish I had gotten a brighter yellow dye for the frosting.
The one silver lining in the cloud that is COVID-19 is the everyone was home to celebrate Bunny’s birthday with her. Originally, Ryan would have been traveling for work this week, and Turkey and Ladybug would have been at RSCM camp, so she was very happy to have us all together to celebrate her!
I decided to keep my “Cooking Through a Pandemic” series going through the rest of the summer. While it seems like much of the country is back to business as usual, we definitely aren’t there yet, and won’t be until school begins again. So I’ll have at least one more of these posts to finish things out in August, assuming school does return as planned.
In the past month, we’ve had another birthday (mine), plus Father’s Day and the Fourth of July, so we’ve had some special meals. We’ve also enjoyed some family favorites, including one of our summer staples, homemade tomato soup.
We’ve kept up with our “quarantine cookies” every Sunday, and made a few other things, as well, including a birthday cake made by my girls, zucchini bread, pies for Father’s Day, and strawberry shortcake for Independence Day:
We have another birthday coming up in the next month, plus a few other special family days planned…it’s always nice to have something to look forward to!
We went back to church today for the first time in almost four full months…I have never before understood so well the words of Psalm 122:1-“I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord!’”
Even when you don’t have anywhere to go, sometimes you just need a new dress…like when Pinup Girl Clothing drops a beautiful pastel floral print right before your birthday. And especially when it’s a style of dress (Lana) that you’ve been wanting to try, but hadn’t found in the right color and print until then. But when it also has a matching social-distancing mask, it’s not just another pretty outfit…it becomes the perfect symbol of fashion in the time of COVID-19!
“My mask protects you; your mask protects me.”
The mask is very comfortable to wear, and is, I think, a great accessory. Plus, you don’t have to worry about things like double chins when wearing a mask! Of course, in addition to my newest accessory, I added some old favorites, including my sparkliest brooch, a Meteor Jewelry Company necklace, and a Splendette Duchess Bangles stack:
Having the matching mask really makes this outfit special!
Of course, no one wants to wear masks forever. But as long as it’s necessary to do so, I’m happy I can be both safe and stylish!