Jax beach

Dear Blake,

We went on vacation to Jax beach and we had tons of fun!  We were supposed to go to Disney World but it got cancelled because of the cornovirus.  So we decided to still go on a trip to have some fun because everything was getting cancelled.  We rented a van (which you and Owen loved) and we drove there with Papa and Gigi.  We spent the night in Georgia and then drove the rest of the way the next day.  We got to Jax beach and stayed for 6 nights at the Hampton Inn beachfront!  We got to see Auntie Kitty and Uncle Bryan everyday and go to the beach and pool.  We got to go eat in restaurants (which was awesome because everything in Illinois was closed).  We went on an auto ferry and spent the day in a town.  We had such a good trip we didn’t want to leave.  I hope to make more memories like that again soon!

Love,

Mama

8 years old

Dear Blake,

Tomorrow morning when you wake up, you will be 8 years old. How are you 8? You’re my baby. You can’t be 8. Tomorrow we are having a “quarantine birthday party.” We can’t have a normal birthday party, but we are going to make it as special as we can. I decorated the garage with pokemon decorations in case it rains. In the morning we will get donuts and open presents, and for lunch we will get creamery hot dogs. I even got you a birthday shirt and a birthday crown from school. For dinner and your party I got a pokemon cake from Jewel and “cholis” from Aurelios. I ordered balloons and we will pick all that up tomorrow. We are going to have a surprise birthday parade tomorrow. I hope you love it and you have a special day!

Love,

Mama

Last week of school

Dear Blake,

The last week of your e-learning at school Friday is your last day before summer break. We are finishing off the year with fun activities provided by your district. Friday we will be doing some fun last day of school things. Next week is your birthday and you are going to turn 8 years old! What a big week we have coming up.

Love,

Mama

Still at home…

Dear Blake,

We are still at home until May 30th. We are still doing E-learning by getting actitivities on your district’s website. We do other learning activities at home too. This is all so crazy I hope we don’t have to do this in the summer. We had to go drive thru your school to pickup You’re school supplies. We had to put a sign in our window that said you’re name and then someone brought a bag of your supplies to our car and put it in the trunk. Then we pulled up further and put your libraey book in a crate and drove off. That was the end of 2nd grade. I’m sad that you’re missing out on all of these activities. But I am very glad we are home together.

Love,

Mama

Coronavirus update

Dear Blake,

We are still under a stay at home order. The governor had extended it until april 30th but just today we heard that the rest of the school year has been cancelled. You were very sad when I told you that you couldnt go back to school this year. You want to see your friends. This is all so tough. I can’t believe I wont be going back to work either. You never got to say goodbye to your classmates and friends and teacher. You never got to finish your 2and grade year. For now we will do e-learning at home and try to keep you up to date with everything. I am so sorry that this is happening to you. I know that nothing like this has ever happened before and this is new to everyone, so it helps to know we are all in the same boat together. We have been doing some fun things at home. We had Easter at home but we did go and visit Papa and Gigi in the garage. We celebrated Rory’s birthday and Papa got Easter sliders! We still had fun! We saw the Easter bunny in a drive thru and in a bunny parade! What a weird time we are living in right now. I love you and I know we will all get through this and everything will be ok!

Love,

Mama

Coronavirus

Dear Blake,

We are living through the weirdest, scariest, hardest time in history. Friday March 13 the Governor announced that all schools in Illinois would be canceled until March 30th because of the coronavirus that has been spreading throughout the world. Since then it has been extended until April 7th. We have had to work and do school from home. Everyday we wake up and do E-learning activities. We also are trying to do fun things with you at home. So far we have painted, baked, played in the snow, played games, etc. We are even seeing Papa and Gigi and others on the porch because we don’t want the sickness to accidentally spread to others. I hope that this ends soon, but this will definitely go down in history.

Love,

Mama

Christmas 2019

Dear Blake,

We had a great Christmas season! We got two weeks off of school and work and we did all sorts of fun things. We hosted Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at our house with all of our families. On Christmas morning you opened up presents and got Pokemon cards and DS games and all sorts of fun toys! We got to celebrate New Years and go ice skating and bowling!

I’m also proud of you for making your first reconciliation!

I’m glad we got 2 weeks to be together everyday!

Love,

Mama

Halloween 2019

Dear Blake,

This year you dressed up as Ash from Pokemon. You had a Halloween party at school and when we all got home we went trick or treating! It was so cold out and it was snowing! We had food made by Gigi and we counted our candy with Papa. Brandon and Tammy and Abby and Grandma Sandy were there too. It was a great day!

Love,

Mama

Math star!

Dear Blake,

You just passed your addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts in 2nd grade! You came home with a t-shirt yesterday we are so proud of you! You are such a smart boy!

Love,

Mama

2nd Grade

Dear Blake,

Yesterday was your first day of 2nd grade.  You have Mrs. Brennan.  You got to go to your walk through of the school with Papa and he took you to see your teacher and classroom.  You get to go on the bus with all the boys and it seems like you like school!  I’m so I couldn’t go with you and I miss you when I’m at work.  I can’t believe you’re in 2nd grade!  

Love,

Mama