Trying To Keep Sane

We have all seen it. The world seems to be in a dark and scary place right now. Before the start of 2020, I thought surely 2020 would have to be better than how my 2019 went. 2019 was a hard year for me personally. Had I known 2020 was going to come in the way it did, I would have appreciated how much my struggle then was easier than the global struggle that is going on right now.

I have tried to keep political opinions off my platforms. Not because I don’t care or am not involved, but because I believe everyone will believe their opinions are the right ones. I am not here to cause mass hysteria. I am here to try to reclaim my sanity and maybe help others reclaim theirs as well.

A lot has changed out there, or maybe, it just seems that way with the media’s attention on it. Maybe it’s always been this crazy, to an extent. My mental health doesn’t do well if I think about it too hard.

I am just trying to take it a day at a time here with my family of 5. The kids are fairly understanding of the corona virus now. I haven’t been able to bring up everything else with them as they are still very little, too little to understand some things. We did discuss George Floyd and my son who is now 7 was literally in tears. We all were.

I don’t watch the news and haven’t (except periodically) in over 2 years. It doesn’t help my anxiety and other brain malfunctions. I get most of my little tidbits from my mom and things people post on Facebook. Even those can be emotionally exhausting. I just don’t even know what to say or how to express it. It is rough everywhere.

With that said, I have been taking (or trying to) more opportunities to focus on my sanity and my family’s sanity. I thought it might bring some happiness to see some happy faces. Here is what we have been up to…

I went from purple hair, to blonde, to red and orange.

We took a family vacation to Milford Kansas at the end of May. We went boating and swimming in the lake. We had bonfires and for the first time since my wedding night, 8 years ago, I got completely drunk. Needless to say, I can wait another 8 years or more before doing that again. It was fun, it just isn’t for me. Here are some pictures from that trip.

Kona and Ellie were taking turns sitting on my chair behind my back. At one point Kona decided he wanted to lay down.
The kids did fairly well on the ride.
We went boating and I got sunburned pretty bad even though I had sunscreen on.
We went to the little beach area. The kids swam and played in the sand/gravel. Chris went on the kayak, but I didn’t get pictures.

We celebrated Pickle’s 7th birthday with a twenty one pilots themed surprise party.

We turned the garage into a concert venue and had their music playing on a t.v. and a party light going for the concert like vibes.
We had a water balloon fight on his actual birthday.

I also have been trying to find new ways to entertain myself.

I tried foam curlers in my hair overnight.

I have been living the strict keto life since Bug’s birthday and am down 22 pounds. I don’t have pictures here, but you can follow my keto Instagram account if you want to reclaimingmysanity.ketolife is my name on there. I post food and before and afters.

My plants are still alive! Woohoo!

Chris and I have also been trying to find ways to have date nights at home. We did a fondu night, a bonfire night, and most recently a “painting with a twist” night.

I found a tutorial on YouTube.

Some things not in my photo gallery are rearranging the house (again), going through stuff (again), “window shopping” online, playing video games, movie nights, and family dinners. Most of that stuff we do regardless of the status beyond our front door.

I guess all I am trying to say is there are ways to maintain your sanity even during these chaotic times. Enjoy the simple things.

-jenn

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