It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

It’s been a while guys. You would think with so many restrictions on going out, I’d have more time to actually blog. Not the case. I’m back to work full time so I’m as busy as ever. My kids, on the other hand, are distance learning, and have made it a routine to wake up 5 minutes before school begins because they stay up late the night before.

My daughter Tea’s school is only 3 hours a day, which pisses me off because I’m still paying a full tuition! And the cherry on top?…. she is on winter break which started on Wednesday and lasts for 6 WEEKS!!! Can you believe that? What the heck am I paying for?

My son, who’s a junior, has been absent 6 times! How are you absent when all you need to do is log in? You can literally still be in bed and log on. By the way, I wake him up before I leave to work and then his dad wakes him up before he leaves. I don’t get it!

My youngest daughter Aria is preschool distance learning for 20 minutes a day. Her teachers are great! I mean what can you really do with a preschooler when distance learning? They sings songs, talk to friends and have virtual homework where they upload videos and photos. It’s great for the situation being but, again I’m being charged full tuition!

Honestly, it’s been hard for me to get into the holiday spirit. With my oldest son living in Vegas with his little family, we won’t be able to travel to see each other for the holidays. It breaks by heart that I won’t spent Christmas with my grandkids. In Hawaii they’re still banning large group gatherings, and with the existing medical conditions of some of my family members, we probably won’t have our traditional Christmas Eve party. Such a sad thing for all the kids. Thanksgiving felt like just any ordinary day. We went to my in-laws and had dinner there. I didn’t see my side of the family and it just didn’t feel like Thanksgiving because it that.

My oldest son Maui and my grandkids

Another thing that was missing from Thanksgiving is the tradition of me and my mom leaving the house at around 6pm and hitting all the Black Friday sales. We stay out all night and into the morning just finding the best deals. This year, everything was closed on Thursday. But you better believe that at 5am yesterday morning we were out the door and at the mall. I found some great deals. The mall near my home was pretty empty, which was really nice for social distancing. I was able to get into the stores without waiting in a line. Later on we went to a bigger mall and saw the huge crowd and had to leave. There was no social distancing going on and all I thought was ‘if there’s gonna be a huge Covid spread it’s gonna be in that crowd’. I’ve been finding so many great gifts on Amazon though, so maybe online shopping is the way to go!

I hope you all are doing good. Truly from the bottom of my heart I pray everyone find happiness and peace this holiday. There are some who have been hit financially this year and for some, have developed things like anxiety and depression. So many are dealing with changes that they weren’t prepared for and it’s so sad.

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