School, Meditation, a Walk, and a Film Festival!

After doing a lot of nothing for many months, this last week has been pretty dang busy! First, on Monday, Kennedy came over for the day and I monitored all the school stuff.

I don’t know how you parents and teachers are doing this every day because it was exhausting. I thought I’d be able to get my own stuff done while she was in “class” but that didn’t happen either because by the time I was settled in, she was done with class and asking me to review her assignments. Whoa. I think it was a good break for Kennedy and her parents so we’ll definitely do it again. This also means that Kennedy is now in our quarantine bubble, which is so nice because I finally got to hug her again!!!

Then on Friday, Ken came over again to spend the night when her parents went out of town! We went down the Portland Film Festival to check out the step-and-repeat and to visit J and George (both volunteers).

George gave her a little boost for the photos!

While we were there, Ken ate a Voodoo donut and saw a protest! She really had a true Portland experience. Oops.

The next morning, it looked like we’d been out partying all night! My hair is a disaster.

I’m trying to grow it out and it’s taking most of my willpower not to just shave it all off every day. I’ve really loved my short hair, but it’s been like this for more than a year and it’s time to change it…again. Anyway, we’ll see if I can get it passed the mullet stage and into the “bob” stage. Ugh.

I started doing guided meditations (on the Calm app) a few months ago and I’m really enjoying it! I thought it would be good for Kennedy to do one with me. I normally just do the daily meditation that’s about 10 minutes long and has a different focus each day. The subject yesterday was “Unstuck.” I didn’t think anything of it and just started it with Ken. When the guide started talking about getting “unstuck” it was in reference to relationships and work. I’m sure seven year old Kennedy found it very helpful. Regardless, she sat through the entire session, with her eyes closed, just breathing. I was impressed and it was pretty cool.

After re-centering ourselves for the day, we headed out for a walk. I have a new walk now that I’m living in the city and I really like it. More importantly, Ken made it the entire 5.3 miles complaining most of the way with enthusiasm!

We played a game where we got points for finding “Black Lives Matter” signs – she loves to see them – and that helped keep her going. #blacklivesmatter She also enjoying pointing out apartments where she thought we could live as neighbors and where we could have 100 dogs. #welovedogs

When we got home, we gave my dad a call and he asked Kennedy to write a Christmas list for him. I’ve never seen her so focused and excited.

She insisted on typing it out so that it was neat and she asked for things like a virtual reality headset and a phone. Seriously?! She’s seven. I’m surprised she didn’t ask for a car.

After being greedy and pretty much asking for the moon, I thought it was time for Kennedy to see me do one of the most important things in life – VOTE!

She even read through the voting pamphlet while I completed my ballot. She’s getting to be such a great reader, I really love it! Needless to say, I had a great time with my little niece and I can’t wait for her to come over again.

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4 Responses to School, Meditation, a Walk, and a Film Festival!

  1. Charles Johnson says:

    So great, but sad I cannot be there to watch her grow up. Papi.

  2. SPITLOGIC says:

    I’ve never done the guided meditation app ( or any guided meditation before). All my meditating has just been me trying to clear my mind at the end of the day. Is it better than just doing that? Sounds like with a theme for each session may be an interesting way to do it. Maybe I’ll try it.

    • Marni says:

      I think any meditation is good. I like a guided meditation because it helps keep me on track and brings me back when my mind starts to wander. I think most of the apps (calm, headspace) have a free trial period so you should check one out to see if you like it!

  3. Daniel Andrist says:

    Thanks for the update, love the pics. Looks like the two of you were having way too much fun! Kennedy is a force to be reckoned with, I hope the world is ready for her. Keep well kiddo. Cheers! PS, you might give Candi Coe a personal hello when you have a minute. I think her recently empty nest makes it difficult for her to maintain her usual cheerfulness, and the Trumpedemic isolation doesn’t help. Thanks again for the new blog post. >

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