November 2020

What month is it? What year is it? The end of the month means it’s time to write the November 2020 Family Update, but honestly … I kind of feel like time has fast-forwarded at least a year and it should be 2021 or even early 2022 by now.

Anyone else?

It could just be that I’m tired—November is going out with at least one sick kid, hopefully not more—and maybe I'm a little out-written.

Just kidding, that’s not a thing. I don’t think I could ever write too much, not when I’m part way through a new book!

Let’s recap the month, shall we?

Kid Playing in Leaves during Autumn

The trails behind our house

Father and Son Walking Down Forested Path at Mundy Park

Father and son at Mundy Park

Family

See October 2020 Family Update.

Just kidding but not really.

The only real things that changed since last month are the amounts of Halloween candy consumed, the days of rainy walks to and from school and the number of words I’ve written. We’re in the midst of another near-lockdown in BC, and are being encouraged to stay home and keep to ourselves as much as possible. No real problem there, we’ve been doing that since March.

Anya

November for the last two years has been exciting and semi-life-changing for me thanks to November being National Novel Writing Month.

Last year, I wrote 50,000 words in the first draft of Romilegal: Downtown and this month I’ve started a new project that I am still writing. I am hopeful that I can finish the first draft by the end of the year, but I guess we’ll see what happens. I’ve spent today and yesterday at home with both kids, so if I get three meals on the table I’ll consider it a big win.

Other than writing, I have been trying to keep in contact with friends over text and video chats. The local Covid numbers have been higher than ever, and while it’s hard, and we have to do so many things differently, I know that it won’t be like this forever. And I’m happy with my frame of mind in believing that lately.

Brad

Brad started off the month with some time off. He was working on the house instead of working at his desk, but it was nice to have someone else to help with the kids and to just relax here and there between coats of paint.

We’re still working away at painting our house. It’s going quite well, we’ve started on the main floor and our top floor is all done! Yet another project that we’re hoping to finish by the end of the year—before the end of the year so that hopefully we can relax as much as one can when you have two kids that fight, at least.

Mid House Painting Project

Archer

Archer is my current sicky. He has a cough that is just enough to keep him home from school. He actually played with Maverick for a good amount of time—for them—yesterday, so I’m thankful that I had a few minutes with no fighting and no screens.

Archer is starting private skating lessons tomorrow, his first activity since early this year. We’ve made the difficult decision for our family to keep the kids home from activities until there is a vaccine, but we finally were ready to have him in a one-on-one lesson, and then they cancelled the first week because everything is starting to close again. Thankfully, they have some rules in place to limit contact and keep the lesson, so we’re all excited to see how that plays out tomorrow.

Mailing Letters to Santa!

Maverick

Mischeivious Toddler in Wrapping Paper Box

What would an update be without sharing at least one thing that Maverick has gotten into lately?

Mr. Maverick is causing stress again … this time, I guess it’s just because he’s growing. Out of his naps, to be specific. It’s been an adjustment for me, because that time is the only set time I have to myself every day and the quiet time is not going so well.

Other than that, his social skills have improved immensely, he’s able to tell us what he wants very clearly and has full conversations about random things. He’s our littlest love and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Unless we could choose to have him and his brother fight less. Obviously.

That’s about it for this month. I’m really looking forward to December and Christmas. Kids make Christmas so special and if you’re not already signed up for my newsletter, I think you should do it on this page. I have a magical Christmas story prepared for all of my newsletter subscribers come December 1.

I hope you’re all staying home and taking care of yourselves these days and enjoyed the November 2020 Family Update.

Who else is excited for Christmas?!

Love,

Anya

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