Sunday wound up being a pretty social day for us, both virtually and (gasp) in person!

Early in the afternoon, we got on a Zoom call with Grandma and Grandpa Schneider back in Wisconsin. We had a really nice chat with them, the kids both read them a book and then we walked the laptop around the house so the kids could give their grandparents probably their 20th virtual house tour.

It was good talking to them, and the kids were also excited because Amelia’s friend Hannah from down the street was coming over for the first time since before COVID began. They had FaceTimed a few times and seen each other in passing, but this was the first real play date in quite a long time. The kids were both super excited.

As an added bonus, Hannah’s parents came to drop her off, and we all wound up hanging out for the afternoon. They are fully vaccinated and so are we, so this was really the first vaccinated hang out we’ve had. It was so nice to see our friends again, have actual grown up conversation and hang out for a while. If this is a sign of things to come, I think it’s safe to say that so many of things we used to take for granted…even casual chats with friends and family…are going to feel like a million bucks after it had all been taken away for so long.

It was also funny to me that I felt so rusty and weird having people over. Erin and I love hosting, and it had always been second nature, but I felt like it took quite a while before I was like, “Oh, would anyone like anything to drink?” So gauche. I have lots of relearning to do.

After our friends headed home, I made some dinner and we had a nice relaxing evening in the backyard. I played superheroes with the kids, which included lots of swings of imagination, including things as extravagant as a journey to Mars, and then as mundane as “Someone spilled milk! We have to clean it up!” This was an actual make believe scenario, and here the kids are, pretending to clean up milk on Mars.

It was a good day. And like the old saying goes, there’s no use crying over spilled Mars milk.