Katie Garry and her family live in Glendale, Ohio in a home that will feel familiar to so many parents — charming spaces touched with kids toys and piles of laundry that never seem to end.: )

Katie is the mom of two toddlers (not quite old enough to be in school yet).So, while her quarantine experience hasn’t had the home schooling aspect that many parents are managing, she is dealing with the unique challenges of trying to keep two little ones occupied, while she and her husband try and get their work done.欢迎, Katie!

Our home is full of a fun cast of characters.My hard-working and dedicated husband, Ryan, who works as a drafter at an engineering firm and is the best girl-dad.He never hides away from dance or tea parties and will probably be the Girl Scout Troop leader one day.

Our recently-turned five-year-old daughter, Mackenzie, is a born performer — never far from a microphone, dress-up dress, or imagined stage.

Our 2.5-year-old daughter Madeline is hilarious, athletic, and strong-willed.She can often be seen riding her scooter wearing scuffed up sneaks, a mischievous grin, and sparkly party dresses.

And me, Katie.I’m the planner of the crew.Organization is my love language.I love every stage that my kids are in when they are in them.It’s amazing watching them grow and develop into the people they will be.I believe that we’re not raising children;we’re teaching and encouraging future adults.After nearly a decade in corporate, I now work as a self-employed creative strategist and brand storyteller.

Ryan and I have been together for nearly 15 years, though we’re only celebrating seven years of marriage this year.We met in college at Ohio Northern University, a small liberal arts school in Ada, Ohio.He was a smart, two-sport athlete from Florida who had never seen snow and I was a studious small-town girl from rural Ohio who had ambitions of being a doctor until zoology bored me to death and tarnished my GPA.

Ryan and I didn’t date until we were juniors, but had been friends since the start of our freshman year.In fact, many of our friends also dated and ended up married to each other, so we’ve been able to traverse many stages of life together — growing from co-eds, to adulting, to parenting — even if we’re states apart.

We live in Glendale, Ohio.A quiet, idyllic village nestled in Northern Cincinnati.The village itself is on the National Historic Register and has the distinction of being named a Tree City, USA.Our town mascot is the Black Squirrel and painted 4ft ceramic squirrels are peppered through the village.The people who live in Glendale are mostly wonderful, and the rest are great.House prices range from the mid-$100ks into the millions, with most homes starting at $250k+.

Walk-ability is a major selling point.With restaurants, shops, salons, and a bakery, pharmacy and ice cream shop all at the center of town near the square, you can get most of your needs met without getting in a car.The highway, grocery stores and major chains are less than a mile out of village limits, so you’re connected and separated all at the same time.

One thing that attracted us to Glendale is the public school system.Our family is interracial: Katie is white.Ryan is black.And the girls are biracial.Princeton City Schools is one of the most organically diverse districts in the city because of the towns it pulls from.The range of races, incomes, and family types is important to us, to show our kids a diverse world.

What makes Glendale the best are the people who live there.The community comes together to support a range of activities throughout the year.像一个夏天音乐会每Sa系列绿色turday where you can bring your own picnic and drinks of choice, and kick back and socialize as a neighborhood.A kid and adult Halloween party.A holiday home tour.A beer and wine street fair in the fall.Not to mention a little local library that’s ran by volunteers who host a monthly story time, and a Boy Scout troop that offers yearly mulching services.

What we don’t love about Glendale is some of the services can be a bit outdated, as well as some points of view.It’s sometimes a challenge to offer new ideas or bring forth progressive plans because people are more comfortable doing things how they’ve always been done.We also experience frequent water main breaks (at least a couple a year) due to turn of the century piping that’s still in use.This is set to be repaired in the coming year, so hopefully it’ll come off our list.

Our house came to be ours in a relatively normal way.We were at the beginning of our home search in late 2013.It was a flipped property that had been on the market for less than a week.We saw it with our realtor and put in an offer the next day.The purchase process was relatively simple, until a title issue arose on the seller’s end.

We had already given our notice at the property we had been renting, and we had a date that we had to be out, so the owners could prepare for the next renter.But our closing was delayed due to the seller’s issue.We ended up moving into our house prior to closing, which was odd!But it also allowed us to identify some minor issues and get them fixed before the closing.

Life is strange.Globally, this feels like an unreal situation straight out of a science fiction novel.Though within our four walls, we’re doing okay.Some days are better than others.And they are all long.It’s been most challenging just being together 24/7 and not having any separation between work, family, and self.

As an extrovert, I describe it as being the most smothered and alone as I’ve ever been.I wake up obscenely early to get solid working and thinking time in the morning, from 5:00 to 9:00 AM.My husband’s job is an essential business, but his role affords him the opportunity to work from home.His 9 a.m.standing meeting marks our changing of the guard, and then throughout the day we take turns keeping our young children occupied and engaged.

But there are definitely some days that PBS and YouTube Kids babysit a lot of the day.After family time in the late afternoon, with a park visit, walk, or other activity, plus dinner, we get the kids to bed and Ryan clocks his most productive hours from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.It’s tough.It’s exhausting.But we’re making it work.I just wonder how long we can sustain this sort of schedule…

Also, I can’t understand the amount of dishes and laundry we’re creating!How?!Laundry has been a permanent fixture on our couch in the lower level since the beginning of this pandemic.And I swear, the dishwasher has me feeling like I’m walking through a revolving door all day.

I don’t know if it’s fortunately or unfortunately that our kids aren’t school-aged yet.We don’t have the requirements of their curriculum or classroom calls, but we also don’t have the built in-structure to help give days more order.

Our oldest will be in kindergarten in the fall, and I’m kind of glad she doesn’t have context of what school is (or was?), so she won’t have anything to compare it to if it looks, feels, and acts differently than what we traditionally envision when we think of school.

The unknown is hard.The uncertainty is unsettling.The threat of a second wave in the fall is unnerving.I’m actually expecting our third child in November and I feel like I’m going to be stuck at home for at least a year.From March 2020 until at least March 2021, once the baby arrives.

The newborn phase is hard enough with support and help.I worry that we’ll still be practicing levels of social distancing then and I’ll be left trying to figure out how to keep it all together alone.(I say “alone” because of businesses having employees go back to work, and being self-employed, and the primary care provider.The mental load that mothers carry is no joke.Even when we have involved, active partners, more of the weight still tends to rest on our shoulders.)

We really need to figure out a federal parental leave policy in this nation that supports the mental and physical health and well-being of parents and babies.

As a family we were constantly on-the-go.We’d make weekend trips to see friends and family all summer long.While we miss this aspect of our lives, it’s been nice to slow down and focus more on our nuclear family and spending more quality time together.I think that even when quarantine is over, we’ll be less over-scheduled than we have in the past.

别的东西,有所改变的是,我们已经遇到了很多邻居,我们以前没有。我们住在我们家六年,我们看到在拐角处的面孔,我们还没有遇到过。现在是如此高兴终于见到人,我们都是在家里更频繁(意思是:所有的时间)

我希望世界来的这一点有更多的创新精神和团结的更广泛的定义。我们不得不重新定义什么是花时间与另一个和我们不得不更加努力地留感情上贴近,同时保持物理上遥远。我希望这意味着我们将我们的家人和朋友是理所当然的要小得多,感谢他们这么多!

我也希望我们继续找出不同的方式来让对方感觉庆祝。我们已经做的生日游行的家庭成员 - 我最喜欢的是我90和88岁的爷爷和奶奶。他们是如此激动和惊讶。然后,他们能够从他们的残障人士面包车的窗户返回的青睐,扔糖果,而我的爸爸开车带他们在领先车麦肯齐的5岁生日。

为了能够尽管不能够抛出一个党已经清爽和令人愉快的庆祝。苹果甚至说,这是她最好的生日过 - 和她在过去一个反弹的房子。

最后,我希望世界尊重边界的意识和“我们在我”的心态,让世界变得更美好的地方所有的人出现不只是一些他们。而且,我们来价值的经验与亲人过的事情,占用空间。

总体而言,我们刚刚已经能够体验到更多的我们的孩子。因为他们在生活中的发展阶段都仍然非常多,这是很好的在那里见证他们更多的啊,有和在那里教给他们一些新的东西。

我们也凝固了日常的需要。有时,它是不可能与我们的会议日程,但女孩肯定有知道计划是什么一天的一些想法做的更好。在早餐每天早晨,我们尝试运行走过的日子可能是什么样子,使他们有明确的预期,这在我们的经验可以帮助消除发脾气和崩溃。

麦肯齐已经能言善道的恐惧,担忧,并希望事情回到正常。这一直是相等的部分令人心碎和大开眼界,因为我们知道如何成熟,精明的她。她的EQ已经充分的展示,因为我们已经有大约如何我们感觉的多次对话。她了解,她不能拥抱她的爷爷奶奶时,她塞塞他们让我感到自豪(即她一直在听,并遵守规则)和悲伤(即物理接触已经作为一种方法来显示我们的核心家庭的亲情外移除)。

因为呆在家里马迪的词汇蓬勃发展。她的句子变得更加多样和复杂。花更多的单对单的时间与我们每个人真的给了她更多的在她的词工具箱一起玩。而且它已经真棒怎么看女孩的关系,不断壮大。他们照顾彼此的,看对方,斗嘴后,当然也。但我希望他们记得,他们已经被赋予了这个特殊的妹妹时间。

我希望我们的孩子还记得散步时,骑自行车,和所有的家人一起吃饭一起分享。我希望他们记得烘烤和科学艺术项目。我希望他们记得欢笑,拥抱和,和感受被爱。我希望他们完全忘记了他们无法与他们的朋友,拥抱他们的家人玩,或去度假。

和我的孩子们的生活我绝对最喜欢的事情是纯粹的爱情。在拥抱,中圈,爬起来阅读,他们的笑声带来的快乐和幸福。我们每天早上醒来,知道我们将那一天的笑容。

我已经错过顺着大厅我们寝室他们的脚的雨声。他们正试图同时听起来像大象听到的乱窜潜行。那你觉得从自己的脸上英寸在床的一边,你认为它会是不错的睡眠十分钟,让你扯起自己的小身体上床,你和你的配偶之间以及与热情开始新的一天, morning cuddles.

我希望有人告诉我(我听了!):你永远不会认为你是准备好了,但你。最好的经验是经验,所以有时你必须停止计划你的生活,只是住它。它会工作,如果你为它工作。

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谢谢你,凯蒂!我喜欢听你的perspecive会花时间与你的孩子,听到他们的词汇量增长和扩大,并帮助他们浏览这个非常棘手的事情,目前世界人口还没有真正收到导航。那一定是努力使小的孩子做这一切的意义。我完全涉及到的为此感到骄傲,他们理解“新规”也感到伤心,他们甚至有感觉。

我也喜欢什么凯蒂说未来。谁知道学校是什么样子来秋季新幼儿园或新的大学新生。也许事情会回到“正常”,但也许不会。什么将有一个新的婴儿的样子?人们将能够访问?它似乎复杂,稍有可怕,完全未知。我觉得,我们甚至不知道什么是下周将会是什么样的,更何况6个月了。

你有什么了解你的孩子和你的家人留在家里?现在,你和你的家人这么多频繁,在那里,你以前没有注意到的东西呢?并且你希望未来?还是有点紧张?或者可能是两者兼而有之?

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