Friday, November 6, 2020

7QT: Two Spidermen and Two Elections and Two Much To Think About


I never posted our Halloween pictures...mea culpa!  It was a weird but fun Halloween, which is probably the story of all holidays in 2020.  Maggie went to a friend's birthday party and dressed as a minion:

JP worked at the ice cream store, in costume as Hawaiian Punch:

Andrew was in quarantine from what turned out to be a FALSE positive close contact student from school.  So annoying.

Eamon dressed up as Edelman (a Patriots player) but did not want to be in any photos.

The littles went as Captain America, Spiderman and another Spiderman (Brendan is big into imitating everything Declan does).


We left our house around 5:30 and it was cold (in the thirties!) but still light out.  I was so happy we brought the wagon and the youngest two kids jumped in and out all night.  

We have actually never been trick-or-treating in our neighborhood!  We have always gone to my sister's house in another town, had a family party and then hit up a few houses over there.  But alas, covid has changed social gatherings for the rest of the year at least, so we were on our own.  Our neighbors were so clever and had set up lots of different ways to give out candy safely.  Some had chutes, some had tables set up and decorated, and others threw out candy from their front porch.  It actually ended up being very fun!


I've realized during this 2020 pandemic, that my role as Mom is more important than ever.  My good attitude and energetic spirit are so needed by my kids when everything can seem like a disappointment at first glance.  Special meals and impromptu dances and intentional fun plans are the keys to keeping our spirits up.  When the kids are happy and well adjusted, then it's a wonderful circle of positivity instead of negativity.  It's not easy, but most things in life worth doing aren't ;)  Personally, I was sad about how Halloween was going to look this year, after so many past big family parties, but I rallied for the kids, and it actually turned out very fun!  Fake it until you make it :) 


Massachusetts has created stricter rules starting today.  Masks now need to be worn outside (!!) as well as inside, and indoor gatherings are limited to ten people.  Our own family barely makes the cut!  Two weeks of slowing the spread has turned into way too long.  I don't know how it's going to end, but I do know that this life is fleeting, and focusing on the state of our soul is more important than ever.


The election has been....interesting.  Every morning I wake up and ask Phil if we have a president-elect yet, and every morning he says no.  Doesn't it seem like, in this technological age, we should be able to walk up to a machine, scan our fingerprint, and vote electronically?  When I voted, they didn't even ask me for my license.  I literally could have said I was anyone from my town and voted multiple times.  Calling states for Biden when they are less than 90% counted, and not calling them for Trump when they are 98% or 99% counted?  Why?  Just to keep up the appearance that Biden is in the lead?  Or to find more Biden votes in the nick of time?  Dead people voting...mail-in votes counted overnight that all voted for Biden...sharpies being handed out at voting's a corrupt election no matter who wins.  The whole system is broken.


In other election news, Eamon is running for Class President, and I helped him make a few campaign posters.  These were all ideas I found online, just for the record.  Apparently, I enjoy my humor more than he does, but I'll let you judge for yourselves (poor quality because I took pictures of my computer screen):


Weekend plans include:

Date Night!

Picking up uniforms

Reading books for review

Grocery shopping

Taking kids to ChickfilA

Raking leaves



Hope you all have a great one!  Stay positive!  Don't forget that God wins in the end :)  

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  1. Hello, I love reading your posts. Your family seems to have so much fun together--even in the present circumstances. Great parenting! I did just want to say that the sharpie issue is not really an issue--ballots marked with sharpies will be counted: Thanks for cheering me up every week!! Anne

  2. I love how you're always so honest and fair, Colleen. I think I see things the same way that you do a lot of the time. Thank you for your thoughts on the election chaos. It really isn't about the sharpies, is it? Writing off that particular event doesn't mean there's nothing to see here. There's a lot going on with this and a lot of questions that need to be answered. God help us!

    1. Exactly. I see so many conflicting stories, than try to fact check or look into them, then that just gives more conflicting stories and it's all too much and too overwhelming. I feel like I can't trust anyone!

  3. The sudden number of votes for Biden can be explained by absentee ballots usually being the last ones counted in an election unless you live in a state like mine (Washington) that votes completely by mail. Most Democrats voted absentee or early this year, so theirs are likely the last ones counted. I remember seeing an article on Wednesday mentioning that Pennsylvania was going to likely be one of the last states to certify because there was something like 1 million absentee ballots in Philadelphia alone.

    1. Oh I understand why Biden got a surge of votes when they started counting the mail-in ballots, but the whole system is poor. I got mail-in ballots and I voted in person - why? I went to vote and only needed to say my name and address, why not ask for ID? How can thousands of votes be counted overnight and not one of them was for Trump? Too many questions and not enough answers. Honestly, I'm not saying we need to reverse the election result or recount everything, but I hope the voting system gets a lot more stringent for future elections.


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