Hunkering Down Like a Pro

Hunkering Down Like a Pro

Each summer, I try desperately to get my kids into camps as often as possible, but alas, this social distancing shtick has totally thrown a wrench into the plans, and as you have all experienced, put us on immediate “hunker down” status.  Now, in Florida, we’re totally used to hunkering down.  We do this every Hurricane season, and it usually results in copious amounts of alcohol, board games, and complaining about not having power.

I don’t know if it’s because this particular force majeure is extending long past our typical hurricane hunkering down time frame, or if we’re just that damn excited to be “stuck” at home WITH POWER, but for whatever reason, it has caused my family, aka Team Sarnes, to implement our summer schedule early.  While I do hope that some of those camps will be available soon, the good news is, if they’re not, or if we’re forced to “corn teen” for months on end, we can maintain this summer schedule through social distancing and beyond without really spending any money.  As a commission only household, that’s the kind of perk that makes this Mortgage Mama VERY excited.

Note: this is a living, breathing schedule.  Some days we have pj parties and watch 5 movies in a row, but ultimately, the more of a routine you can keep for kids, the better, more adjusted they will be.  Scratch that, the more of a routine you can keep for yourself, the happier you will be.  It’s been proven, although I will not bore you with statistics (today at least).

Another Note: the below schedule is for the kids.  Manny and I get up at 5:30, have coffee, watch the news, and work out before the kids get up.

Here’s our current “summer” or “social distancing” schedule: 


Screen time is necessary, in my opinion (I love you Tiger King), but because balance is key, I also jotted down some screen free activities you can do inside and outside, yes, with little to no expense: 

screen free summer

I don’t have all the answers and I learn and fail every day just like the rest of the world, but I do know that in uncharted territory, the best thing I can do for me is be a productive person, a good human, and a loving mama.  I hope that the schedule we made for our children can contribute something positive in your home.  I will end this little share by some thoughts I’ve had during this unprecedented time:

  1. Practice gratitude now more than ever. Share one thing with each other daily that you’re genuinely grateful for.  If you start the day positive, you can usually keep that vibe going.
  2. Don’t be hard on yourself. It’s ok to have a bad day, or a bad mood, but just don’t unpack and live there.
  3. Don’t let the media bias make an asshole out of you. Hopefully this little “time out” will open our minds since we now all have time to see how RIDICULOUS the us vs them mentality truly is. I refuse to participate. We’re all in this together.
  4. If you are feeling off, reach out! Everyone feels blue sometimes. And, remember that children show anxiety differently as well.  This is weird for them too.  As Dr Phil as it sounds, talk with them about their feelings.  Listen.

My thoughts are that we’re going to come out of this as a nation the same way Florida comes out of our hunkering down hurricane seasons: better together and ready to get back to business.  So, don’t panic. We got this.

Your Favorite Lender,


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