It’s hard to comprehend we have been staying home for over a year. Our daughter has handled being cooped up like a champ. She’s gotten quite creative and we manage to have all kinds of fun despite the circumstances. We talk about our feelings as they come up and practice working through the difficult emotions. It has been a challenge (understatement of the year!), but I’ve tried to make the most of the extra time we have together. What a bizarre experience to need to constantly say no to the outside world. 

When I listened to Jennifer Garner talk about her new movie, Yes Day, on the That Sounds Fun Podcast, I knew we had to watch it and plan our own (pandemic) Yes Day. 

We loved the movie and she immediately thought of a few fun ideas. At this point, she is accustomed to staying home, so I also helped her brainstorm some ideas that could work outside of our house. We decided to kick off spring break with our Yes Day.

We were super lucky the weather said YES with a beautiful, sunny spring day!

Here is what we were able to accomplish in our 24-hour Yes Fest:

Waffle pancake feast

Computer time

Start reading Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

Noodle battle

Adventure to explore Kent

Toy store


Taco Tonto’s picnic

Throw stones in the river

Teach us the 6 Octopi names

Epic pillow fight

Homemade pizza




Read Harry by candlelight at the campfire

Flamingo skit

Watch Harry Potter & Prisoner of Azkaban (for the first time!)

Stay up past midnight

I will cherish these memories forever. The day I got to say YES all day during a worldwide pandemic. A day full of laughs and giggles. Even the hangry moment when I waited too long to order our tacos. The day she got to call the shots and bring out the kid in Dan, Josh and me.  

We decided it will be our tradition to begin spring break with a Yes Day. I’m excited to see how it will evolve over the years and the options we will have when the pandemic is over!

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