Sunday Funday

First of all, WELCOME Jo’s Country Junction readers! Mom is busy busy making masks tonight and asked me to take over her blog for the day so welcome! I’m Jo’s youngest daughter Kalissa. I hope you enjoy today’s guest blog post. If you like what you read I post (nearly) every day at 5:30 am and I’d love to have you back again!

Sunday was such a beautiful day – sunny and 65! The boys were out playing on their new play set (more on that in another post) and mom was taking Rosie on a walk and decided to stop over!

It was so beautiful out. We socially distanced our lawn chairs and had a time of it!

My brother Karl bought a new tent and wanted to try it out! Carver was so excited!

Craig had to work Sunday morning, they are getting closer and closer to planting season. He was plowing tile lines until about 2 pm and then was home to join in on the fun! Gannon is all about “da da!” (yes, that’s right, Gannon has his FIRST WORD! DA DA!)

Carver and Gannon LOVE the double slide on their play set! They love to “race.” That big smile on Gannon’s face just kills me 🙂

Carver convinced uncle Karl to climb all the way to the top of his play set!

Carver also convinced me/dared me to go down the tube slide. I won’t be doing that again – not because I don’t fit width wise but I don’t fit length wise. By the time I’m at the top of the slide, my feet are twisted around all the way to the bottom of the slide. Mom caught this extra glam picture of me.

Rosie sure loved the extra attention! While we were all talking, we talked about how we would have described our current life to our past selves. We decided it would go something like this:

“There’s a pandemic. Kenny Rodgers and Kobe Bryant and Joe Diffie have died. Dad broke his neck and dies from cancer. Karl is living at home and working locally in agriculture and loves it. Craig quit his job and took over working at the farm. Kalissa you don’t teach clinicals anymore. Oh and by the way you paid off 32,000 in debt. And mom, you paid off the house, your dog dies and you got a new one. OH and you have two new grandkids coming. Most of Iowa is shut down. Start hoarding PPE supplies now.”

Who would have believed us? What a crazy year we’ve had! Especially for this lady:

Anyway, back to Sunday: Soon enough the boys got to talking. Karl is ALL ABOUT gardening this year. Craig was so excited to share a load of manure with him from the farm. Soon enough we all decided to migrate to mom’s yard to fertilize her garden and order out some pizza. Carver rode his bike ALL THE WAY across town – he kept saying “my arms are tired!” He made it though!

The boys got to work in the garden and even got it tilled!

After we filled our bellies with pizza, I had one more thing on my to do list: HAIRCUTS! My boys were all getting pretty darn shaggy! It was a beautiful day out, mom brought out dad’s old clippers and I got to work!

Here’s the final looks from Kalissa’s Kwaratine Klips:

Craig’s got a little short – Gannon’s got a little choppy around the ears and Carver could have used more blending but hey! No one will see us at least for another month anyway!

We came home to such a wonderful surprise – my BFF Regan’s Dad came over and de thatched our yard! We had plenty of rocks on our lawn from the snow plowing and it really needed a good sprucing! They wouldn’t even let me pay them! It was such a sweet gesture! Thanks Wayne and Denise!

After I got home and showered up I noticed I even got a little sunburn! First one of the year! It feels good to get some vitamin D!

Today was pretty gloomy and rainy which made for an EXTRA long day inside with the boys. Hopefully tomorrow brings more sunshine! We could all use days like Sunday! Thanks for reading folks! Check back tomorrow for more Friedman fun!

Just a friendly reminder – we are so conscious of what we do and don’t touch, mom doesn’t pick up the boys, I don’t go in her house, she doesn’t come in my house, we ate outside, we stayed 6+ feet apart from each other, it just killed mom that when Gannon fell down she couldn’t pick him up and comfort him. I went to get mom a beer inside and sanitized it. I won’t touch anything mom will touch. We are taking every precaution we can when we do see each other so please – don’t criticize. We are far more conscious than those people who think they are safe wearing the same pair of gloves all day long and never washing their hands. Mom was even teasing me for being such a stickler on staying away so I told her, imagine I call you tomorrow and told you I have the corona virus. How comfortable would you feel about our interactions today?” Just keep that in mind folks. Kthanxbi.



  1. brenda
    April 7, 2020 / 6:47 am

    welll one can see a bit of Jo in your writing. Straightforward but with a bit of humor.
    i must say i feel a bit envious of all the energy you all generate and in such kind and service to others.
    It was good to hear Gannon has his first word. Now you will have anothr little one blessing you with clever sayings.
    Curious about Carvers tired arms from riding a bike.

  2. Helen A
    April 7, 2020 / 10:38 am

    Omg Gannon has a first word that is so exciting! I’m sure more will follow soon. I love their hair cuts, you did a great job.

  3. Roxanne
    April 7, 2020 / 11:20 am

    Beautiful family post! You are doing so well with finding creative ways to be family together, and appropriate! Love the haircuts! Can you believe I’ve never given one! That may soon change! Lol

    • Carla
      April 8, 2020 / 4:06 pm

      Great post! It cheered me up, which I really need rn

  4. Amy
    April 7, 2020 / 11:34 am

    Looks like fun. Sunday was a beautiful day. I too took on a little sunburn. We had a car parade in my little town for special needs kids. It was amazing!

  5. Robby
    April 7, 2020 / 11:54 am

    Slices of normal or almost normal make it easier to dive back into what we need to do now. It’s hard to be the watchdog over everyone, but how fortunate they know you have great reasons for it. Wishing you all continued health.

  6. Ellie
    April 7, 2020 / 12:05 pm

    Good job on the haircuts! So exciting Gannon has his first word! You have such a beautiful family .

  7. April 7, 2020 / 12:32 pm

    What a glorious day! You guys really maximized your enjoyment of it. Must say… Love, love, LOVE Gannon’s haircut!!! Carver looks like typical Carver and now Craig is sure to be more comfortable on warmer days. Thanks for posting for your Mom (while she’s busy sewing up a mask storm!)

  8. Lori
    April 7, 2020 / 1:49 pm

    Great post, what a wonderful day for your family.
    Good time to be practicing cutting hair!!
    take care

  9. April 7, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    You are a hero! and a great example. I’m so glad you found a way to enjoy some time together and yes, you are way ahead of the pack in your precautions.
    I have some good clippers (that i bought for our dogs!) but I am not looking forward to cutting hubby’s hair 😉 I need to work on my skill set!

  10. Carol
    April 7, 2020 / 2:11 pm

    Kalissa, what a lovely post! Thank you!

  11. sewhappy
    April 7, 2020 / 2:39 pm

    thanks for showing everyone the correct way to have fun the family and stay safe. In New York State it is a bit different so enjoy the six feet and know what is happening in your state..

  12. Kim LeMere
    April 7, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    Gannon has said his first word, how exciting! I admire those haircuts and I need one desperately but I don’t trust my husband with getting it done, lol. What a wonderful Sunday Funday you all had and it was nice to see the day spent safely with family. Karl cracks me up with his climb to the top of the playset and mastering his new tent. Great blog post

  13. Judy Brundage
    April 7, 2020 / 3:39 pm

    Have you posted your Mask pattern….They sure look easier than the ones I am making…. Please post.

  14. Sophie Brown
    April 7, 2020 / 3:55 pm

    These nice warm days and being able to visit make the “normal” pandemic days a bit more bearable, don’t they?!? Thank goodness spring is coming!

  15. Susan the Farm Quilter
    April 7, 2020 / 9:03 pm

    You got sun, I got snow on Sunday. Sunshine is important and I’m glad you all got to spend some time together with lovely spring weather. And you were productive as well!! Yay for first words and great haircuts!! Karl will need to take Carver camping now…could you see just the two of them camping together this summer?? Yeah, me neither!!

  16. Diane
    April 8, 2020 / 2:19 am

    I love to read your Mom’s post. I look forward to reading yours too. Stay healthy, and strong.

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