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 Volume 12, Issue 64  |  August 11, 2020

The Jenal family adjusts to the new normal


The Jenal family – John and Carrie, and their three children Makenna, a 15-year-old, 13-year-old Dane, and 11-year-old Declan – was to be the focus of Stu News’ “Laguna Life and People” feature for today. However, to fully celebrate their story, we are holding it for a few months. Since so much of their lives revolved around sports and school, now that we’re all indoors, Carrie reports the changes:

“Our lives and schedules have changed dramatically these past 10 days. Initially, with the closing of our schools and stopping of all athletic activities our family was looking forward to a forced break. However, the novelty wore off quickly, and we had to establish a new schedule to accommodate all of our needs. 

“Our new reality is mom working from home, three kids learning remotely, and dad working lots of overtime. We needed to balance school work, physical fitness, chores, emotional well-being, and set limits on screen time.” 

The Jenal group

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

The Jenal family: (L-R) Makenna, Declan, John, Dane, and Carrie

“We are employing family time strategies to adjust to the lack of social interaction, sports activities, church, and lack of engagement in our community as a whole. Video chatting with friends, family, co-workers, and school friends has been our favorite way to stay connected. 

“We have enjoyed playing board games, doing puzzles, watching classic movies, going surfing, and skateboarding, hiking our local trails, running the high school track, playing basketball, and baseball at the park. However, due to recent outdoor restrictions, we will find alternative physical activities to keep us regulated (which do not include playing ball in the house).” 

Look for their full story sometime in the near future.

Readers: If you would like to tell us how your lives have changed due to the restrictions, please send your story to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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