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    Our dog Pepper watches with interest as Jayme cuts Thomas's hair on our front porch. Thomas does not typically allow Jayme to cut his hair, but with barber shops closed, it had become too long for him so he let Jayme take the razor to it.

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    Corinna, left, and Adam sit in living room chairs with their feet up while remote learning on their laptops. We initially insisted they sit at their desks or the dining room table while doing their schoolwork, but after a few weeks, we relented. As long as they get their work done, they can use the more comfortable chairs.

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    Corinna listens as Adam lists schoolwork assignments he has completed while remote learning. Because my wife and I are often working while the children are engaged with their schoolwork, we have come to rely on Corinna and Thomas, our two oldest children, to help Adam stay on track with his assignments.

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    Cayden checks the straightness of a two-by-four while Corinna begins to sketch out a sunflower on a piece of plywood in our backyard. We decided to make cornhole boards so they could learn some basic construction skills, using leftover lumber and paint from previous projects.

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    Jayme spreads frosting on homemade cinnamon rolls in our kitchen. During the pandemic, Jayme began baking more, making rolls and bread and pizza dough. Because of a shortage of flour and yeast in stores, she had to order flour online.

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    Thomas checks his phone while waiting to put a batch of chocolate chip cookies in the oven. Thomas is an avid baker and has been busy making cookies and desserts during the pandemic.

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    Corinna, left, and Jayme rake soil in our reconstructed garden. We started the garden eight years ago, originally with eight individual boxes. This year, we rebuilt it into the horseshoe shape to increase the square footage so we could plant more vegetables.

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    Jayme laughs while exercising via a Zoom workout with a friend and their personal trainer in the bonus room above our garage. When gyms closed, Jayme started the video workouts to keep up her exercise regimen.

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    Jayme sinks to her knees in snow while hiking in Evans Notch in early May. Jayme and I took the hike sans children to help relieve built up stress of working during the pandemic while trying to keep our kids on track with their remote learning.

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    Corinna, Adam, Cayden and Thomas work on school assignments on their laptops enroute to a hike in western Maine. Because they spend so much time indoors while remote learning, Jayme and I try to get them outdoors on walks or bicycle rides multiple times a week.

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    Jayme and the kids, Thomas, Adam, Corinna and Cayden, left to right, eat lunch on top of Deer Hill in Evans Notch during a hike in May. The walk up Deer Hill was our first hike of the year.

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    Standing inside a firewood stacking structure called a holz hausen, I fill the interior with firewood. Stacking firewood in these structures takes more time than stacking it in a straight row, but I enjoy the process and have been doing it for five years. This year, I'm being more meticulous and slow about the job, approaching it like a quarantine jigsaw puzzle.

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    Jayme disinfects her cell phone in our garage after arriving home from work. Jayme is a nurse at Maine Medical Center but does not typically care for COVID-19 patients because she works on an oncology floor. We have both become accustomed to the disinfecting routine when we arrive home.

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    Cayden games with his friends online in his bedroom after dinner. Before the outbreak, we had strict limitations on the amount of time our children could be gaming, but we've relaxed those limits a bit because gaming is one way that they can maintain contact with their friends.

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    After being cooped up in the house for two months, some of the kids were anxious to pitch tents and sleep in our backyard when the weather warmed. From left, Corinna, Adam and Thomas read in their separate tents before going to sleep under the stars Friday night.

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