The Wiegand family. Photography by Julia Newman.
Part of that new rhythm was discovering activities to do at their home in Preston Hollow, where they’ve lived since December 2019. Davis and Emma spent much of their time playing outside to let Luke focus on his schoolwork.
“We just got a little bounce house, and that has really been used every day, and we bought a little zip line off Amazon, which has been a hit,” Melissa says.
And Melissa, who has been leading the kids in gymnastics classes in their yard, didn’t forget to make time for herself. She decided to learn to play piano, something she’s wanted to do since she was a child.
Using a computer and the keyboard her husband gave her as an anniversary gift during the pandemic, Melissa practices learning songs like “Ain’t No Sunshine.”
“I feel like it’s such a good way to get out maybe feelings you can’t express in words, like a catharsis,” Melissa says, as Charlie, the Wiegands’ dog, barks in the background.
The Wiegands have learned to appreciate their time together as a family, Melissa says, and she’s thankful her children have each other’s company.
“I think the family time has been great, and learning that we have what we need here in our house together,” Melissa says.
With Luke back at school and Philip back at the office, the Wiegands are experiencing a snippet of what life was like a year ago. But the family is waiting to do more, like visiting Disney World, where they had planned a trip last spring. Until they can, the Wiegands will be happy
to go somewhere closer to home: inside Chick-fil-A.