Jennifer Garner 'Happy to Get Back' to L.A. and Kids – with Ben Affleck Living Down the Street
Back in L.A., Jennifer Garner treats her kids to a fun weekend
For Jennifer Garner, there’s no place like home.
After spending the summer filming Miracles From Heaven in Atlanta, Garner wasted no time getting back into her normal routine – and treating her kids to a fun family weekend – once she returned to Los Angeles.
Two months after she and Ben Affleck announced their difficult divorce, “Jen seems in good spirits and is almost back to her normal, positive personality,” a source tells PEOPLE. “She’s happy to get back to her usual, family routine with the kids in L.A.”
On Saturday, Garner took her daughter Seraphina, 6, for a fun day of painting ceramic pots at Color Me Mine in Santa Monica.
The next day, she got in an early morning jog before taking her three children, Violet, 9, Seraphina and Samuel, 3, to church. “The kids seemed excited about church. They ran into several school friends,” another source tells PEOPLE. “Jen also had a very warm welcome at the church. She kept smiling and looked happy.”
The family also made a quick stop at one of their favorite weekend hotspots: their local farmers’ market.
Garner held her children’s hands as they strolled the streets, picking out fruits and vegetables from the various stands.
“She looked happy to see familiar faces at the market and received several welcome-back-to L.A. hugs,” says a witness.
Since returning to L.A., Garner, 43, has been staying at the family home, which is currently under renovation, with Affleck living in a rental just down the street.
Garner and Affleck, both 43, have seemingly taken their wedding rings off for good, as neither of them have been spotted wearing them since Garner returned to L.A. last week.
A source had previously told PEOPLE that the couple had chosen to continue wearing their wedding rings in the weeks following their divorce announcement for their kids.
“They just want them to be okay,” the source said.
Both Garner and Affleck have been spending quality time with their children before school starts in September.
The exes have some big decisions to make in the coming weeks about what their next step will be as a family regarding their living situation, but until then, a source close to Garner tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s latest issue, the actress is simply trying to take things “day by day.”
“She realizes that she still has ways to go before she figures out a new normal, but she seems excited about the future.”