I have decided to write my posts with a daily account, as it is so easy to forget the little things.
Monday 23rd March
Our body clocks are still in school mode so we were up at 7am as normal, although there wasn’t the normal hustle and bustle of getting lunch boxes made and persuading reluctant children into their uniforms.
We started our “school day” at 9am with a Joe Wicks live workout. It started well, but soon descended into chaos with kids arguing because they had got in each others way. Tomorrow I will be moving furniture.
My husband has been on a mission this morning, emptying draws and cleaning the oven whilst I have been supervising school work. Sebby and Isaac were able to complete theirs with no problem but Eliza and long division was another story…….they learn it differently to how I remember. Sebby’s wall went up when I suggested reading for half an hour, but we did manage some.
Lunchtime was a nightmare, they seem to be a pack of ravenous animals and we have now run out of crisps and fruit. I tried to book an Iceland order as I re-stock our chest freezer once a month but there are no deliveries available and they are holding them for the over-70’s and people self isolating. I do understand but it’s really frustrating when you are trying to stick to the social distancing rules.
The evening saw me start my new job at Tesco and I hit the ground running, thanks to 16 years of previous service.
Tuesday 24th March
After Boris’ announcement last night that they were closing all shops except for supermarkets and chemists and restricting movement, my husband got an email to confirm that he would not be allowed to retract his resignation, despite a change in circumstances which is a real kick in teeth, so he has applied to see if they can offer him a furlough, where he is rehired and gets 80% of his salary.
We started the day again with PE with Joe and found that we couldn’t log onto the kids online learning, so decided to relax and let the kids play, whilst my husband went and picked Kian up from university.
Thankfully the servers were back up in the afternoon, so we completed the tasks set and I printed out reward charts for Eliza and Sebby to encourage them to finish their home work.
We went out for a walk in the early evening and added our contribution to a local wall of chalk artwork.
Wednesday 25th March
This morning I did a big food shop at Food Warehouse, which is owned by Iceland and is housed in my husband’s old Homebase shop in Poole. It was strange walking round to see it look so different, but the shelves and freezers were surprisingly well stocked. I filled my chest freezer and we had to re-jig a few bits to get it all in, but at least I know we have plenty of food.
We live on the flight path to Bournemouth Airport, so have been watching as lots of British Airways planes fly over to be stored at the airport.
I worked my first full shift at Tesco, whilst my husband and Kian took the role of teachers for the kids, before taking them out for a walk locally.
Thursday 26th March
My husband got an email today to advise that Homebase won’t offer him furlough, which is very disappointing, but having spoken to HR friends, there is nothing else we can do. He and Kian took the kids out for another walk locally as I was was working.
We are so lucky to have this open space on our doorstep.
My role at Tesco changes daily and today I was managing the new queuing system at the front of the store. Thank goodness is was sunny and the majority of the customers were very happy with the measures that were being implemented.
Friday 27th March
We started the day as we have all week, with a PE with Joe workout and plans to empty and clean the loft fell through as the local tip closed down.
I have managed to pick up overtime at Tesco, leaving the kids with their Dad again. Today they got their bikes out, cleaned and pumped the tyres and went out for a bike ride.
Normally during family bike rides, Sebby sits on the back of my bike and I get moaned at for being slow. My husband finally admitted that having him on the back is hard work!
We really need to get him riding his own bike now.
Saturday 28th March
We decided that the weekend would be a break from school work for the kids and they have spent the day playing Super Smash Bros, building LEGO and planting seeds.
We let the kids stay up late to watch Saturday Night Takeaway and In for a Penny.
Sunday 29th March
The clocks have gone forward an hour today and I did not appreciate my 7am alarm for work. We opened at 9am today for NHS workers and it all went really smoothly which was fantastic, although I do think that we make up a dance routine for the queuing feet stickers we have around the store.
How has your week been?