Hello and welcome to this weeks update.
It has been a strange week, with Easter coming and going without any real celebration and watching and waiting for the Government’s next announcement and whether they are extending the lockdown period.
Sunday 12th April – Easter Sunday
Being Easter Sunday, none of us had to work so we enjoyed the day together, with the first mission to create an Easter Egg Hunt for the kids.
We normally enjoy the National Trust Egg Hunts, which involve a nice long country walk, so this was decidedly smaller, but our lovely neighbour let us use her garden too which made it more fun for the kids and they were very happy with their haul.
In the afternoon we enjoy a family chat via Zoom which was fun, although we did have to overcome some echo issues at first. Of course, posing for a family photo brought out the funny faces, as per usual.
It was then baking time as we made some delicious lemon cupcakes. We did cheat however, and used a baking set, as have not been able to buy flour since lockdown.
We finished the day with an evening bike ride around Canford Park Sang, which was lovely and quiet. We managed just over 3 miles and Eliza wanted to do another lap, but we decided one was enough as we still had to ride back home.
Monday 13th April – Easter Monday
A full day at work for me, so I left my husband and Kian in charge of the little ones. Easter is normally busy in supermarkets, particularly in the morning if the weather is good, but it was really quiet. There were a few people buying barbecue bits in the morning and a last minute flurry before we closed at 6pm, but nothing exciting.
I did get to relax in the hot tub when I got home, after the kids had their turn, of course!
Tuesday 14th April
One thing the kids always have at Easter is Chocolate Nests made by Nanny, but obviously we haven’t seen her this Easter so I promised to make them.
I had two very able assistants to help me, who did a great job of mixing and then putting the nests together. They may have gone slightly overboard on the decorations though.
Whilst we were doing this, my husband and Kian were clearing out the porch and fixed our dartboard which has given us all something extra to do and ramped up our competitive spirit.
Our darts have seen better days though, so we have had to order some more. Whilst Dad was teaching the kids how to play, I painted the bathroom ceiling which I have been meaning to do for ages.
Wednesday 15th April
We have been so lucky with the weather and it was the warmest day of the year so far, so the kids got to enjoy lunch in the garden.
We also got the opportunity to give the cars a much needed wash. My husbands car was gleaming afterwards, but sadly mine is looking its age and is still looking rather dull. At least all the kids “wash me” writing and pictures have gone.
The kids enjoyed another bike ride with Dad and Kian whilst I was at work, although this time to a different location which made a nice change and I cannot wait to join them next time they go.
Thursday 16th April
It was my husbands turn to work today, so I took the kids on a long walk along the fields to the river, where we got to see some cute lambs and some swans nesting on the bank.
We stopped to admire them, but I think Dad was getting protective as he soon left the nest and powered across the river, so we decided to head off and leave them in peace.
Eliza has insisted in bringing her doll with her on the walk and I was impressed that she carried it the whole way round, although we did have to stop for a rest under a tree.
We got home to the news that the government were extending lockdown measures for another 3 weeks, which we were expecting, but it didn’t make us feel any less disappointed, especially with Isaac’s birthday next week. My husband has taken HR advice about Homebase, so we are trying one more appeal for furlough.
Friday 17th April
The first wet day of lockdown so we didn’t go out for our daily exercise. I caught up on some review posts whilst the kids enjoyed a movie day and watched Toy Story 4 and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Both my husband and I worked today and found it to be a lot busier than in recent weeks, possibly because it was raining and people wanted something to do. The customers seemed a lot unhappier and there were lots of grumbles about the safety measures in store.
We also found out that they have cut overtime because too many temporary staff have been recruited and there is a risk our temp contracts may be cut short. We have both been offered overnight hours at another store but, with the kids at home, we just don’t think it will be possible.
Saturday 18th April
Today we should have been in Liverpool attending the Pokémon GO Safari Event in Liverpool, which was one of Isaac’s birthday presents.
Although it had been postponed, we still got to take part in Safari Zone Pokemon encounters and Isaac got to catch lots of exclusive Pokemon and take part in raids, so we took a 3 mile walk/scoot to find all our local gyms and pokestops.
All-in-all, it has been a week of ups and downs for us, but we are putting a brave face on and are planning a day of fun for Isaac’s birthday next week. Let’s hope the sun starts shining again!
How has your week been?