Hello and welcome to this weeks update.
We are finding the beginning of the week harder than the end, maybe because it is because the kids feel like it is back to earth with a bump after the weekend off.
Sunday 3rd May
A work day for me. The mood is quite low today. Some of the temps are on their last day. The youngsters are desperate to get back to college as are missing their friends and are fed up with being locked down. The older ones are worried about money and how they are going to get by.
We have been told that we will get some news on lockdown starting to be lifted on Thursday, but I feel it is not going to be easy.
Monday 4th May
Happy Star Wars Day!!
Monday has not started well at all. In fact there was no motivation from Eliza or Sebby to even look at schoolwork and Isaac was in wind up mode.
Definitely not my finest parenting moment as I lost my temper, but stepping away and coming back to it helped. Isaac and Eliza have completed their work, Sebby’s is still a work in progress, but Kian has taken him off to watch Star Wars Clone Wars and given him a bit of a break.
Part of my frustration with Sebby’s work is that he has worked so hard improving his handwriting, but it’s gone downhill, so I asked his teacher where I could buy the handwriting book he uses at school. Thankfully they had a spare one, so we popped to the school office in the afternoon to pick one up and Sebby is very excited about using it again.
Tuesday 5th May
A much better day for schoolwork, thankfully. Sebby’s first task was to draw a picture of Penguin Blue, following the direction of its author Rob Biddulph on YouTube.
He concentrated really hard and was really proud of the end result. In fact, he and Eliza were so taken with art tutorials on YouTube that they spent most of the rest of the day drawing.
All three children got phone calls from their teachers which was nice. When asked what Sebby enjoyed he replied “maths” which seems to be his automatic reply, even though he loved his music and artwork.
We did manage to get outside for a walk at the Sang, which was lovely and quiet as the weather wasn’t that nice.
Sebby has loved having Kian home during lockdown and it is lovely to see their bond, despite the age gap.
I had a bit of a wobbly evening, lots of Eliza and Isaac’s swim friends have been buying pools and bungee systems for their gardens to help keep up with their training. Not only is it not feasible for us as we don’t have room, but we also cannot afford it due to our work situation. After working so hard before lockdown and both kids coming on leaps and bounds, I am now not sure if they even want to go back as they aren’t interested in any of the zoom calls or exercise sessions.
Wednesday 6th May
The sunshine is back and it definitely helps to lift everyone’s mood. We have been clearing out drawers and cupboards and Isaac found a lens for his smartphone, so was playing with his camera in the garden.
I was in work earlier today and found that it is definitely busier in the day time, so my top tip – either shop first thing in the morning, or after 7pm at night.
Thursday 7th May
We have found that the flowers are really starting to blossom now, so Eliza took her flower identification book on today’s walk.
Our walks normally involve some sort of competition or grumble between the kids, but today’s was actually lovely, with no bickering – well until the end anyway!
Isaac tried to recreate his daisy photo on a gorse flower, but sadly it failed. We are not sure if it was because it was too windy or too spiky!
It’s Bank Holiday tomorrow, to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, but with both my husband and I working we decided to have our barbecue a day early.
We have some Blue Tits nesting in the garden and they were very busy coming in and out their box whilst we were eating, so we managed to get some good pictures of them.
No announcement from Boris, apparently it will be on Sunday, but it definitely feels like people are thinking lockdown is over.
Friday 8th May – Bank Holiday
It was Pokemon Go Johto event today the kids were keen to go for a walk. We decided to head to Millhams Mead instead of our usual route and it was lovely exploring somewhere new, as they caught their Pokemon.
We ended up walking over 6 miles and my legs were killing me at work later in the day, but it was fun nonetheless and we have found a new place to walk with different things to see.
Apparently there had been a bit of a party atmosphere at work, with a live singer during the day, but it was quiet evening for me.
Saturday 9th May
I have been catching up with some pre-school work this morning, before heading into Tesco later. The kids have had a relaxed morning playing games with their friends online.
How has your week been?