It is been a strange week this week, with Eliza and Sebastian back to school full time.
They were booked in for just one day a week, but the school wanted more consistency, so it made sense to send them in all week. In fact, the school have been brilliant and most year groups will be back in school by next week, which is a relief to many parents.
Non-essential shops opened on Monday, but have to admit I have no intention or desire to go anywhere near them just yet as the queues have been worse than the supermarkets.
Here is our week:
Sunday 14th June
Sunday is always a work day for me, but we try and head out for a walk when I get home, this time choosing the beach so we could see the cruise ships which are moored in the bay.
Although nice and sunny, it was a breezy day so we walked along the seafront and up the pier.
We then tracked back through Bournemouth Gardens, where we spotted some ducklings on the Bourne with their Mum, before walking through town back to the car.
We moved our weekly quiz night to Sunday night due to work commitments and this weeks winner was my husband and Eliza, probably down to her impossibly hard questions on the Egyptians (we all scored 0).
Monday 15th June
Back to school and its not a traditional by the front door picture, instead I have taken a picture of the 2 metre line markings where we queue at drop off and pick up time.
Eliza was over-the-moon to find out her bubble had changed and is now with her friends. Isaac isn’t back yet, we have looked into it and he is not keen to go back as none of his friends are there and they are just completing the work they are assigned on google classrooms. We took advantage of not having the younger ones with us and took him out on a local bike ride.
Tuesday 16th June
My husband picked up some overtime today to help the shop prepare for stocktake and found some hairdressing clippers that had been reduced. He came home and announced I was cutting his hair #eek.
Thankfully it turned out OK and the boys let us loose on theirs too – leaving it long on top, but at least they are more comfortable now.
With lockdown and me working evenings, my husband and I haven’t spent much time together, so we left Kian in charge of the little ones once they were in bed and headed out to Poole Quay to watch the sunset, which was beautiful but surprisingly busy!!
Wednesday 17th June
Once Isaac had completed his schoolwork, we headed out for another bike ride, this time riding from home to Wimborne and then along the Castleman trail as far as Broadstone and back.
My husband wanted to continue to Upton Country Park, but I decided not to as I had to work in the evening. Even so, we managed 11 miles, which isn’t bad.
The shop has definitely felt quieter this week, possibly because more normal shops are open, so people are taking advantage of being able to explore elsewhere.
Thursday 18th June
A full day of work today, for both me and my husband, with him working early and me the late shift. He did wind me up in the evening with a photo and video of the kids enjoying Chilli Con Carne for dinner.
It was an interesting shift as I spent it manning the door, which I have not done for a while. One gentleman called me Hitler for asking him to follow the one-way system as apparently the rules did not apply to him.
Friday 19th June
I was just heading out to run some errands for Sebby’s birthday when I saw my neighbour coming home with her son. I asked if he was half day and she told me school closed half day on Friday’s for deep cleaning……….oops!!! Thankfully I picked them up in time and Kian was on hand for babysitting duties whilst I collected the bits I needed for Sebby. The wrapping had to wait until after he had gone to bed!
Saturday 20th June
Happy 7th Birthday Sebby!!!!!
One very excited young man got us up at 7.15am and couldn’t not wait to open his presents, which were all Star Wars or Pokemon themed. My lovely friend Michelle from Sculpted Bakes made him a very unique birthday cake, as per his request – Jaffa Cake flavour with Pikachu dressed as Darth Vader battling Lucario dressed as a Jedi. They even set the base from Fortnite too.
The models are made from plasticine, so he can keep them and the cake tastes as good as it looks. Obviously, we are still social distancing, so we couldn’t throw Sebby a party, so we asked what he wanted to do, choosing Crabbing at Mudeford Quay.
We started slowly, with not much crab action, but once we caught our first one, they just kept coming. We even caught some shrimps too.
Sebby was very proud of his haul!
Abbey, Paul and Lilah came to join us to give Sebby his present and Lilah proudly showed off her first tooth. I still haven’t had a cuddle with her, but it is slowly starting to feel like things are getting back to a new kind of normal.
We drove home via the beach so we could see the four Cruise Liners which are now moored in Bournemouth Bay – P&O Ventura, its sister ships Aurora and Arcadia and Cunard’s Queen Victoria.
Sebby’s final request was a Fortnite Llama pinata and a Domino’s pizza for dinner……..
….and his birthday cake of course!!
How has your week been?