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Our Family Life 2021 (16/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (16/52)

Our Family Life is a little snippet of the life of a Mum and Dad with three kids and a dog.

I’ve become one of those Mums!

Monday started off as a good day. I’ve not ashamed to say that I’ve become one of those mums that will literally jump through hoops to get their toddler to eat. Freddie isn’t a particularly fussy eater, it’s just a question of whether or not he will eat the food you put in front of him at all. Some days, you could try all the bribery in the world and he wouldn’t even sit and the table. Well, it seems that he likes food cut up into dinosaur shapes or put on skewers.

I’ll never forget when I watched my sister peel the skin off a sausage for my nephew, and Ryan had a friend who wouldn’t eat food if it was touching other food such as his peas touching his chips or the other way round. This is completely new territory for me as the other two are really good eaters.

I’m not going to lie, I will cut his food into different shapes or put it on skewers every single day if it means he will eat it. Watching him polish off his cream cheese sandwich, tomato, and cheese skewers was literally the highlight of my week.

Tuesday was a workday for me, so I spent the whole day with my head in my laptop. I’m not sure how much longer homeworking will be allowed, but I’m happy for it to carry on for as long as I can.

Still Decluttering

Wednesday was another house decluttering day. I’m doing it bit by bit and it’s taking a long time (the house is fit to bursting, not in a hoarding way) but there is a lot of stuff that we can hopefully sell which will go into our house deposit pot. eBay was always my go-to place for selling but it’s not been that great lately. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Vinted so I’ve signed up and will start listing things as soon as I can. I should probably point out that I’ve bought some stuff as well.

We got all the summer clothes out of the attic which Isabelle found very exciting. She loves nothing more than her denim shorts and a cropped top. I was very pleased when I found the stash of shorts that I forgot I’d bought for Freddie in the sale at the end of last summer.

Thursday was another workday at the office for me. It was a really productive day which is always a good feel factor.

We’re Garden Ready!

Friday we were finally able to get out in the garden after Chris hacked away at the jungle that was starting to take over. I put washing on the line and the kids played happily on the trampoline. The grass is still quite wet, but now that it’s cut it will start to dry out a bit. Our old fridge freezer is still out in the garden waiting to go to the tip. We thought it would fit in our car, but it seems not so we need to get a man and a van sorted.

Saturday we just pottered around at home and in the garden. It doesn’t feel like we’ve done anything all week, but I don’t really feel like I want to go out. We’re still waiting for a date for my step-dad’s funeral and it keeps playing on my mind that time is ticking on and we haven’t been able to say goodbye yet.

Sunday it was freezing so we scrapped our plans to go out. Belle was in such a grumpy mood that I send her off for a bath which usually calms her down. She was given some Body Shop bath fizzers for Christmas so she popped one of them in and took a bottle of juice with her as well as her fave YouTuber to watch.

Chris thought it was the last day of the school holidays so got us a KFC takeaway on the way home which we ate whilst watching Scoob.

Next week we have to get out of the house and get some fresh air!

If you like this post, you might like to see what we got up to last week.

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Our Family Life 2021 (15/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (15/52)

Our Family Life – well today is the day that many of us have been looking forward to for what seems like a very long time. The shops are re-opening, the pubs are re-opening and you can go and get your hair done. Woo hoo. Which one will you be doing first? We’re going to give the pubs and the shops a miss for a couple of weeks, except for a one-off trip to Debenhams to return some Christmas purchases (only because you have to take them back within the first 7 days of re-opening). We definitely won’t be going today as I’m guessing it’s going to be worse than Christmas.

My daughter is desperate to get back to the shops, but it’s not the High Street shops shes missing, it’s the charity shops. She loves a good rummage around looking for a bargain. My in-laws gave her a TV with a built in DVD player so she’s after getting some more DVD’s to watch. I was just about to get rid of all of our DVD’s since we haven’t had a DVD player for quite a long time now so it’s a good job we hadn’t got round to doing it.

I would love to go and sit in a pub garden somewhere, but today is absolutely freezing with short bursts of heavy rain. I’m going to guess that all the people that booked tables today are going to stick it out come rain or shine!

I feel like we’ve bought a lot more toys outside of birthdays and Christmas since we’re at home all the time, and today we found such a cool thing. We’re trying to save money so I like to have a little look on the Facebook selling pages to see if there are any bargains local to us. This ticks all the boxes.  This cool marble run I bought for £7 and the person delivered it to me. I may not have read the description properly, as it arrived in an enormous box. It was a GIANT marble run, big enough to fit ball pit balls. Ha ha. The kids think it’s great. Chris just rolled his eyes as he does a lot.

Tuesday was a work day from home. I really like working from home, and would love to do it permantly. Sadly I don’t think that’s going to happen, but I’m happy being able to do it. My day is exactly the same as it I was  in the office. I make a cuppa whilst the laptop is cranking up, stop for a mid-morning tea at around 10.30, lunch at 12.30 (but pop down to have it with the kids), tea again at 2 and the commute downstairs at 4pm takes about 30 seconds. Oh and I get to wear my cat feet socks which is an added bonus.

Wednesday I met up with my sister and Neice which was really nice. We got some food and walked a very long way to a park. It was really nice to see them both, and the kids had such a nice time. At the park Freddie was at the top of the slide when a little boy started to climb up the steps, Freddie paniked so much that he nearly fell down the slide. He couldn’t get away from the little boy quick enough. It was the same with everything he went on, every time another child that wasn’t Belle or my niece came near him, he couldn’t get away quick enough. It was quite upsetting seeing his reaction, but I’m guessing that a lot of kids are the same. The mum of the little boy on the slide said her little boy was exactly the same. Freddie wouldn’t remember a time when we didn’t avoid people, let alone all the things that we used to do pre-covid.

Thursday was an office work day and went by nicely with the help of Heart FM.

Friday was an awful day. Belle has been begging me to dip dye the ends of her hair blue for weeks, so today was the day. It was such a faff. I used foil, but wasn’t really sure what to do with it so just kind of folded it over the ends and then scrunched it up. Anyway after all the effort it took to paint the dye on etc. It came out very faded, and almost more green than blue. Isabelle had the biggest meltdown with lots of door slamming, shouting, tears and throwing things around her room. It resulted in her losing her phone and tablet and put me in a rotton mood for the rest of the day. Obviously I planned to ‘ruin her hair’. Oh well, that’s been ticked off the list and also added to the list of ‘Never doing again’.

Saturday we went to see my Mum for a garden visit. It wasn’t too cold, but it wasn’t exactly warm either. The kids had their bike and scooter so were happy. My Mum completely put her foot in it when I told her to tell Belle that she liked her hair. She told her that she really like the shade of green she’d picked! If looks could kill. Ha ha!

Sunday I had my hair done. I’ve been toying with the idea of ballyarge for ages, and today I took the plunge. I’m not very adventurous with my hair, so this is a big change for me. It took quite a long time, but I’m happy with the results and glad that my thick mane has been thinned out again.

Our Family Life 2021 (14/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (14/52)

Today is a turning point for many, as we’re finally allowed to meet up with people in an outside setting either in groups of six or two households. Have you already made plans? Are you raring to get out and socialise? I’m not!

I’m surrounded by rule breakers which puts added pressure on the rest of us who have been following the rules. I hate that I’m made to feel like I’m being silly by following the government guidelines. In honesty I would rather wait until all the social distancing rules are lifted and we can actually enjoy being out and about instead of constantly checking ourselves. I will do a bit of socialising for the sake of the kids, but I just find it stressful.

Anyway, Belle was still at school and Freddie and I went for a lovely walk where we collected leaves and sticks. Why do we always end up with a collection of sticks that the kids bring home. It was nice to be outside on such a lovely day, and Freddie made the most of it running around with the dog. We found a tree stump which Freddie likes to climb on which was growing fungus all around the bottom of the stump. I love this picture which is when I told Freddie that the tree was growing mushrooms.

We also made pizza for our dinner using the roll out pizza bases. There was a bit of drama as Belle didn’t want to share the pizza making with Freddie, so I’ll have to make sure I get two bases for next time.

We were also sent some Push Poppers to review which are a Fidget Toy based on popping bubble wrap and quite addictive. We made a couple of little TikToks and an Instagram reel using these which you can check out if you like.

Tuesday I did a bit of catching up with work stuff. I do some freelance work and it was nice to get on top of things a little bit before the Easter holidays when both kids are home. It’s weird that a toddler needs more looking after than a ten year old, but the ten year old needs way more attention that the two year old.

Wednesday we had a bit of a chilled day. Who else is going to miss these days when the world re-opens and we’re back to rushing around to fit as much stuff in as we used to? I don’t think I’ll go back to that. The slower pace is definitely the way forward. Having no weekly commitments, just taking the days as they are and doing things dependent on the mood and weather.

April Fools Day

I love seeing all the silly things that get advertised on April Fools day, and even better when people get taken in by it. So we’ve already made our way through a quarter of the year, but it almost feels like the year is yet to begin.

Our eldest turned 21 last year in lockdown, so this year he will be able to meet up with friends and have a drink or three which I’m really pleased about.

Good Friday

We always forget Bank Holiday’s as they don’t really mean much when one of you works them as normal. Chris always works Bank Holiday’s so it’s just a normal day for us. My sister and my niece came over today and we went for a walk. It was nice to have a catch up with them, and for the kids to spend some time together.

We desperately need to get our garden sorted so that the kids can go outside. We live near the river and so it stays really wet and boggy for quite a while. It’s just getting to the point where we may be able to cut the grass without ripping it all out and then it will still need a couple of weeks to dry out a bit before it’s ready for the kids. Hopefully this is our last year in this house before we move (I really hope so).

Saturday we went for a garden visit with my Mum. The sky was blue and it looked like it was going to be a lovely day. I took some lunch over so that we could sit and chat for a while. It was freezing unless you were in a direct sun spot. The kids were fine playing for a while, but even they had had enough after about an hour. Belle did her first stint of solo baking and made Chocolate Brownie Bites with crispy M&M’s on the top. They were possibly the nicest brownies I’ve ever tasted.

We still don’t have a date for my step-dads funeral and no signs of the death certificates which seems like a really long time.

Easter Sunday

We had an Easter Egg Hunt in the morning. This is the first year where Belle has had true competition from Freddie as he rushed around filling up his basket. The house now resembles a chocolate shop with Easter eggs stashed on every out of reach surface going.

Sunday was definitely the nicest weather day and we spent a good part of it in my in-laws garden. they have a lovely big garden which is great for the kids. Freddie took his bike and Isabelle took her scooter as there’s plenty of space for them to zoom around. They’re getting ready to move house shortly, but the new house has an even bigger garden which will be nice.

We finished the day with a huge lamb roast dinner which was amazing. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if Freddie hadn’t fallen asleep on the way home and woken up super grumpy. He whinged and clung to me throughout dinner so that was a bit pants. It was a good roast though!

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Push Poppers Fidget Toys by HGL

Push Poppers Fidget Toys by HGL

You know that feeling when you pop bubble wrap? All kids love it, and even us adults can’t resist popping it when it arrives as packaging for things we’ve ordered. Well, the Push Poppers Fidget Toy is the gift of bubble wrap that keeps on giving!

A display of Push Popper toys, the newest fidget toys

What is a Push Popper?

Made from silicone, push poppers come in a variety of colours and shapes, all with rows of bubbles that you pop. Once popped, you flip it over and start again. It’s ridiculously addictive.

We received a Yellow Push Popper which also glows in the dark and a Rainbow Push Popper. Isabelle is ten and instantly knew what these were, but it didn’t take long for two-year-old Freddie to get the hang of it. They both gravitated immediately to the Rainbow Push Popper, but then when I showed Freddie that the yellow one was glow in the dark, he got himself a blanket and hid under there to “squish the bubbles”.

What can you do with a Push Popper?

Apart from the obvious of sitting and popping the bubbles, we’ve been challenging each other to see who can complete two sides in the quickest time. I’m quite proud to hold the crown of fastest bubble popper in the house.

We’ve also popped the bubbles to songs and by drumming our fingers. One side is easier to pop than the other, and you can pop all the bubbles in a row by running your finger down really quickly. It does take a bit of practice.?

You can see what we’ve been up to over on Instagram and TikTok.

Our Thoughts

When the Push Poppers arrived, I wasn’t sure how long they would keep the attention of my two but I was completely wrong. We’re having to rotate them between them as it seems that the Rainbow Push Popper is the favourite for both of them.

Both of them have played with these independently as well as whilst watching TV. They’ve even kept the two-year-old Fidget Pants still.

Overall, the Push Poppers have got a huge thumbs up from us, and I think they will be played with for a very long time. These would be great for traveling (you know when we’re allowed).

Where Can I buy a Push Popper?

These Push Poppers are available to buy from Claires, Smyths and Toymaster Toy Stores.

Our Family Life 2021 (13/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (13/52)

Our Family Life started off with such sad news. A missed call from my Mum in the middle of the night and I knew that my Step-dad was gone. It wasn’t a surprise. When I said goodbye to him in the hospice yesterday I had a feeling that it was the last time. You think that you’re prepared when you know that it’s happening, but it still takes your breath away when it actually happens. Today was a sad day, made sadder when I had to ring our son to tell him that he was gone, and more so when I told Isabelle that her Grandad that she’d only been able to see from their balcony. Knowing that your kids are hurting hurts more than anything.

Tuesday I was grateful that I was on annual leave from work. I spent the day wiping my nose (thanks for the cold Freddie) and having lots of cuddles to get me through the day. Belle wanted to go to school to see her friends so I let her teacher know what had happened so that she could keep an eye on her.

Garden Play

Wednesday Freddie and I spent the morning in the garden. Our garden isn’t ready for playing in for ages yet. It doesn’t have very good drainage so the grass stays really wet, but that didn’t stop up getting the tuff tray out on the patio with some water in it. probably not the best option given that we’re both recovering from colds, but the fresh air was helping me stay awake and Freddie had a lovely time.

Thursday I think I’m finally over my cold so I went to see my Mum to help with the funeral arrangements and other bits and bobs. We still can’t decide which songs to choose. He was a huge fan of Mama Mia, but none of the songs feel appropriate. It made us laugh thinking of the last song being Dancing Queen or Money Money Money!

Friday was a quiet day at home. Freddie keeps me distracted by playing Playdoh, Paw Patrol and we also did some Easter Painting which he really enjoyed. Belle hates it when we do fun stuff whilst she’s at school so we have to try and play it down to save ourselves a drama.

Setting up an Indoor Camp

Saturday we had a really fun day setting up an indoor camp as a dry run in preparation for The Big Little Tent Festival. It’s amazing what you can create with blankets, cushions, pillows, and your dining table. I wasn’t really in the mood for it, but the kids had a lot of fun and it passed the day away so all in all was a good day.

Moldy Bread!

Yesterday we had a bit of an abrupt start. We actually forgot about the clocks changing so we got up with very little time for Chris to get up and out to work. On weekends we like to have a bit of a leisurely breakfast. Isabelle opted for poached egg on toast and Freddie chose to have coconut yoghurt and granola. As we were almost finished eating, Isabelle noticed a spot of mold on the edge of her toast. Yep, total Mum fail, we were eating moldy bread. After reassuring her that she wouldn’t get ill from eating moldy bread she was fine, but she totally milked it for the rest of the day.

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What We’re doing for The Big Little Tent Festival 2021

What We’re doing for The Big Little Tent Festival 2021

This past year has been an awful year on so many levels, but we’ve also had some good times as well. Spending time in our own little bubble, doing our own thing at a leisurely pace has definitely been the highlight.

We’ve done loads of stuff including setting up a cafe for afternoon tea, made a sweet shop, had many a lounge disco and I’ve lost count of how many Movie nights we’ve had over the last year. One thing that the kids have always pestered us to do is go camping. I sit firmly in the ‘anti-camping camp’ but could be persuaded to give glamping a go at some point.

The Big Little Tent  Festival

The Big Little Tent Festival set up by the Caravan Club last year is a way of grabbing a little piece of camp life in the comfort of your own home. Set up a tent in your garden or, like us you could set up camp in your living room and join in the fun.

To join in the festival there is a downloadable pack that contains everything you need to bring the festival to you including a checklist of things you will need,  festival wristbands, bunting templates as well as a whole host of activity ideas which you could easily spread out over a few days. There’s even a chance to win a childs Raleigh bike.

Setting up Camp

So as we don’t own any actual camping gear, we’re going to set up camp in our living room with all our home comforts which is very appealing from my point of view. We’re going to get festival ready with hair chalks, facepaint and an anything-goes dress code.

You could of course drag out your entire camping kit and set up in your garden. The Festival is running over Easter weekend with an action packed schedule including a Zoom Party where you can meet the Mermaid Princess and the Friendly Neighbourhood Hero for games, superhero training, and a campfire song!

Our Festival Menu

So thinking along the lines of food we would probably buy should we be in a real life festival, we thought we’d go for hotdogs, chips and corn on the cob followed by our own version of S’mores and popcorn at the request of Isabelle.

 

Our Family Life 2021 (12/52 weeks)

Our Family Life 2021 (12/52)

Our Family Life 2021 – Monday was just the usual (yey, for the usual) school run, etc. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into my Mother’s Day Hamper, but we ordered such a big takeaway yesterday that we need to finish that off today. Tomorrow…..

Tuesday is all about the cheese. Cracking open my hamper and stuffing our faces with olives, cheeses, nice bread, and crackers. Mmmmm nom nom nom. If I was food, I would be cheese, I love it!

Subscription Boxes

Wednesday my new Birch Box came which is always a nice surprise. I love getting some little treats just for me and this one definitely ticked all the boxes. I’m really looking forward to using the Gold Revitalising Eye Gels which I think I need for my dark circles. Freddie wanted the box to put his Superwings in, so he was happy. I really love subscription boxes and the element of surprise, so I think I might give a few more a go. I would love any suggestions of any subscription boxes you may have tried.

Thursday was a workday for me in the office. I booked my second Covid vaccination for the 21st of April which felt good. Although a lot of people are having more side effects from the second dose than the first. I did have a reaction with the first vaccine, all the lymph nodes under my armpits became inflamed for a few days, and using deodorant was a bit ouchy. Apparently, the best thing to do is to take Paracetamol before you have the vaccine and make sure that you keep hydrated so that’s what I’ll do. Fingers crossed if you’ve got yours coming up.

I went to see my Step-Dad today in the hospice. It was a shock to see him as he’s changed so much only in a few days. He’s no longer getting out of bed to sit in the chair. He was sleeping so I sat and chatted to him about what we’d been up to, and played some of his favourite music, and he squeezed my hand a few times. Bit by bit he’s slipping away. He may not wake up now, so we’ll keep on visiting. Keep on chatting to him and hopefully, he knows that we’re there. I feel grateful that he hasn’t been transferred to a nursing home since we wouldn’t be able to see him at all, but the end is close…….

Friday I felt exhausted so Freddie and I just had a chilled day playing. He loves to cuddle and must have realised that I needed that more than anything.

Saturday Freddie woke up and was full of a cold and very clingy. Isabelle was terrified that she was going to catch Freddie’s germs so spent the day in her room, only coming down wearing a mask for snacks!

Sunday I went back to see my Step-Dad, and it was very upsetting. He was completely unresponsive. I sat and watched his chest go up and down, holding my own breath every time the rhythm changed. It’s awful losing somebody you love to cancer. Watching them disappear and shrink before your eyes. I’m not really sure how the Hospice staff do their jobs when everybody is so sad and upset all the time. It takes a special kind of person.

Sorry to get all doom and gloom on you.

Potty Training Update

In other news, the potty training is going really well. Freddie is using both his potty and the toilet with no problems or accidents at all. He prefers to wear pull-ups rather than pants which is fine by us. We’ve also switched him from nappies to pull-ups at night, and these are pretty dry in the mornings so we’re pretty impressed with our clever little boy.

Our Family Life 2021 (11/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (11/52)

Monday 8th March – the day the kids went back to school. Will they last longer than the one day they went back to school in January? Let’s hope so.

These last couple of months have been tough.

The kids need routine.

We need routine.

As well as the schools re-opening, the weather has turned a corner which is always nice. I wonder how long it’ll be before the nation is moaning about doing the school pick-up. Thursday maybe Friday I’d put my money on.

Tuesday was a cake making day for me. It’s my Nephews 21st birthday tomorrow so I’m making a huge chocolate cake with lashings of chocolate butter cream, chocolate ganache and topped with more chocolate.

I also went to see my Step-Dad before he moves to a nursing home. It’s a bit worrying that this might be the last time I see him since the rules for visiting nursing homes are really strict for obvious reasons.

When I arrived at the hospice I had to have a lateral flow test and wait 30 minutes for the result to come through. We saw my step-dad in the corridor and he was trying to get into the room that we were in.

When we finally got to see him after testing negative it was a bit of a shock. He was so thin and had changed so much since seeing him a couple of weeks ago. He still had some of his sense of humour, but he also kept disappearing mid conversation and mumbling things we couldn’t make out.

It was quite upsetting to see him like that, knowing that we well lose more of him bit by bit.

Wednesday we were back on the potty training with Freddie. We tried a couple of weeks ago but he started holding his wee in and ended up getting really upset, but today he asked to wear pants. So far so good!

Thursday I had a bit of a blog catch-up and did some of the admin bits and pieces and then treated myself to a long soak in the bath which was a bit of a treat.

Friday was a funny weather day. It was either lashing down with rain or blue skies and sunshine. We’ve reached a tricky stage with Freddie in terms of his pushchair. Generally we don’t use it, but there are days when we’ve been busy and I know he won’t cope with the school pick-up. It’s trial and error at the moment. Some days I take it out and he doesn’t go in it and other days he knackered and will happily sit in it. My other two were out of prams by his age, but they all do thing in their own way.

Freddie looking for Belle on the way to school

Potty training is still going well with no accidents.

Saturday Ryan was back with us and he had Luka, so it was a day of lots of playing and noise. I though Freddie would be too distracted to remember to tell me if he needed a wee, but he’s done amazingly well. He had his first accident today when he was doing some secret Mother’s Day stuff with Belle and she couldn’t get him to the potty on time, but one accident in four days is pretty amazing.

Sunday it was Mother’s Day, and the day started off as a good one. I was given homemade cards by the kids and a huge hamper from Darts Farm with loads of goodies including cheeses and truffles. Chris made bacon sandwiches before he had to go off to work, and the day took a turn for the worse. Isabelle has been having huge outbursts for the last few months and today was one of those days. It’s so hard to get her out of these awful moods, so we had a good few hours where she stayed in her room in a grump. I always wonder about the pics people put on social media of their perfect days, and whether it’s true to form or just a small snippet of a day where all the usual family squabbles, tantrums and fallouts happen.

I wanted a picture of all three kids and as you can see, none of them are insta-perfect!

Next year I think I’ll take myself off for a spa day with a good book!

This is the lovely Mother’s Day Sweet and Savoury Afternoon Tea that we ordered for Chris’ mum from Orchardlea Occasion Foods who are local to us.

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Our Family Life 2021 (10/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (10/52)

Monday – it’s the 1st March. The end of homeschooling is in sight. It feels like there’s light at the end of a very long tunnel. We’re not quite out of it yet, but it really does feel like we’re a step closer. The weather has clearly caught onto our dreary mood as a nation and decided to give us some much needed sunshine.

Oh and our sandwich shape cutter arrived this morning. It’s funny how a sandwich cut into the shape of a dinosaur will be eaten by a two year old but a normal square or triangle won’t do…

Tuesday I was back at work (from home). At the moment it feels like a day off just to be out of the homeschooling.

The perks of working from home is McDonalds drive-through. It was a bit of a last week of homeschooling treat for us all.

Wednesday I knew was going to be a battle just by the look on Belles face when she came down for breakfast. Good or bad decision but I let her ditch some of her classes so that she could do some craft instead.

She’s really into My Froggy Stuff which is a YouTuber who does all things Barbie from making a setting up scenes to giving them total makeovers. So she decided to make a sweet shop with miniature sweets, a till, wrapping paper and little bags. I thought she did a pretty good job, and put in loads of details.

Thursday I worked on site at work. It’s not the best having to wear a mask all day, but it’s good to be seeing people other than Chris and the kids.

We decided to get Belle a little treat to say well done for putting up with us as shonky teachers for the past year, so we got her a new scooter, and all went out for a scoot. Needless to say, we carried Freddie’s all bar the 10 seconds at the beginning.

I’m still waiting for my teacher present to emerge!

Oh and even better, the school have decided to give the kids the day off on Friday. Today was………THE LAST DAY OF HOMESCHOOLING!!!

Friday we got up. We sat in our pyjamas in front of the TV……It was a good day!!

Saturday and Sunday were the usual chill out in preparation for return to school on Monday. Thankfully Belle’s school shoes still fit her so that was one less thing to stress about.

Roll on Monday. Woo Hoo!!

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Our Family Life 2021 (9/52)

Our Family Life 2021 (8/52)

Monday was back to homeschooling with a very reluctant Isabelle. I really feel like we’ve gone as far as we can with homeschooling this way. The return to school can’t come quick enough now. That said, we have to remember that we’re still living in a pandemic and life could change again. Hopefully not though.

A while ago I was sent a letter from NatWest who I bank with personally and for my business asking if I would like to swap to another bank, and that they would give me £1250 for doing so. So I did just that and swapped to Starling, and this morning I got notification of the £1250 in my account. Anybody looking for a new account, I would highly recommend Starling.

Tuesday I had this day as an annual leave day, which doesn’t feel that great since we can’t go anywhere.

Wednesday was a day of messy play. Freddie and I started the day by making Playdoh monsters and superhero face masks followed by cornflour gloop (see my Instagram Messy Play Highlights for the full effect) for a science experiment. I brought the tuff tray in the kitchen to hopefully reduce the mess. Well, the kitchen was left with splatters of blue gloop all over it and the floor took days of cleaning before it was clean of a fine film of dustiness.

Thursday was agin just a get the homeschooling done kind of day. Oh and clean the kitchen again!

Same again on Friday!

Saturday and Sunday we went for a walk and just chilled at home. Freddie is really into setting up his play sets and will now sit happily and play with them for a while on his own which is nice. He’s still quite heavy handed with his toys so the train track doesn’t stay together very long and he loves to bash all of his cars and trains together

Overall, the days and weeks have started to drag now and all of our enthusiasm has been sucked away……