Lockdown Diary Week Four!
After the Easter weekend it felt a little flat, the sun went away for a few days and the beginning of the week had a very definite feel of back to normal about it. Only it’s back to the new normal which is pretty similar to the fun times in that we are all at home but it’s somehow settling to know we have reached a time when we are able to consider some of the time special time and other moments as routine. Isn’t that odd. It makes me hopeful for Jimmy’s 8th birthday in less than a month, that we will be able to make it a party day for him!
I turned our Easter leftover lamb into a delicious shepherd’s pie!
And decided a bit of self care every single evening is necessary!
Delivering necessary things to my Mum and Raffie came with me so that the big kids could have a bit of time on their own – I think both Gram and Raffie found the social distancing hard. Felt loopy dropping off on the doorstep before getting back in the car before she could come out but we gotta do what we gotta do!
Chatting with my Mum as she sits outside her front porch and I sit inside my car on her driveway. We are both on the phone so we can hear each other and she brought a chair out to be able to see me!
Raffie had his first proper nap at the correct time during the whole of isolation and I think he only managed it because he came in the car to Grams with me so that I could try and get him to sleep! The rest of his naps (not that there have been many) have come way too late in the day making them just annoying as too close to bed time! He is so out of routine that I don’t think we will ever claw this element to our day back but then at least we got to over 2. Florence was about 11 months when she gave up a day time nap!
Florence made some make up with a kit she’d had for months but never found the time to do – she really enjoyed this!
This one lost a tooth but the tooth fairy forgot to come it seems. He is a bit fickle like that at times. Luckily the NZ Prime Minister had let out a statement to the children of their country about the Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy being key workers but that they might not be up to their usual standard. He did eventually come and made up for his misdemeanor by leaving a FIVER which we found inside Jimmy’s pillow case later on in the day!
More daily exercise in the sunshine – we have a favourite field now!
We are so lucky to have fields on our doorstep!
And I think when this is all over we will continue walking in them when we can – we will make time for it!
Food, glorious food! This was Jamie Oliver’s naan breads with my own Turkish/Indian fusion kebabs and salad!
Old toys were rediscovered and we remembered how much we love them!
We made banana lollies using some left over broken up Easter eggs!
Because basically all we do now is eat! And watch TV!
Florence earned herself a pair of pink Vans trainers by painting the fence!
Raffie loved the tea set which used to be Florence’s – it’s a Dodore one (or to anyone else who isn’t Raffie, a Ben and Holly one, we don’t know why he calls it Dodore anymore than we know why he calls Jimmy ‘The bear’)!
A typical Jonny/Jimmy scene!
Getting to eat those banana lollies!
A family bike ride on day 25 and we can’t believe we waited nearly 4 weeks to do this!
Obviously ONE member of the clan didn’t do any donkey work as he sat in our trailer, Tallulah the Thule!!
The big kids did very well, it was a long ride and they only moaned towards the end!
This one may have been our chief moaner (but he did a sterling job for the most part it has to be said)!
While this one stopped to do TikTok filming more than i did Instagram – which is saying something!
We had Beavers and Cubs by Zoom!
Planted some more seeds!
And Florence decided to pit us all against each other in a pyramid of who’s winning lockdown. Somehow Jonny made the top of the pyramid this week (it’s going to be weekly apparently) on account of his always doing things with the children like den building (my idea), seed planting (againmy idea) and always playing ball in the garden with them (I’ll give him that one). I made it above Raffie and Jimmy but below Jonny (obvs, the King), Florence (she put herself in second place, obvs) and the CAT on account of constantly worrying about food, how we are going to get it and staying up into the early hours trying to secure a delivery slot! I mean…
Jonny is VERY smug!
We had some yummy pancakes (seriously, we will be the size of houses by the time this is all over)!
But the kiddos will be fine, they are on growth spurts and need the extra calories – so we’ll only need two winches for me and Jonny!
We had a quiz night with Jonny’s sister and her two – I was the quiz master!
And it rained on Sunday so we stayed in our PJs until late!
And had a slow day on the sofa!
The boys created the game chase, bundle, tickle!
Some of the participants were better at winning than losing!
And on day 28 of lockdown my parenting column was launched in the Daily Star on Sunday!
Can you tell I’m over the moon and the STARS about it!