It’s been strange having so much time at home together as a family. The only other times I can think of when we’ve stayed home like this and not ventured out have been when Sophie and Thomas were first born and we had a week of just snuggling at home together enjoying being in a little cocoon and adjusting to the change that life with a newborn brings. And this week, it has felt very much like we’re trying to stay safe together in our own little cocoon once more. Only venturing out if we have to.
I’m grateful that the weather has been so nice this week. We’ve been able to enjoy the sunshine in the garden and the children have been able to have plenty of outdoor time. We’ve been doing a lot of outdoor learning as part of Sophie’s home learning sessions this week. I’m not sure who has enjoyed it more, to be honest, me or Sophie.
It’s been nice for the children to see so much of Daddy too. We’re used to him going away regularly but the children have loved having him at home all day. It’s been good to be able to have dinner together as a family each night.
I’m trying to focus on the positives at the moment but there have been a fair few anxious moments over the last week too. Moments when the strain and the worry starts to feel a little overwhelming; when tempers and patience run short. And then we take a deep breath, remind ourselves that we just have take things moment by moment, pull together once more and carry on. Retreating back into the safety of our cocoon and hoping that all will be well.
Things that have made me smile this week
- Watching Sophie and Thomas playing together in the garden.
- Washing drying on the line.
- Being able to visit Jessica on Mother’s Day and spotting frogspawn in the nearby stream.
- Beautiful Mother’s Day flowers.
- Setting up a mini bowling alley in the hallway so that Sophie could still go bowling for this month’s activity.
- Having lunchtime picnics in the garden.
- Planting wildflowers and runner beans with Sophie.
- Watching Sophie doing some shadow drawing.
- Making a wormery.
- Listening to the birds singing in the garden.
- Sophie and Daddy having fun exploring oobleck.
- Watching Sophie using sticks and leaves to build a mini den for her toys.
- Making an explorer ship with Sophie after learning about Christopher Columbus.
- Listening to Thomas singing away to himself.
- Video chats with family and friends.
- Hearing all the clapping down my street to thank the NHS and the key workers who are keeping all the essential services going right now.