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- Lockdown Diaries -

Thought I'd share another lockdown catch up.

The boys have been enjoying their time at home to the fullest, screen time is pretty high, but they get all their work done in the morning and the rest of the day is up to them.
I do try to take them for a walk around the village a couple of times a week and I also get them out in the garden helping out with the veg we're growing.

During clap for our key workers, we decided to take out the pots and pans and make some extra noise and to Alex's delight he broke a spoon he was banging so loudly, now it has become a weekly tradition to see who can break the next spoon! I'll be out of wooden spoons come the end of the lockdown.

We got crafty making posters for a surprise video that my sister in law and I decided we'd plan for my dads 60th. We got other family members involved and we all made a letter poster to spell out Happy 60th Birthday.

He was very impressed with our efforts.
Lockdown birthday's are so much more thoughtful than normal birthdays, which makes me think we need to ramp up our efforts and keep doing these random acts of kindness even when we are allowed to be with other members of our family.

I've been missing the gym recently so I decided I would try online yoga sessions.
I've always wanted to do yoga, so now is the perfect time to start.
I'm really enjoying it and it isn't as tricky as I thought it would be.
It definitely picks my mood up.

One evening as I was finishing, a sleepy Ru decided the floor by my feet would be a better place for him to sleep rather than his bed.

The cats are enjoying the sunny afternoons and are even enjoying napping close to each other, which is a first especially for link and indie, who are usually sworn enemies.

I finally was able to sit and relax and finish a book that I bought a few months back, I tried on and off to read this and even during lockdown I just couldn't focus, but with a routine in place with the boys I found time to read and I really enjoyed this book.

I had a big sort out in the twins room, as it was just full of rubbish and stuff, Oscar is a bit of a hoarder and likes to collect shoe boxes, stones, bits of rubbish and anything shiny.
Every time I went into their room it made me unhappy. 
So 5 bin bags later and a massive dust up, it's finally a nice relaxing room and I keep finding myself just standing in their admiring my hard work.

Whilst decluttering their room we found the Treasure Island playmobil set that Jon's mum had bought Noah many moons ago, so I set it back up and Ru is loving it.

I can never resist taking a photo of a rainbow!

I have also got into wax melts!!
My house has never smelt so amazing.
I get mine from flaminglewaxco.

Beautifully packaged and at great priced!
I'm loving my little collection and the boys love picking out a new scent every day.

We had a little VE Day tea party in the garden to celebrate the 75 years.
I made a Victoria sponge and managed to get some little cupcakes from our local Tescos.
The boys all coloured in some Union Jack bunting that we put up in our front windows and we also did a little home learning on WW2 to get them to understand what we were celebrating. 
Noah has already learned all about the war so was more than happy to help tell the boys all about it.
Twinkl had some great resources for us.

I really can't be trusted with money as I've bought even more plants for the house.
These were from canopy plans £35 for a box of beginner plants, so I had no idea what they'd be until the arrived.
Im very pleased with my selection and already my pothos has nearly doubled in size since arriving.

I also made three ingredient sugar biscuits.
100g salted butter,
70g sugar,
120g plain flour.

- Pre heat the oven to 170,
- Mix all the ingredients together,
- Form the dough into balls and press down with a fork,
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes.

These tasted amazing right out of the oven! 

Even with the relax on the lockdown soon to commence me and the boys will be sticking to what we are already doing, I have a feeling people will decided its ok to go back to normal and we'll have a spike on our hands.

Ru is year 1 and would be expected to return to school on the first of June, even if we hadn't made the decision to home school from now he wouldn't be going back.
YR and Y1 abiding to social distancing regulations seems like a joke!

Noah will not be going back to school until everything is under control and there is a vaccine available, schooling with social distancing seems ridiculous to me. They are all much safer at home.
I understand this isn't an option for everyone and my heart does go out to everyone who isn't able to have the option.

I hope everyone stays safe and sticks to the rules and that this virus is soon under control!

xxx Stay Safe xxx


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