Lockdown part 3….Week 4

This week has gone very quickly for me and has been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. I’m loving spending all this time with my girls and we are always doing something fun, but I really miss adult conversations, having a cuppa with my friends (or something stronger!) and being able to go anywhere. On Monday there was quite a lot of ice in our garden which the girls were fascinated by and they particularly enjoyed trying to break it (safely of course). I also joined in and I have to say I got rather enthusiastic at smashing the ice!! I think it relieved some tension!!

I’m no longer interested in the government announcements and don’t trust anything they say. I mean does anyone seriously pay attention when Chris Whitty has anything to say?! He has the dullest voice I’ve ever heard…who wants to hear him go through his various slides?! And as for him being the face of a TV campaign surely everyone just mutes him or changes the channel?? If they want people to listen (who aren’t already) they could at least make it a fun and interesting advert!

As for Boris’s letter to parents well that just pissed me off….he doesn’t have a clue what it’s like and how hard people are finding it. Where’s the actual help and support? Meanwhile thousands of families are struggling financially and emotionally. He is full of false promises.

I certainly wasn’t surprised when it was announced that schools wouldn’t be opening before 8th March and feel it would have been better if he’s said from the off that he didn’t know when schools could reopen or if he’d said we’ll aim for all children to be back in September and any sooner is a bonus. At least that way people could try and be prepared in whatever way that could be rather than having this continual upheaval.

I find it frustrating that I am one of the people following the rules yet so many people aren’t and they no doubt wonder why cases aren’t going down. If everyone has the attitude that it doesn’t matter if they break the rules it’s only going to snowball, and things will get dragged out for longer. I couldn’t believe (although I really shouldn’t be surprised) that 15,000 people a DAY have been coming into the UK during lockdown…why? What for? They can’t go anywhere or do anything. I’m lost for words that this has been happening and the government have the nerve to say they truly did everything they could! What a load of bollocks! The average person could have done a better job. Why aren’t they following on from example such as New Zealand? Why weren’t borders closed as soon as the pandemic started? I know loads of people that have come into the UK fully expecting to be tracked or tested or checked up on and none where even asked for any of their details so although they were told to self-isolate no one knew if they did or not.

I’ve maybe been in a supermarket once since March last year and know that my local supermarket has advertised that they will not allow more than one person per household into their store therefore I fear going as I would have to take my children with me. Yes, they would let me in, but I would fear judgement and I’d really rather not go whilst things are this bad anyway. Yet despite their rules not all people have been following them and they’ve got away with it. I know we are bored and there’s not much to do but is a shopping trip to the supermarket really a family trip out??

I have seen people judging others all too quickly on social media regarding lockdown rules and I think it’s worth remembering that at times like these in a world where you can be anything be kind. And also, a smile costs nothing yet it mean a lot – plus it’s contagious – but the good kind of contagious!!!

I follow Sam Avery – The Learner Parent on social media and he made me laugh when he posted…‘someone from New Zealand just told me that they were jealous of UK snow. Cos I know if I was hugging mates in the pub on the way to meet my wife in a restaurant to plan some time AWAY from the kids, I’d be SO JEALOUS of a couple of hours of poxy white shite over on Plague Island!!!!’

I spent the week getting ready for my eldest daughters’ 4th birthday…after seeing them on social media I decided to hire a couple of tepees for the girls (seen as we can’t go anywhere or see anyone) as a surprise. Normally they set them up for you but because of Covid they’re not allowed to, so after palming the girls off with my Mum (who’s in our bubble) I set to work gutting the living room and setting them up! I have to say I was very impressed with how they looked and how much came with the tepees from fairy lights to matching cushions, quilt covers, accessories, a stand-up tray and picnic accessories. Well, the girls loved them!! It was definitely worth it! For the 3 days we had them they spent most of the time in them, they ate in them, played in them and of course me and my mum also had to go in them including to play pass the parcel!!!

My daughter wanted to bake her own birthday cake and why not, I really can’t take any credit for how it turned out as I only helped with measuring and the oven and it was absolutely delicious and dairy free!! It honestly tasted better than the average dairy free cake you can buy.

The night before her birthday after completing an emotional 4 hours of my counselling course I decorated the cake, blew up what felt like 58,000 balloons (without a pump), put up banners and laid out her presents.

It’s lovely watching the world through children’s eyes. She had a lovely birthday, and it was the simple things she liked the best…playing with balloons, pass the parcel, dancing to music, having a buffet party tea, seeing her best friend on a video call, and watching her sing happy birthday to her!

She was very lucky to get so many gifts from friends and family and it’s safe to say we have enough art and craft projects to last us for months!! I still can’t believe that my baby girl is 4, where did the time go? I can still remember the day she was born like it was yesterday. I know it wasn’t that long ago, but it really has flown by. I am very proud of both my daughters and love them more each day (even when they do drive me cuckoo and I don’t get any ‘me’ time).

This week I haven’t achieved everything I needed to or wanted to, but I realised I was running on empty and needed some self-care. I find it hard to relax and always feel I have to be doing something, from the minute I wake up to the minute I go to bed. I have an assignment deadline looming and seem to be putting off doing it despite finding out this week that I passed the first one, which should give me a bit more confidence and self-belief.

It’s worth remembering though particularly at the minute that if you’ve done any of the following things today, then you’re winning: got dressed, had a shower, survived a major tantrum (yours or others!!), snuggled on the sofa, had a laugh, fed yourself.

I want to thank everyone who has read any of my blog posts. It really means a lot to me. I felt very touched when I read on someone else’s blog that they had been inspired by me to write more. I can’t believe that I have some followers including from America (and I don’t know anyone in America).

To say that I haven’t a clue how to share my blog other than on my Facebook page or how to add hashtags people seem to have found it and read it so thank you again!

This week I will leave you with the following ….

2 thoughts on “Lockdown part 3….Week 4”

  1. They can lock down many things, but they can’t lock down your family and the experiences and love that you share. It’s wonderful to read of all the lovely things you are doing together!

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