Kora turned 1!

Just over a week ago, Kora turned 1 years old. First of all, I would just like to apologise for this post being a little late – since homeschooling Kory it would seem I have even less time than I did before and second of all, how is Kora a whole year old already and where has that time gone at all?!

I say this all the time but I honestly feel like she was born just two minutes ago but then somehow I must have blinked and now here before me stands a toddler that is walking and talking. It is actually mind blowing.

Kory’s first year went by fast and it’s hard to believe he is now 4 years old but I have to say I think Kora’s first year has gone by even faster (how is that even possible?!) I think it may have something to do with having two children to run around after rather than just the one and also – lockdown. (We have Covid to thank for that.) Nevertheless, my baby girl who is no longer a baby but who will always be my baby is now a toddler and I am super excited to share with you all some details and photos from her 1st birthday.

Whilst planning Kora’s birthday, I had lots of things to consider in terms of what we could and actually were allowed to plan. I knew I didn’t want something big and over the top for her anyway but still under the current circumstances (again – Covid) we were limited as to what we could do so we opted for something smaller yet still special. We actually did something similar for Kory’s first birthday too.

Kora’s birthday landed on a Sunday this year so on the day of her birthday, we had a small tea party for her at our house. On the morning of her birthday after she had finished opening all her birthday presents with the help from her big brother of course! It was time to get everything ready for the tea party. With the help from my mum and nan I decorated the house and garden and just put on a little buffet for the close family and friends we had invited to celebrate her birthday with us and somehow even managed to have everything ready in time!

For the buffet, There was various sandwiches, pasta, salad, sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, crisps, cakes and sweets.

We decided the theme to the tea party was going to be ‘Unicorns’ which seemed perfect really as Kora’s bedroom is decorated with unicorns also and she seems to love them! Of course, there was the all important birthday cake to match!

The tea party turned out perfectly and was everything we could have imagined for our little girl’s very 1st birthday. It really was a unicorn tea party fit for a princess. Kora really enjoyed her special day.

Thank you for taking the time to read all about Kora turning 1! I hope you liked this blog post.

Filling in the gaps

Hi! It’s me again.

After reading back my two previous blog posts, I realised I jumped from talking about how I was feeling unsure about letting Kory return to school to suddenly him saying goodbye to nursery on his last day there. So, I just felt as though I wanted to come on here and fill in the gaps. So, Here goes.

I’m guessing from reading my blog posts you’ve gathered that in the end, Kory did end up returning to nursery. This wasn’t an easy decision for me to make, I had so many arguments with myself as I just wanted to do what was best for Kory. Of course I wanted to keep him home and keep him safe but I also wanted him to have a bit of normality and for him to see his friends again. Like many other children, he’d already had so much taken away and at 3 years old, had to try and get his head around that. As an adult, it was much easier for me to understand what has been happening but to explain that to a young child and to try and get them to understand, it wasn’t the easiest thing to do. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared myself so to try and remain calm and positive during a pandemic for the sake of my child has been hard. All I wanted was for things to get back to normal again.

But when I was told that Kory could return to nursery as he was in one of the selected year groups to do so, I wasn’t sure I was ready for normal. I didn’t let Kory return to nursery straight away as I really was in two minds about what to do. When we first went into lockdown and the schools closed, Kory was really missing school. He was missing his teachers and missing playing with his friends. I felt so bad for him. However, on the other side of things, I also felt wary and as more weeks passed, I felt as though I didn’t want him to return to nursery at all with everything that’s going on and I just wanted to keep him at home with me for as long as possible. And it’s because of this that I kept him home for the first two weeks of the schools being reopened as I still hadn’t made my mind up but in the end, I think what helped me to finally make a decision was when it was announced that it would be mandatory for all year groups to return to school in September.

So, unless I was going to be homeschooling Kory. It looked like he would have to return by then anyway and this virus isn’t going to have miraculously disappeared by then completely. I also felt that this was the best way to prepare Kory for returning back to school full time once the term starts. Not only this but September is going to be big for Kory. It’s a new start for him but also a massive change. He is going to be starting a new school in a new class with new children and a new teacher and new hours. He will be attending Monday to Friday all day instead of his usual two and a half days a week at nursery and so I thought he could benefit from a bit more schooling before breaking up for the summer holidays and before his return properly in September. It also meant that Kory got to say goodbye to his nursery properly and I felt that gave him the closure that would help him.

And so, for all the reasons mentioned above, I allowed Kory to return and I am glad that I did and I feel like I made the right choice. Returning to school gave Kory the normality that he wanted and needed and it made me and him both so happy when he got to see his friends and his teachers again. I’m so glad he got to see them before having to say goodbye.

I’m not writing any of this to explain myself. I don’t feel like anyone should have to explain their choices to anyone, all any of us can do is do what is best for ourselves and our families. Everyone has different circumstances and opinions and therefore what works for one parent may not work for another or they simply may just have different views on the matter and that is okay too. I think we would all do well to judge each other’s decisions a lot less. I chose to send my child back to school but I can also respect those parents that chose not to and their reasons for that. It really isn’t any of my business and who am I to judge?

Whether you chose to send your children back to school or not, I hope you are all well and I hope for the sake of us all that things continue to get better.

Take care,

Kirsti, xo

Saying goodbye to nursery

It only feels two minutes ago since I wrote all about Kory’s first day at nursery and yet Thursday was Kory’s last day there. I don’t even know how that is possible but I know that it was hard to say goodbye. I think it was even harder for me than it was for Kory even though he was the one leaving!

Kory has attended the same nursery since he was just 2 years old and now he’s almost 4 so the teachers and the little friends he’s made during his time there have been in his life for most of it and that’s what made Thursday such an emotional day. I was emotional on his very first day in the toddler room, I was emotional all over again when he moved up into the preschool classroom and I was an emotional wreck on his last day. I spent the majority of that day bursting into tears as I sat and thought about how it would be the last time I will get him dressed to go there, how it would be the last time I will walk him to that nursery, the last time I drop him off there and say bye to his teachers and the last time I would ever pick him up from there. I promised myself I wasn’t going to cry but when I walked up to the doors to pick him up for the last time the tears just started to fall. I couldn’t believe that this was it.

I am an emotional person anyway. Sad song on the radio? I cry. Heartfelt advert on the tv? I cry. Heck, I’m even crying as I write this post.

The days when both my children are at home with me and we’re all together are my favourite but Kory genuinely enjoyed nursery and although I missed him on the days he was there, I really loved his nursery too. I really loved the teachers and seeing how much Kory loved it too.

Kory, your teachers tell me that you love to play in the small world corner with the dinosaurs and the cars. (This doesn’t surprise me, you’re the same at home.) They tell me that you always enjoy your day when you’re there and they tell me that you’re always good. (Now this surprises me! Ha)

Kory leaving nursery really feels like the end of a chapter in his life. I still get upset when I think about all the things we won’t do anymore now that he’s left and how I don’t feel prepared for him to start reception in September when he will go to school full time and I will see him even less! I’ve heard some of the parents talk about how their excited for their children to start school properly and I’m excited too I suppose but I also feel so sad that this chapter of his life has come to an end.

It’s not so much the new beginnings that upset me, it’s the goodbyes.

Kory’s nursery has taught him so much and I will forever be grateful to his teachers for that. They tried so hard to make Kory feel comfortable when he initially struggled to settle when he first started there and we all wanted to cheer on the day he no longer cried when I dropped him off. They encouraged Kory who is particularly shy to join in and make friends, which he did, he now has more friends than me! His teachers have made endless paintings, pictures and memories with him. They worked so hard to teach Kory how to count, write and a million other things too. They have sung songs with him, played with him and read with him. The nursery also didn’t mind that I would ring up every single day he was there just to check he was okay. The nursery that made him feel safe and gave him a cuddle if he was sad. The nursery where he learned to share. The nursery that has helped shape him into the wonderful little boy he is.

I know how much Kory loved nursery and although he hasn’t cried, I know he will miss it. Even on those days when he would tell me he didn’t want to go. When I chose this nursery for him I knew I’d made the right choice. I have loved watching Kory grow and getting to know his teachers and his friends and their parents. It has been a pleasure.

Although Kory’s nursery days have come to an end (a day I thought was ages away but came round quicker than I could have ever imagined!) I am sure he will remain friends with the children he has gotten to know and love and continue to make even more friends throughout his schooling life. Kory’s nursery teachers have given him the best start in his school life and I will forever be thankful to them for that.

Kory, I wonder what you will remember about this as you grow older? I know your teachers and your friends will always remember you.

I am so proud of you Kory, thank you for letting me enjoy your nursery days with you.

Love always,

Mum, xo

An open letter to my children during the Covid-19 pandemic

To Kory and Kora,

We are living through some history textbook times right now. There is a virus, Covid-19, that has shut down most of the world. It has forced schools to close, shut down the places that you like to visit, kept people from their loved ones and sadly even taken some away.

Kory, you have some understanding of the current situation. You know that there is a ‘bad cold’ and that’s why we can’t socialise with our family and friends the same as we did before and you know that this is why you haven’t been to school or been anywhere at all really. You have taken this all in your stride and I am so proud of you. You have done marvelous. But Kora, you have no idea. You’re only 9 months old and you have spent most of your life in lockdown and you don’t know any different. I don’t know if this is better or worse but that doesn’t stop me from feeling bad. I’m sorry I can’t take you to baby groups or on play dates like I once did with your brother when he was just a baby. I have hardly stepped through the door with you. You’ve only been around me, your dad and your brother properly and it shows because you’re wary of others. I am sorry for this and I wish the world was different.

We have spent many weeks in lockdown, at home and social distancing ourselves from others but we are reaching a stage now were places are beginning to re open. They need to, people need to work because people need money to live but people are also worried about this, me included, we are all fearing the unknown. We haven’t experienced anything like this before – at least not in my lifetime anyway but we have to see this as a positive. It’s a sign of things hopefully returning to somewhat normal however our way of living won’t be like how it once was before the pandemic for quite some time.

Kory, your school reopened a few weeks ago and I still haven’t made the decision on whether or not to send you back. I know how much you love school and how much you have really missed going there and seeing your teachers and playing with your friends. When your nursery was forced to close I was as upset as you were, sometimes doing the school run was the only time I got to speak to another adult that day, I was going to miss speaking with your teachers about how well you were doing and seeing your face light up when I picked you up but I was more upset for you because I didn’t know how long your school was going to be closed for and I knew how much you would miss going. Of course I was happy when I heard the news of schools reopening but I still worry about what may happen if I do send you back to school. I’m worried that if I send you back to school to socialise with your friends and teachers who all come from different households I could then undo everything I have done to protect you, your sister, us. This is why it’s hard for me. I want to make everything as normal as possible for you but as your mum, it will always be my job to keep you safe and that is what I am trying to do. I hope you can understand.

During all of this, people have had different views and conflicting opinions on the matter. Some people chose to carry on with their lives as normal, they didn’t let the virus stop them from doing anything, they carried on living their lives as they did before – which is completely their decision but we as a family chose to follow the advice that had been given to everybody – which was to stay home, only leave your house for work if you’re unable to work from home, food or medicine supplies. A while after that, the rules changed again from ‘stay home’ to ‘stay alert’ the rules were still there but relaxed a little. We as a family again followed the rules. To us, being asked to stay home in order to stay safe and to protect the NHS seemed like a small price to pay when there were doctors, nurses and keyworkers working tirelessly to fight this virus and to continue providing services for every person and all we needed to do was sit on our couch.

So, for over 12 weeks we have stayed home and lived our lives in our own little bubble. We hadn’t seen anybody or been anywhere and that was so we could keep ourselves, our loved ones and those who are vulnerable – safe. But it hasn’t been easy. Of course it hasn’t. Being at home with two children can be particularly hard on any given day, never mind day after day of being unable to go anywhere and it’s been hard for you two as well. Mostly you Kory as you are more aware of what’s going on and because it was as if over night everything in your life changed. You were no longer able to just pop to your Nan’s house or to see your friends. It has been hard not being able to see our family and friends who we miss very much. There’s been days when we’ve all felt fed up and felt like we just needed to get out of the house and there’s been days when we’ve done lots of fun things together and enjoyed our time at home. It’s been hard for everyone but I can say the pandemic has also been a lesson for me. I believe living life in lockdown has changed my outlook on life. I definitely appreciate the things that I used to just take for granted before all of this happened. Never again will I take for granted being able to see the people I love.

Changes are being made all the time in regards to lockdown, the reopening of businesses and households being able to mix. You both got to see your nanas and your grandad recently for the first time since we went into lockdown and it made them and you both so happy. In the next couple of weeks things could be totally different again and I hope that they are. For the better. All I know is that I just want things to get better as i’m sure everyone does. I know the world and it’s people have had varying opinions on this whole situation from the start and possibly how it all should have been handled and how we as people should deal with this but I think the one thing we can ALL agree on is that all any of us want is for things to get better. I want that for us, for our family and friends, for the world, for everyone but more than anything, for you two. I want to be able to look back and all of this just be a thing from the past.

I can’t keep the world safe but I can try my best to keep you two safe and I always will.

I hope one day when you’re both older and you’re reading this back. I hope you, Kory, don’t remember a scary time when we were stuck at home but a time when we spent lots of time at home together and had the most fun.

And Kora, you probably won’t remember anything at all about all of this but this applies to you too.

Love always,

Mum, xo

More activity ideas

Hi! So here as promised are some more activity ideas for the kids. I’m not sure if anyone has found any of my ideas so far useful but if you have then here are some more for you!

So, without further ado. Let’s get straight to it!

Leaf print picture:

This activity is essentially two activities in one. Before Kory could print his leafs we had to collect some first so while out walking the dog, we collected lots of leaves.

Once Kory had collected his leafs, he brought them home and made a start on his picture.

To make your own leaf print picture you will need:

  • Leafs (obviously!)
  • Paper
  • Paints

And that’s it!

Here’s how to make your picture:

  • Choose your coloured paints and pour a little bit of each one onto a piece of paper
  • Press your leaf into the paint
  • Then, press your leaf down onto a separate piece of paper with the paint side down in order to make your leaf print
  • Repeat this until you are happy with your finished leaf print picture
  • Leave to dry
  • And that’s all there is to it!

If you’re not wanting to use paints and would prefer a less messy experience then here is an alternative way to make a leaf picture that me and Kory have done together in the past. (See link)

Next activity, biscuit decorating:

This activity is super easy for the kids and depending on their age they should be able to do it with very little help from you.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Biscuits
  • Chocolate (to melt)
  • Edible decorations

Here’s how to do it:

  • Set up everything that the kids will need for this activity (A plate with biscuits on, a bowl with decorations inside, a bowl for the melted chocolate and a spoon)
  • Melt the chocolate (This is the part you may have to do)
  • Make sure the chocolate isn’t too hot for your child
  • With the spoon, let them spread the melted chocolate onto the biscuit
  • Once all the biscuits have chocolate on, add chosen decorations
  • Leave to set or eat right away
  • Easy peasy!

DIY Dinosaur garden:

Kory LOVES the outdoors. He loves being outside and he loves playing in the garden so while the weather has been so nice, I wanted to find something for him to do outside.

This activity was a lot of fun for Kory. It was a little messy too but nothing that a bath later couldn’t fix! What I like about this activity is that it doesn’t have to be dinosaur themed, you could make lots of different gardens. It also didn’t cost very much for us to do either as we already had the pot, the dinosaur figures and the solar light. The only thing we needed to buy was the compost which cost just 99p!

If you’d like to make your own DIY themed garden pot, you will need:

  • Compost
  • Empty garden pot
  • Your chosen decorations
  • Solar light (optional)

Here’s how to do it:

  • Add the soil to your empty pot, filling to the top
  • Add your chosen decorations (which in our case was dinosaur figures)
  • Finish off by adding your solar light (This is totally optional, we just happened to have a spare one laying around)
  • And that’s pretty much it!

We’ve also, been on an outdoor scavenger hunt and ticked off a list of things we found while outside.

We have baked some cupcakes together. If you haven’t got a baking kit already at home there are lots of easy to follow recipes online.

Kory has also been practicing how to write his name.

So those are my activity ideas I thought I’d share with you. I hope you liked them! I might not be sharing as many posts like this one as often at the moment with it being half term but I will keep you updated on that.

As always, thank you for reading and please let me know what you think.

How are you?

From looking at my picture you will be able to tell that I’m sat outside in my pyjamas with a bottle of beer and a bluddy good book (I guess that means I’m doing okay! Depending which way you look at it anyway…) Today Kory played out in the garden which meant I was able to have some time to myself which was nice. So, i’ve spoke with you all previously about how i’m coping living in isolation but how are YOU?

These are crazy times we’re living in at the moment and it feels as if the world has gone mad, doesn’t it? I don’t know about you but most of the time I have no idea what day it is never mind what I should be doing with all the extra time we have on our hands.

When the schools had finished I tried to keep Kory has occupied as I could while also trying to give him some sort of education at home. While I may not be able to do as much or as well as his teachers might with him I was going to give it a good try anyway and it did seem like we had a good thing going for a while too. Well, for the first week or so. We’d established a routine of some sort and I was doing at least one school focused activity with him a day but some days were harder than others and on those days I probably let Kory play on his playstation for longer than I should have but do you know what? That’s okay. It’s okay if the day goes to plan and it’s also okay if it doesn’t.

Our kids have been affected by what’s happening around them too and I wasn’t trying to stress Kory out more by forcing him to sit down with a pen and paper but more on that later…

If you have kids, how have you found ‘homeschooling?’ Or is that something you’ve chose not to do?

I think either option is great. While I was trying to do at least one education based activity with Kory a day, I also accepted that I probably wasn’t going to be able to teach him what his teachers do and so instead I tried to make the activities more fun and relaxed for him. His school probably wouldn’t think of ‘biscuit decorating’ as educational but it was something.

It is now officially half term and Kory would have been off school over Easter anyway so I’ve not been making him do anything. I’ve been following his lead really. The weather has been lovely so we’ve made the most of that and played lots in the garden, we’ve also done some painting and quite a bit of baking too but that’s about it really!

How have you been keeping yourself and the kids busy lately?

I will be writing and sharing another blog post over the next few days that will include lots of different activity ideas on how you can keep the kids busy. I hope this helps!

Kory is really looking forward to Easter and so am I. We sort of have our own Easter traditions and I’m hoping that this will allow us to be able to forget about all the craziness that’s been happening all around us even if just for one day.

Are you and/or your kids looking forward to Easter? Do you have any of your own Easter traditions? I’d love to know!

Well, that’s all from me for now. I just wanted to pop in with you all to ask how you are doing since you all listen to me ranting on! Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all well.

Stay home, stay safe.

Kirsti, xo

How I’m really coping in isolation

I’m writing this blog post because I just felt that it was important for me to share with you all truthfully how I’m really coping in isolation as I haven’t really spoken about that. I’ve shared with you what activities me and Kory have been doing to keep him occupied during the lockdown and it may look like I have it all figured out but I really haven’t. Like the majority of us, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing from one day to the next. None of us have ever had to live in isolation before. The truth is I’m not coping as well as you may think I am with the situation at all. I have moments when I feel okay but then I remember what’s happening and it comes over me like a wave and suddenly I feel overwhelmed by it all.

I’ve had a couple of bad days recently. I know I’m not the only person in the world who has been affected by Covid-19 (obviously!) and the effect it’s had on everything around us. Words like ‘quarantine, lockdown and isolation’ have become the norm but just being at home, not being able to see my family or to go out with the kids has really affected my mental health.

On those days when I feel like my head is all over the place, going out for a walk fixes that, going to see my family can fix that but that isn’t an option right now. I’ve always struggled with anxiety and even depression but I feel like the circumstances we are all living in at the moment have heightened that. The thought of even going to the supermarket terrifies me. I’ve walked the dog with Kory just twice in the space of two weeks and although I was grateful for the fresh air and I know Kory was too, all I could think about the entire time was just getting him straight back home where I know he’s safe. I’m trying my best to hold it together because I don’t want Kory to sense that something is wrong and to worry about anything but that’s the part I’m finding really hard. Holding it together. Especially as the weeks go on. I know that I have to be thankful that we have our health and each other and I am, I think that’s why I worry so much because I don’t ever want anything happening to anyone I love.

I do feel pathetic even saying that I’m finding the situation we find ourselves in difficult at the moment when there are people out there working so hard on the frontline like all the people working for the NHS who are providing treatment to those who have been directly infected with Covid-19, doctors and nurses who have had to move out of their own family homes in order to protect their loved ones and all the key workers who have made sacrifices as well. And all I’ve been asked to do is stay home where it’s safe. I praise each and every one of them who are pushing on and providing services for the public during all of this uncertainty because I sure as hell would not be strong enough to do it.

But on the flip side, I am also loving all of the extra family time we are having. I think living in isolation like we are has made me realise how we were living life in such a rush before all this happened. Everything was to a time or a routine and you get caught up in doing everything that should be done as opposed to living more in the moment. My days mostly consisted of getting up, getting dressed, tidying the house, doing the school run, coming home, making tea and then going to bed. There wasn’t much time for anything else. Everything was to a schedule which I do like, and I will be glad when we get back to some sort of normality but I have liked not having to say to Kory as much ‘oh we’ll have to do that later, we’ll do that in a minute or you’ll just have to wait’ because in hindsight, we’ve alllll the time in the world.

Living in isolation has taught me to live more in the now and to not take anything for granted, to appreciate the little things in life like being able to pop round to see my Nan and grandad just because for they are the big things. But that doesn’t mean that I have to enjoy what’s happening right now or even pretend like I’m coping when I’m not. I’m sure no-one is happy about what’s happening right now and many of us are finding it difficult. So I just figured if I was open and honest about my struggles then it may encourage other people to be as well. It’s okay if you’re fed up, feeling sad, scared or lonely, even if we are all in agreement that our current living situations are necessary at the moment and what’s best for everyone.

So that’s how I’m really coping in isolation. I hope you’re all okay? I know we may not be able to be there for each other in person but I’ll always be here for anyone who needs it. Feel free to message me any time.

Look after yourselves and your loved ones, everything is gonna be okay.

Kirsti, xo

Activities to do with the kids whilst in isolation

Hi! I hope you’re all well? So here as promised are what activities me and Kory have been doing together whilst in isolation.

First up is our ‘Sunshine painting.’ We painted our Rainbow and displayed it in our window and now we’ve painted a sunshine to go with it. This activity is really easy to do and lots of fun for the kids.

All you need for this one is:

  • Paper
  • Yellow shaded paints
  • Pen

And here’s how to do it:

  • Simply get out all of your yellow shaded paints and let the kids go crazy on the paper.
  • Once dried, write some words of positivity on your picture. We chose the words ‘Be happy.’

Kory really enjoyed freely being able to be as creative as he liked with this one. He made his sunshine by mixing all of his different shades of yellow paint together and then by putting lots of yellow painted handprints on top of each other until he’d covered the paper with them. The only thing he asked me to do was to draw a smiley face on his picture and to write on it for him.

Next up, Kory did a couple of activity sheets that came in a magazine he had. (This was before his school had emailed over their learning pack for him.)

Kory did a few of these and because he was able to do them by himself it kept him busy for a while and meant I was able to sit down with a cup of tea!

If you don’t already have some pages like this available at home, there are lots of different ones that you can find online to print off. Obviously choose some that are tailored to your own child’s age and/or ability.

The next activity we did was we did a bit of reading together. Kory was really into the story so I managed to make an activity out of this one as well and this could be done with any story that your child likes.

We read ‘The very hungry caterpillar’ and after we’d finished reading the story Kory was keen to know more so we spoke about caterpillars and butterflies for a while and then we made our own together.

As I said earlier, this could be made suited for your child with any book that they particularly like and you could use anything you like to extend the activity.

We just used:

  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pens

To make a butterfly and for the caterpillar we just folded paper we’d cut out! But you could use whatever you like.

  • Read The Gruffalo? Paint a picture of The Gruffalo
  • Read The Rainbow Fish? Learn about fishes and draw your own Rainbow fish

We’ve also:

  • Made a den
  • Done some drawing
  • Got Kory involved with making dinner

The activity ideas are endless! We really don’t need to put ourselves under any pressure to be organised or to have an itinerary for the day. Kory is quite happy to spray the kitchen down with multi purpose cleaner! Just remember that we don’t need to be ‘perfect’ at this. Being stuck at home whilst trying to keep the kids engaged for days on end is something we’re all new at. We’ve never been in lockdown before! So don’t put yourself or your child under any unnecessary pressure. I’m sure your child is enjoying spending all this extra time with you no matter what it is that you do together.

Thanks for reading. I hope you liked this blog post and if you did please give it a like, or a comment and share it with your family and friends. It’s much appreciated!

Love,

Kirsti, xo

Lockdown week 1

So that’s week 1 of this lockdown done and dusted! Well done to us for getting through it! If like me you’re a parent and you’re trying to juggle taking care of the house, keeping the kids entertained (which doesn’t sound any different than my normal day to day life to be honest except in normal circumstances if the kids are driving me crazy then we can go out!) whilst also trying to remain calm yourself and trying to homeschool (I never thought that’s something I would have to try and figure out but here we are!) then pour yourself a glass of wine or whatever it is that you like to drink and give yourself a pat on the back because we got dis! Oh and when the kids go back to school treat their teacher to something nice because I’ve only been doing this for a week to just one child (my own!) and that’s been hard enough! How do they teach a whole class for pretty much a whole year and not lose their minds?! I can’t even get my own child to sit and listen to me! I feel like I owe Kory’s teachers an apology for only ever buying them coffee mugs and that sort of thing, they deserve an all inclusive holiday and not just a coffee mug but an unlimited supply of coffee because seriously, coffee is what has gotten me through this week. I can handle their being a toilet roll shortage but if their was a shortage of coffee I don’t know how I’d have ever coped!

So, I know I’ve been posting and sharing our isolation activities with you during the lockdown so i’m sorry if you was hoping to hear from me over the weekend too discussing how we’d kept ourselves busy during this time. I do hope if you have been stuck for ideas of your own that you’ve found my previous blog posts to be helpful but my reason for not posting any of our activities on here with you over the weekend was simply because we didn’t do any.

Kory wouldn’t have been in school on those days any way so I decided after almost a full week of doing a different daily activity with him that I wasn’t going to do any education based activities with him on these days and instead we just relaxed together. We just spent the weekend sat in our pjs, eating Nutella, watching movies, going on the iPad and playing on the playstation. And it was nice. Life has been craaazy lately, not just for us adults but for our kids as well, there’s been some big changes made for them too so it was nice for us both to just be able to forget about everything that’s going on for a while and to just enjoy each other’s company.

It’s crazy to think that we’ve been in lockdown for just over a whole week. I’m not sure if this time has passed by quickly or dragged but either way, we’ve made it and you have too! So be proud of yourself!

Everything is gonna be okay.

I promise I will be back tomorrow with a new blog post for you catching you up and sharing with you what activities me and Kory have been doing together since Monday. I hope this helps and just remember, although it may not feel like it because it feels like everyone is worlds apart… We’re all in this together and we have all got each other.

Stay safe and take care,

Kirsti, xo

Day 4 & 5 in isolation

Hi, it’s me again! Just popping in to let you all know what activities me and Kory have been doing to pass the time during the isolation period. I hope you’re all well.

Day 4 consisted of playing with play doh, making our own bird feeders and baking cookies.

Kory loves the outdoors and he loves being outdoors. At the moment as you will already know, everyone is confined to their own homes but we are blessed with a nice sized garden and we’ve been lucky enough to have some lovely weather too so at least he’s been able to play outside. Because of this, I wanted to do an outdoor themed activity with Kory and making our own bird feeders seemed perfect.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Pipe cleaner
  • Honey hoop type cereal

Here’s how to do it:

  • Simply thread your cereal onto the pipe cleaner
  • Once the pipe cleaner has been filled with cereal, fasten both ends of the pipe cleaner together in a knot to form a circle and to finish

And there you have it! You’re very own bird feeder!

Next up we did some baking! Nothing fancy – just a £1 cookie baking pack. Kory really enjoyed baking his own cookies but I think he enjoyed eating them even more! We do a lot of baking together as it’s an easy way to pass the time even when you’re not stuck in isolation!

Yesterday we made a wishing jar. The idea is that Kory adds wishes that he’d like to come true once everyone including us is free to leave their homes again.

He added wishes like:

  • Go to the beach
  • Buy a fun toy
  • Go back to school

It was a nice activity to do together, it’s also something that will be nice for us to keep but at the same time it was quite sad too, for me at least anyway. It made me realise how much I took for granted just everyday life before all of this happened. Like being able to take Kory to school, being able to just pop to the shops and having the luxury of being able to buy things that we need. I for one will surely feel different about life once things do go back to normal again. I will certainly appreciate the little things in life more for all of this happening has taught me that they are actually the big things. What has happened is truly sad but maybe it’s taught us a lesson we all needed to learn.

If you would like to make your own wishing jar, here is what you will need:

  • An empty jar
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Pens

Here’s how to do it:

  • Paint your empty jar whatever colours you’d like
  • Leave to dry
  • Whilst drying, write down your wishes on a piece of paper
  • Cut out your wishes
  • Once the jar is dried, place your wishes inside

And that’s it!

We also:

  • Did some recycling
  • Played in the garden

That’s it from me for now. I do hope you’re enjoying reading these blog posts. If you decide to make any of the above, I’d love to know how they turn out! Once again, thanks for reading.

Remember to take care of yourselves,

Love,

Kirsti, xo