The first day of a new “working” week and the first day of my new routine of getting up stupidly early to try to squeeze in some work before everyone else gets up and either gets in my way, or makes so much noise that I can’t actually concentrate. My theory worked and I was able to get loads done at about 6.30 this morning, but I don’t really know how sustainable the plan is. I’m writing this at 9pm and I’m shattered. As I’m planning to do the same tomorrow morning it means I’m definitely planning some downtime after this. Well, once I’ve worked out what home schooling the kids will do tomorrow…
Speaking of the kids, I went to pick the eldest two up from their Dad’s at 9am. Weirdly every time I make this journey the roads seem a bit busier than the time before. I’m suspecting that people are starting to bend those lockdown rules a bit, and use the recent guidance to police officers as an excuse to change their behaviour. Certainly from what I’ve heard their Dad is. Apparently the poor dear is “bored” of walks near his home so is starting to drive elsewhere to go for walks. I really thought he’d know better.
Homeschooling today has involved my daughter studying the poem The Highway Man and Roman numerals and my son covering telling the time (those complex five minute time intervals) and plurals. The poem isn’t one I’m familiar with it all, and helping her made me realise just how long it is since I’ve read anything like this. Sort of gave me a bit of a brain workout I guess. Her school had sent home a fab idea for a dice game the kids could make themselves to learn their Roman numerals. I’ll try and get it written up so I can share it. Someone in their maths department has been fab at sending out game ideas, either using playing cards or dice. They’re a great way of getting the kids learning whilst also keeping them entertained.
The other thing that kids were really keen to do today was play Monopoly again. They only really discovered the game late last week, but both seem obsessed. The weren’t too impressed though when I won with over £27 million! For people used to original Monopoly I feel I should add that we were playing the Here and Now UK version which has much higher costs and values involved. £2 million for passing Go rather than £200.
The youngest has learnt how to say the word “shoes” which, as well as being incredibly cute, means that she also now shouts it when she wants to go into the garden. Which has been pretty frequently today. I managed to squeeze in some weeding whilst I was out there. Tomorrow our green bin collections restart after a bit of a Covid-19 suspension so I was keen to fill it up as much as possible.
A small eBay sale that needed posting means I was able to drag the kids out for a short walk this evening to the post box. Often they can’t be bothered and to be honest at times taking them out can be a drag as they just moan the whole way round. Tonight though I was pleased to see them chatting away almost like friends as we walked. Such a pleasant change.
Just before bed another board game came out. This time a Scooby Doo one that I have to say is possibly the most tedious game I’ve ever played. And over the years I have played a lot of board games! Please don’t buy it. You’ll only regret it.
The only other thing I’ve done today of note really is order the fabric to make LMC’s 10th birthday present. I’ve found a pattern for a Harry Potter dressing gown and as she’s wanted one for ages I thought I’d turn my hand to making one. Fingers crossed I can actually make it in time.
For now though, time to print some worksheets for tomorrow, turn off the laptop and enjoy a spot of sewing or crochet in front of the TV before collapsing into bed and doing it all over again tomorrow!