Well. At the turn of the decade, who would have thought ‘quarantine’, ‘homeschooling’ and ‘social distancing’ were going to be the buzzwords of 2020?

It’s a very strange time and sometimes I can’t believe this is actually happening, but eight weeks into this (or is it seven? Or nine?) and dare I say it, it’s starting to feel… normal. I mean, I’m not sure what that even means anymore, but I think this might be it (for now, at least.)

We are still trying to find the perfect balance between homeschooling, working from home and making memories, but I think balance has always —and will always— be an eternal struggle, pandemic or no pandemic! Myself and Big B started homeschooling with the best intentions and a schedule to help set out the time between work, playing and other activities, but it caused us more stress if we didn’t stick to it. This term, his school have been setting 5 x English and 5 x maths worksheets each week, which we try to do in the morning and then I’ve been using Twinkl to find activities on a topic of his choice. That way, he’s still doing some English and maths, but disguised as something more enjoyable! Any time limits we had on screen-time have completely gone out of the window, but I’m actually quite thankful that he enjoys gaming so much. I haven’t heard him complain of boredom once and he’s socialising by FaceTiming his friends while playing and chatting.

It’s taken me longer than I expected to start blogging again. If you’ve had children and taken maternity leave, you’ll be familiar with that feeling of, “Ooh, I’m going to have so much time to do stuff!” when in reality, the day whizzes by in a flash. See also: when your children start school. If you’re lucky enough to be at home, you start dreaming of how you’ll be able to read books, catch up on your favourite Netflix show and spend time outside of the house sans kids, when in actual fact, the school day often feels like it’s over before it’s begun.

And it’s been the same with lockdown. When all of this began, I tried to look on the bright side and think of all the things I’d be able to tick off of my to-do list and hobbies I could start, some of them for the second time. But in between mealtimes, endless washing up, homeschooling, playing, going outside, housework, working from home myself and constant demands for snacks, I think I’ve actually been busier than normal. There are cupboards I’ve cleared out and things I’ve been putting off doing for a long time, but I honestly haven’t found the time to be bored, let alone sit down and watch daytime TV, fire up my laptop or pick up my camera. It all comes back to balance though, so I’m trying to add another plate to the many others that I’m already spinning, just for me.

Baking has been getting me through lockdown since the beginning, but I’ve been enjoying picking up my camera again as I did years ago, photo-editing and hopefully writing on here again too!

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