#LivingArrows – Sunshine Smiles 32/52 (2020)

It’s been a pretty, soggy summer so far, though we’ve had the odd sunshine day, it never lasts for long – though that’s always the way for us northerners!

I just feel so bad for the kids as, like ourselves, they too have been stuck living in lockdown since March and I’d have loved to have taken them away somewhere this summer but it’s not to be.

Smiles On The Shore

Given that we live on the edge of the Lake District you’d think that there would be so many places that we could visit but sadly the tourists have taken over and it’s just too busy to be out.…

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#LivingArrows – Bigger & Better 31/52 (2020)

In hindsight, I wish that I’d marked the height of the kids at the start of the lockdown as I swear that they’ve grown like weeds over the past few months!

Although J’s managed to outgrow my shoesize already, when we stand back to back, I’m still ever so slightly taller than him but only by millimetres. How?! How on earth is my eleven-year-old lad almost taller than me, I’m thirty-something years old and still can’t reach the cups on the top shelf but that’s by the by!

My Rather Lanky But Lovely Lad

Like her brother, E, bless her, is also growing at light speed.…

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#LivingArrows – Socially Safe Slurping 30/52 (2020)

Whilst I was busy sweating and panting pushing Dad in his wheelchair up and along the local golf course, my hubby on the other hand was out enjoying a socially safe drink or two with the kids and the K9.

I wasn’t sure whether to smile or to scream when I first saw these pictures, though having being assured that the kids were stood far from anyone else and that Paul had been handed drinks through a safe serving hatch, I felt a little more at ease.

Mad For Milkshakes

I Swear It’s Juice!

The kids certainly enjoyed going out for a walk and being able to stop for milkshakes and juice as it gave them a nod to normality which made a world of difference.…

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#LivingArrows – Let’s Start The Summer Holidays 29/52 (2020)

So the summer holidays have finally arrived but as we’ve been living in lockdown for the past five months, it doesn’t feel any different…

Having spent this afternoon clearing the cupboards, I’ve now organised all the kids’ toys, books, games, and crafting supplies, I’ve also bagged up all of J’s outdated-school-uniform and his wardrobes are now clean and ready for his brand new senior school uniform which should be arriving in the next few weeks.

I plan to do similar in E’s room later this week as I want to sort space ready for her upcoming birthday gifts and at some point, I really ought to go up into the attic and to sort through the piles of keepsakes which I suspect may become bin-fodder as I cannot cope with hoarding.…

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#LivingArrows – The End Of Term & The End Of An Era 28/52 (2020)

Today marks the beginning of the end – by which I’m referring to the final week of the summer term and with a little luck the final five days of homeschool for the children. 

Don’t get me wrong, I plan to continue educating my kids throughout the summer holidays but there’s no way that I’ll be drawing up daily and weekly work schedules (as I have been) and keeping the kids to such a tight routine. Sure, we will do daily maths and literacy of some sort but there will be no planning NOR PRINTING for that matter as my god, I’ve spent an absolute FORTUNE in printer ink since March!…

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