Finding time first thing in the morning to enjoy a couple of chapters. As well as opting to switch the TV off on an evening, especially if What The Dad Said is working a late shift and picking up my Kindle Paperwhite to lose myself in the unfolding storyline.
Throughout the lockdown, I had been looking forward to this week. Marking the children’s first full week of the summer holidays. As well as What The Dad Said’s first holiday since the February half term having worked throughout the lockdown. A much-needed chance for us to reconnect and enjoy time together.
Just like the earlier months in 2020, July has been a very different month to what we would normally have. With life in lockdown still continuing albeit with restrictions easing and many places able to reopen to some respect. It has, however, been the usual split month of celebrating the final weeks fo the school year and the start of the summer holidays.
July always feels like a split month, the first half with life semi-normal with schoolwork to be completed. Whilst the second half, once school is out for the summer, feels completely different. A somewhat more relaxed way of life with the focus on fun and laughter.
The end of the month is in sight, with the school year now completed – albeit a very different school year than we’ve ever experienced. The children are pleased not to be completing school work from home and the dining table can finally be free of stationery, paperwork and books. It’s time to start focusing on the summer holidays and how to fill/enjoy the days ahead.
Although the children have more or less been at home since mid-March, the school summer holidays are a welcome milestone this week. The learning from home and preschool runs are on hold until September. I’m not sure whether or not they will be back then or not. It’s seven weeks away and a lot can happen in that time.
The school holidays are within touching distance, just two more days to go. Roo finished on Friday, whilst Tigger has two more days of homeschooling still to complete, with Piglet still attending preschool. A very different end to the school year but it will be nice to not have to worry about having to complete school work from home.
I’m struggling this week with what to say, what to do and whether there is any light at the end of the tunnel. Which sounds far more dramatic than it truly is, however, it is how I am feeling.
When it comes to sitting down and watching TV/movies this month I feel we’ve been a little out of sync with each other. Only really coming together for family film nights. Each of us either enjoying things separately or at different times to each other. In many ways, it feels much more like ‘real-life’ than life in lockdown despite us still very much being at home.
Time to say goodbye to June and hello to July! Another new month started whilst life continues in lockdown. The restrictions are easing with a load of places and businesses able to reopen from yesterday. We haven’t rushed to the pub, a restaurant or attractions and possibly won’t be for a while yet. However, it is good in some ways to see a little bit of normality returning to the world around us.