Today marked the one year anniversary of life in lockdown. What a year it has been and how our lives have changed. Whilst I didn’t partake in the two-minute silence earlier today or stand on my doorstep clapping and banging pots and pans. I have been looking back and reflecting on things. The highs, the lows, the difficulties and everything in between.
Usually, we are counting down the days until the half-term holidays. A chance to reconnect as a family and enjoy some family adventures. With life in lockdown continuing our half term holidays has been very different to those we have enjoyed in previous years.
The week the world around us turned white and we were able to live in our own version of a snow globe. Whilst we have been fortunate to have a few snow days in recent years, this is possibly the longest the snow has hung around for. Although the soft, powdery snow has turned to either slush or ice – but it still looks like a beautiful wintery scene.
Do you ever have weeks where you are constantly chasing your tail and not managing to accomplish anything? This has been my week, a battle of spinning plates in an attempt to keep on top of things or catch up on things that I haven’t achieved. Although as I sit down to share with you another life in lockdown diary, there are still so many things left for me to complete.
The end of the first month of 2021 and I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking that we wouldn’t (or hoping) be still living life in lockdown. The ‘new normal’ that we discovered last year is here to stay and I’m starting to forget what life was like when we were able to go out freely and hug loved ones.
It feels as though we have had a relatively quiet week. With life in lockdown ticking by without too much happening to put us off-kilter. The children have adjusted to being keyworker children and learning from home (for Roo). Whilst What The Dad Said and I continue to juggle our work shifts around each other and the children.
Halfway through the first month of the year and life in lockdown continues. With no end date for the national lockdown insight, this will continue to be our new normal for some time yet. In many ways, it is a life we have grown used to since this all took hold last year. It feels normal to ensure we have masks with us at all times and that additional hand washing is added to the routine.
Well, here we are again back in a national lockdown, time for life in lockdown 3.0. Whilst different parts of the UK lived with the changing of different tiers I don’t think many were prepared for the possibility and reality of another national lockdown. Sadly the tier restrictions haven’t helped the spread of the virus so we are once again asked to stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS.
That’s it, the festive season is over for another year. Christmas presents have been opened and explored. I’ve celebrated my 28th birthday (again) and the New Year bells have chimed. A quieter Christmas and New Year than usual – but I think we can all agree that there was nothing normal about 2020.
As we start to wave a fond farewell to another festive season. Looking forward to what the New Year has in store for us, I thought it would be lovely to share our life in lockdown Christmas, The highs, the lows, the fails and the successes.