Wow! May! It feels like one hell of a year already! I’ve been a little bit quiet on the blog front the last couple of months, what with working from home, being a teacher and trying to maintain some kind of exercise it’s been a tough few months. I wanted to share with you how we are getting on during this COVID-19, so this is The Cantan Chronicles: What Happened in March & April.
The month started well. We celebrated Nick’s birthday in March with lunch out twice (yes, he gets two birthday meals) and a quiet birthday.
Fun fact: He shares his birthday with my Dad and my youngest brother celebrates his birthday the day before.
We had no huge plans this year. I bought him an Xbox and a weekend away in Cornwall which sadly had to be postponed.
We had booked a long weekend to Millendreath Beach Resort, Near Looe in Cornwall for our spring break in March. Nick spent his summer’s there as a child, and he loves going back. We stayed in one of their updated villas two years ago, and it was lovely. I have linked them above if you are interested in a quiet retreat type holiday, plus it has a tiny beach.
We usually stay towards Newquay, but I thought it would be nice to have a spring break near Looe and explore a little that way. Obviously, due to the coronavirus, we have now moved it to October Half term.
Fun Fact: My husband created and manages the Millendreath Matters Facebook group, which he set up in 2007 when he wanted to get in contact with people who had stayed in the area. It is now quite a little community group.
We all can’t have not been affected by the Coronavirus outbreak in some way. I have written a post about Coronavirus: Lockdown 2020 with a special needs child. There will be a few more popping up over the coming weeks, as what else are we going to write about!
School Closed/Home Schooling
I never wanted to be a teacher, and yet here I am attempting to home school, my daughter, the one that has learning difficulties and has an EHCP. So it’s quite a challenge. Her phone his stuck to her hand and somehow her friends never seem to be doing any work, or they’ve done it. I will admit that we are behind. I started to stress, so the do list has come out, more my benefit than hers, but it’s making me feel better. We are behind; however, she has a different way of learning, so I accept that it may just take her longer.
Well, you can’t precisely home school Thomas in the usual sense. He has outside play, sing-song time with Peppa (Thank you youtube), dance time and reading/word practice. I am going to be a little more organised with Thomas in May, and we have more baking, planting, garden play, outdoor play and if the weather is pleasant water activities.
It’s been a stressful six weeks, I expected Thomas to be a little more unsettled, but he’s living his best life. Alana needs to be a little bit more proactive with her studies, so I’m doing my best to encourage her.
Managing the House
You know what they say when it rains it pours! The moment lockdown was announced, the house decided to turn against us.
- Toilet seat cracked in wet room
- Door handle fell off between the living room and front door
- Washer Dryer won’t dry
- Find a hole in the floor under carpet
- Due to the excess rain the early part of the year, it leaked down the wall in the new extension and damaged part of the wall
With limited access to DIY stores, plumbers or traders, it’s not likely that the washer-dryer or the hole in the floor will be corrected before the end of the lockdown. Toilet seat and door handle were purchased from Amazon, wasn’t my first choice but with everything closed we had to get what we could get delivered.
New ‘Music’ Area Wall
Back at the end of last year, we decorated our dining room. I wanted some prints, but with Christmas, we couldn’t afford, so just as the Covid19 was hitting, I purchased through Desenio two prints, the ‘quote’ and the ‘microphone’. Unfortunately, the piano images were all landscape. In the end, I took a photograph of our electric piano and with the help of Vistaprint, made it into a print.
I am pleased with how the wall looks now; the room still isn’t fully finished, so no room reveal just yet but hopefully
Just before the lockdown, we managed to add wallpaper to a wall in Alana’s bedroom and update her damaged Ikea furniture. It’s still a work in progress, as a new wardrobe will be ordered after the lockdown. You can see a sneak peek in the desk photo above. Once it’s all finished, we will do a big reveal.
I had plans to get into the garden and sort out the mess that the builders left last year. We managed to fence off underneath the trampoline to keep the cats out just before the lockdown and then the rest as been on hold.
We ordered some click-deck decking squares to lay over the awful concrete. It’s hard to know if we were going to like it so I ordered 36 squares, loved it and then they’ve run out of stock so now have to wait to do the rest.
We need to add a border in front of the fence with some beautiful flowering shrubs or something, not decided yet. I want to make it look more like a garden that’s used and less like a children’s play area.
My weak potting plants have dried up this year and decided not to flower, so will have to sort them out and don’t get me started on the state of the front garden! It’s embarrassing!
What can I say about Disney + I had Disney life for years, it had the benefit of downloads, but it crashed a lot, so I welcomed Disney +, and it has not disappointed. I paid for the year upfront as I knew it would get some serious hours.
If you haven’t checked it out, it is worth the money! I have already watched the Marvel series in chronological order, far too many documentaries Imagineering is fantastic! I’ve watched some random films, and I’ve barely scratched the surface.
It is often quiet in our household around Easter, but I did miss our trip to the arcades in Southsea as that’s our usual go-to over the holidays. I tried to keep it as sane as possible with a nice roast lunch, indoor easter egg hunt and some decorations.
We had a lovely time, far too much chocolate but it was nice.
I’ve been trying to get into some good Netflix shows, but nothing is working for me. They all seem just a little dark, and with everything going on, I could do with a laugh. So I’ve been watching the following:
1. Friday Night Dinner: It’s sad times when your nearly 13-year-old suggests a tv show we should watch, and it is the funniest thing I have watched in years! Can believe we were so late to the table!
2. Friends: My favourite go-to comedy when I’m just in the mood to chill out and don’t want anything too complicated or taxing.
3. Quiz: This was on television a while back about the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fraud scandal. Didn’t get to watch it the first time around but it was excellent—worth a watch.
I did mention it above but:
- The Titanic Story
- HSM The Series (My guilty pleasure): I loved the original films, although I was in my early 20’s (guilty) and my daughter loves this series. It has something going for it and is worth a watch.
- Marvel Series in chronological order
- Any Disney teen movie that takes my fancy – I am currently in the middle of Camp Rock 2. I never realised until last week that Camp Rock has a similar storyline to Cinderella (think about it). The girl has to attend camp funded by her Mum who works in the kitchen; she pretends to be someone else, a guy hears her singing but doesn’t know who she is so trying to find her. (I said work with me here). It comes out at the end that she was the singer all along. I mean loosely.
I will attempt to keep up with our monthly going on’s. I don’t see a lot changing, so it may be that I continue with two months combined.
A few Disneyland Paris posts are on the way and some general travel posts, despite what is currently happening they will always of benefit.
Please keep an eye on my Instagram. I think over the next few weeks I will be sharing more ‘life’ at home photos.
I hope you are all staying safe, staying at home as much as you can and making the most of the time you are spending together as a family. These are tough times for us all, as a carer, I understand more than most how hard it can be not to access the outside world, how that once favourite activity is currently off-limits and how you count down the hours until bedtime. It will change our lives as parents forever.
It’s been nice to realise how much I appreciate family time. I never took it for granted precisely, but never appreciated those little moments of not rushing to school to work and then back home via school again. I always felt like I was on a hamster wheel that never stopped. What is one thing you have learnt so far?