Welcome to Our Week in Photos. Our way of sharing our week and what we get up to with our family abroad and grandparents who like to keep up with our life and antics.
Another week, June is almost ended and it’s my birthday this time. It seemed a little unfair that we did the boy’s birthday, Mother’s Day, Husband’s birthday, Father’s Day and our wedding anniversary in lockdown so we decided to do something the whole family could enjoy for my birthday. So I spent two hours in queue online and got us tickets to London Zoo. The boy had wanted to go for his birthday but we couldn’t because of Lockdown restrictions and he took that so well, and was good about it that we booked and surprised him. I was a little anxious because it’s people and a tourist place, and it’s London and we are still in the middle of a pandemic, but it felt very organised and other than having to circumnavigate small children who understandably do not get social distancing (and I really feel for parents of little kids, it’s hard enough keeping a ten year old and a teen being aware of social distancing and people) and having to wear normal shoes for the first time in almost 15 weeks (I have either been in bare feet or running shoes for exercise) it was lovely. Some things in the zoo are closed still and it is obvious we are still in the middle of a huge crisis, but it was a lovely day.
Our week has been busy, the teen is making masks for people, and a little pocket money from that which she is enjoying. She’s very handy with her sewing machine and very clever, far better than me. She has been doing end of term assements for school and her teachers are very happy with how hard she’s worked and how well she has done under such strange circumstances so we think she will have done ok. I am also working on assessing where the boy is at with his homeschool. He is ending year 5 and we have finished science, French, and history for year 5 already and almost maths. I think he needs a bit of a push with literacy, but we are sliding into year 6 and I am not worried. He will not be going to secondary school we don’t think, although we may apply for his sister’s school, and see what he feels about starting secondary school with me at home. He is starting ballet junior assosciate classes with a ballet school in September as well as carrying on with his curent ballet and dance exams, and is looking to make ballet something he takes more seriously so we kind of feel that homeschool fits better with that but secondary school education is not something I had planned on teaching him so we will look at the best options to keep him up so he can either go back into school or do exams to give him what he needs.
It has also been incredibly hot this week and we have not had much sleep and as much as I love the sunshine I do not love my children when they haven’t had enough sleep due to it being too hot, and I am not a nice person when I am running on even less sleep than usual so we are glad the heatwave came and then went. I even made cold soup, which everyone loved. Hopefully, we will get some normal and reasonable sunny but not too hot weather for the summer break.
I cannot believe we are at the end of June and half way through the year. It’s been so strange so far, and not much changing for the next while. What an odd and sad year 2020 has been, I wonder if we can get a refund?
I have been messing around on TikTok this week. Mostly cat spam and hamster videos as I won’t put my kids or family life on there, and the kids do not have access to there or any other social media, but it’s a lot of fun. I feel old and uncool there, though.
This is my favourite photo from this week.
Llama facial expression, and how I feel mostly these days…
You can also see what we have been up to here in our weekly video I make for my mother in law…
So that was our week in photos. I hope life this week has treated you kindly?