Hello, wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year! I know it’s not going to be an easy year but hopefully, we can make it the best it can be. Here are a few snapshots from our “stay home, stay safe” lockdown in Tier 4 celebrations this year:
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New Year’s Eve
We missed going to Mum’s on New Year’s Eve- it was sad that there was no dancing in the disco hallway this year. But we had a nice night at home safe together. We had a party tea, games and drinks.
Since the Greatest Showman, Izzy has loved shots! She always asks Nanny for a shot when she goes round there (lemonade or other pop in a shot glass!), so she loves playing shots roulette. I did wonder if Dave would refill it later for us with the stronger stuff from the drinks cabinet but when I woke up with a clear head on New Year’s Day I was relieved that he didn’t!
The youngest two sparkling in their lovely new Christmas jackets (thanks Phil and Suzanne!).
We played a couple of games, including Stare Off (full post coming soon). We watched BBC1 and then turned over to BBC2 for Jools’ Annual Hootenanny. At midnight we linked hands and sang Auld Lang Syne as always. We popped outside and shouted Happy New Year to the neighbours from doorstep to doorstep. We missed seeing mum’s neighbour (and longtime family friend), Tony bringing the New Year into her home as he does each year carrying coal.
Then we were back indoors for a quick Facetime and phone calls with family.
Grogu met Grogu!
New Year’s Day
New Year’s Day was a super chilled day- lovely! We started with a lay-in. We were going to have a roast for dinner but as the kids were up so late we picked at leftover buffet food for dinner and had a roast for tea instead. We watched films and a pantomime with Mum and Jo and Ceri.
Endless cups of teas and warm thermal socks!
All the Sid-dog cuddles. Oh, I love being cosy.
School starts back tomorrow, remote learning for now, but I’m dreading getting up early and being “busy” schooling and working again. I know we’re lucky to have had a restful Christmas break as many have kept working throughout.
Good luck to everyone returning to work and remote schooling. Looking at the news, Boris Johnson is still urging parents in England to send children into school tomorrow. My instinct is saying they should be home, I know that’s hard for parents who work outside of the home. At the moment in Wales, it’s remote learning until 11th. If they try and force children into schools from the 11th, then I think there’ll be a drastic increase in children being withdrawn from school which will have a huge impact on the school budgets. As a parent, a teacher and a lover of learning, I value education highly, but during this crisis, health and safety must come first.
Wishing you all the best for the New Year! xxx