Before I get to our past two weeks…
..Yay for social restrictions easing in NSW, Australia as of tomorrow! Feeling very grateful….
Tumultuous, fun, creative and treasured – this pretty well sums up my past two weeks.
Tumultuous. There have been some seriously intense moments, and days, with plenty of frustration and general tension… in fact everyday is pretty much a roller coaster in our home!
I think this is probably mostly due to a lack of space. To be generally confined to a small two-bedroom home with a courtyard is, at times, a challenge for our 7 year old boy. I’m feeling for families who have to cope with active children in even smaller spaces!
Fun. Seeing as the children were on school break we tried to make an effort to focus on fun, new things where we could;
the big kids had a camp out in the lounge room in our swags, we borrowed a fire pit, we made special meals like sausage rolls from scratch, had a movie marathon day, tried new activities (see below for photos of a cool “finding faces” games a friend told me about!) and generally tries to enjoy ourselves as much as possible.
Creative. I personally absolutely LOVED having the chance to slow down and have a little time to get creative with the kids again!
We spent one particular afternoon dabbling in nature art and nature play. This was quite delightful and oh so relaxing (even if there were arguments about who was going to use which stone, etc, etc…).
Also, Miss 9 and Master 7 are showing some interest in engineering and electronics and so, using a library book as a guide, we have dabbled in this space, trying semi-successfully (with an emphasis on semi) to make little robots and a doorbell for their bedroom.
I was super excited to find some fans on our local council roadside clean up last week. Another happy afternoon was passed pulling them apart to try and see how they worked.
Treasured. However, most of all, my husband and I both feel the unique wonder of this time – that we get to just hang out as a family, at home, with no interruptions and very few commitments for weeks on end. S
Stressful as it is at times, we are simultaneously treasuring every moment of this slower corona life, for however long it lasts.
Praying that, aside from the challenges, there are blessing for you too at this time.