Ups and Downs of Lockdown Life – Living Arrows 21/52 (2020)

ups and downs of lockdown life

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Week 50 squillion of lockdown and it’s been, like most of the others, full of ups and downs. So for our Living Arrows post this week, here are some of our ups and downs of lockdown life πŸ™‚

ups and downs of lockdown


I’ve really noticed this week just how much the twiglets are growing up. I mean, that’s an up and a down in itself really, as I’m super emotional at how big they are! But I’m also so proud of how their little personalities are developing. I feel like they’ve come on so much since we’ve been in lockdown. They really are proper little people now. H and C have always been very different from each other, which I love as I just think it’s amazing!

But as you can tell from the photo above, they’re both equally full of character and attitude! I just love this photo of them – it captures their personalities so well πŸ™‚

Another up this week has been having some more lovely garden days. I’m still so grateful whenever we have sunny weather so that we can enjoy family time together in the garden. The paddling pool is about the only thing that keeps the whinging at bay!

ups and downs of lockdown


I feel like our motivation for home schooling is going down further and further each week. At the start I was so keen, as were the twiglets, and none of us can really be bothered half the time now! I’m lucky in that H and C aren’t completely switched off from it yet – mostly they will still willingly sit and write or whatever.

I’m also still feeling fairly anxious generally at the moment. The school decision is still hanging over me. I keep thinking we’ve decided what we’re going to do, then we change our minds again! At the twigs’ school, Reception children won’t be going back until the 22nd June anyway, so still a little way off.

Anyway, hope everyone else has had a good week, hopefully with more ups than downs! Half term now, which is great in some ways as it takes the pressure off with the home learning. But at the same time, having no routine or structure is always a bit tricky for us so we’ll have to see how we go I think!

Thanks for reading! Til next time,

Hannah xx

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  1. It’s hard to see them growing up, but there is so much more to look forward too. Enjoy your half term and forgetting about school for a while. The pool is definitely the best place to be πŸ™‚

  2. I imagine home schooling in the quarantine would be nearly impossible if the kids were non-compliant – I pray for the school kids to not get significantly behind. I worry that children with less resources, single parents and / or heavily working parents, etc. will become even more disadvantaged. Good luck!

    1. Yes definitely! I think a lot of parents have given up with it and I don’t blame them – even as a teacher it’s hard trying to teach your own kids! Yes I feel for a lot of families too – so tough x

  3. Our ups and downs are very similar to yours. We’re loving time in the garden, the children are growing up and they are getting so much more independent over lockdown. But, school at home is so tough, it feels like life will never be normal again and I just want to be able to go on a nice day out x

    1. Ahh yes I imagine a lot of us are experiencing similar. You always look like you’re smashing the home learning stuff πŸ™‚ Yes, a nice day out without having to worry about staying away from everyone when everywhere’s so busy! πŸ™‚

  4. It is very up and down here too. We have had to make the decision since the nursery is going back on the 1st. But it took me a long time to make it. Thank goodness for the weather I am not sure it would have been nearly as easy if the wether had been bad!

  5. Just as I think I’m doing ok with everything, I have an emotional day again. So you’re not alone. Our school made us decide 10 days ago and then announced last week that they will only take key worker and vulnerable category as they logistically can’t take the other year groups. So for some who had deliberated for days, it had been for nothing! #livingarrows

    1. Oh no, how frustrating! I’ve agonised over it and still keep going back and forth! Bloody ridic! In a way I think I’d quite like for the decision to be taken out of my hands x

  6. They look like they’re having a great time in the paddling pool. There’s a lot of whinging going on here too, and I’m really not looking forward to trying to get them to do school work tomorrow after we had a week off for half term. I think all we can all do is just take each day as it comes and hope everyone is at least happy some of the time! #LivingArrows

    1. Yes exactly – taking one day at a time is definitely the way to do it! Have a good week x

    1. Bittersweet is definitely the word! Haha yes me too, makes all the difference πŸ™‚ Have a lovely week x

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