2020 · April 2020 · Home Schooling

Perspective – 27.04.2020

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the negative view of quarantine. Home-schooling five daughters, spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the same people and minimal contact with people outside our household. Listening to the bickering, the power struggles and witnessing the actions of frustration. Honestly, it would be so easy to just say “f**k it”.

But then I see moments like this…. and I am reminded of the absolute beauty of quarantine.

I am a full-time Mum to five individual, creative and challenging daughters. My husband holds the responsibility of providing financially for us all. And that is very often a heavy weight.

This lockdown has forced him to stop working; it wasn’t a choice. There will be a financial impact, of that I have no doubt, but the family impact…. well that could have never been measured. You see, we have never ever, had this amount of time together as a family. And the benefits that our time together is having on us as individuals and as a family, is incredible.

It is hard work, not a day goes by where a someone gets upset, an argument happens over who’s turn it is to use the tv remotes, or who last used a hairbrush or even about breathing in the same direction of another person (yes that really is a case for an argument in this house). But, every day, there is always that one moment (some days a treat of two), where they’ll surprise us with their love, kindness, intelligence and their inquisitiveness.

And if all else fails, at the end of the day, if I’ve not seen “that moment”, I remind myself….. We’re all still alive and most of us are still smiling ❤️

Stay safe & stay home.

Sending virtual hugs to family and friends ❤️

April 2020 · Home Schooling

Encore – 21.04.2020

Our evening family bincinerator time was surrounded by music tonight. After Daddy spending a full day practicing on the keyboard for the Someone You Loved Daddy Daughter Session that I shared earlier on, the big girls wanted to have a Daddy Daughter Session too.

Here you have it, our Dixon Darlings encore …… Daughter 1 (age 14) and daughter 2 (age 12) are singing Perfect by Ed Sheeran with Daddy playing his acoustic guitar.

**We do not own the rights to the music used in the video

2020 · March 2020

Safe – 06.03.2020

Why do we question the reason? Why does there have to be a reason? What if there is no reason?

A beautiful surprise today when visiting a friend.

This week has been a week of meetings, parents evenings and appointments. The little three have had excellent reviews.

This morning I attended a meeting at the girls primary school about the new RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Policy that will be implemented in September 2020.

Things I learnt about the new policy:-

  • Relationship education is about showing our children what is a safe relationship. Encouraging them to have a healthy relationship with themselves, others and now online.
  • Sex education isn’t just about the birds and the bees. It’s also about the biology of the body.
  • Sex education in Primary School is a big concern of parents but yet only a very small fraction of the actual policy.
  • Health education also covers mental health, physical health and online health.
  • The school that my daughters go to, are mindful of the wishes of parents and are keen to seek the views of all parents.

I personally think that due to the ease of access to information; children these days are seeking knowledge younger and younger, and in all honesty, no matter what restrictions we put in place, if they want to find out, they will.

Yes I want to preserve my daughters innocence, but I also want them to know what is real. I want them to know what is healthy, what is safe and if what they are finding out is anything other than that, they know who to turn too.

If you want to know more about the new RSE Policy that will be implemented in all schools as of September 2020, more information can be found here.

2020 · February 2020

Baking rota – 29.02.2020

We’ve been planning to make some Crunchie cupcakes for quite a while.

Our girls love to bake with me and when we do we make quite a lot of cupcakes.

I ended up making the cupcakes with Minion today. With the five girls it’s always a battle as to who licks the whisks, who cleans (licks) the bowl and who gets to eat the leftovers 😂

We made chocolate sponge cupcakes, with honey buttercream topping and then placed chopped bits of Crunchie on the top.

After making 34 cupcakes, DM wanted to do some baking too! DM is not a big cake fan, so it was a surprise to me that she asked to make a Victoria Sandwich cake.

She made two vanilla sponge cakes, with a chocolate spread filling, and then topped and coated the sides with a vanilla buttercream and chocolate shavings.

Anyone for some cake??……

2020 · February 2020 · Uncategorized

Preparations – 19.02.2020

Today I have had two of my tribe in a cooking mood. DM was keen to make pancakes for Auntie George. So this morning after a lovely cooked breakfast by Dominic, DM set to making everyone some pancakes. Thanks to her Uncle Alex, DM has now mastered the mix for pancakes and thoroughly enjoys making them.

Then we got home and Minion wanted to prepare dinner for our family night. Wednesday family night is always a vegetarian meal, as two of the aunties are vegetarians. Tonight’s meal is roasted vegetable lasagne. This is a meal that Minion has made before with Daddy and has now claimed as her meal and no-one else is allowed to make it. She made me giggle as she picked her sharp knife to cut the vegetables and counted her fingers. With pure admiration, I watched her carefully chop the vegetables, she did a few slices and then counted her fingers again, with the sound of a phew. 😂😂

We had a great afternoon at the cinema watching the new Doolittle movie and had an extra guest too. Rubels had a date with a male friend. He was so polite, well mannered and every bit a gentleman; offering to pay for her drinks and snacks and letting her choose where to sit 😍😍 They sat together in the VIP seats, while me and the rest of the girls sat the other side of the cinema, away from them both.

We got home to find that Daddy had finished the lasagne for us and it was ready for the sharing! 😋