2020 · Home Schooling · May 2020

Six weeks – 05.05.2020

Sending love ❤️, compassion 🥰 and hugs 🤗 to everyone doing their best……

Not my words but wanted to share! 💖

Dear parents in the U.K.,

Today marks six full weeks since our country went into lockdown.

You have had your children home for the same time now that you would if they were on summer holidays. People will say ‘but they are your responsibility’ and whilst that is true, no-one could be expected to have imagined this period before they chose to conceive.

You have protected, nourished, educated, supported and entertained your children during a period of national and international uncertainty and fear. You have experienced emotions for yourself and your family that you never knew existed, never mind experienced before.

Six weeks is a long time.

Think about how you feel at the end of the summer holidays, how ready you are for routine, how badly your house needs cleaned from children home, how much work you are ready to catch up on. Remember that exhausting feeling of having so little sleep, much less money and hearing ‘mummy/daddy’ every time you happen to sit down.

And you wonder why you are exhausted after six weeks of lockdown?

You are amazing! You have achieved something no other parent ever has during our time. You have faced six weeks unable to take your child or children anywhere, six weeks of no parks, holidays to break up the boredom, no day trips, no family to help. On top of that you have juggled work demands, loneliness on a level never experienced before, information overload from the internet and emotional turmoil of not being able to see people you hold dear. Even getting food to eat has been a major drama!

So it’s ok to feel drained. It’s ok to feel like you would sell your soul right now for five minutes alone. It’s ok to feel uninspired about another day of homeschooling, another day of never ending laundry and cooking.

It’s ok to be so very tired.

Six weeks is a long time.

But you have made it.

Be proud of yourself. Stand tall.

History will show you for your courage, your children will remember this period as a time knowing they were safe and loved and teachers everywhere are deeply grateful that you are there for your children when they should be but can’t be.

In short: you are awesome!

And so are your children.

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

April 2020 · Home Schooling

They’re at it again – 21.04.2020

As part of our weekly home school session we have been implementing a music lesson for our 5 daughters. We have a variety of musical instruments to allow for plenty of music to be made. Add to that the amazing vocal abilities in our household, you can be sure of music all day long.

Here is today’s music session. It is Daddy and Daughters 3 (age 10) and 5 (age 8) singing Someone You Loved by Lewis Capaldi. Please note: We do not own the rights to the music used in this video.

April 2020

Stillness – 16.04.2020

We had such a calm and peaceful time at Sopers Bridge today.

Leaving the house, the big teen was still moody. She had decided to stay in bed all morning, refusing to join us for breakfast and not taking part in our normal activities.

It’s so hard to explain to our children that we can see their behaviour, we understand why they are behaving that way and actually the best thing to work through it is to talk, eat well, get some exercise, drink plenty of water and rest well.

When we got to Sopers Bridge, which is absolutely picturesque and so very calming, the big teen regretted her decision of not having any breakfast. She decided that her mood of not wanting to take part with her sister’s activities, was actually making her miss out on some fun. 5 minutes into our time there, she was running around, climbing trees and laughing with her sisters. It was lovely to see them all playing. They were absolutely filthy, they all had mud on their arms, hands, legs and bums; they loved rinsing their hands in the stream.

Four of the girls had took camera’s with them, I hope to show them tomorrow.

Even with all the laughing, it was still peaceful. I was able to hear the stream running over the stones and a woodpecker in the trees; it really was beautiful. We are so very fortunate to have this on our doorstep.

2020 · March 2020

Fresh air fun – 08.03.2020

Sometimes all you need is to get out of the house and have some fun!

I took the big two to the gym this morning. I wasn’t feeling too good so took the opportunity to just watch and direct the girls as to which weights to do and how to use them. Not that I have any training/weights experience though 😜

They did really well and I’m hoping that I’ve guided them a little more as to how to use the machines properly and set them a plan going forward.

Peach took the little three out to a local park and had lots of fun with them. I love the smiles, laughing and attentiveness that is shown on this video….

Fresh air, a wonderful evening roast made by the hubby and lots of exercise – all you need to keep the bugs away ❤️

2020 · Days Out · March 2020

Light up Leicester – 07.03.2020

Tonight we took the girls into Leicester to attend the Light Up Leicester Festival.

DM, Carla and I saw one of the displays on Thursday night but hadn’t realised just how much there was to see or how much fun was to be had!

There are seven displays located at various points around the city centre, all no more than 5 minutes walk between each one.

It’s a completely free event running from the 5th – 8th March.

Our first experience tonight was The Wave at St Peters Square. This was a beautiful experience of hanging lights playing music; it was so romantic and colourful. Following on from this we went to Jubilee Square to see Unexpected Connection.

The photo’s of this does not do it justice. The colours are so vibrant. I had a bit of a play with my camera at this one on Thursday…..

We then went on to Humberstone Gate to the display that gave us the most giggles, Wave Field.

The girls took it in turns to have a go on the light up seesaws 😍

Our next venture was over towards the Curve Theatre to see the screen display aptly titled Youth Culture…

We then walked over to the Market Square to see Traces (no photo). This was a net of lights suspended from the ceiling of the market that once you had scanned the QR code, you can change the colours and patterns of the lights. Just behind the Market was my favourite, Shadowdance…

The girls had so much fun playing with their colourful shadows.

We left this and then moved to the final display of Shoefiti.

This city was buzzing with lots of families, couples and friendship groups taking part in all of the displays.

A huge well done to all involved in organising such a fun and creative display around the city centre!

There is one more day left of the festival. It’s on from 5pm to 10pm. If you have the chance, I really would recommend that you give it a visit.