Family Life Update July 2020

I’m a little early with July’s family life update. You can go here to catch up with June’s and see our homegrown fruit! But I have to write bits down as I remember them. By the end of the month, I would have probably forgotten!

L by a field gate - family life update july 2020

So July has seen L start back at preschool for her 4 mornings a week. I’ve seen her return to her less frustrated self. She’s been so happy to come home and tell me all about her friends, and what she’s been doing. Both hers and my mental health are so much better. It was really stressful with both Mr B and me working from home with both girls vying for attention and needing stimulation. I know this has been the same for most families during lockdown. For sure neither of us are meant to be teachers! Homeschooling is not for us!

Anyway’s we are all so much better and into a good routine now. Little Dottie doesn’t have to fight for my attention, she has me 4 mornings a week to herself. It’s the first time for ages this has happened. Before lockdown I used to work the mornings L was at preschool in my retail job.

Little Dottie - July 2020

At the start of the month I was looking into retirement stuff. Now I’ve left my retail job I don’t have a pension to pay into anymore. So being self-employed this was something I’ve had to look into and plan for the future. During lockdown I’ve aged for sure!! being only a few years away from 40, I’ve still got around 30 years to pay into one. Unless I crack this blogging malarky and retire! Or win the lottery! Ahh, the dream!

We had our first visit to town last Saturday since before lockdown, to go on a Treasure Trail. It was a fantastic family activity to do, plus as it’s outside, easy to complete while practicing social distancing. You can read our review here.

Family Life Update July 2020 - Treasure Trails, Truro

With the weather so nice, we’ve been spending loads of time in the garden. Tidying up and fixing up the chicken pen ready for some new chickens. Early on in lockdown, we lost my dad’s last chicken. They were old when I had them from mum 2 years ago. So we decided back then, we would wait until later in the Summer when some of the lockdown restrictions were eased to get some new girls. L was so inquisitive back when she passed away. I didn’t have the heart to tell her she had died so I said she had gone on holiday. How do you explain to a 4-year-old her chicken has died? I suppose I took the easy option at the time.

Tidying around the chicken house  - little dottie July 2020

Work/blog-wise I’ve been able to plan and achieve more now than I’ve ever done. I work in the mornings and evenings and spend the afternoons with both girls when L is back from preschool. I’ve found more time for reading again. Hence more book reviews on the blog! And if you have been following me on Instagram, on my stories I’ve been sharing about the Digital Mums course I’ve been doing.

I’m loving my busy, hectic family life, working full time from home, and being a life time learner – thanks to Digital Mums I’ve learned how to change my growth mind set, putting my head down and know I can achieve what I desire. All I have to learn is some better time management skills and stop aimlessly scrolling through Facebook!

Well that’s my family life update July, I know we are about halfway through the month, but next month will be a bumper month!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.

rachel bustin
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