Day 7: Diary of a Mum Trying to Keep it Together

Squabble Scale: 0

Dare I say, it was a squabble free day! There was lots of manic laughter from my two little giddy goats – you know, the kind of fun that can turn in a second into a major argument or meltdown but thankfully, that did not happen.

Tomorrow is another day, of course……..

Relationship Status

Another long work day for both of us – unfortunately, only one of us gets paid!

Toilet Roll Status

My local Tesco was fully stocked today – granted, that was at 8.00 this morning when I trying together a little shop done before homeschool started. So, if anyone was in there looking for toilet roll, they were probably able to get some.

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On the other hand if they were looking for bottled water, latex gloves, cans of 7up, cans of Club Orange or chocolate than they were probably going to be out of luck as a woman in the shop bought (no exaggeration) over 30 bottles of water, 28 cans each of 7up and fizzy orange, approx. 10 boxes of latex gloves and shed loads of selected multi pack chocolate. I don’t know what sort of crisis she was hoarding for!

If I gave my kids lots of sugar while we are cooped up in the house, I would be doing our next door neighbours a great dis-service. The walls are far too thin to deal with that………


Still on our side…..

Home School

My oldest was learning 7 times multiplication today. I had vivid flashbacks of learning my 7 times tables in school. I think the way I learnt them was far more rote and militant – no fun Apps to help me learn them. Although, my daughter was impressed (rarely happens!) that I knew that 7 times 7 is 49 without even having to think about it.

My youngest made a picture of the Solar System – glad I stocked up on all those art supplies last week!

Fun Activities

There’s a tiny park near us with a path around the outside – my 9 year old did laps on her bike while my 6 year old timed her with the stopwatch on my phone. I don’t know which of them had more fun.

The 6 year old is quite the coach – relying on more of the stick than the carrot approach!

Highpoint of the Day

My girls were playing in the next room while I was doing some writing. Suddenly, the dreaded quiet – you know the one, when they’re up to something……..

However, on going to investigate, I was pleasantly surprised. They were curled up on the couch together with my oldest reading her younger sister a story.

So sweet – one of those moments when all their previous squabbling is (briefly) forgotten.

Lowpoint of the Day

Just tiredness – the days are busy…………..



If you have someone in your house, fascinated by space then they might be interested in this (thanks to Illona for sharing). NASA have made their entire collection (just click on this link)of images, sounds, and video available and publicly searchable online. It’s 140,000 photos and other resources available for you to see, or even download and use it any way you like.


Rebecca, who is the Editor of the popular magasine “Expat Living” in Hong Kong (and a very lovely friend) shared her very helpful podcast on homeschooling during school closures with us.

At the time she made the podcast, our kid’s schools in Hong Kong were closed due to the rioting so this podcast is based on Rebecca’s first hand experience:


I came across this – a bizarre unexplained event:


And finally, a little giggle to end the day:


Keep sharing ladies -I’m looking for jokes, stories of your good and bad days, your moans and frustrations, your funny moments, positive messages, ideas for kids activities, suggested kids online learning resources…….. I want to hear it all – the good, the bad and the ugly!

Also, if your kids have pictures of their drawings, art and craft creations, lego builds, baked treats or anything that they would like to share then just send them into me to post.

And, let’s not forget about us Mums – any online activities and resources for US that you come across, then please share too!

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