Sending A Hug During Lockdown

At the moment we are all experiencing big changes in our lifestyles and missing visiting close family and friends is one of them.

There are many ways that we can keep in touch; by phone, video calling, texts’ and emails but the one thing that we can not do is touch or hug them. I know my boys have been finding it hard not seeing their Nan and the one thing they miss the most is not being able to give her a hug. There’s nothing quite like a hug from your Nan.

We don’t live near to my Mum, so we only normally see her on a weekend or over a half term holiday. With lockdown now going into the 7th week and with both my Mum and myself shielding because of vulnerability, we haven’t been able to see her since February.

Our phone calls often end with my Mum having a little cry as she misses the boys so much. So we really wanted to do something a little special for her. I had seen on the internet about sending a hug to a loved one in the post. Making a doorstep visit wouldn’t be possible either as I know that would be just too upsetting for Nan to see the boys and not be able to hold them close to her.

So as we can’t see my Mum in person or give her a hug, we decided to send her one.

Sending a hug in the post

You will need:

  • Plain paper – Pastel or white
  • Pencil and pen or felt tip
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Method:

  • The hug needs to be long enough to wrap around someone’s body. So take a few pieces of paper and glue them together so that you make one long piece of paper.
  • Place your left hand on the paper and draw around it. You need to draw the arm too
Showing how to draw around the hand on paper

Make sure that the hand that you are drawing around has the finger tips towards the top of the paper.

  • Now draw around your right hand and arm
  • Using a ruler, connect the lines of the arm together.
  • You should now have one long arm with a hand on both ends
  • Make sure that the thumbs are pointing upwards, just as you would hug someone
  • Cut it out
A hug cut out made up of hands and arm

Now you have a personalised hug to send to a loved one in the post. You can draw in details on the hands , like finger-nails or knuckles. You could even colour the nails in or add in a watch or bracelet. Anything to make it personal.

We wrote a message on both sides. The messages are some that we just googled and copied

A paper hug to send in the post

Now all that is left to do is send it to someone who you want to hug.

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Easter Egg Hunt, Camping Out, Movie Night and Dog Walking in Week 4 of lockdown – Ordinary Moments

So how is everyone coping so far? We received the news two days a go that we will be in social distancing for another 3 weeks, that’s 3 more weeks of attempting home learning and battling to pick up the groceries from the supermarket.

I missed last weeks update as I didn’t really have anything to share with you all, it was pretty much the same as the previous week.

Daily Exercise

We’ve been making sure that we have been getting out for a daily exercise, we’re pretty lucky that we have the dog to walk as it gives me reason to get up and go out for a lovely long walk. We have a decent size country park about 10 minutes walk from our house, which has been our saviour for the past month. The boys have still been going out for their daily run, they need to keep up their stamina as they compete at quite a high level. Even though all of their races have been cancelled or postponed they need to keep with their training the best they can in order for them to compete at the same level when the races are back on.

With the lovely weather we have been having lately, the garden has been a blessing. The boys have been out there every day, playing football, badminton, table tennis and even a beep test.

Easter Egg Hunt

On Easter Sunday I set up a trail of clues for the boys to solve and follow to the next clue, along the way they found little eggs and sweets with the very last clue leading them to their Chocolate Easter egg. They worked together to solve the riddles, it was lovely to see all three of them enjoying themselves.

The Big Camp Out

As the Easter Holidays were cancelled due to social distancing and we wasn’t able to go to Wales as planned I asked the boys if they wanted to set up camp in the garden. We had a particular warm evening last week so we put up the tent and the boys camped out all night. I didn’t think they would last a few hours but they managed to stay outside all night long. They were well equipped with lots of bedding and a few snacks to see them through.

They was hoping the dog would join them but she decided that she would be much more comfortable in her bed in the dining room.

Movie Night

Cinemas may be closed but that doesn’t mean we can’t watch a movie at home

Light adjusted, blinds closed and popcorn ready the living room was all ready for Movie night. I had printed out a movie ticket, one that I had found online and gave them to the boys all they had to do was choose a movie that they all wanted to watch.

The boys drew their own design onto a brown paper bag that I used to fill up with popcorn.

I loved seeing their little faces light up with smiles as they handed over their tickets and took a seat in the living room. The chose to watch Moana. I shall be keeping the tickets for next time, wonder what film they decide to watch this time?

Time at the moment may be hard for us but we needn’t look at it as a negative, we just need to see that we have been given this time to appreciate each other a little more. I for one, love that when the children ask me if we can do something I don’t answer with ‘Maybe later’ or ‘I don’t have the time’ I am enjoying spending time with them doing things that I am always thinking of doing but never do because of work and lack of time. We’re going out for walks together, camping, baking, painting, making dens, playing games, dancing and talking alot more.

Next week we’re back to home learning and I am hoping that the youngest will adapt a little better than he did before the Easter break. If not, I won’t push him I will just do it along with him. I will show him that together we can do this.

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Week one of Lockdown (Ordinary Moments)

It’s been a rather weird and surreal week for everyone. With the restrictions that have been put in place by the government, as a nation we are now on lockdown and practising social distancing.

We all have our worries and concerns with regards to the Coronavirus – Covid19 and we all have someone that we are worried about, and due to the lockdown, that we can not no longer just go and visit.

The emotions in this house have been a bit of a rollercoaster this week. We all respond differently to how we deal with overwhelming situations and we keep hearing about how we are living in unprecedented times. To be honest I am a little confused as to how we even got to where we are now. I have never been someone to spend my time reading the newspaper or watch the ten o’clock news, so I am still trying to get my head around all of this.

Flashback to 4 weeks ago when the talk in the staff room was about this new flu that was ripping people’s life apart in China and I just shrugged it off. Never in a million years would I have thought that it would get this bad. I feel for all of those people who have not been able to say goodbye to a loved one, for those who have suffered with this illness, for the people whose families have been torn apart and for those who are working on the frontline.

I see now what I should have done weeks ago.

The things is I don’t want to panic nor do I want to show my children what a scary world we are living in at the moment. I want to keep it pretty much normal, well as normal as it can be with us all at home under one roof all of the time.

On a normal day we would be all be out of the house by 7.30am and not back home until 3pm. Our evening would be taken up with football practice or out at the running track. Weekends would pretty much be the same, mostly outdoor activities.

What is happening at the moment isn’t normal but we have to hold it together for our children and our older family members.

The children are all at home, they have all been set work by their schools to get on with; logging in to google classroom at 9.15 and follow their normal school timetable, completing work set by their teachers. The youngest is still in primary school and I have to spend most of the time going through the work with him, not because he doesn’t understand it but because he would be on the playstation for the whole day otherwise.

My husband works at the local hospital so he is a frontline worker. He isn’t a doctor or a nurse, but him and his team are the reason why the hospital can be open. He is a mechanical supervisor, so in charge of all of the plumbing and electrical work within the building. Last week, not only did he work during the day but he was also on call out all night and weekend working on the HDU wards. I must admit we are all worried about him, but even though he is a fit and healthy man we all know that our defences are low when worked under pressure.

Working as HLTA, I was in school last week. Our staff are on a rota working from home most days and spending 1 out of 9 in school with the vulnerable and frontline workers children. I was worried about my health, what with my history of Cancer and the treatment that I underwent causing me to have a low immune system but rest assured my bloods are all fine and I have been boosting my immune system with lots of healthy foods.

So this week has been rather unusual and it’s been quite a struggle getting into a routine but I am sure this week will be better and run a little more smoothly.

As well as home learning we have been doing lots of baking, playing games, walks with the dog, playing in the garden and generally enjoying each others company. We’ve spoken on the phone to the older members of our family and have had many facetime calls.

So here is a snippet of what we have been up to during our first week of lockdown

We’re all in this together, no one knows for how long and what the future holds for us but we have all just got to hold on tight and ride it out.

Stay safe everyone and stay at home

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