Bonjour lecteurs! How are you surviving the winter lockdown? This time of the year is usually really quiet for us. After Christmas, we are always going back to routines slowly and there is not much to report back. But January 2021 was even quieter. If anything, the only big event was Baba’s birthday as he turned 5! And of course, our own homeschooling story! Time to share it all in my monthly highlights!
Going back to Routines Slowly
January 2021 started slowly for us. I imagine it is pretty much the same given the circumstances. After a lovely Christmas break with my boys, it was time to get back to routines.
As always, I reviewed last year and decided to work on new targets. But I lowered big time my expectations. I am not going to worry and get anxious over things I can not control!
Indeed, we are still in full swing with homeschooling! And teaching a 5-year-old to read and write have its challenges! Baba is a bright boy, but he is not keen on writing much sometimes!
The whole experience has actually been positive overall. The school sends us lots of resources to get going.
But we have days when we don’t achieve much. I suppose it is to be expected. Remote learning on the computer is definitely not the same!
But we still enjoy storytime and we try to make it fun.
May I even dare say that I even like teaching again?! It is so satisfying to see Baba making progress thanks to my help. Even it is quite slow at times! He is so little and I must always remember to keep drilling concepts and new things we learn together.
But I have made sure to have a balance in our routine and we have also been lucky to enjoy some more walks. We still love a local adventure!
The frost was quite an exciting one for Baba and we also loved some cold but sunny walks at the weekends.
I have not been much on my bike as it needed repairs and the shops were closed. But Grumpy managed to fix it (hurrah!), so I am hoping to get back on it more regularly.
Friluftsliv – A Nordic Concept
There is nothing more relaxing than cycling on the snowy country paths! It is so pretty and fresh! I have been testing le concept nordique of Friluftsliv. L’idée est simple.
It is l’opposé of the hygge philosophy, that makes you turn your home into a cosy sanctuary.
The Norwegian concept of Friluftsliv basically encourages you to get out into the great outdoors, whatever the weather! And reconnect with nature. It literally means “free air life” in Norwegian. It has been so revigorating! The boys are not yet convinced, but I am on it! 😂
Either way, it has helped me so much mentally to take some time off and really appreciate what nature has to offer.
Home, TV Shows and Relax!
Other than that, we spent a lot more time at home. I have read so many good books! Would you like me to write a post with my fave reads?
And we watched more series than usual too! I have been totally hooked to Scandi TV shows such as Rita and The Valhalla Murders.
With a bit of Frenchie food of course!
Baba Turned 5!
And the month ended with a blast with Baba’s birthday! It was party time!!!! In the Frenchie house, the three of us with loads of balloons!!
But also some cool presents for the little one. On another note, I ordered a stunning cake from Eat & Mess and it got us going for 3 days! I had so much sugar! But it was absolutely delicieux and all so worth it!
Your child’s birthday only happens once!
January 2021 was simple and slow. It was colder, so we went out less. Even less now everything is closed. Routines have changed.
I am truly acclimated to my country life and made a conscious choice to actually be closer to nature.
I want to observe what it has to offer us, even on dark days with its empty trees. I have been actively walking in our area to reach 10K steps a day. I am pretty good overall and the sun on my face, the cold fresh air against my skin feel amazing!
Sunnier Days & Hopes
Despite quite a bit of snow recently, it’s pretty obvious that the Spring is coming over soon. I don’t know about you, but I am so looking forward to a change.
I am dreaming of a sunny holiday. Or any adventure not local! I want to attempt more physical challenges and push myself even further!
Mentally, I am in a better place even if I have the odd day! It is all pretty intense, but I have made a very conscious decision to lower my expectations and concentrate on what really matters.
January 2021 – Lower Expectations
My top priorités are my family, Baba, keeping good health, taking care of my mental well-being, and support my friends. Plus, my income is too! Because we have to pay bills!
The rest is a plus. If it happens, great. If not, it is not a big deal! It is on hold for now because we are witnessing unpreceded times. I have no energy for worries when it is out of my control.
Reading this post, you might think that I am just a boring maman. Well, so be it! But it is only temporary 🙂
We have many exciting projects in the pipeline. I have high hopes for the future! I hope you too!
What will be the first thing you do when the lockdown is over and you can see your loved ones again? Have you too lowered your expectations so that you can manage it all?
Disclosure: This post might feature some sponsored content I recently published but it is merely a list of my highlights of the month! A post where I share some reflections as a mum in the country. I hope it will help you to reflect too and empower your decisions even more!
Please note: some pics in this post are pre-lockdown.