Bonjour lecteurs! Time to write about what happened last month. I usually called this kind of posts my monthly highlights but with the current crisis, it feels so weird to say so! Looking back, I am happy we made some good memories before the country got to stop totally because of COVID-19… We had a great night out just before it all started and we were asked to stay at home. Anyway, here is March 2020 à la Frenchie!
On The Blog
The blog got busier than ever at the start of March 2020. Indeed, I took part in the Letters on Motherhood campaign to celebrate Giovanna Fletcher‘s last book and I took l’opportunité to reflect on my experience on parenting.
If you fancy a read, regardez my Letter on Motherhood now.
And if you need to cheer up while staying at home, check out our Mother’s Day giveaways now! We have over £680 worth of goods for you to grab! But let’s go back to the rest of our life!
Ironically, before we had to stay at home with COVID-19, we had many family days outdoors with Baba!
The first weekend of March, we discovered Mote Park, which is a huge public space in Maidstone.
We also went on a walk in some local woods before enjoying a pub lunch.
Those were two lovely days with my boys that I want to remember.
Not only I was able to see the brand’s latest collection and try some of its range, but I also enjoyed a beautiful photoshoot. At the time, it was all starting and nothing was officially closed.
A Night At the Strand Palace Hotel
Now I feel luckier than ever that we had one last night out in London before the lockdown!
We also went to see Message In A Bottle at the Peacock Theatre.
And let’s not forget that we had some fabulous food and some cheeky cocktails.
It was literally our last night of freedom before the storm…
And I don’t feel like I am exaggerating by using this word! From that moment, it’s just been a weird nightmare.
Homeschooling & Staying At Home
March 2020 took a crazy turn on the third week.
It started with all the schools being officially closed a week before the Easter break.
Now more than ever, I am so grateful for teachers! We are lucky because Baba is still small and we did a lot of learning through play.
But homeschooling while trying to work has had its challenges. I pretty much did all of it as Grumpy Boyfriend still has more work than me.
And it followed with the official lockdown. I am not a happy bunny at home all day. I am a very sociable person and I love going out and about ?
Keeping Busy At Home
So the whole ‘Stay at Home‘ movement has had its ups and downs.
Like many other freelancers, work became really quiet and I started to really worry.
Even today writing those lines, it is at the back of my mind. And despite trying to relax about la situation, my body has let me down big time over the last few days. I got really sick. I still feel quite weak at the minute. But it shall pass!
The truth is that we can not control it and I should therefore not worry, but I am not doing a great job at it.
The news and social media, with its overshare of information (way too often unverified!), really affected me.
So I am trying to look after myself. Some days, even getting dressed properly and not staying in my PJs is what it takes to make me feel hopeful encore.
I have also read beaucoup, to escape it all!
Now more than ever, I feel so lucky to live in the country!
We have rediscovered our local woods in this crisis. Our daily walks are helping us to get some fresh air. But also to remain sane in my mind!
And Baba looks so cool in his new Lola Starr Jacket. You can change the sleeves for different styles! I will always remember that day in the woods. It felt absolutely magical to walk freely in such a beautiful place.
I have taken one day at a time, even if it is still very frustrating. I am a lady who likes to have some fixed goals and many events in the diary.
I am very sociable and this introvert life imposed on us is taking its toll. I miss seeing our family and friends.
But I feel grateful for all those extra moments I got to spend with Baba.
Even if he is bien sûr aware of what is going on, Baba is pretty oblivious to the current situation.
He has a sense that something is up. After all, he can work out that there is un problème when the playground is closed!
But he has rather been content over the last two weeks at home. He loves the extra attention, the food and the extra dose of cartoons! ?
March 2020 – The Storm Will Be Over!
Looking back at March 2020, I have very mixed feelings.
On one hand, I am ever so happy we had some lovely days out before the crisis. But on the other hand, I am very uncertain of the future and the state of the economy as everything is shut down.
I am fully aware that we are all in it together on this one. But I can not wait for life to begin again.
Nature is blossoming and the sun is out. It is time our existence gets back to normal, or at least there is some progress…
But I feel grateful that we are all healthy and we can still enjoy each other’s company without massive arguments!
How are you currently feeling about COVID-19? How much has it affected you? How did you get on with homeschooling or working from home?
Such a strange time we are witnessing… But I am hopeful for April! I really hope we will be out and about again ASAP. Otherwise, my next monthly highlights will be a bit boring! ?
Disclosure: This post may feature some sponsored content I previously published on the blog. But it is merely a summary list of the month! And a post for me to reflect on our life. Merci for reading my blog as always!?