January 2021 – Homeschooling & Baba Turned 5!

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.

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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!

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Homeschooling!

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.

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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.

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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.

Enjoying Outdoors

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!

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The frost was quite an exciting one for Baba and we also loved some cold but sunny walks at the weekends.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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!!

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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!

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Your child’s birthday only happens once!

Winter Days

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.

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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!

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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!

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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 🙂

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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.

72 Comments

  1. Julia Kerr
    February 13, 2021 / 9:05 pm

    It must be really hard for this age, they’ve only had a couple of months of broken education and the rest has been at home, so they don’t have that foundation there for you to build on

  2. Hannah Wallington
    February 13, 2021 / 9:43 pm

    Lovely to read such good family time during lockdown.

  3. Fiona jk42
    February 13, 2021 / 11:52 pm

    Happy Birthday to your son.
    It is so important to get fresh air every day, especially now that we are in lockdown. We try to go for a 3 mile walk every morning, and although I am cold when we start, by the end I have warmed up nicely. I bought some new boots with fluffy lining which keep my feet toasty.

  4. Carol Thomas
    February 14, 2021 / 12:38 am

    For me: I’ll be straight up to see our grandchildren together again. I used to look after them once a week.

    This last year been hard as they come under a different council catchment to us. Whilst they live 20 minutes away its been different rules. Been awful.

    Though do try and count my blessings we have Facetime etc to see them. I look forward to the school runs and my Grandson curling up on my lap and frequently nodding off as he is at pre-nursery full-time

  5. William Gould
    February 14, 2021 / 7:28 am

    We haven’t got any school aged kids so we don’t envy you! You do seem to be doing a good job with your lovely son!
    Very good article!

  6. claire woods
    February 14, 2021 / 9:32 am

    We go out for a daily walk. My son is good at getting on his school work mostly.

  7. Margaret Gallagher
    February 14, 2021 / 9:33 am

    So much fun ! Happy bithday too YOU – one that wont be forgotten

  8. Elinor Fisher
    February 14, 2021 / 9:42 am

    I don’t envy you having to home-school a 5 year old! We’re all doing more reading in lockdown so I’d be glad of any suggestions of good books to read- although I’ve had enough of crime and murder ones as the TV seems to be full of dramas about that too!

  9. ashleigh allan
    February 14, 2021 / 12:33 pm

    Great photos, happy Birthday! Love the cake!

  10. Anthea Holloway
    February 14, 2021 / 2:23 pm

    Thank you for making this all so interesting. Baba is growing up and you are doing a great job!

  11. natalie s
    February 14, 2021 / 2:50 pm

    Oh such a cutie! Happy Birthday little one!

  12. Margaret Clarkson
    February 14, 2021 / 2:55 pm

    You are doing a good job. Lovely to read of you both getting out in the fresh air.

  13. Amanda Botterill
    February 14, 2021 / 5:46 pm

    Looks like you had a busy month!

  14. Amy Jo
    February 14, 2021 / 7:06 pm

    It’s so nice for it to get lighter – I hope spring brings you what you’re looking for and makes the homeschooling a little easier!

  15. MARIA ROGERS
    February 14, 2021 / 7:22 pm

    they grow up so fast, you blink and you miss it! shame as you are so exhausted as a new parent just stumble from one day to the next and before you know it they are adults, and look back and realise they were magical years

  16. sue cornish
    February 14, 2021 / 7:37 pm

    Lovely Pics . Hopefully homeschooling ending soon

  17. Chloe
    February 14, 2021 / 10:15 pm

    It looks like you have both had lots of fun! I hope he had a lovely birthday! The birthday cake is lovely 🙂

  18. lynn neal
    February 14, 2021 / 10:45 pm

    Looks like Baba had a great fifth Birthday!

  19. Carly Belsey
    February 15, 2021 / 5:07 am

    I would love a post with your favourite reads as I am always looking for new books to read. I love a cold sunny walk with the children too.

  20. susan middleton
    February 15, 2021 / 8:36 am

    Well done all mum’s

  21. Priscilla Stubbs
    February 15, 2021 / 11:25 am

    He is looking so grown up in the photos. Arlo had a lockdown birthday too, he wanted a big cake and a big party, He had a big cake, a Gruffalo one, but couldn’t have the party but he enjoyed his day

  22. Priscilla Stubbs
    February 15, 2021 / 11:25 am

    He is looking so grown up in the photos. Arlo had a lockdown birthday too, he wanted a big cake and a big party, He had a big cake, a Gruffalo one, couldn’t have the party but he enjoyed his day

  23. Michelle Cheeseman
    February 15, 2021 / 3:30 pm

    Yt looks like you are doing a great job of home schooling! I hope your Son had a great 5th Birthday!

  24. Lucy Wright-Booth
    February 15, 2021 / 4:03 pm

    Happy birthday!

  25. Chloe
    February 15, 2021 / 4:11 pm

    I can’t wait for lockdown to be over so I can see my friends and family, after being stuck indoors I am looking forward to planning a holiday once we are safe to travel again 🙂

  26. Gina Raymond
    February 15, 2021 / 7:43 pm

    such a lovely read about your fun family

  27. YOLANDA DAVIS
    February 15, 2021 / 7:50 pm

    Happy 5th birthday to baba.

  28. Lucy Wright-Booth
    February 15, 2021 / 8:54 pm

    What a lovely cake!

  29. Fiona Foskett
    February 15, 2021 / 9:07 pm

    Such lovely family photos xx

  30. Gemma Hendry
    February 15, 2021 / 10:26 pm

    Happy birthday Baba, my daughter is 5 in March

  31. Georgie Wright
    February 15, 2021 / 11:12 pm

    Looks like you’ve been having lots of fun and it’s a great cake!

  32. Alice Gilkes
    February 15, 2021 / 11:27 pm

    Great post.

  33. Laura
    February 15, 2021 / 11:59 pm

    I really feel for children who have only just started school, they haven’t had chance to fully settle into school life so when they go back it will be like starting school all over again,

    • Cecile Blaireau
      Author
      February 18, 2021 / 4:16 pm

      Yes, I agree so much with that. On one hand, I really want him to go back to school ASAP. But on the other hand, I also feel worried about what it will be like when it happens 🙁

  34. Allison Sherwood
    February 16, 2021 / 10:07 am

    I think you are doing great

  35. Carolyn E
    February 16, 2021 / 3:46 pm

    He seems to be keeping busy doing this which are both fun and educational – well done !

  36. Chloe
    February 16, 2021 / 5:15 pm

    I hope he had a lovely birthday! I can’t wait to have a sunny holiday either 🙂

  37. JENNIFER TURNBULL
    February 16, 2021 / 8:52 pm

    I think everyone with small children need a huge well done for home schooling as well as everything else that needs to be done. Your boys are gorgeous. x

  38. Fiona jk42
    February 16, 2021 / 11:31 pm

    Happy Birthday to your son. That cake looks delicious! It is great that you had a celebration at home for him as birthdays mean so much to young children.

  39. natalie s
    February 17, 2021 / 3:25 pm

    This is so super cute. Wishing you many happy returns!

  40. Chloe
    February 17, 2021 / 5:41 pm

    It looks like he enjoyed his lockdown birthday and lots of fun 🙂

  41. Chloe
    February 17, 2021 / 6:00 pm

    It looks like he had a fun lockdown birthday 🙂

  42. Debbie Clarke
    February 17, 2021 / 10:36 pm

    Sounds like fun and lots of learning. Well done to all mums

  43. Michelle Blane
    February 17, 2021 / 11:28 pm

    You are making fantastic memories. This will all be lovely to look back on.

  44. Lisa Foley
    February 18, 2021 / 10:57 am

    awww! Happy birthday x

  45. Chloe
    February 18, 2021 / 2:40 pm

    I hope he had a lovely lockdown birthday! I love the grey throw in your photos 🙂

  46. natalie s
    February 18, 2021 / 3:00 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely celebration!

  47. natalie s
    February 19, 2021 / 11:20 am

    Those macarons look delicious!

  48. Chloe
    February 19, 2021 / 11:10 pm

    It looks like he had a lovely lockdown birthday 🙂 I live the birthday cake 🎂

  49. Chloe
    February 19, 2021 / 11:11 pm

    It looks like he had a lovely lockdown birthday 🙂 I love the birthday cake 🎂

  50. adrian price
    February 20, 2021 / 1:50 pm

    i live on a fairly rough estate and “homeschooling” seems to consist of the kids riding there bikes and playing football!

  51. Chloe
    February 20, 2021 / 2:33 pm

    Sounds like a very busy week! It looks like he had a lovely lockdown birthday 🙂

  52. natalie s
    February 20, 2021 / 8:59 pm

    Oh cutie!

  53. adrian price
    February 21, 2021 / 8:15 pm

    looks like Baba`s enjoyed his home schooling

  54. Chloe
    February 21, 2021 / 9:12 pm

    I love the photos! It looks like he had a lovely lockdown birthday 🙂

  55. Chloe
    February 22, 2021 / 12:40 pm

    I always find it difficult to get out walking when the weather is like this, I should set myself a 10k target to keep myself more motivated! I hope he had a lovely birthday 🙂

  56. Julia Linsley
    February 23, 2021 / 2:13 pm

    Great article liking the theme of getting closer to nature and enjoying the countryside

  57. Rebecca Walker
    February 23, 2021 / 3:35 pm

    happy birthday!

  58. Chloe
    February 23, 2021 / 4:57 pm

    Cute photos! I hope he had a lovely 5th birthday, his cake looks awesome 🍰

  59. Laura Corrall
    February 23, 2021 / 8:36 pm

    Looks like you’ve had some wonderful celebrations. My expectations of everything in life has just mellowed.

  60. Jeanette Leighton
    February 24, 2021 / 10:26 am

    My son will be 5 in July time goes so quickly

  61. Chloe
    February 24, 2021 / 5:03 pm

    I hope he had a lovely 5th lockdown birthday! I like the birthday cake 🎂

  62. natalie s
    February 24, 2021 / 6:43 pm

    Such a cutie!

  63. Helen Tyler
    February 24, 2021 / 8:30 pm

    It must be so hard sometimes trying to homeschool children. Well done to all you parents out there trying to make it work 🙂

  64. AndiG
    February 24, 2021 / 11:01 pm

    Can now see the light at the end of the tunnel for homeschooling, we are so happy

  65. Anita Missen
    February 26, 2021 / 6:22 pm

    Have a great birthday little one.

  66. Chloe
    February 26, 2021 / 10:00 pm

    I hope he had a lovely lockdown birthday, Children grow up too fast but it sounds like your enjoying every moment 🙂

  67. Patricia Avery
    February 26, 2021 / 10:38 pm

    As a retired teacher who had endless patience with my pupils but very little when it came to helping my own two children with school work I don’t envy anyone home-schooling!

  68. Annabel Greaves
    February 27, 2021 / 11:55 am

    Hope he had a lovely birthday

  69. Sharon Freemantle
    February 27, 2021 / 12:48 pm

    It’s very hard on children at the moment being away from school and their friends. Trying to home school must be very hard. My granddaughter age 7 went back to school on Wednesday she wasn’t keen as she’s been home for so long. At home time she and her best friend wanted to play together at home both were in tears as they couldn’t understand they can play together at school but not at home.

  70. Chloe
    February 27, 2021 / 2:21 pm

    His birthday cake is lovely! I hope he had a great lockdown birthday 🙂

  71. Phil Read
    February 27, 2021 / 3:15 pm

    Looks like he had a great birthday at least.

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