Mother’s Day 2020

It obviously felt different this year, but this Mother’s Day had the same basic elements as the last 16 for me. Breakfast in bed and presents, Mass (albeit watched on a TV screen), and catching up with both my mum and mother-in-law at some point. Saturday was nice too, I spent a lot of it…

Staying safe and sane in lockdown with kids at home

I know that these are seriously looking like the end times, what with the plagues and pandemic and bushfires and floods and now – why not?  Fresh confirmation from the Pentagon that UFOs are a thing. But I have to admit that, bunkered here in the suburbs with my husband and five kids aged 7-16, I’ve been enjoying this time of widespread lockdown much…

Six weeks into lockdown

On Monday I got back to work (from home) after nearly two week’s break over Easter. My husband and I have now been doing the lock down thing for six weeks, the teenagers for five weeks, the primary schoolers for four. Next week the schools our kids will start a return to face-to-face classes, with…

Random week in June notes

It’s not the end of June yet, but it’s been an eventful week so these little snippets aren’t completely random. Our fourth child received his First Holy Communion last Sunday. He was so ready for it, it was such a joy. His older brother’s event two years ago had seen a packed church and barely…