A photo a day, every day, for a year! I took part in Project 365 a few years ago. I was able to complete the year in 2015 but didn’t complete 2016 or 2017. This year I’m hoping I will do better. This is my post for the year 2021 Week 1.
Project 365 – 2021 Week 1
Our New Years Day tradition is to go for a walk at Frinton-on-Sea. Last year we left it until the afternoon to visit and the beach was packed. So this year we made sure we visited before our lunch. We didn’t walk too far as it was cold. We took the children’s scooters so they got the chance to burn off some of their excess energy.
I treated myself to a Nintendo Switch hoping that it will help make me fitter. We did buy one for Ethan when he was going through his throwing stage. Hoping that it would help him stop but he never got on with it. We ended up selling that one to a friend. I brought Just Dance as I thought Little E would love it. We played for over an hour together today. It’s Darren’s turn tomorrow!
Today was my first day playing Ring Fit Adventure on the Nintendo Switch. I sit on the sofa all the time and I want to move more. To start I have set myself a 30-day challenge. I want to play the game every day, except Sundays over the next 30 days. Fingers crossed that I can complete my goal.
Today Darren cut Ethan’s hair. Hair cuts have been a major issue for us to overcome with Ethan. Some people say that cutting hair actually hurts children with autism as they are so sensitive to it. At the moment we are in a good place with cutting hair, we know this can change at any moment. The last lockdown got too much for me as we were at a real battle stage. Darren would have to hold Ethan still whilst he was screaming as I cut his hair. Both me and Ethan were in tears (again) and I said I just couldn’t do this anymore to my son. Somehow Darren and Ethan have worked together over the months and at this moment in time hair cuts are happier and easier.
At the moment Darren still has to go out to work during this lockdown. This means that I’m at home with the children juggling homeschooling and my work. This term’s topic is space. Homeschooling Little E isn’t easy but we had both children’s tasks for the day complete and sent back to their teachers by lunchtime.
In the last lockdown, we struggled with Ethan’s homeschooling. Little E’s learning got more intense and more of a battleground. This meant that Ethan’s was forgotten. So far I have managed to do a school activity with them both each day. Ethan’s teacher set up an account for Mathletics and Ethan was able to complete two tasks today. I think he quite enjoyed his computer time. Holding his attention for any period of time is one of the biggest battles.
On Thursday I was able to get us out of the house for a bit. I’m so proud of myself as it has taken me a long time to be able to leave the house with both children on my own. Little E being older and having a greater understanding has really helped. The school run also really helped my confidence. Ethan still needs constant support but he has got better at listening to me, sometimes! We took the scooters out and walked to Colchester Castle. The children took the opportunity of it being so quiet to climb the walls there. We never normally let them do it.
Today was a harder day. The printer run out of ink on Thursday so we just played some online games in the evening that the teachers have recommended. Ethan was very unsettled and I was feeling down. So I put the Trolls movies on for them. They both love the Trolls singing and dancing in the films. I started a Harry Potter puzzle that Darren gave me for Christmas. I really found that puzzles helped me in the last lockdown when I couldn’t concentrate. Even when there was an information overload. They help me switch off and keep off of social media.
That was our 2021 Week 1 adventure. I can’t wait to see what everyone else got up to.