A photo a day, every day, for a year! This is my post for the year 2021 Week 45, 46, 47 and 48. The past month has been incredibly busy and very draining. I think Ethan having covid really wore me out. More nervous exhaustion than anything else. Having an autistic child who is ill is very hard. My work was also extremely busy so I haven’t had much blog time. Finally, I’m getting the chance to write about what we have been up to.
Project 365 – 2021 Week 45, 46, 47 & 48
Day 310 – Week 45
Week 45 started with a beautiful sunrise.
We are all still showing negative on the lateral flow tests.
Ethan’s first day out of isolation and we took him to a dentist appointment. We were hoping we could get to the bottom of his swollen cheek. They couldn’t see any possible issues so we just need to keep an eye on it.
Finally back to the normal school runs with both children at school again.
The rules have been changing for invisible disabilities and applying for blue badges. Parking the car is something Ethan really struggles with. If we can’t find a space it causes him great distress. It isn’t a nice experience. So we sent in an application, which wasn’t an easy task. Ethan was awarded a blue badge for the next three years.
It’s starting to feel like autumn on the school runs.
Ethan’s class took a bus to Tesco to buy their snack. They were all given Star of the Week for being so good so week 45 ended on a high for him. I have noticed in the seniors they are really working on life skills with the children.
Day 317 – Week 46
Ethan asked to go to Smyths Toys Superstores. He pointed out what he would like for Christmas. He wants his own copy of Animal Crossing. At the moment he uses his sisters. He also pointed out a Monster Truck which is a new request!
Little E spent the weekend at nannies. This really helped as I had to work all weekend. She gets spoilt when she visits and came home with a new Christmas decoration.
Ethan was only in school for four days and he was in close contact with covid. I ordered us all PCRs but then I remembered Ethan can’t take another PCR until 90 days after his positive result. So we are just doing lateral tests with him.
I had a moody cat sitting next to me tonight.
The grass is very wet in the mornings now. I’m getting wet feet on the school run.
With very tight work deadlines I have found it hard to remember to take photos. I remembered I needed a photo for today when I was having my last cup of tea for the day.
It was Children In Need day today. Ethan was very excited to have Pudsey ears to wear and match his sister. It’s the first year Little E’s school has had a non-uniform day for it.
Day 324 – Week 47
Little E has really got into her drawing and writing. This is what our front room floor now looks like most weekends. She was writing some instructions for me on how to draw a cat.
We got to go on an adventure today. It feels like the first time we have been out for ages. We went on an Alpaca Trek in Chelmsford. It was originally booked in for a few weeks ago but it was the weekend that Ethan was in isolation. We were able to rearrange our trek without any issues. We had a great time with the alpacas, I think the children will want to visit again.
Little E went swimming tonight. We have been really struggling to get her swimming hat on her head lately. I don’t think she was very happy with me when I took her photo!
Darren wanted us to use this car this morning. Little E decided to write on it with her finger before we got in it.
We walked to school this morning. It was a bit frosty and very cold.
Ethan was out of sorts tonight. It was his McDonalds night and he wasn’t happy until Darren had brought it home with him. Whilst we waited I had two little friends sitting with me on my cuddle sofa.
My phone told me that we were going to get snow overnight. It didn’t happen and if it did it didn’t settle.
Day 331 – Week 49
We had an invite to visit Silverstone Lap of Lights. It was a great evening and a great start to getting into the Christmas spirit.
The latest Terminator film has been added to Disney+. I was looking forward to watching it but Neo had other ideas.
We had a parent-teacher meeting for Little E tonight. After what they have been through these past two years I’m so proud of her progress. I feel I don’t give her as much attention as I should because of my work and Ethan’s needs but she is doing amazing!
Little E’s turn to be a close contact this week. More PCRs ready for sending. We all got a negative result.
Waiting for Little E to come out of school a rainbow appeared. A few minutes later it rained. Thankfully we missed it as we had the car to take us home tonight.
Due to the rise in covid cases, they decided to close Little E’s class at school. We are continually taking daily lateral flow tests just to make sure the children are ok.
Little E’s teacher is assigning work whilst they are home. This was the art project she was set for today. She is actually enjoying the home learning. Such a big change from when we first went into lockdown. I still found it extremely hard juggling my work with hers. Ethan’s homeschooling doesn’t get a look in. He has been doing the daily zooms with his class.
That was our 2021 Week 45, 46, 47 and 48 adventure. You can read about our week 44 here.