Quarantine Camp Edition Flatlay!
So here we are, at the end of day 3. We still have 1.5 days to go before we can go home! If you are wondering why we are in quarantine camp, go to the previous post to read our story.
Today has been a whirlwind of ups and downs! You can follow us on ig stories to see why. Pretty much our toilet was stuck and leaking and going to our toilet was like using an outhouse 😫😨. But I am glad it's all over now! I am super thankful though, for the morning worship we had with our friends through a zoom call this morning. It really helped with setting my perspective right again. I had to learn to let go of all control and trust in God. When I was able to do that, a huge burden was lifted off my heart! So blessed to have friends who calls us to worship in times of difficulty and to realign our hearts. 💕
Anyway, one more day to go and then we can go 🏡! Though the space we have been given here in the quarantine camp is much bigger than our own apartment that I am afraid that when we go back home, I might feel claustrophobic 😂 😂
It always makes me laugh when you plan a nice trip out thinking that the children will love it and they actually hate it. After spending a lot of time in the buggy on recent days out I had visions of Rafael running round on the sand, splashing in the water and thought that Nico would enjoy collecting shells with his big brothers. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Rafael wasn’t keen on the uneven, moving ground and was even more unsure about the waves coming in. He hated the feel of the cold sand on his hands and wanted to be carried. Nico was happy if he was holding someones hand and was slightly more adventurous with the waves. Maybe they’ll enjoy trips to the seaside more in warmer weather like they did in the summer. #twins#twinlife
Quality time spent with your kids is just as important than looking after yourself ❤️ I know to always appreciate the little things in life, cos you know what. Babies don't stay little forever 😭 so ill cherish every moment 💓💓 -
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What’s one thing your ‘looking forward’ to doing while your in ISO? I’ve been making the most of being housebound with a sick little boy and started spring cleaning. The next thing to tick of the list is organising my pantry, any suggestions where to start? 😂 Like seriously where do I begin haha tell me your hacks... .
Crushing on this beautiful space for one of our next shoot locations @therangebyronbay
Seriously, this quarantine camp unit has such good natural lighting, so much better than our apartment! 😂 Yes, if you didn't know, we are currently in the quarantine camp in Hong Kong. We are in for a total of 5 days and there are 2.5 days left. Today was a bit challenging, I don't know how people who has to go into the camp for 14 days feel! But before I continue to talk about today, just want to explain why we are here in the first place.
12 days ago, we had lunch with our friend. 2 days after that, he started feeling feverish and went to see the doctor to get tested. His result came in 3 days after, which makes it a total of 5 days after we met him that we found out he was tested positive. (Him and his wife are positive and currently recovering in the hospital) Hence the health department called us to tell us since we were close contacts with him, we had to check into the quarantine camp. I did try pointing out that since we are all considered close contacts, can't we just stay home and self-quarantined? They said no, said that it is policy. 🤷♀️ .
Fast forward the day we got a call to say we need to pack up, it was already almost 10 days since we last saw our friend. We have had no symptoms so far (thank God). So here we are, staying in this police center converted quarantine center.
It has been a crazy journey, even though it's only been 2 whole days, it felt much longer.
One of the upside I thought about living here is that we don't have to do much housework! Oh boy we were so wrong. This place was really dusty and dirty (seems like from renovation). Konrad had to sweep, mop, scrub with rags and even then the floors are still dirty. Thank God they have slippers. It is a big space, bigger than our apartment actually 😂 so Konrad had a lot of floors to clean. The shower drain doesn't drain and now the toilet is leaking and stuck. To be honest, if not for our friends and family praying and caring for us outside of this camp, I don't know how I would be now. .
But if you would like to know more, i am currently posting on stories daily of our situation in here. I might be posting more than I spent time with my kids 😅. I should really prioritse.
I have been really looking forward to coming away for the start of the half term holiday but the reality is weekends away with 5 children are often hard work. Someone is always unhappy or whinging about something. Seve was upset I didn’t pack scissors, Aurelio repeatedly asks to go home even though he enjoys being away (I can’t explain it) and Corrado has moaned about practically everything. We’ve found that we can no longer share a bedroom with Nico and Rafael. Every movement in the night wakes them so none of us have very much sleep leading to four out of seven being grumpy the next day. Nico likes to press every switch available which caused the dishwasher to only half wash everything and all the lamps in the house being on. The beach is always fun and makes everyone feel better until Aurelio remembers he hates it! We’ve driven around a lot, just to try and get everyone to nap in an attempt to raise the mood. Clicking, whistling and clapping have become some of their favourite things to do and are some of the most annoying sounds in the world. The familiarity of the hazards at home are far easier to navigate than learning about new ones on the go (Nico is now sporting a big black eye). I’ve shouted too much which has made me feel awful. I’ve also heard the words ‘I’m hungry’ and ‘I’m thirsty’ more times than necessary. No one listens to anything I say! We’ve had some serious selective hearing and just plain ignoring anything they haven’t liked hearing. Long car journeys (made longer by bad weather and multiple crashes) make everyone a little twitchy. I’m coming home feeling massively under appreciated and wanting to book a holiday for just my husband and I. Next time we go away, I’m taking the iPads and having very low expectations about actually enjoying more than 40% of our ‘break’. It’s not always like this but this weekend this is my reality. (Photo taken under duress)
You may feel a bit lost in the tunnel, but I can tell you that I’ve never felt more focused on what matters. ❤️ This.
These four young men are all in the home with their mom & their dad, everyday of the week. This has never happened in our whole lives or our marriage. We have spent more meals gathered around the table, holding hands & praying together. We have made more memories than ever before.✨This is the blessing in the storm.
Y’all, there is so. much. good. alllll around us. 🥰 When you feel good, you look for good. When you see good, you want to pay that forward. When you spread light ✨ you light up the world 🌎 one person at a time.
I'm so proud of my oldest boy, he's taking this surreal situation in his stride, at 3.5yrs I wasn't sure if he would be able to understand, would he be asking to go out everyday, would he get upset at not seeing people, he's very routine as well......but no he understands (at a more simplicit level) that people are not well with a 'bad cold' so we have to stay at home and not see anyone accept who we live with, he said that he has a great idea ...... Doctors could give people medicine 😍 we said they are trying.
He loves his 'home nursery', I think he likes, and needs, a routine, he's shown me he knows more than I realised, his writing has come on so well, I probably wouldn't have known he could write so well if it wasn't for lockdown, sad but true.
He's found a passion for sending people letters (well pictures with jumbled letters 😘) his kind personality shining through.
Of course there are tantrums, he's cried about things we just cannot comprehend but we are trying to be patient and understand his little world has been turned upside down and he's trying so hard to adapt.
He's spending so much time with Max, time he wouldn't have had, I hope this time brings them even closer together.
So today as we start week 2, we have our small but important goals for the day, and I'm ready for another fun, but tiring week with these two amazing boys 💙💙 #isolation#lockdown#homenursery #myboys💙💙 #mysons#mummyofboys#mummylife#toddlerlife#keepsmiling#bekind#behappy#qualitytime#qualityfamilytime#tiring#tiredmummy#wehaveeachother#coronavirusuk#havingfun#brothersdontcountchromosoms#brothers#familybond #familytimes❤️ #familyof4#familyofboys#familyoffour#weareok#spreadingjoy#spreadinglove#anotherweek#week2
Newborn life is hard, isn’t it Blake?
We are now 2 weeks deep in 2 child life and I did genuinely believe I would struggle more than I have done. I realise how shitty I felt for more than half of pregnancy with Blake and I am so bloody glad to have my body and mental stability back. I feel like the really dark haze that seemed to always consume me 1/3 of the way through my day has just disappeared, today I feel happier and healthier than I have done for months. I am so grateful for Pav, I’ll be honest, how he managed to put up with me for the last 6 months I will never know. Anyway; I cannot wait for our future as a 4, here is to more good days 🥂 #gooddays#lovinglife#newborn#mumto2#familyofboys#boymum#mumlife#imamum#mumblog#blogger#instamum#instalove#interior444#babyboy
Away from the clan for an evening on a course so after a bit of work I'm currently watching the best #Spiderman film I've seen!
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15 Oct 2019
No more dad chariot for now, now it's all about own transport, cool backpack and being an individual!
Keep going bud you're a superstar!
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We're expecting to see the bear in this pose till he moves out!
Think the scenery around him may change but that is a games posture!
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The love I have for these boys is unreal. Vegas is fun and this little boy always ask when we get home from a trip when can he come to Las Vegas. One day boy one day. #vegasfamily#vegaslove#family#familyofboys pic.twitter.com/DhWvEvmaYI
2 weeks ago
Social distancing, such a strange phrase and hard to digest the fact that this is our reality.
Moving forward we will play things by ear but all scheduled sessions WILL remain as they are unless I hear otherwise from you. Please know I will reschedule if I am sick, your family is sick or if there is a risk for anyone involved. Health and safety are a top priority and something that is taken very seriously.
I appreciate your continued support with this small business and am looking forward to capturing memories you will cherish forever. 💕
A much needed bath and relaxation. Like many parents we are isolated with the boys, as Lucas is 3yrs we don't have a school structure to follow but we still have to ensure we are working on life skills with him, nursery is amazing we rely on his 3 days at nursery to get him ready for school in September but now this is down to us 🤦🏻♀️🤪 We don't have a schedule, but we are all dressed and ready by 9am to keep to a bit of normality, it would be easy to just treat every day as a Sunday but this will cause problems in the long run. I'm ensuring I try and achieve 2-3 things a day with both boys, today Lucas wrote his name for the first time, he made a letter and posted it, we did some Makaton/baby signing and have our signs of the week up and Lucas did about 20seconds of @thebodycoach PE session whilst mummy did 20minutes 😂😂 rest of the day was playdoh, trains and sand and lots of imagination 👍
I didn't get to complete my 3 things ...... I did do exercise and my signing but the bathroom didn't get cleaned 🤷 oh well there's always tomorrow, or the next day!
Max completed his - nap, drink milk and eat porridge. ✔️ Sending my thoughts to every parent out there who tonight is thinking, what the hell am I going to do with the kids tomorrow!?!? Remember don't put pressure on yourself, set realistic goals and write down what you do so you can see what you have achieved. There's nothing wrong with screen time, watching a film, dancing around the kitchen or just sitting watching them play in the garden.
You've got this 👏💞 #isolating#socialdistancing#kidsathome#allinthistogether#coronavirusuk #familytimes❤️ #familyof4#familyofboys#mummylife#familylife#kidstime #myboys💙 #lovethem#organised#dontputpressureonyourself#inthistogether#youvegotthis#haveacuppa#takeabreath#planahead#mummylove#familylove#memories#together#love#maximisingdownsyndrome
They may fight a lot, but they really do have a close bond. I think their close in age really formed that bond, so when people ask me why I had the kids timed out (every 2 years) the way I did; this is why. Now, this may not hold true to every family, but I know in mine it’s been real 💙.
6 days ago
My ‘super cool dude.’ My oldest, my obedient one, the clean one 😂, the smart one, my helper. It’s funny how the first born is raised differently than the rest of your kids, if you have two or more. The 1st born grew up alone in their first to a couple of years, so they never had anyone take or fight for their toys. All the attention was on them. You had their attention at 100%, so you were able to really mold them a bit more than #2#3 or #4 +. He’s had moments of tantrums, but for the most part he’s a great kid and I’m grateful for that! 🙏🏼
DAY 4 OF QUARANTINE CAMP
We are leaving tomorrow! The boys are tested negative and we have no symptoms as well. Thank God! It has been a crazy ride, from the day we received the call about going into Q camp until today. So many unknowns at the beginning, and with it a lot of stress. Waiting and not knowing ages you. At some point we were like "I rather just get it (the waiting) over with and check in right now!"
But I want to thank God for my little boys. They are truly the key to the kingdom of Heaven. Children have such different perspective than adults! To them this is a vacation. From the moment they heard that their friend @merian12 went into Q camp, and that we might have to come too, they have been wishing and praying that we would get a chance to come . 🤷♀️ I don't get it but watching them being so excited helps set my perspective. Their enthusiasm in every little thing keeps me in check, not allowing worry or anxiety to take over. Seeing the innocence on their faces and their pure joy brightens my heart and lightens my load. So here's to our precious children. ♥️
20 Oct 2019
Been a colourful relaxing sunday!
Ahead great fun taking part in the #thanetcolourrun for pilgrimshospices and then had a lovely cozy #onesie afternoon!
Hope we've all had a great #sunday
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