Monday, 24 August 2020

"Don't get your feathers all ruffled. Just chill."

 

I can't believe it's been a month since the last post, its crazy how quickly time seems to go in this new world. I've been in such an awful headspace for weeks and really need to shake it off but on a more positive note, Opeie has been able to see his friends a little more and tomorrow he's finally going to see his bestie after not seeing her since march.  I'm so glad its happening now as I get the feeling that another lockdown (maybe just in Telford) is inevitable. Plus with the schools going back, I don't think we'll be seeing anyone that we know that goes to school for a few weeks to see what happens. I kind of feel like were at the start of some insane science experiment. 

Anyway, doom and gloom aside, we have been playing a lot of Animal crossing new horizons over the last few weeks. Opeie wanted me to join him in playing and despite looking at it and thinking 'there's no way I'm going to enjoy that!' it turns out its really bloody relaxing and has spurred on lots of creative projects too. This week we drew our Animal crossing characters and the villagers that we most wanted on our island. I love having all these pictures of ours around the house, they are a constant reminder of just how awesome our Homelife is.



Thursday, 23 July 2020

"Sometimes brightening up the outside of your store is just the thing to perk up business, yes?"


Day 126:

Conversation in the house recently has been heavy on the Animal Crossing. Since picking up a copy of New horizons a couple of weeks ago Opeie has been busy building his island and creating and it has been so much nicer hearing about that rather than Fortnite. While he was having a chat with his friends yesterday I decided to build him Nooks Cranny. His smile when he came off the phone and saw it was contagious and leaving the build empty means that that smile can continue tomorrow when we are building the furniture together. Another win for those amazing bricks.



Wednesday, 22 July 2020

"Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway."


Day 125:

I love it when Opeie shows me a picture he's found on the internet and says "Can we build this?". Mainly because it means an afternoon of sitting down with the LEGO and working something out together. Its rare that he ever wants to add Technic functions into builds but this kinetic cowboy build by Tankybrick had really got him excited. So we watched their video about 50 times to try and work out the functions. After building pretty much the entire thing no matter haw many times we watched the video we couldn't work out the final piece that got the horses moving as the video wasn't very clear. After a stressful 30 minutes or so of trying all sorts of different elements we finally cracked it. It definitely wasn't the same piece, and the horses the finitely don't run as smooth as theirs but overall it came out great and ended up being a fun afternoon building with my bestie.



Sunday, 19 July 2020

"You're gonna need a bigger boat!"


Day 121:

I have been so rubbish at writing and taking pictures since my birthday and I really need to get back into the rhythm as it was doing me the world of good mentally. This week has been lush hanging out with Becci and the boys, painting and playing LEGO. Opeie is loving his LEGO photography at the moment so we've been putting a lot of time into that. Hopefully these pictures are all going towards something amazing. Watch this space.



Saturday, 11 July 2020

"Forget the past; look forward to the future, for the best things are yet to come."


Day 113:

Every year for as long as I can remember my birthday has always felt like just another day of the week, this year was different though. There was a feeling in the air that I wasn't expecting on the build up and as it got closer I felt myself feeling all warm inside. Becci and Opeie had been busy doing some top secret prep for weeks and my unexpected warm fuzzy birthday feeling was definitely coming from their excitement. By the time the big day came today I felt like I had already had my birthday twice over because of the first two days of their three day celebrations.


You know you are on to a winner with your choice of partner when not only does she buy you a thoughtful toy from your childhood but also creates new patches for that magical toy (which are always battered because of their age). And Opeie couldn't be any cuter, knowing exactly what to get me because he is so bloody awesome. By the time we were ready to head out I was feeling like a princess.


As we drove out of the road to start our journey to Lake Vyrnwy, I spotted pictures of myself all over the place, these pair had clearly been having a blast getting ready for today. I liked to think that everyone one on our road thought I was a young dad but now they all know that I'm a crusty 40-year-old.


Lake Vyrnwy was a little busier than we expected but we found a quiet spot to have a picnic and a good stomp while Opeie took photos for his next comic. On the way home all I could think about was that delicious looking backed cheese cake the Becci and Opeie had made. Today was perfection, it was so nice to have a clear head for a few days. Now to start think about Becc's 40th, hopefully next year the world will seem a little calmer. 



Friday, 10 July 2020

"Don't ever, never say we're through, We gon boogaloo"


Day 112:

Day 2 of the birthday celebrations has been awesome and I'm feeling so loved. It's a shame I don't turn 40 every weekend.  I woke up to coffee and breakfast in bed again, more lovely presents and then we backed up the car to the river in Jackfield, opened the boot, dropped the seats and lay in the back drawing. I feel like Ive already had my birthday twice over and it not until tomorrow. I've been treated like a princess. I'm currently banished upstairs and I'm not allowed to go downstairs until tomorrow, I have no idea what those lovelies are up to.

I was so chill today that I didn't even think to get my phone out to take a picture, so here's a song instead.  



Thursday, 9 July 2020

"It takes a long time to become young."


Day 111:

I woke up today to what I am told is the start of my 3 day birthday celebrations , which began with gifts and breakfast in bed. I then had to put on a blindfold (or corona mask which was very fitting) and get in the car for a surprise day out. I've been so desperate to get my feet in the sea since the start of all this lockdown craziness, In the past if I've every not been feeling myself I've always jumped in the car and driven to Borth so when I realised that's where we were heading I was so excited. The weather wasn't great, but I was pretty confident that it would keep people away and we'd have a nice quite beach to ourselves... we weren't disappointed. 

I could have lay on that beach all day listening to the sea, it put me in such a great headspace after  feeling off for a few days. Even when the boot lock decided to go on the car, nothing was going to ruin our day, Me and Becci went full on team Moonstar and got us home safely. We finished off the first day of celebrations with wine and some painting, it was a day of perfection with those two cuties that always make me feel so smitten.

Turning 40 is already feeling pretty magical.



Wednesday, 8 July 2020

"Change, like sunshine, can be a friend or a foe, a blessing or a curse, a dawn or a dusk."


Day 106-110:

I've really not felt myself over the last few days so I decided to skip a few days, I've not felt very inspired and if I'm honest 'getting through the day' has been as far as I have got. I feel like this whole Covid thing has changed me and some of those changes I really don't like. I think part of this unmotivated feeling is because of the news, I do my best to avoid it but for some reason a few nights back I ended up sat in bed reading and the ridiculousness of this country hit me hard. I'm hoping for a relaxing, creative few days to get me out of this funk. 

On a plus note we found another female Lesser Stag beetle, which made us both smile.





Friday, 3 July 2020

"It's important for every child to have a bit of a naughty streak."


Day 105:

Last night we were very irresponsible and stayed up until 3am doodling and paint while emptying a couple of bottles of wine. It's so lovely actually being in a relationship with someone who has some of the same interests especially as we both thrive off of each others creativity, it really makes all the difference. Last night we decided to but paint the same beetle (Necrophila Formosa) as the pumpkin style markings really caught our eye. I find it so interesting that we can both be painting the same thing yet the come out so different because of our personal styles. We probably would have continued painting had it not been for Opeie walking in, telling us we were too loud and shaking his head at us disapprovingly. The look on his face was too much so we went to bed like a couple of naughty kids.



Thursday, 2 July 2020

"Perfection is attained by slow degrees; it requires the hand of time."


Day 104:

For many of us the last 100 or so days has forced us into seriously changing the speed in which we are living. Ive always been fairly chill but I've seen the people around me have to adapt to this new way of getting through the days. I had high hopes for the lockdown period, I was going to learn new skills and pick up things that I had put down a long time ago, and although I definitely have learned some new skills and have tackled some new projects, this time at home hasn't been as productive as I had invisioned because of concentrating on our emotional wellbeing. I lay in bed tonight thinking about how much creative fun we have had, Both myself and Becci have really been empowered by the things we have been doing and Its been awesome watching Opeie get into his drawing too, I've been putting a lot more thought into how his home education is going to be going from this point and I'm really excited to see where it goes.