Switching Up The House As We Work From Home

Remote Learning And Work

Farm School 101

Farm school 101: Calf hutches can and should be repurposed into playhouses/classrooms whenever possible.

Teachers can instruct you from tree swings. Raking apples is part of cardio break. Always drop everything and watch when a truck hauling a flatbed trailer passes.

Gotta have some green to break up all the screen time. 🌻

Redesigning our living space

Spent the weekend outside doing a windy walk at the arboretum, bike rides at the family farm and watching Selling Houses Australia. It’s been a guilty pleasure since 2011 when we lived in Brisbane and we’ve been following Andrew, Shaynna and Charlie ever since. The kids are even getting into it, most episodes feature demolition. 🏗

We rearranged our house a bit to switch up the meals and play areas and also need to think about upgrading our beds as the youngest may be ready to leave his crib soon. 😪 But for now it feels like a nice change as the temperatures are dropping.

We wrappped it up with my fourth-or maybe fifth-edition of LTC Lockdown Tub Cuts where each boy in the house sits down and I practice my 3 and 7-blade barber skills. ✂️

We switched our play area on the weekend, it’s been here a few times but never used as much as now. With a 2 and 4 year old it’s occupied for longer and the low windows are perfect for car, dog and people watching. 🚚

Remote working while remote schooling and looking after kids during the pandemic.

This is the view from our home office, we’re trying to keep it adults only but of course the kids are always busting through the tension doors and running in there. Will do a close up of the glass smudges in my stories…what looked like cute french doors are now eternally dirty tiny windows. I think toddler fingerprints and lip marks are cute until the boogers come out, then it’s game over. 🙅‍♀️

We’ll be moving things around as it gets colder and they get bored. They’re outgrowing the kids table so we use the kitchen table for colouring and other messier activities now but I am a lazy homeschool parent so we’re light on that. Come winter I’ll need to get more creative. For now, it’s outdoor time as much as possible. 🌱

The great thing about little people is their enthusiasm for life and anything small we do to change up their play or bedrooms gets squeals of delight. We have not bought any new toys in months and don’t plan to until Christmas. But ask them for help, move a bookshelf, switch up the books and what toys we do have and I feel like Mary Poppins over here. 🌂💼

Have you been switching up your living space lately?

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