2021: That was the year that was January to June

We started the year in tier 4 Covid restrictions and on 5th January we went into the third national lockdown. My husband and son were still going to work, while my younger kids were having online lessons at home. Having come out of hospital on 30th December, my dad was making a good recovery from Covid-19 and getting a little bit stronger every day. I started marathon training on 4th January, then the marathon was postponed (as expected) on 18th January. We had a few hours of snow one day. Apart from that, nothing happened.

snow, trees, landscape, snow scene, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo

Nothing much happened in February either. My husband got a new car, after his old one had been in the garage for five weeks. We had some very wet weather and some very cold weather. At the end of the month, we had some warm, sunny weather. During February, seemingly out of nowhere, my daughter developed an incredible talent for baking. Suddenly she could bake anything and it all looked and tasted great. On 22nd February, the prime minister announced his ‘road map’ for lifting lockdown restrictions. On 27th February, I smashed my (not)parkrun PB – even beating my actual parkrun PB, set in 2017.

baking, cakes, daughter, savouries, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo

The kids went back to school on 8th March and started twice weekly Covid testing – first at school and then at home. My daughter turned 15 and I had my first ‘walk in the car’ since lockdown started – only as far as my favourite local hill. On 29th March, lockdown restrictions were lifted a bit further. The new rules meant, for the first time since last September, my whole family could meet up with both of my parents at the same time. The kids went back to athletics (although only in the park, rather than at the track initially) and my husband went back to playing football. I realised the irony of my family having more freedom – I had less, as I was back to juggling challenging mealtimes and driving the mum taxi again.

At the start of April, I decided to take an unprecedented week off work during the school holidays. We enjoyed a lovely Easter Sunday in the garden with my parents. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Three days later, my dad was taken ill again and I spent five hours with him at the hospital, between 9pm and 2am. Luckily he was on the mend a few days later and his Covid recovery continued to be remarkable. To me, 12th April was the end of lockdown. There were still plenty of restrictions, but shops, gyms and hairdressers were open. I only use one of those things, but my younger son was very happy about the opening of the other two! The athletics track was open and my daughter finally went back to ballet. As her ballet is term-time only, I think she’d only had seven or eight weeks of lessons since March 2020. I got another (not)parkrun PB – my first ever sub-22 minute 5k, which I never would have dreamed could be possible. And my husband and I finally had our Covid jabs.

Vaccine, Covid vaccine, Covid-19, Selfie, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo

On 17th May, lockdown restrictions were lifted further, so people could go inside pubs and restaurants. We could also go inside people’s houses and hug them! We’re not big pub or restaurant goers, so that didn’t make much difference to us, but it was very nice to be able to go into my parents’ house.

We had a very busy and exciting week in May. On one day, my son passed his driving test and did his first athletics competition of the year. On that same day, my daughter did her RS GCSE (exam, but not exam). Three days later, my dad and I had the incredible experience of going to the FA Cup final and we rounded off the week with another athletics competition and my son’s new long jump PB. Also in May, my husband and I ran the (virtual) Cheltenham Challenge half marathon.

FA Cup final, Wembley Stadium, FA Cup final

On 12th June, my son got another new long jump PB, of 6.83 – moving him closer to his dream of taking part in the English Schools nationals, which he missed out on in 2019 due to his fractured pelvis and 2020 due to Covid. A few days later, he got the confirmation that he would definitely be competing at English Schools.

On 21st June, lockdown restrictions were due to be lifted completely. I didn’t think it made a difference to me, as it was mainly about nightclubs and I definitely don’t go to nightclubs any more. My parents celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on 12th June and were due to have a party on 26th June. When the lockdown lifting got delayed by four weeks, so too did my parents’ party. And so did parkrun, which was also due to return that day (having already been pushed back from 5th June). Suddenly I felt very deflated about the whole thing.

My husband and my eldest both got another year older. My husband and I had our second Covid jabs, while my eldest had his first. My younger kids both had mocks in the same week (and both did very well) and my husband got a dream ticket to Wembley for the historic England v Germany game in the Euros.

Long jump, Long jump PB, Son, Athlete, Silent Sunday, My Sunday Photo

You can read about our July to December here.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. It’s not been the easiest start to the year, but so many positives & lots happening then xx

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    • It definitely wasn’t the easiest start to the year, but it’s nice to look back on all the positives. X

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  2. It sounds like you had a good year. Well done to your daughter with all of the baking, she really is very talented. x

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    • Thanks very much! My daughter discovered a real talent for baking this year. X

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