Times has flown by and it still doesn’t feel real that South Africans have spent more than 100 days on lock-down. We have experienced highs and lows and have learnt multiple lessons along the way. Here are 100 photos that capture our experience.
Our first 10 days in lock-down
Scroll past these photos, if you want to get straight to our lessons learnt.
Day 1 – 27 March 2020 and lock-down level 5 began. On this day the boys had already been in lock-down for 10 days. I decided to create a 21 day Lock-down challenge listing 10 ways to keep positive during lock-down. Thanks to everyone who participated. I loved your entries.
Day 2 – Created a schedule and stuck to it. It was our saving grace and helped us adapt quickly to our new normal. An idle mind is the devils playground, but keeping busy and structured created a sense of comfort for us.
Day 3 – Beyond grateful that Montagu Snack was able to operate as an essential service. It helped keep our healthy snacking in check and saved this mom’s bacon. Sky has actually embraced healthy snacking over this period because we limited our trips to the grocery store.
Day 4 – While I attempted daily workouts, The Kids Gym virtual workouts kept the boys active. It was the starting point for Ashton and his fitness journey which has grown in leaps and bounds. We aimed to keep our bodies moving and I also shared my playlist.
Day 5 – Team Fit Like Mummy joined TikTok. We were living our best lives and you loved it. TikTok has been a great distraction with many people around the world joining the social media platform. It’s been a great way to de-stress and just loads of fun. Currently chasing 5k followers, so if you are on TikTok please give is a follow.
Day 6 – Skylar loved the idea of lock-down and quickly fell into the swing of things. He had me building forts in the lounge for the entire family. Nugget loved the fort more than anyone else to be honest. I was tempted to pitch a tent in the garden but quickly changed my mind.
Day 7 – We collaborated with Fry’s Family and published a Survival Guide for families during lock-down. Click HERE for some vegan friendly meal ideas.
Day 8 – Beyond grateful for the Canon TS 8340 and the Canon Creative App. Fantastic way to keep the kids busy with creative arts and crafts. We are a creative family who thrives with these kinds of activities.
Day 9 – Lock-down has been interesting for us especially because Cliff and I are total opposites. While I am all about capitalising on every opportunity and making the most of a situation, Cliff stresses easily and prefers not to deal with things. Despite our differences we managed to declutter without killing each other
Day 10 – Had me counting my blessings. The boys who are highly adaptable, kind and caring. The boys leveled up and embraced lock-down. The grew closer and their bond has definitely grown. It makes my heart warm and needless to say that I am a happy mom.
Our second 10 days in lock-down
Day 11 – I was a little over the negativity and judgement on social media. Every household has a different set of circumstances and copes differently. I’m a master multitasker so finding our rhythm amidst the chaos was a quick process. Many people criticised us for being positive during lock-down.
Day 12 – I was still going strong with my daily workouts and very chuffed that my foot was holding up. Still no cardio at that point as I wanted to slowly ease back into a fitness routine. Living in pain again wasn’t an option.
Day 13 – Lock-down meant it would be an Easter with a difference but what’s Good Friday without pickled fish. I make this dish annually and its always a win so I decided to share my recipe on the blog. I was planning to bake hot-cross buns but never got to it
Day 14 – Were you even in lock-down if you didn’t bake bread? We baked almost everyday even though yeast was a scarce commodity. My bread maker makes the perfect dough for hamburger rolls and I also shared a recipe for the perfect roti.
Day 15 – The day we found out lock-down would be extended by another 14 days. It was inevitable and I knew it was coming. As tough as lock-down is I continue to revel in the fact that I get more quality time with my boys on a daily basis.
Day 16 – Good Friday. A solemn day that we took time out to reflect. We also got to eat that pickled fish. Lock-down has taught us to enjoy the quietness and life at home. Something I never thought we would fully embrace and enjoy.
Day 17 – Family cook-off as everyone climbed in to help prep for Easter Sunday lunch. We really had a blast cooking and baking. Also baked my first carrot cake and oh my word it was divine.
Day 18 – We had a lovely yet super chilled Easter. Ate an awesome lunch that for once was prepared by everyone and not just me. My first attempt at a phyllo pastry pie and I couldn’t believe how easy it was to cook. We normally adventure on special days of celebration, so it was nice to be home for a change.
Day 19 – We baked bread. Lock-down had me fall in love with my bread-maker and made me realise that Ash is amazing in the kitchen. He baked bread daily, from hamburger and hot-dog rolls to milk bread, seed loaves, wholewheat and even chocolate bread.
Day 20 – Rainbow of hope – For the first month of lock-down the boys created artwork to incorporate the #rainbowofhope. I honestly believe that lock-down presented the opportunity for my kids to learn life lessons that will help them be better humans.
Lessons learnt about ourselves
- We’re an adaptable family who’s open to change.
- We actually are homebodies.
- This family spends way too much money on takeout.
- Slowing down improves mental health.
- The school system has done more harm than good for Ashton’s condition.
- The kitchen is our happy place.
- We have moves like Jagger.
- Board-games are life.
- Exercise heals all.
- We need to slow down.
- We are much STRONGER than we think.
Lessons learnt about South Africa
- People don’t behave well under threat.
- The true nature of people will always reveal itself during times of crisis.
- We are unfortunately not all in this together.
- Discrimination in every form, always seems to rear its ugly head during moments of crisis.
- We now know who are the people we should really celebrate on a daily basis #frontlineworkers #essentialworkers.
- Not all companies and organisations are created equal.
- South Africa like any other country in the world has its pros and cons. I remain loyal to my country and will take the good with the bad.
Other lessons learnt
- Formal education is overrated.
- This generation of children need to learn more life-skills.
- Families need to spend more time together.
- South African children are in crisis.
- People need help more than ever.
- Live each day as if it were your last (my life’s mantra).
- I truly believe that we heal when we are our authentic selves.
- Living a grateful life is highly beneficial for our health and creating a positive attitude to life.
The journey is more important than the destination. I encourage you all to be mindful, to be slow to anger and to take a step back before reacting. I encourage you to see the journey as an opportunity to reflect and work on yourself.
Stay safe and focus on the thing that truly matter.
Natasha aka Fit like Mummy