May 10, 2020 – Day three of Freedom:

Yes, you read correctly, this is day three of freedom. The lockdown was lifted on Friday. We still have a curfew in place from nine pm till six am, but all stores have been authorized to open. Social distancing and hygiene protocols must still be adhered to of course and some businesses also have certain restrictions, but I’ll take this ‘new normal’ as everyone seems to be calling it.

Because of these latest developments, this will be my last entry to close off this logbook of the lockdown period. We have been through a lot together as a family and as a community. I think we all experienced good days, so-so days and bad days but I also strongly believe that we have grown because of it and that the lockdown has taught us to cope with whatever curveballs life throws at you.

I’m sure my kids had an urge to spike my juice with a sleeping pill once in a while just as I would’ve preferred spiking theirs more often…(just kidding, I would never do that….or would I?) Point is, we’ve had ups and downs and still weathered the storm. We will now have to learn to live with our new normal. New set of social rules will apply from now on and it will take some getting used to, but I’m convinced we shall also overcome this obstacle.

Finally, I would like to add that one of the main things I’ve learned about our crazy family unit is that we could probably open a restaurant if:

  • A) customers do their own washing up afterwards
  • B) the cook is the one who determines what will be served any given day
  • C) the cook also decides what time she serves said lunch (this could be anytime between 12 and 5pm)
  • D) all employees can work in their PJ’s
Mother’s day brunch prepared by kids

For now, I am going to enjoy this Mother’s day in what has been our normal for the past few weeks and tomorrow I promise that I will get with the program. In other words; this will regretfully be my last bra-less-pajama-all-day dress code. This lockdown has been tough, but some things I will truly miss about it…and walking around bra-less all day is one of them!

I can’t close this logbook without proudly adding the Mother’s day gift I received from my two precious children. Besides making us a wonderful brunch, they each wrote something for me that I would like to share with you. It makes motherhood worthwhile and almost makes me regret spiking their juice (again, I’m just kidding…or am I?).

But seriously, I love my kids to the moon and back and hope with all my heart that they will live long and happy lives, doing whatever makes them jump up with joy in the morning. (I also secretly hope they will sometime in the near future learn that it’s nice to cook for your loved ones, but it’s even nicer to clean up afterwards…we are not there yet, but I still have hope…)

Before I leave you with my kids’ message I also want to add a short message of my own for my mom. Not a very easy thing to do because there simply are not enough words to describe what she has meant to me growing up and still means to me to this day. She is not only my mother but also my best friend, mentor and my go to person for all things big and small. So, I know it might sound corny but I still say it proudly; she is the best mother anyone could ever hope for and I’m extremely glad she just happens to be MY mom! Love you mom!

And now, as promised, my Mother’s day gift from my kids:

Written by my daughter, Alexine:

Written by my son, Emyl:

We recently held an interview with our favorite local mom, Tamara Neuman (aka the best mom you could ever ask for). She told us all about her wacky adventures during the Covid-19 pandemic (the ‘you can’t do shit phase’).

Due to her extreme boredom, Tamara decided to do the craziest workout routines. I’m talking the weirdest routines you can think of, which she then forced her children to do with her, God bless their poor souls.

She also embarked upon a lot of cleaning and reorganizing around the house, which was a real pain to do according to her children, even though she was the one who did most of the work.

And let us not forget about the cooking; Tamara has fixed some scrumptious lunches, with her daughter by her side.

To conclude, she is a wonderful person and mother and we wish her a Happy Mother’s Day!