This week marks a significant period for parents around the UK-after the coronavirus lockdown, their children are going back to school. One mother was so excited to have the house to herself again that she celebrated in a series of funny pics by popping the champagne.
Rachel Boast's joy is something that is sure to be shared by many mothers who have been forced to homeschool their children when schools were temporarily closed for lockdown in the last few months.
The mum-of-four clearly could not contain her enthusiasm and wanted to mark the occasion with a bottle of bubbly by hijacking their annual uniform shots.
On Wednesday night (September 2), Rachel's husband Steven Boast took the snaps showing her daughters Maisie Brown, six, Poppy-Rae Brown, eight, and a very distressed looking Amy Roberts, 11.
Rachel said: "I do a back-to-school photo every year and it's normally just the kids at the front door, but how many times do we have six months at home with children, so these are special photos for a special occasion."
Indicating that she was keeping the champers for the right moment. She added: "When the kids went to bed, I ran a nice hot bubble bath and had a few glasses. There's a few left in the refrigerator and I'm having one with my feet up this afternoon.
"I should take out shares considering the amount of alcohol I've drunk over the past six months. The house is really quiet now, but I'm excited to have more me-time."
Although the pictures are in jest, the 31-year-old mum said it's been a tough six months trying to educate her girls although caring for their fourth boy, Ethan Boast, three years old.
Though she succeeded in changing the school curriculum to enjoyable events, what many called the 'longest summer holidays ever' resulted in some rough patches.
"There were times when I was questioning my parenting abilities, asking myself if I'm doing the right things, and I'd have good weeks and bad weeks," she added.
But she pulled it through and can now finally get some time for herself and the former NHS worker has also been encouraged to sign up for a night school therapy course in hopes of becoming a mental health counsellor at high school.
Opening up about her kids' return to school, Rachel said: "Now they're happy to see their friends, and they're happy for routine because we lost the structure.
She concluded: "I'm relieved they're back and there's going to be thousands of mums who feel the same.
"If it makes people laugh then that's great because we've not had a normal six months, so why have normal back to school photos."
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