A mother-of-four has shared her hilarious back-to-school snaps of her jumping for joy and popping the bubbles behind her kids as they queue up for school.
Like thousands of parents, 31-year-old Rachel Boast became an improvised teacher when schools closed for lockdown, so she was ready to celebrate her little ones’ return to education by reinventing their annual uniform shots.
Hilarious photos show Rachel sniffing champagne from the bottle outside her door in Saunderton, Buckinghamshire, before she has the house to herself for a day.
Rachel Boast, 31, from Saunderton, Buckinghamshire, celebrates as daughters Maisie Brown, six, Poppy-Rae Brown, eight, and Amy Roberts, 11, posing for the camera (left to right)
While her daughters Maisie Brown, six, and Poppy-Rae Brown, eight, find the scene amusing, eldest daughter Amy Roberts, 11, is left ashamed.
Rachel’s husband Steven Boast took the snaps on Wednesday night before putting the kids to bed and enjoyed some time for myself in the run-up to their first day back the next morning.
The full-time mom admits she’s had a tough six months educating and entertaining her girls and three-year-old son Ethan Boast, and found the usually mundane shoot the ideal time to start celebrating.
Rachel came up with the idea while she was driving to her house on Tuesday, but didn’t tell her kids she would be showing up in the background and instead surprised them.
Like many parents, Rachel was forced to become the teacher for her children during the lockdown
Now that the house is very quiet, the mother says she is excited to have more time to herself
The full-time mom posted her collection of funny photos to Facebook, where they garnered more than 40,000 comments in just six hours.
Rachel said, “I’ve been drinking that bottle of champagne for two years, waiting for a reason to pop it open, and I thought it was the right time.
‘I take a back-to-school photo every year and normally it’s just the kids at the front door, but how often are we at home with kids for six months, so these are special photos for a special occasion.
‘I even hit Steven’s car with the cork and he said,’ I can’t believe you did that, ‘but I didn’t plan that.
Here Maisie, Poppy-Rae and Amy watch their mother Rachel’s reaction to their return to school
The mother said there were points she questioned about her parenting abilities over the months as all four children stayed at home – the girls usually visit their fathers but couldn’t for nine weeks.
“When I was celebrating, a lot of people got off the train and Amy was ashamed, but Maisie laughs because she thinks I lost the plot and Poppy laughs about everything.
‘When the kids went to bed, I walked myself into a nice hot bubble bath and took a few glasses. There are a few more in the fridge and I have one with my feet up this afternoon.
“I should take stock given the amount of alcohol I’ve been drinking in the past six months. The house is very quiet now, but I am excited to have more time for myself. ‘
In fact, Rachel says she calculated how many hours it was since the kids were last in school – about 4,000.
Here’s Rachel enjoying a moment to herself before the kids get home from school
Steven, who worked entirely as a baker at Morrisons, didn’t drink a glass of Rachel’s bubbly on Wednesday night because he knew it was her ‘me moment’ after she took care of the kids since Tuesday, March 17.
In July, Amy returned to finish elementary school for four weeks, but Rachel had to continue to homeschool Maisie and Poppy-Rae before getting six weeks off for the summer.
Amy is now in the seventh year, while Poppy-Rae and Maisie are in the fourth and second years, and Ethan with the nursery in two weeks.
Rachel says she’s managed to adapt the school curriculum to fun activities like playing an AZ of “ Me Spy ” and solving math questions with trampoline bounces.
But it wasn’t all just sailing, and what many have called ‘the longest summer vacation ever’ led to some tough times for the 31-year-old.
The mother said she came up with fun ways to bring the school curriculum to life, including solving math questions with trampoline bounces
Rachel said, “There were times when I questioned my parenting ability, wondered if I’m doing the right things, and I’d have good weeks and bad.
‘Because I’m used to them going to see their dads and they couldn’t get it for nine weeks, I was used to that break and it was a lot to have them here all the time.
There were days when I would have liked to reach the gin at noon, but I didn’t.
I think at one point I thought I was a hired referee because they all said ‘she did this’ and ‘she did that’, especially with Maisie and Poppy-Rae.
‘But now I have been fired from my job as a teacher, so I am happy that they have a good education again, where people know what they are doing and I am not being corrected by children.’
Rachel is very happy that she has become ‘redundant’ from her improvised job as a teacher
Rachel, who used to work in ophthalmology for the NHS, says lockdown has encouraged her to enroll in an evening school counseling course and that she hopes to become a high school mentor.
She thought it best for her three girls not to visit their working fathers for the first nine weeks of lockdown, and she has done her best to help them understand the situation.
Rachel said, “I’ve been very open with the girls about everything, and they sat with me when Boris gave the updates because there’s no point trying to cover it up.
Amy understands very well, Poppy is quite worried and wants to know the ins and outs of everything, so she’s read stuff and listened to conversations.
Here the girls on the trampoline read what Rachel calls “the longest summer vacation ever.”
‘Maisie has been away with the fairies. She just knew, ‘I have to stay away from my friends, I have to keep washing my hands and I have to sing happy birthday,’ and that’s about it.
“Now they are happy to see their friends, and they are happy with routine because we have lost structure. So if they just have a set wake-up time, they are excited about it. ‘
Aside from a few tears in Maisie’s morning, Rachel says all three girls “ had a great first day back. ”
Her post on a Facebook group said, “Just some subtle, obligatory back to school photos.”
One member commented: ‘Absolutely hilarious. I’m doing this Monday ‘
Another said: ‘So funny! It looks like it is older girl [thinking], ‘Mom! You are so embarrassed! And the two younger girls think you’re hilarious!
Rachel replied, “She literally hates me for it.”
A third said, ‘Hahaha, by far the best back to school photo I’ve seen.’
Rachel added: ‘I am relieved that they are back and there will be thousands of mothers feeling the same.
“If it makes people laugh, that’s great because we haven’t had a normal six months, so why would we have normal back to school photos?”