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Friday Focus 03/02/17 – Revisiting memories

I’ve been revisiting memories this week. We spent last weekend in Torquay for the Land’s End – John O’Groats Association awards dinner. Sophie was awarded the Jack Adams/Richard Elloway trophy for being the youngest person to journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats last year and we all received our certificates for completing the journey.… Read more

Siblings – December 2016

This time of year is all about the magical moments. One of my favourite things about preparing for Christmas with two small children is seeing their excitement as it draws closer. The first thing the girls ask me each morning is if they can open their “chocolate calendar” and in the evenings, they take it in turns to add a picture to our Advent scene and open one of the books in the Advent book calendar.… Read more

Now you are three

Darling Sophie

Today you are three years old.  Those three years since you were born have passed by in the blink of an eye.  No longer a baby, no longer really a toddler – you are a little girl who likes to be as independent as possible.  “I can do it myself!” is a phrase I hear frequently – and you are determined to at least give it a try even if you sometimes do end up asking “can you help me, Mummy?”  I love your determination and your willingness to try.… Read more

Jessica and Sophie at the PlayStation Kids and Parenting Showcase

Siblings – October 2016

I wondered how Jessica starting school would affect the bond between my girls, but being separated during the day seems to have brought them even closer.  Pick-up time always brings so much joy and it was wonderful to see their delight at being reunited again.  Sophie has adjusted well to being on her own at home during the day and I’m enjoying that one-to-one time with Sophie that I’ve never really had before.  It still feels a little odd to head out on an adventure without my big girl coming along for the ride, but it is nice to be able to give Sophie my full attention.  Sophie’s personality seems to be blossoming as a result and it’s lovely to see.… Read more

Me and Mine – September 2016

Jessica’s birthday at the beginning of September always feels like the big transition point in the year. Somehow the change in seasons always feels more acute in September than at any other time. Maybe it is the change in the weather as summer ends and autumn starts – a change that always brings a feeling of sadness that another beautiful summer has come to an end.  Maybe it is the realisation of the passing of time and how quickly my babies are growing up.  Maybe it is just having to go back to normality and everyday routines once again.… Read more

An afternoon exploring Baddesley Clinton

One of the things I miss most about summer is those beautiful warm afternoons.  Afternoons when the sky was so wonderfully blue, and it seemed as if there was all the time in the world to go and explore.  Watching my girls running off in front of me, hand in hand with each other, dressed in their sunhats and summer dresses.  Afternoons when we were just lost in our own little bubble, discovering new places and making the most of the time we had together.… Read more

The Friday Focus 02/09/16 – Savouring the end of summer

A summer full of fun and adventure is coming to an end. This week especially has been about trying to savour the little moments, trying to slow down time, to fully enjoy the moment and make the most of it. We’ve done so much together this week and always at the back of my mind has been the acute awareness that this time next week Jessica will be in school.… Read more

Me, hubby, Jessica and Sophie at the signpost at Land's End

Me and Mine – August 2016

I can’t quite believe we’re at the end of August.  The summer holidays have whizzed by far too quickly for my liking.  In just under a week’s time, my big girl will start school and celebrate her 5th birthday.  This summer has felt incredibly precious – making the most of this time before Jessica takes another little step into being more independent from us.  It feels like she has grown up so much over the summer – that little girl who left preschool just a few short weeks ago has become more confident, more self-assured.  I know she is ready; she is excited and looking forward to starting big school.  Me – less so.… Read more

Jessica and Sophie heading into the woods, hand-in-hand, with their fairy wings on

Siblings – August 2016

This summer has felt like a significant one – the last summer before Jessica starts school and I’ve been determined to make the most of it.  Thankfully the weather has been mostly been on my side and we’ve enjoyed getting out and about, having little adventures.  Seeing my girls heading off on an adventure together, hand-in-hand, is so wonderful.  They love to explore and to use their imaginations and where Jessica leads, Sophie is always ready to follow!… Read more

Jessica and Sophie looking at the farmyard in Bekonscot model village

The Friday Focus 15/07/16 – The end of the preschool days

It’s been a bittersweet week. Jessica had her last day at preschool on Wednesday – the end of an era for her.  Emotionally, I’ve been up and down like a yo-yo.  The littlest things have had me in tears – emptying her preschool bag for the last time and finding her “I’m in today” photo card and drawer label in the bag in there; putting away the last pieces of preschool art in her artwork folder; looking back through photos of her time at preschool.… Read more