Friday Focus 01/09/2023 – Relaxed

Show week is done and dusted, and we’ve been taking this last week of the summer holidays at a nice relaxed pace after all the activity of the last few weeks. Normally, I’d be trying to pack these last few days with activities and days out, but I think we’ve all needed the slower pace this week.


The word 'relaxed' in light blue with darker blue wavy lines.


It was a joy to see Sophie perform as Flounder last week. She did so well and made me very proud. I also enjoyed watching her in the ensemble at the Saturday matinee performance. She’s so confident on a stage and is always so focused and in character throughout. There were tears at the end of the show though – it’s always sad when show week comes to an end. At least she’ll see a lot of her stage friends again when she joins the Beck Youth Theatre in a couple of weeks’ time.


We’ve had a nice weekend visiting friends after the show and then relaxing at home during the week. Sophie has enjoyed getting creative this week and made herself an outfit – tie-dying a T-shirt and making herself a skirt (with a bit of help from me). We’ve had trips into town for some last minute back-to-school shopping, snuggles on the sofa at home, and time just to play with toys. It’s been lovely watching Sophie and Thomas play together and to enjoy these last few days of not having to worry about fitting into any kind of routine. I’ll miss this when Sophie and Thomas are back at school next week.


Sophie wearing a tie-dyed T-shirt and a handmade yellow skirt



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


A programme for 'The Little Mermaid' held up at the theatre in front of a curtain with the words 'The Little Mermaid'; me with my mum and twin sister; a laughing Thomas in a Little Tikes car with Sophie standing in front making him giggle; Thomas bouncing on a bouncy castle; Sophie sewing yellow fabric with a sewing machine; two tie-dyed T-shirts and a tie-dyed dress hanging on a washing line; Sophie and Thomas in front of the bookshelves in the children's library holding their reading challenge certificates - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 35"


  • Day 237 – I am grateful for getting to see Sophie perform as Flounder in The Little Mermaid. She was wonderful. So very proud of her.


  • Day 238 – I am grateful for a wonderful show week for Sophie. Was lovely to go with my mum and twinny to see her perform again today at the matinee performance. A huge well done to all the cast and everyone involved on such an amazing show and I loved being a small part of it all as one of the chaperones.


  • Day 239 – I am grateful for a lovely afternoon at our friends’ summer garden party.


  • Day 240 – I am grateful for a lovely bank holiday weekend.


  • Day 241 – I am grateful for time to teach Sophie how to make a simple skirt.


  • Day 242 – I am grateful for the results of yesterday’s tie-dye session with Sophie.


  • Day 243 – I am grateful for libraries and another summer reading challenge completed.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sophie and Thomas keeping warm by sharing Daddy’s fleece.


Sophie and Thomas walking along at GreenAcres each with an arm inside Daddy's fleece


  • My friend Katy surprising us at the theatre when she came to see Sophie playing Flounder.


Me at the theatre with Thomas and my friend Katy.


  • Making home-made lemonade with Sophie.


  • A pillow fight at bedtime.


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16 thoughts on “Friday Focus 01/09/2023 – Relaxed

  1. It seems like you and the kids had a full but amazing time during summer.
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  2. You really do deserve a relaxed week after being so busy lately.
    Aww! It is a shame that the show came to an end and there were tears but I am sure there will be plenty more to come for Sophie, she sounds like a natural on stage. x

  3. I’m glad you’ve had a more relaxed week it’s nice just before the kids go back to school. I love Sophies tie dye tshirt and skirt.

  4. Well done Sophie for the show. Nice to have a relaxing week. Love the t-shirt and skirt. I don’t think I’ve.ever.done tie dye with N

  5. I think it’s great she likes to learn how to sew, that’s very impressive. Also, well done to her for the show.

  6. What a lovely end to the summer holidays with the show. I’m sure this is just the beginning with Sophie and her performances. Hope back to school goes well

    1. Thank you – they’ve both settled in well. Sophie is busy with rehearsals for the next show in a month’s time.

  7. That’s fab your teaching Sophie useful life skills making clothes. I wouldn’t have a clue what to do! How lovely seeing her perform, bet you were so proud. But glad you can all have a little more rest now. Awww I miss mine doing their reading challenges, was always lovely getting them books. This summer they both mainly worked so had no time to go.

    1. It was lovely watching her perform and we’re looking forward to the next show in a month’s time!

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