The Friday Focus – 02/01/15

The end of one year and the beginning of the next is always a good time for

The Friday Focus 02/01/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

I’ve been taking a bit of a look back on 2014 over the last few days as well as thinking ahead a little into 2015. The start of the new year often sees me with a sense of renewed determination to do things but as with many people, it fizzles out long before January is over. I have managed to tick one item off my list of aims for the new year though and that was taking up the curtains in our bedroom so that they no longer cover the radiator. It’s a job I’ve been putting off for about four years and so feels good to finally get it done! Hubby and I have also sat down together and written a very long list of all the things that we’d like to get done around the house and in the garden. There are far too many things on that list to realistically achieve this year but having them all written down means that we can start prioritising them and hopefully get some of them underway sooner rather than later.


Out and About:

We travelled down to visit my family for a few days from Boxing Day and the girls enjoyed seeing Nanny and some of their aunties, uncles and cousins plus had some more Christmas presents to open. For hubby and I, it was lovely to be able to stop and just relax for a few days.

A family Christmas - Little Hearts, Big Love

We headed into London on 30th December to find some of the Paddington Bear sculptures as it was the last day for being able to see them. We managed to find 13 in total, including this one in Paddington station:

We're going on a bear hunt - Little Hearts, Big Love

Fun at home:

Most of our time at home this week has involved sitting on the floor and playing with the new toys or doing jigsaw puzzles – it’s been lovely to have that focused time with the girls. We stayed in for New Year’s Eve and watched TV whilst eating cheese and biscuits and enjoying a glass of champagne. Sophie woke up just before midnight and so got to see in the New Year with us and then Jessica woke up shortly afterwards so we were up a little later than we’d anticipated!


Time for me:

I’ve had a little bit of time sorting out some of the photos from the end of last year, editing some of them and deleting the ones I didn’t want.


My happiest moment:

Watching Jessica grab Sophie’s hands and singing ‘Row, Row Your Boat’ to her whilst doing the actions and then seeing both girls laughing at the end. Such a beautiful moment.


Next week I would like to:

Enjoy the time at home with Jessica before she starts preschool and start getting the girls back into a more normal routine again.
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What Katy Said

38 thoughts on “The Friday Focus – 02/01/15

  1. Happy New Year!

    I love reflecting on the past year, helps me to think about what I want to do differently!

    I hope you are able to cross as much off of your list as possible this year!

    Laura x x x

  2. Oh, the Paddington trail looks fun! Glad you enjoyed your time with family, and it’s nice to just relax and play for a few days, too, isn’t it? I hope you can start working your way down that list soon, too, and well done on the curtains! Thanks very much for sharing with #WotW x

    1. Thank you – was brilliant just to stop and focus on playing with the girls without distractions. Lovely to link up to #WotW as always 🙂

    1. Thank you – we did have a good week. It did feel like the Paddingtons were only around for a very short time – I think the book benches were there for slightly longer.

  3. Fabulous post. I have also been reflecting on the past year. Sounds like you also had lots of fun this week. Hope you have a great coming week. #WotW

  4. Reflection is a lovely word, and perfect for the time of year. Wishing you all the best for 2015 #WotW xxx

  5. Happy New Year to you and your family Louise 🙂 It sounds like you’ve had a lovely Christmas break. Good luck with your resolutions, I’m a big fan of lists! What a wonderful happiest moment xx

  6. I’m glad you had a nice Christmas and a relaxing New Year. Your happiest moment is just lovely!

    Enjoy your time with Jessica before pre-school starts. Bubs starts in February and I’m already wishing that time would slow down and wait for me to be ready.


  7. A lovely Christmas time, always nice to hand over the reins to family with the kids isn’t it?
    Aww another one going to pre school this week. I hope she settles in nicely. xxx

  8. Sounds like you had a fab Christmas and so nice that you and hubby could relax a bit – doesn’t happen very often, does it?

    I love the family photo with Paddington – I had hope to do some bear hunting but never got around to it!

    Thanks for joining our #HappyDaysLinky looking forward to reading more of your happy posts throughout the year.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    1. Thank you, was lovely to have so much family time – doesn’t happen often enough! Lovely to link up to #HappyDaysLinky again 🙂

  9. Hello. This is such a lovely and positive post. It sounds like you had a wonderfully fun Christmas with lots of family time. I love your happiest moment – that is cute!!! Also, I like the way you spent New Year’s Eve. I am all for staying in on New Year’s Eve now. Hugs Mrs H xxxx #happydayslinky

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