Friday Focus 03/11/2023 – Whirlwind

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks with Sophie and I both performing in The Wizard of Oz, Sophie competing in a dance festival, taking part in various Halloween activities and celebrating Sophie’s 10th birthday. I’m still trying to catch up on things now that she and Thomas are back at school again after half-term, but I’m not quite there yet!


The word 'whirlwind' in blue with mini doodles of whirlwinds above the two 'i's


Show week went fairly well on the whole. We had good audiences, and the Saturday matinee was pretty much sold out. Saturday was a very eventful day though with both the matinee and evening performance starting late due to a couple of incidents involving band members. We then had the fire alarm go off in the interval in the evening which resulted in us having to evacuate the theatre and wait outside in the car park for half an hour while the fire brigade checked out the building. Thankfully we were able to get back in and finish the show, although we were so late by that time that the first half of the second act had to be skipped (with the director explaining the story up to the point where we restarted the show). We were so late that the Tin Man also had to leave because he was working on an event after the show so the director had to go on in his place for the second half too! Not the best end to a show week but I’m glad that we did at least manage to finish the show.


A photo from the Jitterbug scene in 'The Wizard of Oz' with Sophie standing behind Dorothy about to steal her basket.


Sophie had a lovely birthday. I can’t quite believe that my baby girl is now ten. My mum came to stay for the weekend and helped me out hugely by baking Sophie’s birthday cake. I really don’t know when I would have had time to do it myself! I did manage to do the Wizard of Oz themed decorations that Sophie had requested though. The cake went down very well with her friends at her crazy-golf birthday party and they all had a lovely time.


Sophie's Wizard of Oz themed birthday cake with bunting spelling out 'Happy Birthday Sophie', an icing yellow brick road and icing figures of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Toto and the ruby slippers.


We had a fun day out at Legoland (other than getting stuck on the Haunted House Monster Party ride for a while when it broke down midway through the ride) to finish off half-term. Sophie was very excited to see her name on the birthday board!

Sophie pointing at her name on the birthday board at Legoland.



What I’ve been grateful for over the last couple of weeks:


A slice of chocolate and salted caramel cake with a latte; Thomas on the bouncy castle at his friend's birthday party; an old manor house building with a grassy area and tree in front; Sophie in her orange tap costume holding her silver medal; me wearing a poppy headdress with Sophie wearing snowflake boppers; Sophie and Thomas standing behind a large cut-out pumpkin; Sophie sitting at the table with party bags in front of her - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 43" 


  • Day 293 – I am grateful for coffee and cake.


  • Day 294 – I am grateful that Thomas had fun at his friend’s birthday party.


  • Day 295 – I am grateful for a quiet walk and some much-needed time out.


  • Day 296 – I am grateful for a great start to another festival year with a silver medal for Sophie’s tap solo having moved up to the next section for her age.


  • Day 297 – I am grateful for being on stage with Sophie again.


  • Day 298 – I am grateful for a fun day with Sophie and Thomas enjoying some Halloween themed outdoor activities.


  • Day 299 – I am grateful for a quieter morning and afternoon at home catching up on some jobs and getting ready for birthday celebrations.



Sophie with her hair in bunches wearing a yellow T-shirt with large buttons on the front; me wearing a white blouse and green skirt with Sophie wearing a yellow T-shirt with large buttons; Sophie's Wizard of Oz themed birthday cake; Sophie and Thomas standing with Nanny behind a large Lego pumpkin; Sophie and Thomas walking holding hands with Nanny on the school run; four photos of fungus in various colours; the carving of Jessica at her forever bed - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 44"


  • Day 300 – I am grateful for ten years of this little lady. So proud of the wonderful person she is. Happy birthday beautiful Sophie!


  • Day 301 – I am grateful that we were able to get back on stage to finish the final show (albeit with a shortened second half) after being evacuated from the theatre due to a fire alarm during the interval. It’s been an eventful final two performances today but I’m glad I’ve been able to perform in a show with Sophie again and get through singing “Over the Rainbow” every night on stage with Jessica in my thoughts every time. Well done to all the cast and crew on a fab show.


  • Day 302 – I am grateful that Sophie and her friends had fun at her birthday party.


  • Day 303 – I am grateful for an inset day spent enjoying a fun day out with Nanny at Legoland.


  • Day 304 – I am grateful for a lovely few days having my mum staying with us.


  • Day 305 – I am grateful for autumn colours.


  • Day 306 – I am grateful that one of my friends went to visit Jessica today. It means so much to know that she is loved and remembered by others.



Other things that have made me smile over the last couple of weeks:

  • Thomas creating a ‘pudding meal plan’ and putting it on the fridge.


Thomas's "pudding meal plan" stuck to the fridge listing puddings such as 'yogurt', 'corner' (Muller corner), 'ice' (ice pop), 'pancakes' and 'birthday cake'


  • Watching Sophie having fun with her dance friends.


  • Making ‘smores at a family fun afternoon.


Thomas standing outside in a wooded area, about to eat the 'smore in his hand


  • Sophie placing 4th on her first time doing a character solo.


Sophie dancing her character solo, wearing a brown plaid dress, olive green cardigan, white ballet tights and brown ballet shoes.


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9 thoughts on “Friday Focus 03/11/2023 – Whirlwind

  1. You have had quite an eventful week! Thank goodness there was nothing majorly wrong when the alarm went off. Happy belated birthday to Sophie too. I like that she’d so multi-talented. Soon, you’ll have a teen at home. All the best for a great week ahead.

  2. Wow! What a busy time you have had. Happy belated birthday to Sophie, what a wonderful cake!
    I am glad the shows went well even with the late starts and fire alarms going off.
    Fab photos! x

  3. Wow, Sophie is 10! It sounds like she had a fabulous birthday and I love her cake. I’m glad the show went well but it’s a shame about the disruption to the last night.

  4. Ten? Where does the time go? Hope she had a lovely birthday. I know it must have been quite stressful but the idea that the Tin Man had to go because the show was running late made me chuckle. I had a picture in my head of him in full costume running to his car! I’m glad it all worked out though.

  5. Happy birthday to Sophie. The cake looks lovely, it’s easy to see why it was appreciated by the children.
    The last picture, with Sophie, is just wonderful.

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