Friday Focus 05/01/2024 – Easing

Happy new year! We’ve been easing back into our normal routines after the Christmas break. Sophie and Thomas are back at school, but their after-school activities don’t start back until next week. It’s been nice having a couple of quiet afternoons and not rushing about to get to various things after school.


The word 'easing' in wavy blue colours


I’m easing back into my own routines with work and at home. Having a couple of days doing things at a more relaxed pace and pushing things to next week where possible. Next week will be busier, but it’s good to take some time for myself where I can.



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Thomas Numberblock figures in front of his rucksack; Sophie and Thomas in front of a Bluey's Big Play board; a selection of photos from my 2023 gratitude project; Sophie and Thomas looking at wooden reindeer at Black Park; looking out through my window at the garden; a rainbow against a cloudy sky; Sophie and Thomas sitting reading a bedtime story together - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 53 and #366daysofgratitude 2024 - Week 1"


  • Day 363 – I am grateful that Thomas’s rucksack with all his Numberblocks figures in was at home when we got back from visiting family. We couldn’t find it last night and were worried it had been left behind somewhere while out and about. Turned out we never brought it with us in the first place! Phew!


  • Day 364 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas enjoyed a trip into London to see Bluey’s Big Play.


  • Day 365 – I am grateful for taking time to focus on gratitude each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. It’s the end of my eighth year taking part in #365daysofgratitude and while it’s not always been easy to find those moments of gratitude, it’s helped me find something positive even on the difficult days.


  • Day 1 – I am grateful for a lovely new year walk following the reindeer trail in Black Park.


  • Day 2 – I am grateful for being able to stay indoors while Storm Henk was raging outside.


  • Day 3 – I am grateful for a rainbow after the storm.


  • Day 4 – I am grateful for bedtime stories.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Thomas climbing into the puppy cage at my brother’s house. There are times when I think one might be useful at home, lol!


Thomas inside a puppy cage


  • Thomas asking me on New Year’s Day if it was “only one day today because yesterday was two days”. Staying up after midnight is very confusing for a little boy!


  • Seeing Sophie and Thomas cuddled up together after they both decided to go to sleep in his bed.


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9 thoughts on “Friday Focus 05/01/2024 – Easing

  1. Ahh! We have had a week of easing ourselves back into our normal routine but we’re not quite there yet. It’s been nice to have the relaxed pace but also a bit or normal. Great word!
    What a relief to find Thomas’s rucksack at home.
    You are the reason that I do my gratitude posts each day and it is good to find something to be positive about even on the worst days. x

    1. Oh that’s lovely Kim – I love that you join in with the gratitude posts too. It’s such a good thing to do x

  2. Sounds like we are on the same page easing back into a normal routine. Enjoy the last few quiet hours while you can. Keep being positive and all the best to you and yours for 2024

  3. Had to laugh at Thomas is the puppy cage! We haven’t returned to school yet, will be a shock to the system having to get up early again!

    Happy New Year!

  4. I love how kids always want to get in dog crates! Even though I worked Thurs and Fri, we’re still not back in routine until N’s back at school on Tuesday.

  5. I like Thomas’s explanation of 2 days after staying up over new year. My 2 yo grandson takes himself off to the dog crate when my son tells the dog to go to bed. We don’t go back to school until tomorrow (8th) I’ve enjoyed the time off after Christmas, it feels longer. Happy New Year to you all.

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