Friday Focus 07/04/2023 – Activities

The Easter holidays are here and we’ve had a week full of fun activities. Sophie and Thomas have enjoyed an Easter card-making workshop at Denham Country Park, a day out at Chiltern Open Air Museum, meeting up with a friend at Black Park and a sledging session at Snozone. I had my first experience of singing a choral piece last weekend, taking part in a scratch performance of Handel’s Messiah with some of my singing friends, and then took part in a Passion play for Good Friday, playing Mary, the mother of Jesus. We also had a trip to A&E which wasn’t so much fun after Thomas fell out of a tree and bumped the back of his head. Thankfully he was okay and has been fine ever since much to my relief.


The word 'Activities' in blue


It’s been a full-on week which has been a good thing in some way as it has helped get me through the fog of grief that comes with this time of year. Next Friday will be the fifth anniversary of Jessica’s death, which will be a very tough day, but we’re planning on marking the day as we have done for the last four years, by focusing on giving joy to others in Jessica’s memory – our #givejoyforjessica day.




What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Sophie and Thomas looking through a Lego frame with Alice in Wonderland cards; me holding up a copy of Handel's Messiah; Thomas playing Maths Scramble; Thomas and Sophie dipping Easter eggs in ink; Sophie squeezing a wet tea towel through a mangle; Thomas climbing a tree; Sophie and Thomas on a green sledge - "#365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 14"


  • Day 90 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon in town to start the Easter break.


  • Day 91 – I am grateful for a fun afternoon and evening singing in a scratch Messiah.


  • Day 92 – I am grateful for maths-based games.


  • Day 93 – I am grateful for a fun Easter card ink dipping session. Was lovely to see Thomas engaging with the activity as well.


  • Day 94 – I am grateful for a fun day out at Chiltern Open Air Museum.


  • Day 95 – I am grateful that Thomas seems to be okay after bumping his head falling out of a tree earlier. We went home via A&E to get him checked out but thankfully apart from a few bruises on his back, he seems to be fine.


  • Day 96 – I am grateful that Sophie and Thomas enjoyed going sledging.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Sophie and Thomas building a den in the lounge.


Sophie and Thomas inside a den made from chairs with a duvet over them


  • Sophie managing to swing all the way across the monkey bars for the first time.


Sophie swinging on the monkey bars at the park


  • Blowing bubbles in the garden.


Sophie blowing bubbles in the garden


  • Watching Sophie’s dance teacher and her amazing medical detection dog, Bear, sharing their story on BBC Breakfast. There were a few clips showing Sophie’s dance school and she spotted herself on screen a couple of times too!


  • Seeing the tulips starting to appear in the garden.


  • Thomas’s delight at spotting planets outside Snozone.


Thomas and Sophie looking at models of the planets suspended from a ceiling inside a shopping centre


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12 thoughts on “Friday Focus 07/04/2023 – Activities

  1. What a busy week you’ve all had. It sounds like a lot of fun with all of the activities. I saw the photos of the kids sledging and was wondering where you had been. hehehe It sounds like it was a good think being busy with Jessica’s anniversary coming up.
    What lovely photos. x

  2. Sounds like it’s been a mostly fun week. I used to work quite near Chiltern open air museum and it was on my commute, but I’ve never been. Ooh the Messiah sounds good fun. I remember doing similar for parts of it as part of a music school event years ago. It was a bit random as there wasn’t a choir at music school so not sure how we ended up singing.

    1. The Messiah was a lot of fun. I’ve never done anything like that before and a scratch concert was perfect as I don’t have the time to commit to rehearsing with a choral society.

  3. I really miss having little ones and all the activities, I’ve missed decorating eggs and making Easter bonnets. I was kind of hoping that I might have grandchildren by now but that’s not going to happen. I’m so jealous of all the fun you’ve had, I hope it’s helped to keep the sadness at bay, I know how difficult this time of year is for you. I’m not a Handel fan but I’ve seen Messiah live and it was stunning, how wonderful to be singing it. I did sing Handel’s Zadok the Priest once in a choir (I stood at the back and struggled, but it was so much fun!) I’ll be thinking of you on the 14th and #givejoyforJessica day xx

    1. How lovely to have the opportunity to sing Zadok the Priest with a choir. Thank you for remembering Jessica – it has helped to be busy during this time of year and get through the anniversary as best we can x

  4. My kids love making dens and I remember having one on my stairs when I was a kid (must have driven my parents crazy as it was there for months!) Glad that there were no bad effects from Thomas’ fall. #project365

    1. Lol, a den on the stairs does not sound fun from a parent’s perspective although I can imagine it was a lot of fun from your perspective as a kid!

  5. Well done to Sophie with the monkey bars, don’t think I’ve ever managed to do that. Poor Thomas, glad he’s ok after the head bump. I’ll be den building this weekend with our granddaughter

  6. Sounds like a wonderful week, apart from the trip to A&E. So glad he is okay though. The playing card picture is so adorable! They look so happy with sledging too. I actually miss those den building days now the boys are older. It brought back memories of all the ones my boys built.

    1. Thank you. We don’t often get den building going on in the house but I do quite like it when they do it.

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