Friday Focus 07/07/2023 – Up-and-down

This week has been quite an up-and-down one. There have been lovely moments, such as having another night away and getting to see my cousins, and some not-so-lovely moments, such as everyone being unwell at various points during the week.


The words 'up-and-down' written in wavy blue bubble writing


Sophie was unwell with a temperature on Saturday. She’d obviously picked up whatever bug it was that Thomas had last week because it made its way around all of us. Hubby was unwell on Sunday and then passed it on to me 24 hours later. I spent most of Tuesday dozing on the sofa and recovering from it. We’ve ended the week with Thomas off school again, this time with impetigo. Thankfully the antibiotics are doing the trick and it’s getting better, but I really hope that we don’t have a repeat with the rest of us then getting it!


Sophie and Thomas had their transition day on Tuesday and visited their new classes. It looks like Thomas will be in the same class that Jessica and Sophie were in for Year 1 which is lovely. Sophie is very happy with her teacher for Year 3. I found transition day unexpectedly emotional seeing various posts from friends with children making the transition from primary to secondary. Jessica would have been moving up to secondary school this year. Those little reminders of the milestone moments that would have been are hard.


It was also National Bereaved Parents’ Day this week and I shared a post reflecting on the loss of the communities that I was once part of, and trying to find my community moving forward.


Sophie’s been off school as well this week with the two strike days. With everything that’s been going on, it’s probably not too surprising that I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed trying to juggle things. Hopefully things will be back on a more even keel next week!



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Me with my siblings, mum, aunt and cousins; a full English breakfast; me and Sophie in matching rainbow check dresses; my sewing machine with grey felt fabric; a selection of books from the library; Sophie's room before and after tidying; a minute book and a pink mug on my desk - "'365daysofgratitude 2023 - Week 27"


  • Day 181 – I am grateful for a lovely evening with my family and getting to see my cousins who are over from Australia.


  • Day 182 – I am grateful for a lovely and much-needed undisturbed night’s sleep and a cooked breakfast before heading back home to my own little family.


  • Day 183 – I am grateful for pretty dresses and Sophie’s delight at being able to have a matching dress.


  • Day 184 – I am grateful for my sewing machine.


  • Day 185 – I am grateful for a trip to the library.


  • Day 186 – I am grateful for a productive day sorting out some of the clutter in Sophie’s room.


  • Day 187 – I am grateful for short meetings.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Watching Sophie taking part in her school sports day.


  • Snuggling on the sofa and watching Matilda with Sophie.


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12 thoughts on “Friday Focus 07/07/2023 – Up-and-down

  1. Definitely a week of ups and downs. I feel my week has been the same. I’m sorry you’ve all been poorly and I hope the bugs leave you alone soon. Watch out for the impetigo, it’s really contagious. Fingers crossed things settle down soon and you will have more ups than downs.

  2. I know I hope everyone starts to feel better soon and stays well.
    I am glad the transition day went well. It’s good that Thomas has the class which is familiar for you and I am glad Sophie is happy with her class. Sending love and hugs, it must be an emotional time for you.
    Fab photos! I love yours and Sophie’s matching dresses! x

    1. Thanks Kim. Thomas is much better now and we seem to have stayed clear, thank goodness.

  3. Sorry to hear you haven’t been well.

    Bee had her transition day and wasn’t happy with the teacher she got for year 6! The whole class had their hearts set on a different teacher.

    Love the matching dresses.

    1. Oh that’s a shame that Bee wasn’t happy with her teacher. Hope that Year 6 will be okay for her.

  4. How lovely are those matching dresses. Sorry to hear you have been struggling with the milestones, I love that her schoolfriends thought of her though, with a hoody

    1. Thank you – we’re all better now. Transition day was emotional – the reminders of milestones missed are tough but it was lovely that her school friends remembered her.

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