Friday Focus 13/03/2020 – A big birthday celebration

We spent last weekend with my family, having a big party to celebrate my mum’s eightieth birthday. It was so lovely to see so many of my siblings, nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews all together in one place. My mum loves nothing more than being surrounded by her family. She was in her element being at the centre of it all. It was wonderful to watch her getting up on the dance floor with everyone and having such a brilliant time.


The word 'birthday' with the 'i' as a candle and a red balloon tied to the 'h'


Given that I’d travelled down for the weekend for her birthday party, I knew that my mum wouldn’t be expecting to see me on her actual birthday a couple of days later. Her face when she saw me was an absolute picture! It was only a flying visit as I had to drive back again to be in home in time for the school run, but it was well worth it to give her a birthday surprise. Thomas surprised us all too by joining in with singing Happy Birthday.




Things that have made me smile this week

  • Putting together a special flower arrangement for my mum.


A flower arrangement with yellow roses, chrysanthemums and gerberas


  • Doing a doodle of my mum with me and my siblings inside her birthday card from all of us.


A doodle of me, my mum and five of my siblings with "Happy 80th Birthday Mum" inside her birthday card


  • Stepping back in time at Milestones museum.


Sophie in the vintage sweet shop at Milestones watching a lady in 1940s dress weighing out some sweets


  • Thomas calling out “Michael!” to get Daddy’s attention. It so reminded me of how Jessica used to stand at the bottom of the stairs and shout “Michael! Get up, Michael!”


  • Seeing how much Thomas enjoys mark-making.


  • Sophie moving up another reading level at school and being on gold books.


  • Seeing a pretty rainbow on the way home from the park.


A pretty rainbow in the sky


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10 thoughts on “Friday Focus 13/03/2020 – A big birthday celebration

  1. Hands down. Thomas wins in the Happy Birthday singing. You can tell he knows he is clever and absolutely adorable, singing away! Wonderful to get everyone together for your mother’s birthday. I hope she had a good time. Well done Sophie on moving up a reading level. Hope you all have a good weekend. #wotw

    1. It was so lovely to hear him joining in with the singing and I’m so glad I managed to capture it on camera. Getting the family together was wonderful – my mum loved it (as did we all!) 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday to your Mum, oh my how wonderful to hear Thomas singing! I’m glad she had such a lovely time with all her family and your card is wonderful, as is your flower arrangement. x

  3. It does sound like your mum had a wonderful party and birthday. I bet it was nice to see all of your family. How lovely of you to surprise her on her birthday. What a fabulous singer Thomas is.
    Those flowers are beautiful and the card is brilliant. You are one talented woman!

  4. Awww…happy 80th birthday to your mom! What a nice surprise for her to see you twice in such a short amount of time.

    So funny that your little boy calls his daddy by his first name! I guess he hears you call him that. What a cutie!

    1. It was lovely, I’m so glad that I did get that time with her. Really miss not being able to see her at the moment x

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