The Friday Focus 15/07/16 – The end of the preschool days

It’s been a bittersweet week. Jessica had her last day at preschool on Wednesday – the end of an era for her.  Emotionally, I’ve been up and down like a yo-yo.  The littlest things have had me in tears – emptying her preschool bag for the last time and finding her “I’m in today” photo card and drawer label in the bag in there; putting away the last pieces of preschool art in her artwork folder; looking back through photos of her time at preschool.


Bittersweet - this week's word of the week


The realisation that my little girl is growing up has hit me very hard and I’m feeling like I’m saying goodbye to the little girl that she once was.  I’ve had Slipping Through My Fingers playing in my head (of all the times to get that one as an earworm!) and goodness only knows what I’ll be like when she actually starts school.  And yet, I know too how incredibly lucky we are to be here – that this is a moment I couldn’t have even dreamed I’d have five years ago.  But my goodness, it’s an emotional one!


Jessica heading off for her last day at preschool

Things I have loved this week:

  • Jessica getting the very first badge on her badge bag at her Girls’ Brigade awards evening.


My big girl with her first ever badge after the Girls' Brigade awards evening


  • Celebrating my beautiful big sister Maxine’s 50th birthday and catching up with my family.


Me with my four sisters and three of my brothers plus Jessica at the front of the photo.


  • Getting up and doing karaoke with my hubby for the first time – in spite of all those karaoke nights at the union bar in our student days, we’d never done karaoke together before!
  • Watching Jessica taking the offertory plate around during the church parade service and looking very little and very grown-up all at the same time.
  • My wonderful hubby presenting me with a pretty woollen heart for our 7th wedding anniversary – he stayed up all night to make it, bless him.
  • Having a date night and going bowling with my hubby – and realising that it was our first date night this year so long overdue!


A date night selfie - me and my hubby out bowling



Jessica and Sophie with owl backpacks on standing in front of the model village at Bekonscot


The Reading Residence


19 thoughts on “The Friday Focus 15/07/16 – The end of the preschool days

  1. It is such an emotional rollercoaster when they end one phase and head into another. It’s lovely to see them growing up, but want to keep them young at the same time. Sounds like you’ve had a good week. #Wotw

  2. Awww it is so hard when you realise your baby is growing up, but there is always something to look forwards too and always memories to hold. Life is always bittersweet. It sounds like you’ve had a lovely week despite the sadness. I love the family photo x

    1. Thank you Anne, it was a lovely week on the whole in spite of the emotional rollercoaster of Jessica finishing preschool.

  3. I was so emotional just before Boo started school, so I know what you’re going through. She’ll still be the same girl, she’ll thrive and you’ll adjust. So easy to say now, but I couldn’t imagine it at all, yet all is fine! Love your family photo, and how wonderful of your husband to make you a heart – he’s a great man. A belated happy anniversary to you both x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Thank you so much Jocelyn, that’s really good to know. I am sure that we will all adjust and Jessica will love being at school but it is such a big step too. Thank you for hosting #WotW 🙂

  4. Awww another lovely and busy week.

    I know how you ar efeeling about your eldest! My son is going to be in Year 2 this September and I was thinking how did that ever happened!

    Our kids’ growing up is bittersweet indeed! #wotw

  5. Aww! Bless you! It is such an emotional time starting school….
    It sounds like you have been having a lot of fun with your hubby.
    Lovely photos x

    1. It is very emotional – glad that we have the summer holidays to enjoy first though! 🙂

  6. Aw jessica’s picture always make me smile. She’s adorable. I bet you are proud but sad too. Happy anniversary to you and hubby. Saw on Facebook – how cute. He did good it sounds like!! Hope you have a lovely weekend xx #wotw

  7. It’s an emotional rollercoaster when they move on from pre-school to school – and treasure every minute of your summer as once they start school it feels like someone has pressed the fast forward button

  8. Oh yes, emptying the book bags and finding their name cards from school had me tears too! There’s something about what this stands for, how it was cherished at the start of the year and now it’s being discarded from school as another year comes to an end. I totally understand your emotion having been here this time last year, and all I can say is be prepared for another avalanche of emotions in September!
    Some gorgeous photos of you all and of hubby – and what a thoughtful gift? Date nights can slip so easily can’t they but when they happen they’re great! Sounds like you enjoyed your evening
    And I love your photo at Beckenskot station – we haven’t been there for about a year, we ought to revisit it as the children loved it!
    Have a lovely week and I hope the emotions subside a little!

    1. Thanks Tracey – this week has certainly been less emotional and I can well imagine that September will bring an avalanche of emotions once again. In the meantime though, we’ll certainly be making the most of the summer 🙂

  9. What a lovely gesture your hubby made for your anniversary. My hubby and I didn’t celebrate ours on Wednesday. Time flies by so quickly it’s good that we have our blogs to keep a hold of the past. #WotW

    1. The blog is certainly a good way of keeping track of everything. Hope you manage to get a chance to celebrate your anniversary – I can imagine it is all very busy and easy to forget with a new baby to look after!

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