Friday Focus 15/09/17 – Finding a little more patience

We’ve now settled back into normal routines once again and it’s made a big difference to my patience levels! I loved having the girls home for the holidays but having a little time for myself has been much needed. Those three mornings a week are just what I need to recharge my own batteries and I’m a much calmer Mummy for them!


Patience - this week's word of the week


Being back in a routine again has been good for the girls too. That period of separation each day seems to make them enjoy the time they have together a little bit more. I love how happy they are to see each other when Jessica finishes school and they’ve mostly been playing together very nicely in the afternoons too.



Things I have loved this week:

  • Catching up with a friend over coffee.


  • Jessica’s excitement about being back at Girls’ Brigade.


  • Watching both the girls in their ballet classes and seeing how much more confident they are this term.


  • Taking the girls’ toy shopping with Jessica’s birthday money and seeing how much fun they had choosing what to buy. We’ve added to our Playmobil collection as a result.


  • An afternoon playing board games as a family.


Jessica and Sophie playing a board game


  • Having a tea party with Sophie and her toys.


  • Listening to Jessica reading books at bedtime.


Jessica reading a Bible story


  • Going for a walk around Burnham Beeches with Sophie and finding fairy holes in the trees and fairy hats (acorn cups) on the ground.


Sophie looking at a "fairy hole" at the bottom of a tree


The Reading Residence


  1. September 15, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Everything seems to feel so much better with a routine in place doesn’t it. It looks like you have all had a wonderful week. There’s nothing better than playing games as a family, especially this time of year when it feels all cosy inside. Have a lovely weekend x

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you. I think we’re all a little more settled for it!

  2. September 15, 2017 / 8:35 am

    I’m so glad it’s all going so well and it looks like you’ve had a lovely week x

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you Anne, it has been a lovely week 🙂

  3. September 15, 2017 / 9:26 am

    Oh gosh yes, I have found I’m a lot more patient since the summer holidays ended too! I’m glad everything is going well for you all with the return to school.

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      Thank you Nat. It’s amazing what a difference being back in a routine makes! 🙂

  4. September 15, 2017 / 10:48 am

    It does make a difference having time apart again. I’m glad routine is suiting you all. Love hunting for acorn hats. I picked up a few yesterday, ready for crafting. #wotw

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:10 pm

      I like the idea of crafting with them – the girls would love that 🙂

  5. September 15, 2017 / 10:52 am

    It is nice to have a little time to ourselves….I am a lot more patient now. hehehe
    It looks like you had a lovely week. x

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks Kim, that bit of me time is much appreciated! 🙂

  6. September 15, 2017 / 11:47 am

    I know just what you mean! When you’re trying to juggle lots of things, patience tends to slip, but having time to get things done means you can enjoy being in the moment with the kids more – I can relate! Glad you’ve all had a good week x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      I’ve definitely enjoyed being in the moment more – having that time for myself has meant I’m less distracted when the girls are back home x

  7. September 15, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    It is so nice to get some time back to yourself isn’t it? I also think space between the children is a good thing too. It makes them enjoy each others company more #WotW

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:11 pm

      I think we’ve all benefited from a little space! 🙂

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Glad you enjoyed catching up with friends too 🙂

  8. September 16, 2017 / 8:54 am

    Ah that’s such a sweet idea to make the acorns “fairy hats”. You’ve inspired me to do a nature trail type thing with my own girls looking for fairy things!

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thank you – it makes a walk so much more fun when we’re looking for fairies – the girls love spotting the things that the fairies left behind! 🙂

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you, it has been a lovely week 🙂

  9. September 16, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    I bet the girls are loving being back into a routine I know the boys are and thats fab that Jessica loves Girls brigade, the boys both did cubs and loved it so much x

    • Louise
      September 16, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks Sarah, it is lovely to have that structure again 🙂

  10. September 16, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    I like routine – it’s very soothing!

    • Louise
      September 20, 2017 / 9:40 am

      It is very soothing! 🙂

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