The Friday Focus 16/09/16 – One to one moments

We’re starting to adjust now to the change in routine that has come with Jessica being in school full-time. It has felt very strange not having my big girl at home for a large chunk of the day but I am really enjoying those one to one moments that I can now have with Sophie. This is the first time that Sophie has had me so completely to herself.  When Jessica was at preschool, the morning would pass in a bit of a blur. I don’t think I ever really made the most of that time with Sophie. Now we have the full day, we are going out on adventures together, having fun in the garden or just sitting and having snuggles on the sofa. I am becoming more aware of the little person that Sophie is by herself, rather than seeing my girls as a little duo. It feels like I am getting to know her in a whole new way as a result, which is magical.

"Moments" - this week's word of the week

I love seeing how excited Sophie is when it comes to pick-up time though – the way she peers through the school gate, waiting eagerly for it to be opened; the way she runs to the classroom door and the way she and Jessica give each other the biggest cuddle when they are reunited.  It seems that being apart has just strengthened that beautiful bond between them and to see their delight at being together again once Jessica is home is wonderful.


Things I have loved this week:

  • Jessica being awarded a “WOW of the week” at school for trying hard with everything.

Jessica's "WOW of the week" certificate

  • Joining in with a community fundraising day and having fun building a scarecrow with hubby and the girls.

Jessica stuffing straw into the top half of a scarecrow

  • Winning the Inspire award in the #tribalchat blog awards.
Mummy in a Tutu


  • Having a picnic in the garden with Sophie and her toys.
  • Sitting in the garden and eating ice lollies.
  • Being able to get the paddling pool out and watching the girls having fun in it.

Jessica and Sophie sliding down the slide into the paddling pool

  • Hunting for geocaches.
  • Going for a walk with Sophie and finding a “witch’s cottage” in the woods.

Sophie standing outside a disused house in the woods


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26 thoughts on “The Friday Focus 16/09/16 – One to one moments

  1. What a lovely week! Congratulations on your award and being featured in Sharing the Blog Love!
    It sounds like your girls have such a special bond – it must be amazing to see. But it is lovely that you are getting quality time with Sophie. I am pleased you have settled into a routine. x

    1. Thanks Rebecca – it is lovely to have that quality time with Sophie and while we both still miss Jessica during the day, we are starting to settle quite well into our new routine 🙂

  2. Aww! It sounds lovely having some one on one time with Sophie….
    Building the scarecrow looks like a lot of fun!
    Well done to both you and Jessica on your awards x

  3. Aw I can just see little Sophie all excited to see Jessica after a school day! I bet it is quite nice to get the one on one time as the second child doesn’t always get that as much. Sounds like Jess has had a great week and you have slotted in a lot of fun around it. I;m just looking at the rain out of the window so thankful you got the pool out!! Have a good weekend xx #wotw

    1. Getting the pool out feels like it was a long time ago now – the weather hasn’t been quite so wonderful this week! 🙂

  4. Congrats to you and Jessica on your awards! It is lovely to have that one to one time with your littlest, I think, I definitely see more of my son’s personality when his sister’s at school x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  5. Congratulations on your award it’s well deserved ! I’m in the same position with Jake now Daisy is in school full time I’m really enjoying our one on one time I don’t feel like we had enough time when Daisy was only at school in the mornings. #WotW

  6. We have the same word of the week! You have such a good list of moments. It’s funny when the younger one come out of the shadow when the older child starts school. It happens again at the end of primary school. Your scarecrow making does sound fun. One day we’ll have to make one. Is it for a scarecrow trail? Congrats on all your awards this week. A fabulous start to the weekend. #wotw

    1. Thanks Cheryl – I’m not sure what happened to all the scarecrows after the scarecrow making day – I think some of them might have been used on the farm though 🙂

  7. Awww it’s lovely hearing what you and your girls get up to. Well done on the award. There were so many categories I wanted to place you under. x #WotW

  8. Sounds like you’ve had a fabulous week. Congratulations on your award, and Jessica too! How lovely that you’re making the most of your time with Sophie – you’re so lucky to be able to do this. Great to see you treasuring these special moments. ~WotW

    1. Thank you Cal – it is lovely to be able to spend that time with Sophie – we are both enjoying it 🙂

  9. Sounds like a great week. It has been lovely to have the bonus sunshine too. My eldest has just started school and it’s definitely a lot less rushed at home with just me and my baby.

  10. Everything changes when a child starts school. Having proper time now with Sophie must be lovely and it is interesting seeing the dynamics change. Sounds like everyone is happy to see each other after school. #Wotw

    1. It certainly does Karen – I hadn’t thought about how much more Sophie’s personality would develop through having this one-to-one time with me – it is so lovely to see 🙂

  11. Oh congratulations on your blog award, how fabulous and well deserved! I am also enjoying the one to one moments with my youngest, but I do miss seeing the little duo together. The little one is like a lost soul without her sister – albeit a very chatty lost soul 😉

    1. Thank you Nat – I miss my little duo too – it feels very strange going out and about with just the one x

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