Friday Focus 18/11/16 – The start of the busy season

It’s always around this point in the run-up to Christmas that I look at the calendar and suddenly realise that every weekend from now until the end of the year is accounted for and that the busy season is about to start! The last weekend was a very hectic one with ballet classes for Jessica and Sophie, two parties to attend, an evening with friends and the Remembrance Sunday parade filling the calendar.  I’ve spent the first half of this week recovering from it all – just in time for another weekend of busyness to commence!

Hectic - this week's word of the week

The run-up to Christmas is full of so many fun things – days out, Christmas fayres, visits with family and friends, shopping, concert rehearsals and parties.  It’s a crazy, busy time of year but that’s why I love it!


Things I have loved this week:

  • Jessica winning award of the week at school for “always being kind and helpful” – such a proud mummy moment.

Jessica with her certificate for Award of the Week for always being kind and helpful - My Sunday Photo 13/11/16

  • Seeing how much Jessica enjoyed her first ballet class.

Jessica dancing in her first ballet class

  • Having one-to-one time with Jessica at her friend’s birthday party.
  • An evening playing games with friends.
  • Passing my final assignment for my HR course.
  • Seeing Jessica taking part in her first Remembrance Sunday parade with the Girls’ Brigade.
  • Going to the Friends of PICU 10th anniversary party and catching up with another heart family who we first met when we were all in hospital together when the girls were babies.

The 10th anniversary cake for Friends of PICU showing the elephant logo, an elephant, an ambulance and a parent sitting by their child in a hospital bed

  • Trying a new recipe for Swedish meatballs and pasta – possibly the yummiest dinner I have ever made.
  • Jessica telling me a bedtime story all about Little Red Riding Hood and a dinosaur.
  • A morning spent playing board games with Sophie.


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20 thoughts on “Friday Focus 18/11/16 – The start of the busy season

  1. I love this time of year too but had a mild panic when I thought of all the shopping to do! Well done on passing your course assignment – massive relief I bet. Jessica has had a brilliant week – I bet you are reall proud! xx #wotw

    1. Thanks Sarah – am very proud of Jessica. I’ve still got lots of shopping to do too – somehow it will all get done! Good luck with doing all of yours too 🙂

    1. Thanks Cheryl – I did like that take on the more traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood! 🙂

  2. It is so busy now, isn’t it? I’ve had one of those moments looking at the calendar, too! Good job it’s ‘fun busy’! Well done to Jessica and to you on passing your final assignment. I do love pasta and meatballs! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  3. It is such a busy time of year…I love it but dread it at the same time.
    Well done Jessica for the award and the ballet and you too for passing your final assignment!
    It sounds like such a great week for you x

    1. Thank you Kim – I sometimes dread the thought of it and then enjoy it when it’s all happening! 🙂

  4. It’s always the same this time of year, there are so many things to attend for school and the weekends are jam packed as well no wonder it’s hectic. It sounds like you have had a lovely week s usual with lots of lovely mummy moments, well done to Jessica for her certificate. #WotW

  5. Oh that’s so lovely, always being kind and helpful is the best thing to win an award for. I am also in the crazy, hectic season and it drives me mad!

    1. I don’t mind the hectic season too much – at least it’s mostly fun (and it probably helps also now I know we’re not hosting Christmas dinner, lol!)

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