The Friday Focus – 19/12/14

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in the Little Hearts, Big Love household and we are all enjoying getting into the

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Lovespirit. We performed in a Christmas concert last weekend, put the tree is finally up and most of the presents have now been bought (although cards have yet to be written!). At one point this week I was feeling like I was drowning in a sea of things to do before Christmas but having taken a deep breath and written my to-do list down, dividing all the tasks in my head into ‘essential’, ‘desirable’ and ‘if time’, everything suddenly seems a little more manageable.

A Little Christmas concert - Little Hearts, Big Love

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Out and About:

We enjoyed a playdate with Dr Miriam Stoppard and Galt Toys at the beginning of the week. Later in the week Jessica helped me deliver some of the Christmas cards that our local Churches Together group produces with details of all the Christmas services and loved posting them through letterboxes. Our toddler signing class finished the term with a bit of a Christmas party session and both girls seemed to enjoy dressing up for this – Jessica particularly loved wearing her princess dress!

Galt Toys Playdate 04

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Fun at home:

I was very proud of my big girl for hanging her dummies on the Christmas tree for the baby reindeer. She did struggle to settle the first night and we had a few tears the next day with the realisation that the dummies had actually gone but four nights on, she’s coping well without them and she was very happy with the little gift of a toy kettle that the baby reindeer left behind as a thank you.

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Time for me:

I spent an evening sorting through the girls’ toys in preparation for Christmas – we’ve filled a bag for the charity shop and the toys are now organised into different types (musical, puzzles, animals, imaginative play etc.) with room in the boxes to spare.

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

My happiest moment:

Watching my little girls playing peek-a-boo with each other through the glass doors at church and laughing together. I also had a proud moment earlier in the week with the arrival of the Charlie Jones Foundation 2015 calendar which features pictures of children who have hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) or who have gained their angel wings as a result of HLHS and Jessica’s picture is there for May.

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Friday Focus 19/12/14 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Next week I would like to:

Get everything done that I need to before Christmas Day and then just enjoy time with family.

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16 thoughts on “The Friday Focus – 19/12/14

  1. You most definitely have had a festive week and that all of you are ready for Christmas to be here already!

    Wishing you and your family a magical and memorable Christmas.

    1. Thanks Merlinda – it was a very busy week! There’s a clip from the concert rehearsal on my youtube page. Hope you have a lovely Christmas x

  2. Busy week in the run up to Christmas bit sounds like you are pretty organised! Monkey has loved posting cards through letterboxes this year too :). I like to organise his toys in the way you have but sadly Monkey isn’t a fan of my methods as they get un organised again in hours aaargh 🙂 bless your girl with her dummies, well done her and nice way to do it. Love the shot of her in the calender though the pic next to her did make me tear up slightly 🙁 hope you have a fab Christmas lovely! Xx

    1. Oh it has been manic – haven’t felt very organised but we are getting there! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas too and that Father Christmas brings you a few hours of undisturbed sleep on Christmas Eve! 🙂

  3. Sounds like you’re nearly ready then! I do like how you divided your to-do list up, too, very sensible. Glad that Jessica’s doing well without her dummies, and I see why you loved them peeking at each other there, so sweet! Thanks for sharing with #WotW and hope you all have a lovely Christmas x

    1. Thank you – dividing up the to do list has helped reduce my stress quite a lot! Lovely to join in each week with #WotW, thank you for hosting and hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas x

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