Friday Focus 21/04/17 – Easing back into the normal routine

We’ve been easing back in to our normal routine with the girls returning to school and preschool after the Easter bank holiday weekend. It’s been good to start the new school term with a shorter week. The house felt very quiet on Tuesday with my big girl at school but knowing that the weekend was one day nearer made it easier.


Bank Holiday Monday was a quieter day for us – after all the activity of the Easter holidays and a busy weekend enjoying a couple of Easter hunts, a slower day was needed to ease the transition from holiday to being back at school.

A doodle of the word "Easing" with a school bag hanging off the 'E' and a heat pad resting on the bottom of the 'g' - this week's word of the week

The end of the week hasn’t been a very comfortable one for me though! I woke on Wednesday morning with a very sore, stiff neck and could hardly move my head at all. Thankfully hubby was able to get the girls ready and take them to school and preschool. Two days on, the pain is easing. While I’ve not yet managed to regain full head movement, it’s much better than it was. Thank goodness for heat pads and painkillers!



Things I have loved this week:

  • Going swimming with hubby and the girls.
  • A day out at Cliveden with heart family friends.


Jessica and P standing behind the bunny rabbit cut-out at Cliveden


  • Having the cousins from Luxembourg over for a visit and enjoying an Easter egg hunt in Grandma’s garden.


Jessica, Sophie and their cousins having an Easter egg hunt

  • Listening to Sophie singing in French in the car on the way to her Bilinguasing class.
  • Playing the piano for a singing rehearsal – and wondering yet again why I don’t make time to play a little more often!


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18 thoughts on “Friday Focus 21/04/17 – Easing back into the normal routine

  1. Sounds like you had a great Easter.
    I know how you feel about the quietness at home after a school holiday. All mine (including hubby) leave me & it always takes a bit of getting used, especially after the long summer holiday.
    Knowing other heart mums must be great.

    1. Thank you Donna, it was lovely. I’ve adjusted back to the school routine now – it always takes a little while to get used to the quietness again and then I enjoy having that time for myself again!

  2. It is nice to go back with a shorter week, it does ease you in. I’m not looking forward to Boo going back on Monday, but I have my eye on the following week when she’s off for the bank holiday and voting. I hope you’re feeling better soon and regain full movement x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Hope you’re all settling back in the school routine again – the prospect of a shorter week next week is a good one! My neck is much better thank you – pretty much back to normal now x

  3. I can really understand how you feel about wishing for more time to play the piano. I often pick up activities again and wonder why I ever left off. I guess we can’t fit it all in, but also lovely to rediscover it too. Must be great to get the cousins together and meet up with friends too. The four day week is wonderful. Spoilt at this time of year. What with all the bank holidays etc. We start back this coming week. Youngest has an inset day, so I’m not going to be plunged into quiet straight away. Hope your neck is feeling better. #wotw

    1. It is lovely to rediscover it – but yes, there are only so many hours in the day to fit these things in! My neck is much better now, thank you – back to normal again! Hope you are settling back into the school routine again – it’s nice to have a shorter week to start back too.

  4. Oh gosh I’m sorry you’ve been so uncomfortable with your neck. It’s always tough when the children go back to school as well isn’t it? Luckily for us ours don’t start back until Monday and we’re busy that day so she’s going back Tuesday. Still making the most of being with her, I miss her so much when she’s at school!

    1. Thank you so much Nat. My neck is pretty much back to normal now thankfully! I miss mine when they are at school too – although it is nice to have that time to myself too. Hope you enjoyed that extra day with your girls 🙂

  5. I’m not looking forward to my kids going back to school next week, it’ll be so quiet. I still have one home until Thursday though so I’m thinking the week will pass quickly. Then we have bank holiday the week after 🙂 It sounds like you fitted lots in your break, but I’m sorry to hear about your neck, I do hope it heals soon. xx

    1. Thank you Anne. My neck is much better now. It’s nice to have some shorter weeks at this time of year, isn’t it? 🙂

  6. Ahh! We go back to school on Tuesday so it will be a short week for us too. Hooray for teacher training days.
    Eek! I hope your neck feels better soon!

    1. Having a shorter week is always nice when they first go back. My neck is much better now, thank you x

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