Friday Focus 22/12/17 – Preparing for Christmas and beyond

I’ve been busy preparing for Christmas over the last week. The to-do list, which seemed huge at the start of the week, is now looking much more manageable. Most of the items have been ticked off – the presents are nearly all wrapped and ready, the cards have all been sent and the girls are counting down the days and getting very excited.


Preparing - this week's word of the week


I’m trying to focus on Christmas and not think too much about what lies just beyond it. However, now that the Christmas preparations are mostly complete, I’ve become more aware of the preparations that still need to be made for Jessica’s surgery and hospital stay. We will be going back into hospital the day after Boxing Day. I’m trying to make sure that most of the bags are packed this weekend so I can focus on just enjoying Christmas Day and Boxing Day with my family. I’m hoping that it will be third time lucky for Jessica’s surgery and that all will go smoothly. If you can spare us some thoughts and prayers in amongst your festivities, that would be very much appreciated!


Things I have loved this week:

  • Jessica getting her silver Reading Raccoon certificate.


  • Staying with friends and having fun at their annual Christmas party.


  • Catching up with seven of my siblings in one weekend as we did the pre-Christmas rounds of visiting.

Jessica and Sophie with Auntie Maxine who is dressed as an elf


  • Discovering new things in one of our local green areas while out on a walk.


Sophie with the bug hotel we spotted while out on a walk


  • Jessica getting an award of the week for being co-operative.


  • Going for a Christmas meal with some local mum friends and making a Christmas table centerpiece.


  • Watching the girls having fun raiding the dressing up box.


Jessica wearing a pink witch's outfit and Sophie wearing a lei and sunglasses


  • Catching up with a friend and her girls and getting to see the Christmas lights at Waddesdon Manor.


Flowers projected on to Waddesdon Manor


The Reading Residence

16 thoughts on “Friday Focus 22/12/17 – Preparing for Christmas and beyond

  1. Love the dressing up photo! Have a wonderful Christmas and I will be thinking of you all after Christmas as you prepare for Jessica’s surgery. I hope it all goes smoothly this time.

  2. The lights at Waddeson look amazing. I’m very impressed that you saw so many of your siblings. They both look like they are rocking the festive look in the dressing up photo. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. The rest will wait. Fingers and toes crossed that third time is your lucky charm. #wotw

  3. What a lovely week. Those lights look beautiful and I’m loving the girls’ looks with their fancy dress! I hope you can enjoy Christmas and that Jessica’s surgery does at last go ahead and all goes smoothly. Will be thinking of you x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. The girls look brilliant in their dressing up outfits, very colourful indeed ! It sounds like you have had such a nice week full of family and festive fun. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and that everything goes well for Jessica’s operation, I will be thinking of you x

    1. Thank you Angela. We’re looking forward to enjoying Christmas. Hope you have a good one too x

  5. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas….It must be hard not to think about Jessica’s surgery. I really hope it is third time lucky for you. I’ll be thinking of you xx

    1. Thank you Kim, definitely getting harder to push it out of my mind now. Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas x

  6. Well done Jessica on her reading certificate. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I’ll be thinking of you afterwards xx

  7. I can only imagine how hard it is to be thinking of something worrying than enjoy the hustle and bustle of Christmas. I will totally be thinking of your and your family =)


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