The Friday Focus 22/07/16 – Soaking up the sunshine

With the glorious weather we’ve been having this week, my word of the week has to be sunshine.   Summer has well and truly arrived and we’ve been making the most of it! We’ve had the paddling pool and parasol out in the garden and have been enjoying ice lollies galore.  Let’s hope this lovely weather lasts for a while.

Sunshine - this week's word of the week

Things I have loved this week

  • Seeing how much fun Jessica had with her friends at her preschool leavers’ party.

Jessica standing in front of the playhouse at preschool with a banner saying "Congratulations" over her head at her preschool leavers' party

  • Having a fun time at the Friends of PICU Family Fun Day and catching up with Willow, who has the same heart condition as Jessica and was on the ward with her when they were both babies, and her mum.
  • An afternoon with friends and watching the girls having a waterfight in the garden.

Jessica and Sophie having a water fight in our friends' garden

  • A day out at Odds Farm Park, feeding the animals and enjoying all the different play areas.

Jessica and Sophie driving a blue tractor in the play area at Odds Farm Park

  • Seeing all the Pretty Jessica roses blooming in the garden.

A pink Pretty Jessica rose blooming in the garden with two rose buds behind it

  • Having hubby home for bedtime a couple of times this week.
  • Watching the girls splashing about in the paddling pool in the garden.

Jessica and Sophie splashing about with a ball in the paddling pool

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29 Comments

  1. July 22, 2016 / 6:14 am

    Lovely!!!
    I hope you didn’t need too many tissues at Jessica’s preschool graduation and I’m loving the rest of your week. It’s totally the simple things that mean the most to us – looked like a
    Perfect few days.xxx

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      Thanks Gemma – I wasn’t too bad at the actual preschool leavers’ party, it was later that day that I got a bit emotional about it all although now I’m just focusing on enjoying the summer 🙂

  2. July 22, 2016 / 8:53 am

    The sunshine does make the week nicer, doesn’t it? So much outdoor time and love the girls’ happy faces in the paddling pool. Here’s hoping it lasts! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      It’s been so lovely to have that sunshine and we’ve loved having so much outdoor time this week 🙂

  3. July 22, 2016 / 10:05 am

    It sounds like you have had a lovely week, the sunshine just cheers me up so much! I think that is the coolest paddling pool I have ever seen!

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Thanks Jenni – I always feel so much happier when the sun shines too, it’s amazing the difference it can make, isn’t it? 🙂

  4. July 22, 2016 / 10:44 am

    I love how everyone has been enjoying the glorious sunshine. Sadly it didn’t last down here in Cornwall, by Wednesday, it was gone. Hopefully it will be back soon 🙂 #wotw

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:16 pm

      Such a shame it didn’t last for you in Cornwall – hope the sunshine returns for you over the weekend 🙂

  5. July 22, 2016 / 1:22 pm

    What other way to beat the heat than to swim in the pool! Its really amazing how sun can make us go out! Didnt enjoy the first 2 days of the heatwave but once we got use to it we love it! Today is my son’s last day of school and when holidays starts for us we are realkly going to go out and soak up the sun! #wotw

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      The pool was definitely essential this week! Hope you and your son enjoy the summer holidays 🙂

  6. July 22, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    Ahh! What a wonderful week….The weather has been lovely.
    Gorgeous photos x

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      Thank you Kim – it has been lovely weather, fingers crossed it lasts! 🙂

  7. July 22, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    Such a positive and fun week for you and your family. My boys loved their water pistols. How cute is that pool. I hope you have a fantastic summer holiday X #wotw

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you – hope you have a fantastic summer holiday too 🙂

  8. July 22, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    That sounds like an amazing week! What a lot of fantastic things you got up to 🙂 #wotw

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you Kate – it has been a lovely week 🙂

  9. July 22, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Firstly, how wonderful that all of your photos are outside this week – isn’t the weather superb?! And we’ve been spending time in our paddling pool and with water pistols, too, it’s the best way when it’s so hot!
    I can’t believe that Jessica is ready to leave pre-school, she’s looking so grown up. I hope it wasn’t too emotional for you!
    Have a lovely week
    xx
    #WoTW

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Tracey – we’ve certainly been making the most of the nice weather! I can’t quite believe Jessica has finished preschool either – the time seems to have gone by very quickly. Last week was a very emotional one but this week I’m back on an even keel again! Hope you have a lovely week too x

  10. July 22, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    Looks like you’ve a fun week made brighter by the sunshine

    • Louise
      Author
      July 22, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      Thank you Elaine, we certainly have 🙂

  11. July 23, 2016 / 6:37 am

    Ah you have really made the most of the weather. It really opens up so many more activities like garden and pool time! Love Jessica’s summe dress! She always looks so cute. Hope this is the start of an amazing summer xx #wotw

    • Louise
      Author
      August 2, 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Thanks Sarah – shame this week hasn’t been quite so nice weather-wise but hopefully the sunshine will come back again! 🙂

  12. July 23, 2016 / 8:04 am

    What a wonderful sun filled week you’ve all had, I love your posts every week they are always so positive and bright. #WotW

    • Louise
      Author
      August 2, 2016 / 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much Angela – that’s a lovely thing to say 🙂

  13. July 23, 2016 / 2:12 pm

    Lovely to see that the girls have enjoyed the sunshine. #WotW

    • Louise
      Author
      August 2, 2016 / 9:34 pm

      It seems to have disappeared this week – fingers crossed it comes back! The paddling pool is great – a little small for the girls now but I love the design 🙂

  14. July 24, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    That paddling pool is brilliant! lovely photos and glad you’ve had such a good week

    • Louise
      Author
      August 3, 2016 / 7:37 am

      Thanks Karen – we love the paddling pool, hoping to get some more use out of it in August!

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