Friday Focus 24/01/20 – Afterschool adventures

I’ve really enjoyed getting out for afterschool adventures with Sophie this week thanks to joining in with the Wild about Winter challenge. Normally we tend to hibernate a bit in the winter and not really get out after school. Having suggested activities has helped encourage us outside each day though and it’s been good to get out and about in the fresh air even on grey, dull January afternoons. We’ve started to get into the habit of taking a flask of hot chocolate out with us. It’s amazing how something as simple as just having our hot chocolate outside can feel like such a special treat.


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Afterschool adventures aside, it’s been a bit of a tough week. We’ve had three close family members having trips to hospital in the last week. Thankfully two of them are back home and on the mend, but the other family member is still in and likely to be so for a while yet. It’s been quite an anxious time, to be honest. Just got to keep taking things moment by moment while hoping for the best.


Things that have made me smile this week

  • Making biscuits using the new rolling pin that my in-laws gave me for Christmas.


Cookie dough rolled out with pictures printed on the dough using an embossed rolling pin



A frozen bubble on the grass


  • Seeing how much Sophie enjoyed going to see one of our fellow cast members from The Sound of Music playing the dame in a local panto.


Sophie standing with the dame at the end of the pantomime


  • Having my piano tuned.


  • Making ice sculptures with Sophie.


Sophie with an ice sculpture of a cat and a butterfly


  • Watching Sophie and Thomas having fun together at the park.


Sophie holding Thomas's hands and gently bouncing on the trampoline at the park


  • Making an obstacle course around the garden and timing Sophie to see how fast she could complete it.


Sophie running around the obstacle course in the garden featuring a slide. tunnel and a frame to duck under


  • Watching Thomas having fun exploring. He’s getting quite speedy on his feet now!


Sophie and Thomas standing on a bridge, looking down at a stream


  • A couple of friends sharing photos and memories of Jessica that popped up on their Timehop.


  • Doing some ‘rain painting’ in the garden with Sophie using a spray bottle to spray water on painted pictures and watching the colours run.


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20 thoughts on “Friday Focus 24/01/20 – Afterschool adventures

  1. You certainly did have adventures this week! Sometimes I need some incentive to go outside when it is cold too. The frozen bubble was so cool! I didn’t realize that happened. I am going to have to try it with my grandchildren. Your little Sophie running around her obstacle course is adorable! 🙂

    1. I loved doing the frozen bubbles. We’ll definitely be trying it again when the weather is cold enough.

  2. Ooh I love the biscuit rolling pin! I do hope your family members are soon on the mend. Taking a flask of hot chocolate out is a lovely idea, I might have to do that with my two tomorrow as we’ll mostly be having a day at home.

    1. Thank you, they’re all out of hospital now and much better thankfully. The flask of hot chocolate is rapidly becoming a staple for days out now!

  3. I hope your family members are feeling better very soon, how stressful for you all x I love all the adventures you have been having. I can’t wait for it to get a bit warmer so I can get out more with my kids. I adore your biscuit rolling pin. x

  4. News to me too about the frozen bubble: how cool, in every sense! Looks like a good week overall, with lots of good things, as well as the not so good. #WofW

    1. The frozen bubbles were amazing to watch – definitely something we’ll be trying to do again.

  5. What a cool rolling pin! It reminds me of something I gave my granddaughter for play-doh, so why not have a grown-up version. Love it. 🙂

  6. You have had some fantastic adventures outside this month, well done for keeping up with the challenges. I saw your frozen bubbles on Instagram and have made a note to have a go on the next frosty morning we get. Sorry to hear about poorly family members I hope all will be well for them x

  7. It sounds like you’ve had some brilliant adventures. Getting outside is great to do and taking a flask of hot chocolate is genuis. What a treat indeed.
    So sorry that you have had family members which are unwell. I hope the 3rd is back home soon.
    That rolling pin is fantastic! x

    1. We’ve really enjoyed getting outside, especially with hot chocolate as an added incentive! Everyone is now out of hospital and on the mend too, thank goodness x

  8. Never heard of rain painting.
    How lovely family and friends share old posts of Jessica and keep her alive in every bodies memory.
    We have not had cold enough weather to make ice anything.

    1. It’s mostly been mild here too – just the one day where it was cold enough to try making frost bubbles.

  9. Your rolling pin looks fabulous. I love the idea. Been following your after school activities on Instagram. I’m going to wait until the next frosty morning and try freezing some bubbles. January is a hard time to get out, but you have made it fun. I hope your last relative is back home and better. Such a worrying time. #wotw

    1. Thanks Cheryl, yes they’re back home now and much better, thank goodness. Having suggested activities has made it a lot easier to get out each day. I suspect I’ll find February harder without having the prompt!

  10. That bubble is so cool its not something g I have ever thought of doing. And yes getting outside and enjoying a hot drink does feel such a treat especially chocolate. I hope your family member are on the mend and I love that rolling pin,

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