Friday Focus 24/07/20 – Preparing

This week has been a busy one. Thomas turns two on Sunday and I’ve been preparing for his birthday – planning cakes, having presents delivered, having Nanny come up to stay for a few days. In normal circumstances, we would have probably had a big family party in Grandma and Grandad’s garden. Instead we’ll have a little party in my garden and are trying to organised family members to pop over separately and making sure visits don’t overlap so people can stay distanced out in the garden.


The word 'preparing' in purple


It’s been another week where I feel like I’m juggling a lot of balls – although so far I seem to be managing to keep them up in the air! I’ve been juggling work, preparing the online service for church, being part of a group trying to prepare services for when we reopen the building, preparing the church newsletter ready for sending out and making sure that there is still time for days out and fun with the children. On the plus side, at least the summer holidays mean that we don’t have home-schooling to add into the mix too!


Things that have made me smile this week

  • Getting to the end of term with home-schooling. I’m so proud of how well Sophie has coped with a term and a bit of home-schooling and we’ve mostly enjoyed it.


Sophie with her "I graduated from Year 1 today' certificate


  • Watching Sophie and Thomas having fun playing with sand in the garden.


Sophie and Thomas playing in the sand tray in the garden


  • Having a tea party with the toys in the garden.


Thomas playing with the tea set and toys in the tuff tray while Sophie pushes her doll's pram around the garden



Sophie sitting in a garden chair with the 'Jessica has a heart operation' book


  • Our caterpillars turning into chrysalides.


  • Harvesting the first of our beans in the garden.


Sophie harvesting dwarf beans in the garden


  • Going for a lovely walk around Cliveden.


Sophie and Thomas running through the round fruit garden at Cliveden


  • Seeing my twin sister for the first time in over four months.


  • Making some Numberblocks cakes for Thomas’s birthday. I still have his main birthday cake to do, but I think he’s going to love these ones.


Five cakes made in the shapes of each of the first five Numberblocks


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8 thoughts on “Friday Focus 24/07/20 – Preparing

  1. It sounds to me that you’re doing an amazing job of juggling everything 🙂 I can imagine the beginning of the summer holidays makes for a nice change though. Thomas’ birthday sounds like it’s going to be a great day! My Mum made a block cake for my brother or I when we were little and we blooming loved it. Happy Birthday for Sunday Thomas!

  2. Life is a juggling act sometimes isn’t it. I get so overwhelmed at the slightest thing lately. I’m glad you got to see your sister though, how lovely to catch up. I’m loving the garden photos too, I’m hoping that now we don’t have a jungle that we can persuade the kids out more…we just need some more sunshine. The cakes look adorable x

  3. My goodness, I think anyone would love those cakes. Fun to have so much time outside too. I must book a trip to one of our NT places. Seeing your pair playing outside with their toys, makes me miss my children playing outside in the same way. The tray must make it so much easier to clear up. You sound like you are doing a grand job at juggling at the moment. Hope the weather stays good for Thomas’s birthday. #wotw

    1. The tray is brilliant – it’s had so much use recently and makes it so much easier to clear up. We didn’t have the best weather but we were able to get out in the garden thanks to our event shelter and Thomas loved his birthday cakes.

  4. Goodness me. Time really does fly. Happy birthday to Thomas. I hope he has a wonderful day but how is he two already. I hope everyone visiting goes to plan.
    It sounds like you have been busy.
    I think you and Sophie have both done amazingly well with home schooling.
    Those Numberblock cakes are fab x

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