Friday Focus 24/03/17 – An eventful week

It’s been quite an eventful week. Last weekend was a fun-filled, but very busy one. We enjoyed an overnight stay at Chessington World of Adventures where we got to try out the new Gruffalo ride last Saturday. We were also lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and have a couple of books signed by them. It was an amazing experience and I’m still buzzing over it all a week on.

Eventful - this week's word of the week

On Sunday, I braved a trip into central London by myself with Jessica and Sophie to attend the Surf’s Up 2 screening. It was the girls’ first cinema experience and they enjoyed it very much.


Hubby was away for the first half of the week working on an event so it’s certainly been an eventful week for him too.


My ticket for #BML17 has been booked this week, thanks to my lovely sponsors Fantastic Services – another event to look forward to.


The end of this week has sadly seen a shocking event though with the attack in Westminster. It’s left me wondering why there is so much hate in the world and why people feel the need to kill others. The world can be a dark and scary place sometimes and this week has been a reminder of that. I am thankful that my children are still young enough to be oblivious to such things; that they are protected in the innocent cocoon of childhood. Long may that last.


Things I have loved this week:

  • ​​​Morning snuggles with both the girls in my bed – and having enough room to all be comfortable with hubby away (sorry hubby!)
  • Sharing my reflections on what Mother’s Day means to me in a guest post for Action Medical Research.
  • Sophie’s glee at getting to splash in puddles.
  • The beautiful double rainbow I spotted from my dining room window.

A beautiful double rainbow in the sky

  • The keyring and card that Sophie made at preschool for Mother’s Day.
  • Sophie’s drawings of us all. I especially love this one of her (the green figure) holding on to Jessica’s hand with me standing next to Jessica.

Sophie's drawing of herself in green, holding hands with Jessica who is standing next to Mummy


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22 thoughts on “Friday Focus 24/03/17 – An eventful week

    1. Thank you Anne. I love seeing how the girls’ drawings change over time 🙂

  1. I haven’t taken the grem to the cinema yet…think her time may come soon. It has been an eventful week for you and everyone in general really. Scary times. Glad you have your snuggles and time with your girls which helps it feel better! xx #wotw

  2. Sophie’s drawing is wonderful, I love it. Chessington sounds amazing, so fabulous to have met Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, children’s literary icons! Glad the trip to the cinema was a hit, too x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  3. I bet the girls (and you) loved meeting a real author and illustrator. Did they take any of their own artwork? I love Sophie’s picture. I wonder if that is how small she feels compared to the rest of you. First cinema trips are the best. My youngest was dancing until the lights went off, because he felt so grown up. The London attack is scary and I know my older two wanted to know more than was shown on Newsround. Maybe they have reached a stage where knowing is less scary than only half knowing. Love double rainbows. Yours shows the reverse in the second one clearly. #wotw

    1. They didn’t but we did bring our copy of Stick Man for signing. That’s an interesting point about Sophie’s drawing – maybe she does feel tiny next to the rest of us. I think you do get to a point where knowing things is less scary than half-knowing – hope you were able to explain more to your older two without them getting more worried about it.

  4. Sophie’s drawing is fabulous, it’s lovely to see how they see themselves in the world. Your trip to Chessington sounds wonderful, your signed books are definitely something to treasure #wotw

    1. Thank you Louisa – I do love seeing how the girls drawings change over time 🙂

  5. Oh gosh, you really have had an eventful week. I love that photo of the rainbows. How fabulous that you’ve got a BML sponsor, I’m always too shy to ask so I never go, I need to take a leaf out of your book and get on with it!

    1. Thanks Nat. I’ve always been too shy to ask before now and then when I was offered the ambassador opportunity it seemed the perfect chance to go for it! 🙂

  6. What a lovely picture, I am so glad you had a fab time at Chessington and Louise you were so kind sending that gift to Ava, what a lovely kind thing to do, have a wonderful Mothers day xx

    1. Thank you Sarah. I felt so sad that Ava missed out and it was nice to be able to do something to make it a little better. Hope you had a lovely Mothers’ Day x

  7. Wow to meeting Julia and Axel! And that picture is just adorable. I love pics of rainbows too. Totally agree about being able to cocoon our daughter away from the realities of sad events too. #wotw

    1. Thank you Carol. I’m trying to keep them in that innocent bubble for as long as I can!

  8. It certainly is true that there is a lot of horrid events occurring in the world. Then negative news apparently sells and that is what we see. We could do with a positive news too. #WotW

    1. It’s often harder to find the positive news stories but so much nicer to read them!

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