Friday Focus 25/06/21 – Sorting

I’ve been busy sorting out our spare room this week ready for my mum to come and stay at the weekend. It’s been a year since she last stayed with us and in that time various bags and boxes have accumulated in the spare room to the point where the bed and half the floor were completely covered.


The word 'sorting' with a doodle of me juggling items of clothing


We’ve been given bags of hand-me-down clothes for Sophie from her cousins over the last year and bags of craft stuff from hubby’s aunt plus the spare room has been a dumping ground for boxes of stuff from quick clear-ups in other rooms, all of which needing sorting out. The clothes have now been separated out by size and bagged up to go in the loft until Sophie grows into them. They’ll keep her going for a few years yet! I’ve managed to find homes for the craft items and toys, and we now have a usable room again. Hopefully it will stay that way for a while!



What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Two bottles and a glass of elderflower cordial; a necklace with three gemstones; Thomas eating raspberries; a delivery basket of food; me and Thomas snuggled up in my bed; Thomas playing in the soft play at HALO play cafe; Thomas doing a jigsaw at the table - "#365daysofgratitude 2021 - week 25"


  • Day 169 – I am grateful for home-made elderflower cordial.


  • Day 170 – I am grateful for a lovely surprise in the post – a beautiful necklace with my three children’s birthstones in it which was a late birthday present from a friend.


  • Day 171 – I am grateful for home-grown raspberries and wild strawberries.


  • Day 172 – I am grateful for shopping deliveries and a full fridge!


  • Day 173 – I am grateful for the way that Thomas climbs into my bed every morning for morning snuggles and tickles. Love my cuddly boy.


  • Day 174 – I am grateful for HALO play café. Thomas had fun in the soft play this morning while I caught up with a friend.


  • Day 175 – I am grateful for the way Thomas chatters away to himself while doing jigsaws or playing with his toys. I often hear Jessica’s voice in the way he says things or in the words he uses. It’s so beautiful to hear her again through her little brother but it does make my heart ache too for my beautiful big girl and all these moments that I wish she could be here for too.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • A successful night camping on my own with the children in the garden for the #30DaysWild big wild camp-out.


Sophie and Thomas snuggled up in the tent


  • Thomas spelling out ‘Jessica’ with his letters.


Thomas with his letters spelling out 'Jessica'


  • Seeing how well that the flowers we pressed back in April came out.


Pressed daffodils and forget-me-nots


  • Going for a walk through a wildflower meadow to see how many different ones we could find.


Sophie and Thomas holding hands in front of wildflowers


  • An after-school trip to Black Park to feed the ducks and get some ice-cream.


Thomas sitting at a table eating an ice-cream


  • Overhearing Sophie talking about Jessica to her new friend that she’d made at the park. It means so much that she is able to talk so naturally and normally about her big sister.


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26 thoughts on “Friday Focus 25/06/21 – Sorting

  1. I remember a friend giving me bags of clothes for my Little Man when he was born. She was a bit of a shopaholic and there were tons of clothing that had been barely worn and some still had labels on. I don’t think I bought my boy much but school uniform for the first 8 years of his life. Well, done on the successful camping trip and I hope your Mum’s visit is really enjoyable. Thomas is a very clever little boy, and I love that Sophie talks about Jessica to new friends. She’s always with you. x

    1. Thank you Anne. I do love hearing Sophie chatter away about Jessica. Lovely that your friend gave you lots of clothes for Little Man. Sophie has twin cousins so we have had a lot of clothes handed down from them and our friends have twin boys a couple of years older than Thomas so we have not been short on clothes handed down! It’s lovely to have them and makes me feel better from an environmental point of view too x

  2. Ohh! How exciting that your mum is coming to stay! I hope you all have a wonderful time together.
    That necklace is gorgeous, what a lovely gift.
    Lovely photos x

  3. How exciting to have your mother coming to stay! Lovely to have a sort out . I always appreciated the hand-me-down bags when the children were younger. Seeing your tent up makes me want to put ours up too. Hope you all had fun sleeping out. I have images of you feasting on raspberries and wild strawberries for breakfast after a night under the stars. I love your new necklace and the idea of each of your children’s birth stones being added. Fab photo of Thomas eating an ice cream. #wotw

    1. It was so lovely to have my mum stay – especially as we had the opportunity for a night out!

  4. I hope that your mum’s stay is a good one. So nice to have hand me down clothes too. I like frugal and eco-friendly ideas like that too.

  5. Love the photo of Thomas with his ice cream – looks like he really enjoyed it. Passing on clothes is always good, I’ve sent a couple of party dresses to a friend for her daughter, they’d only been worn once!
    How nice for your Mum to come and stay 🙂 Hope you all have a lovely time

    1. I love hand-me-down clothes – it’s so nice to have clothes passed on. It was lovely having my mum stay, we had a wonderful time.

  6. I loved handmedowns when N was small, although we didn’t get that many when he was younger as the cousins were all much older and friend had already passed on their kids clothes as they were older too. But he’s had some great shooting jackets and trousers, plus school jumpers that have been through at least 2 cousins, if not 3. I pass his stuff on to my godson – although I’ve not seen them for 18 months, so the last age I’ve just sold on Vinted as he’ll already be in that size by the time we see him.

    1. It is lovely to get hand-me-downs and to be able to pass clothes on and better for the environment too!

  7. I hope you have a lovely time with your mum – what a treat for you all. I have no idea when I’ll be able to see mine, hopefully before the end of the year!


    1. Thank you, we had a lovely time together. I hope you will be able to see your mum again soon.

  8. How lovely that your mother can come and stay again now.

    That necklace looks lovely and such a nice idea.

    The pressed flowers look great. And well done on the camping in the garden, I’m not really into camping.

    1. I have to admit I’m not really into camping either – it was fun for one night though.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who struggles to keep the spare room reasonably clear! It is a nightmare trying to keep on top of it, isn’t it?

  9. I am not sure if the sorting is ever done, is it? I do one room and then have to do another. What a beautiful necklace and such a lovely surprise from your friend. I do love homemade elderflower cordial I must try and remember to make some. Yay for camping in the garden so much fun.

    1. I’m sure sorting is one of those jobs that is never-ending. The homemade elderflower cordial was amazing – not much of it left now!

  10. Thomas is amazing at spelling! I love that necklace, such a lovely keepsake. We don’t have a spare room so our house always gets filled up with clutter. It feels like we are always sorting it out! Love the camping photo #WotW

    1. I can definitely relate to the house constantly filling up with clutter – ours is the same in spite of having a spare room!

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