Friday Focus 27/08/21 – Fun

We’ve had a lot of fun over the last week. It was hubby’s birthday on Monday and the weekend before his birthday felt like one big party weekend. We had a birthday party in his parents’ garden on Saturday and then repeated it again on a slightly smaller scale the next day with a few friends who weren’t able to make it the day before. We had a bouncy castle in the garden both days and I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, the kids or the adults!


The word 'fun' with the 'u' drawn as a person juggling



Last Friday we enjoyed a family day out in London. It’s the first time I’ve been in London since the start of the pandemic. I was a little apprehensive about going on the tube but it was quieter than I expected and most people were wearing face coverings. The children both thoroughly enjoyed going on the train and on the Emirates Air Line.


Sophie looking out of the window at the O2 on the Emirates Air Line


While I’ve still felt a bit overstretched this week, I have been able to push the to-do list aside and focus more on having fun with the children instead. We’ve had the paddling pool out in the garden and have enjoyed getting out for various activity sessions. I’m conscious that the summer holidays are rapidly coming to a end. This time next week Sophie will have started junior school. The to-do list can wait for a few more days. I’m trying to make the most of these last few days of summer before we’re back into normal routines again.


Thomas splashing in a small pink castle paddling pool




What I’ve been grateful for this week:


Sophiie stroking a starfish at the SEALife Centre; the adults joining the kids on the bouncy castle at hubby's birthday party; Sophie taking part in a sack race in Grandma's garden; hubby with his sweetie-topped birthday cake; Sophie painting a wooden fairy door; Sophie and Thomas standing in front of red phone boxes covered in flowers; Sophie with her face painted like a unicorn - "#365daysofgratitude 2021 - Week 34"


  • Day 232 – I am grateful for a fun day out at SEA LIFE London Aquarium™ thanks to Merlin’s Magic Wand Charity and Halo Children’s Foundation.


  • Day 233 – I am grateful that everyone seemed to have fun at hubby’s birthday party and that the weather was better than expected.


  • Day 234 – I am grateful for fun having a garden sports day.


  • Day 235 – I am grateful for a lovely family meal out to celebrate hubby’s birthday finished off with a very yummy cake made by Sophie.


  • Day 236 – I am grateful for some outdoor arts and crafts.


  • Day 237 – I am grateful for a successful shopping trip into town and for finding that the kids’ feet are still the same size when getting them measured at the shoe shop which made it a much less expensive shopping trip than anticipated!


  • Day 238 – I am grateful for a fun morning at the children’s centre family fun day.



Other things that have made me smile this week:

  • Reminiscing about university days with friends.


  • Sleepy snuggles with Thomas.


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24 thoughts on “Friday Focus 27/08/21 – Fun

  1. I’m glad that you had a lovely weekend for hubby’s birthday and a nice day out in London. I remember going on the Emirates Air Line with my daughter. It sounds like a lovely fun week and a great way to end the school holiday.

    1. It was such a lovely weekend and I’m glad we’ve been able to focus on fun at the end of the holidays.

  2. It sounds like you have been having a lot of fun.
    Happy belated birthday to your hubby. It sounds like he had a lovely time and you all had a fab day in London.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer holidays. Great photos from your week. x

    1. Thank you, we did enjoy the rest of the summer. Can’t believe we’re in September already though!

  3. What a fun and upbeat week you’ve had! True, soon it will be back to school days and more rigid schedules so I don’t blame you for making the best out of the few days left of the summer holidays. Wishing you more fun and laughter next week.

  4. Sounds like a win to me with the school shoes. happy Birthday to your husband, sounds like he had a fab week. love the idea of a bouncy castle

  5. Glad you had a good London trip. We’ve not been for a couple of years now, and I’m missing it. Happy birthday to your husband. Lucky on the school shoes/shoe sizes. N’s school shoes still fit thankfully – his were only replaced just before summer half term.

    1. Thank you – it was so nice to have a day out in London. It’s good when the school shoes still fit, isn’t it!

  6. I’m looking forward to the day my youngest’s feet stop growing. Enjoy those moments! I love the idea of a bouncy castle for the birthday celebrations. So glad you all had a good time and the weather was kind to you. Clever Sophie for making the cake. It looks yummy. Yes, to making the most of the last days of summer. It goes too soon. #wotw

    1. It certainly does go too soon. I’m glad we were able to make the most of the last couple of weeks.

  7. Happy belated birthday to your DH! Glad your trip to London was such a fun event. I haven’t visited London in many years. My older son loved the Aquarium when he was little, but I’m not a big fan, the big-sized fish give me the heebie-jeebies.
    It’s a relief you don’t need to buy new shoes now. The bouncy castle sounds great fun. Love the photo of Thomas in the paddling pool. He looks so happy.

    1. Thank you. Thomas loved splashing in the paddling pool. It’s a shame we haven’t been able to get it out more over the summer.

  8. I hope your hubby had a lovely birthday, the cake looks great! We only needed two pairs of shoes and trainers for the start of term because Matthew got through several last year but has now stopped growing briefly! #project365

  9. Ahhh Happy Belated Birthday to your hubby sounds like you had a wonderful week of celebrations. The cake that Sophie made looks amazing. I do like London but haven’t ventured back yet although we are going next weekend. We loved the cable cars a few years ago. Thomas looked like he really enjoyed the paddling pool.

    1. Thank you. It was lovely to have a day out in London again – hope you enjoy it next weekend.

  10. It sounded like there were lots of birthday celebrations going on for your hubby. I don’t think I have been on a bouncy castle for years! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to London. I was worried when we visited but it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be #WotW

    1. We’ve been a couple of times now and it hasn’t been too bad. It was definitely much busier the last time though.

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