Friday Focus 27/10/17 – Enjoying half-term

Half-term hasn’t quite gone as planned but I’ve been doing my best to enjoy it. Sophie was supposed to have her birthday party last Saturday. Unfortunately both girls came down with a tummy bug on Friday and we had to cancel the party. It was disappointing but couldn’t be helped.


Enjoy - this week's word of the week


Once we were 48 hours post-bug, we managed to get out on Sunday and enjoy some family time visiting Claremont Landscape Gardens. We planned to go to a film afternoon on Monday and meet up with some friends on Tuesday but Jessica was ill again on Sunday night. It’s meant that we’ve spent half the week indoors instead of getting out and about exploring. It has been nice to have some enforced lazy days though but hopefully we’ve seen the last of the tummy bugs for a while!


Hubby is away in Paris at the moment so I’m flying solo once again. He’s not due back until the weekend before we go into hospital for Jessica’s surgery. Normally I’d be looking forward to him coming home and counting the days but this time part of me is hoping that they’ll go by slowly!



Today is Sophie’s birthday. I can’t quite believe that my baby girl is four already. We’ll be having another day at home with family dropping by during the day although I’m hoping that we’ll manage to get out to the park for a while too.



Things I have loved this week: 

  • My mum and twin sister coming over and having a tea party with them to help make up for having to cancel Sophie’s birthday party.


Jessica and Sophie with my mum and twin sister


  • Jessica and Sophie playing with fallen leaves and throwing them in the air.


Sophie and Jessica throwing fallen leaves in the air


  • An afternoon baking gingerbread biscuits.


  • Watching Jessica and Sophie working together on a new jigsaw.


  • Doing the Halloween trail at Black Park.


Jessica and Sophie with one of the pumpkins on the Halloween trail at Black Park


  • Having a film night at home and watching Moana for the first time.


  • Doing some Christmas crafts with the girls.


  • Making Sophie’s birthday cake.
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15 thoughts on “Friday Focus 27/10/17 – Enjoying half-term

  1. Happy Birthday Sophie ! sorry to hear she had to miss out on her party. Tummy bugs have been rife lately, we were visiting too which wasn’t pleasant. A Halloween trail sounds like lots of fun. Have a lovely weekend x #WotW

    1. Thank you Angela. There have certainly been a few doing the rounds recently! Hopefully we can stay bug-free for a while now x

  2. Aww I’m sorry they’ve been poorly. We were wiped out throughout last year’s October half term with illness so I feel your pain. I’m glad everyone is on the mend now and I hope you have a lovely weekend to make up for it.

    1. Thanks Nat, we certainly managed to make up for it during the second half of half-term 🙂

  3. Aww! Sending hugs. It sounds like you have had a rough week! I hope everyone is better now!
    Happy birthday to your little lady! I hope she’s had a fab day xx #WotW

  4. What a shame about Sophie’s party and both girls not being well. Hopefully the rest of the week made up for it. Wonderful that you got out and enjoyed the leaves. Seeing family is so good. Maybe the enforced slow time is really what you needed. Happy birthday to Sophie. #wotw

    1. I think having slow time was needed in some ways. We did manage to make up for it for the second half of half-term 🙂

  5. Happy Birthday Sophie xx I’m so sorry the sickness bug called and you had to cancel the party. I hope you are all well now. xxx

  6. Oh no, I hate it when a bug comes along and ruins all of your lovely plans. Sounds like you’ve done your best to make the most of it and I’m glad the girls are better now. I hope Sophie had a wonderful birthday x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    1. Thanks Jocelyn, it was a shame that we had to cancel things but Sophie still had a nice birthday. We managed to make up for it during the second part of half-term! 🙂

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