Friday Focus 28/04/17 – Returning and revisiting memories

​This week has seen us returning to activities we used to love and places we once lived in. TinyTalk baby and toddler signing classes were part of my routine for more than four years until our teacher went on maternity leave. She’s now running classes again and Sophie and I loved being at the toddler class although it did feel very odd without Jessica there too. I’m not sure how much Sophie remembers of the classes (it’s been more than a year!) but it didn’t take her long to get her ‘signing hands’ out and join in with the signs!


A doodle of the word "Returning" - this week's word of the week - with a cartoon Sophie doing sign language and a thought bubble with a cartoon version of me and hubby wearing graduation gowns and caps


Hubby and I had a rare date night last weekend to attend the StageSoc 15th anniversary celebration. StageSoc is the backstage society at Southampton University. Hubby and I were both founding members of the society. It was lovely to catch up with some old friends and to meet the new committee of the society – even if it did make me feel old when I realised that some of them were born the year I started university!


While we were in Southampton, we also had a look around hubby’s old student house which he still owns. The most recent tenants have just left and refurbishing and renovating the house is going to be a big project for him over the coming weeks. It felt very strange to be back in the house again although it brought back some very happy memories. I love the fact that the little message I wrote on the board in hubby’s old bedroom is still there!


"Love you lots" - the message I wrote on hubby's board in his room


Things I have loved this week:

  • ​Visiting Ruislip Fairy Village and looking out for fairies.

Sophie looking at a fairy door with miniature paintings outside

  • Making pizza with Jessica at her friend’s birthday party.


  • Jessica moving up another level with her reading.


  • Being able to have dinner together as a family when hubby came home early one night this week.


  • Going for a walk with Sophie and finding another geocache that has previously eluded me.


Sophie wandering through a field next to a big tree

  • Being back at tap dancing again having not been able to make the classes for a few weeks.


  • Sophie surprising me by sitting down at the table to draw and writing out numbers instead. I didn’t know she could write them until that point!

1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 written on a piece of paper by Sophie


The Reading Residence

11 thoughts on “Friday Focus 28/04/17 – Returning and revisiting memories

  1. Sounds like a lovely week, your visit to Southampton must have filled with nostalgia for you both and I love that that message is still there. Well done to your girls, great reading and number writing! It is wonderful when they surprise us, and seeing their proud little faces is the best! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    1. It was lovely to go back and revisit those memories. So proud of how well the girls are doing too 🙂

  2. I used to take Cerys to Tiny Talk when she was little – that and Music with Mummy. i am sure it is where she gets her love of music from – although now it is more Harry Styles & Ed Sheeran!
    I also love to see all the photos of your girls – they take the cutest photos ever!

    1. Thank you Donna, they are little cuties! I love things like TinyTalk for helping to encourage a love of music, so glad to hear that it has continued for Cerys 🙂

  3. How lovely! The classes sound fantastic.
    Aww! How adorable that the little message is still there.
    Well done your girls. Those numbers are fantastic. What a great surprise for you x

    1. Thank you Kim. I suspect I may have written it in permanent marker but it was lovely to see it still there! 🙂

  4. Oh wow Sophie’s numbers are amazing! How lovely that the society you founded is still going and you were able to go back and see them. It sounds like a lovely week.

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