Friday Focus 31/01/2020 – Back on steady ground

After the stressful ride of the last couple of weeks, this week has felt much more steady overall – well, once we got past the weekend anyway! We’ve been able to draw breath and relax a little more, and the worries have eased up a bit too now that everyone who was in hospital is now home again, and on the mend. Let’s hope that things will stay a little calmer for a while now.


The word 'steady'


I think I’ve also been a bit kinder to myself, and tried not to find battles that I don’t need to be fighting this week. I’ve given in to the fact that Thomas just doesn’t seem to be settling well in his cot for naps in the day at the moment, and embraced the sleepy snuggles on the sofa instead. The to-do list can wait for now. He won’t always be little enough for naptime snuggles. More sleep at night would still be good though!


Things that have made me smile this week

  • An after-school picnic in the park.


Sophie and Thomas wearing winter coats and hats, sitting on a picnic blanket, having a picnic in the park


  • Watching Thomas excitedly signing “duck” over and over again when we went to feed the ducks.


  • Watching Sophie having fun at her friend’s superhero-themed birthday party.


  • Taking our torches and going for a night walk in the woods.


  • Making mud potions in the garden with Sophie.


A very smiley Sophie mixing a mud potion in the garden


  • The beautiful print that some heart family friends of mine sent us because it reminded them of Jessica.


A print with a picture of an angel with light brown hair and glasses with the words "Feathers appear when angels are near" around it


  • Finally managing to complete all the lessons on the French course in Duolingo after four years. I’m now working through the Stories section of the app to help practise my French and will keep going back over some of the lessons every now and then too.


  • Looking out of the window and seeing Jessica’s name written in the clouds, along with a big kiss.


A cross in the clouds and the name 'Jessica' circled written in the clouds


  • Learning how to make beeswax wraps and paper plant pots at a ‘Small Changes’ workshop.


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12 thoughts on “Friday Focus 31/01/2020 – Back on steady ground

  1. It’s great to hear that you’ve had a much better week and that everyone is on the mend. I think to be kinder to yourself is definitely the way to go, sometimes you just have to go with the flow especially where little ones are concerned. That really does look like Jessica on that book cover, how lovely! and how amazing that her name was in the sky she is always giving you little signs that she is with you xx

    1. Thank you, being kinder to myself does make such a difference. Seeing her name in the sky was amazing – I do love little signs like that x

  2. Steady sounds good for this week. I so remember those days when Star wouldn’t nap in the daytime, but she’d get grumpy if we didn’t snuggle on the settee for at least an hour. I’d be constantly thinking of all the things I needed to get done, but they can wait. The memories of those snuggles are so much nicer than thinking about the washing up! I love that print, it really does look like Jessica, and I can see her name in the clouds too. I love how you manage to spend lots of time outdoors, even in winter. I used to love making mud pies as a child. x

    1. It’s been so good to get outdoors – really helped having a challenge to motivate us. I am enjoying the snuggles on the sofa – I have to admit I do find myself thinking of all the things I need doing sometimes but I’m trying to just go with the flow and enjoy the moment x

  3. Steady and calm are good words to use when describing your week. Sometimes it feels better to ride the monorail rather than the roller coaster all the time!

    That print is adorable. It reminds me of your Jessica too.

    1. Definitely better to ride the monorail rather than the rollercoaster. The print is now on my desk by my computer as I love it so much 🙂

  4. I am glad things are feeling a little better now. I am glad everyone is home from hospital. The sleeply snuggles on the sofa with Thomas sound lovely. It looks like a lovely picnic at the park and making mud potions look like a lot of fun.
    What a lovely book and yes, I can see Jessica written in the clouds. How amazing x

    1. Thanks Kim. It was such an amazing moment – couldn’t believe it when I glanced out of the window and saw that x

  5. So good your week has felt more steady. The print is lovely and has Jessica written all over it. I like the idea of a picnic in the park. Sophie and Thomas look like they fully embraced the idea. I love torch lit walks in the woods. Hope you heard an owl or two. My girls love Duolingo, but they do go through phases with it. Well done on completing it. Good to hear that your loved ones are out of hospital now. Hope you all have a good week. #wotw

    1. Thanks Cheryl. We didn’t hear any owls but it was fun to get outside and have a night walk.

  6. I am so glad you had a better week, the print is beautiful and it does look like Jessica, I love how you still get out for picnics in the cold weather. And I agree they are little for such a short time, make the most of those cuddles x

    1. Thanks Sarah, it helped having a prompt to get us outside for a picnic but we had so much fun that the cold weather won’t put us off in future.

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