The Friday Focus 10/04/15

It’s been a bit of a week of transition – getting used to being at home again on my own with the girls after a lovely trip away and so much family time together. Jessica slept in a single bed when we stayed at ‘the moon’ most nights during our holiday and so it seemed a good time to make the transition from a cot to a bed for her at home too – we had a quick detour on the way home to pick up some new bedding and took the sides off the cot as soon as we got home. We had originally intended to wait until she and Sophie moved into a room together as Jessica had always been happy in the cot and had never made any attempt to climb out but it seemed silly to put her back in a cot after she’d slept in a bed all week. So far she seems quite happy in her bed although is going through a phase at the moment when she likes to fall asleep in our bed (which I’m happy with – it’s easier for me while I’m trying to settle Sophie) and so tends to be put in her bed once asleep rather than going to sleep in it.

The Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

We were planning to also start potty-training this week but after a couple of days of trying, have come to the conclusion that Jessica is not quite ready to do this and so it’s back to nappies for now with a view to trying again in half-term.


Today is also one of Jessica’s heart days – it is three years today since she had her last open-heart surgery; the Glenn procedure. It is amazing to see how far she has come since then and we will be celebrating this little milestone with some cake later on!


Out and About:

We have managed to finish our Team GB Paralympic gold post box challenge and have visited all 46 of the Paralympic gold postboxes. We have also visited 64 out of the 65 Olympic ones (although not all on this trip!) and just have the Isle of Man left to do. Midway through our holiday, we discovered that there was an official gold postbox that wasn’t on our list – thankfully it was not too far off our planned route and after lots of cross-checking with various blogs and websites (as it is almost impossible to find a complete list – even the official gold postboxes website is incomplete) we were fairly confident that there were no more official ones missing from our list.

The Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

We visited the National Showcaves Centre in Wales and the girls loved the dinosaur park. They both seemed to enjoy visiting the caves too although I definitely did not – being somewhat claustrophobic when it comes to caves. Still I managed to get round the two we visited without getting too anxious – it was quite a relief when we were back outside though! We also visited the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, one of the seven wonders of the canal network – it is the longest and highest aqueduct in Britain, carrying the Llangollen canal over the Dee valley.

The Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big LoveThe Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big LoveThe Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

We finished off our holiday by managing to catch up with a few friends on our journey home which made for a lovely end to the Easter weekend.


Fun at home:
Jessica and Sophie have been enjoying spending time with some of their cousins on Daddy’s side of the family as we have had a couple of visits from family members this week. This weekend, they’ll get to enjoy time with their cousins on my side of the family as my twin sister and two nieces are coming to stay for a few days.

The Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

The Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Jessica has also been enjoying decorating biscuits with icing and sprinkles.

The Friday Focus 10/04/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Time for me:

Not much time for me this week as trying to get back into normal routines after our holiday has been a little challenging!


On the blog:

I celebrated my first blogiversary on Tuesday – thank you to everyone who has read and commented on my blog over the past year!


My happiest moment:
Sitting in the dinosaur park in the sunshine eating ice-cream with hubby and my beautiful girlies.


Next week I would like to:

Enjoy spending some time with my sister and nieces.


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24 thoughts on “The Friday Focus 10/04/15

  1. Your week round ups are always fab. Great Pics too. Love the gold post boxes. Not even heard of them before. I’m with you in caves…feel a bit scared! Congrats again on a year blogging!! #wotw x

  2. Wow sounds like a great week, I think the post box challenge is amazing, it was so lovely to look at all those photos =)
    Sounds like it’s been a good transition from cot to bed it;s nice when things work out =) Hope the potty training goes well when you start it again (I am really not looking forward to potty training I must admit!)

    1. Thank you – I’m hoping potty training will be a lot less stressful if we wait until she is really ready for it!

  3. Sounds like a good week, with lots of family fun. Glad that the move to the bed’s been a smooth one, and you’re wise not to force the potty training, I think. Enjoy that special slice of cake tonight x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  4. What a fab week you have all had.
    Well done to Jessica moving into her big bed and I totally agree with holding back on the potty training.
    They know when they are ready.
    Lovely post 🙂 #WotW x

    1. Thank you Jayne – hopefully the potty training will be less stressful if we wait a bit longer!

  5. Well done Jessica for sleeping in a big girls bed!
    Ahh I wouldn’t worry about potty training if Jessica isn’t ready! There’s plenty of time!
    Hooray for Heart days and cake!
    Well done for visiting all the postboxes!! Such a great challenge!
    What a fab week x

  6. That sounds like a great week hun. Glad the bed move went well. Potty training is next on our list, can’t imagine that will go smoothly here! 🙂 Have a lovely weekend x

  7. Sounds like another brilliant week with two great anniversaries. I don’t like caves either and get very claustrophobic. Your postbox tour is a great idea. Potty training is a funny one isn’t it? My youngest sort if decided to do it herself one day out if the blue, but we kept having to just try the eldest as and when, she got it eventually. Hope you have another lovely week xx

    1. Thanks Lisa – am sure she will get there eventually and hopefully being more ready will make it less stressful. Hope you have a lovely week too x

  8. Good luck with the potty training, not a parenting milestone I’m looking forward to! 😉

    I’m so impressed with your postbox hunting, I didn’t realise there were quite so many!

    This is such a happy post and has left a big smile on my face. 🙂 Have another fab week.

    Thanks so much for joining in with our #HappyDays linky.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  9. Well done on completing your gold postbox challenge!

    How lovely for Jessica to be in a big girl bed. It’s a bittersweet moment though isn’t it. Bubs is in her toddler bed and we’ve bought a single to move her in to but I can’t bring myself to do it.

    We stopped and started potty training quite a few times with Bubs. I wish I’d listened to my instincts sooner and waited until she was totally ready. We started again in October and it clicked straight away this time round.

    Have a lovely week. I hope you have a great time with your sister and nieces. Vx

    1. Thanks Vickie – we’ve had a lovely time. Glad potty training clicked so well second time around 🙂

  10. A lovely week, I hope you have settled back home now- I bet you have a mountain of washing but at least we have had sunshine. Thank you for joining in with #HappyDaysLinky lovely xxx

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