The Friday Focus 15/05/15

This last week has been a busy but enjoyable one. Last Saturday was my birthday and the celebrations felt like they lasted all weekend thanks to various different events that were planned. Mid-week found me in a reflective and thankful mood thanks to another milestone moment – four years since the hospital appointment where we were told there was almost no hope of Jessica being suitable for surgery. Being here today and seeing how well Jessica is doing is such a huge blessing given just how bleak things seemed back then.

The Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Out and About:

My birthday weekend kicked off with a trip to Legoland with one of my close friends and her daughter who is between Jessica and Sophie in age. Jessica was so excited about the prospect of a day at Legoland with A and it was so adorable to see her running up to her friend and giving her a big hug when we met up outside the entrance. The three girls had such a wonderful time together and enjoyed going on the rides, seeing the pirate show (which unfortunately had to be stopped halfway through due to technical issues) and the puppet show and running around the children’s play area. My friend and I enjoyed having a proper catch-up and it was just one of those perfect days that happen every so often.

The Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big LoveThe Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

I love going home to see my twin and celebrating our birthday together. We had a birthday barbecue at her house with various family members and friends popping over and it was just a lovely way to spend the day. We then finished off my birthday weekend by going out for a Chinese meal with hubby’s parents on Sunday – an all-you-can-eat buffet which is my favourite – lots of crispy duck pancakes, yum!

The Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

The Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big LoveThe Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

We took advantage of having some lovely sunshiney days this week by finding a local bluebell wood to explore. Jessica and Sophie both enjoyed their walk through the woods and wandering about amongst the bluebells.

The Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Fun at home:
The girls have enjoyed being able to play out in the garden more and I have managed to do a little more clearing out in the garden. My lovely father-in-law came over to chop down some of the bigger shrubs/small trees and the area around my roses is now fairly clear. We haven’t quite managed to clear the overgrowth in the corner and this has been put on hold for a while after discovering a birds nest there – I’ll focus my efforts on clearing out the rest of the garden for the next few weeks instead.

 The Friday Focus 15/05/15 - Little Hearts, Big Love

Time for me:

One of the other mums from the toddler group organised a fundraising pamper day and hubby worked from home in the morning so I could leave Sophie with him (Jessica being at preschool) and go and have a lovely head and shoulder massage. Blissful!
On the blog:

I shared a guest post over on Holistic Mama’s blog about me and my twin as part of her Celebrating Sisters series.


My happiest moment:
Watching my girls playing together so happily in the garden and then ‘helping’ me dig up the weeds.


Next week I would like to:
Enjoy more time out and about in the sunshine with my beautiful babies.


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50 thoughts on “The Friday Focus 15/05/15

  1. Sounds like it’s been a brilliant week your end lovely, lots of gorgeous sunny photos of the girls, and perfect weather for Legoland. Well done on the garden too. Have a fab weekend 🙂 #wotw

  2. Sounds as though you had a wonderful week, I’m so pleased for you. Love the photo of the girls in their poppa dresses, so cute!

    #wotw x

  3. I didn’t know you had a twin! How lovely 🙂 Happy Birthday! Looks like it was a lovely celebration. Oh and the garden is looking really nice. As always, I love the photos of the girls. #wotw.

    1. Thanks Dean, it was a lovely weekend and so nice to be with my twin on our birthday 🙂

  4. Happy birthday once again! It’s fab when you get lots of little celebrations to go too. Makes it last longer. The pic of Jessica hugging her friend is gorgeous! It looks like summer on all your photos. Fab week and hope it continues xxx#wotw

  5. Ah, a wonderful week for you all! So pleased you had a great birthday weekend, it sounds lovely. And then having a little me-time, which is always special with two little ones around, isn’t it? Gorgeous photos, with happiness pouring out from every one of them, and the garden looks fab! x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

  6. What a fun week, love the two photos of your girls (the matching Peppa Pig dresses & the bluebell woods) absolutely adorable x

  7. Ah, it sounds like you’ve had a lovely week. Really cute pictures, especially in the bluebell fields. And how lovely of your toddler group friends to organise that for you! x

    1. Thanks Megan, we really enjoyed our walk in the bluebell wood and was lovely to have some pamper time too! 🙂

  8. It sounds like you’ve had a really enjoyable week. Your girls look adorable in their dresses. Happy birthday xx

  9. Hi Louise, your photographs are lovely and it sounds as if you had a very enjoyable birthday weekend indeed!


  10. Ah what a lovely week Louise, and Jessica is a little miracle isn’t she, hope you had a great birthday and Lego Land looked fab that is somewhere we have never been x

  11. Gosh your four year milestone must be emotional as well as celebratory. Sounds like you’ve had a gorgeous week with lots of celebrations going on.
    Hope it continues into next week
    Much love

  12. Happy belated Birthday 🙂 – looks like you had a great time. Love the bluebell picture, especially considering everything you went through with Jessica. I really want to take Monkey to Lego land but I was worried be maybe too young after reading your post I will reconsider :). Love the idea of putting in a bit about the blog too – I may steal that if its okay? It will motivate me to do more as working four days a week it gets a bit neglected when I am hectic… Hope you have a great week next week. #HappyDays xx

    1. Thank you – am sure Monkey would enjoy Legoland. Of course you can steal the bit about the blog – I like adding it as it’s a nice way of focusing on what I’ve done blog-wise in the week as well as other things. Hope it helps keep you motivated 🙂

  13. I’m so glad you had some lovely Birthday celebrations. That bluebell wood looks stunning, I will have to find one hear us and take some photos of Oliver. I had a massage this week to, they are so relaxing aren’t they?
    Have a fab week
    Popping over from #HappyDays

    1. Thank you Becky – I love bluebell woods, they are so pretty. Hope you manage to find one 🙂

  14. I feel like I didn’t know you were a twin but then I feel I must have known!! Losing my mind! Anyway, glad you had a good week and belated happy birthday to you!!!!! Thank you for joining in with out #HappyDaysLinky xxxxxx

    1. Thanks Katy – have only mentioned it a couple of times on the blog I think so probably easy to miss! Lovely to link up with #HappyDaysLinky and looking forward to joining in again this weekend 🙂

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