Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Me & Mine September

September is over already, in one way this month ran away with us and in another it crawled by slowly.
There have been some big changes in our household this month, all of which have left us wiped out.

September saw our little guy begin his twice weekly trips to play school. He seems to have settled right in although we had a drop off last week where he became a bit hysterical when I went to leave but I'm hoping it was down to the fact that it was me doing the drop off when so far it had been my mam or the OH. Being at work, I miss some of the drop off's and collection's, honestly it's like a little grey cloud over the wonderful event that is Luke beginning his school life but such is life and unfortunately I have to go out to work and it's a sacrifice I have to make.

The OH also started back at college this month for a year long course that will hopefully get him where he want's to be this time next year.It's been tough getting used to this, as at least 3 mornings a week we all have to be up and out for 8am, the OH heads off to college and I drop Luke to my mam or sister and follow on to work. We are both travelling to city now in the mornings but because the OH generally heads straight to work after college we can't travel together. He's been flat out these past few weeks between work and settling into his new academic routine and we haven't seen much of him but it's all for a better future for all of us. It does mean though that on Tuesdays we have our break at the same time so we get half an hour together and get a coffee and enjoy chatting away from home and toddler free.

We celebrated some family birthdays this month so there has been some birthday cake consumed, none of which is good for my waist line but what the hell!

We also managed a date night this month with dinner and a tickets to see a favourite comedian of ours in Cork Opera House. If you have never heard of Al Porter, check him out, I haven't laughed that much in a long time.

My best friend also had a gorgeous baby girl this month and she is just perfection, so welcome to the world baby Sadie :) (No it didn't make me broody, we are still suffering from sleepless nights here!)

I feel like October will bring some calmness to our lives, although we will still be hectic and hopefully some more positive changes are on their way, I feel like we will be more settled into our new routine.

So here we are in September, tired but happy:



This month Luke loves:
  • One Directions latest song, we listen to it at least 5 times a day
  • Watching Tarzan
  • Climbing trees with his Grandad
This month Dad loves:
  • Starting college
  • Winning a copy of the new Fifa
  • Gloria Jeans White Chocolate Oreo
This month Mum loves:
  • Aromatherapy, I'm building a nice collection of essential oils now
  • Colouring, it's so relaxing
  • Return of X Factor


Thursday, 3 September 2015

Local Surroundings


We often take for granted what is right on our door step, forget to appreciate the surroundings we are in every day, focus on the negative rather than the many positives and I find I do this a lot about my home town. 
The place that has been my home for 23 years. where I had my most influential years, where I went to school, made life long friends, met my life partner, brought my son home to...
It's the place, that no matter where in the world I've been, I can't wait to get back to, as much as I might have wanted to leave.
It's where I first learned to drive, ride a horse, had my first part time job, went to my first night club, had my first kiss, also my first heartbreak.
It's where we all gathered for our school debs before heading off on a bus for one last hurrah with our teachers and classmates.
It's the place where I learned to stand on my own 2 feet, stand up for myself and be proud of who I am and where I'm from.

Cobh is such a pretty town, more so in the Summer months when the sun is shining and I love nothing more than walking "down town" of an afternoon, watching the boats in Cork Harbour, seeing Luke run straight for the playground in the promenade, getting a 99 from the BMC, driving around for ages trying to find a parking space and then feeling victorious when I finally do! 
Sure every town or village has it's bad points, same for every person but for any negative points there are so many more positive ones to focus on. 

I don't get many chances to take in my local surroundings with the busy everyday life routine especially when working in the city but when I do I love to remember just how nice our town is and how on many occasions the community spirit has been just what I've needed, how a walk out the 5 foot way to clear my head is all it took to make things seem brighter.
There's so much potential in this town and I hope for only good things to happen here, things that will keep the town going strong, things that will make it an even better place for my little boy to grow up in. I can only hope he'll have as many good memories as I do. 

If you are ever looking for an afternoon out, why not pay my town, an island if you will, a visit? Take a walk along the water front, grab a coffee and enjoy the surroundings.


Town train that will take you on a tour of the area, a big hit with the kids!

What's over there?! 


The Promenade, down town.

Luke considered being a sailor when a tall ship visited Cobh recently

Port of Cork




St Colmans Cathedral

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Me & Mine August

August was a busy month in our house hold! We've managed lots of quality time as a family this month which was great because that was my aim before September got here.

We had quite a big mile stone on the very last day of the month with Luke starting play school. He will be going 2 afternoons a week for 2 hours each day this year. It's so incredibly hard to believe my baby is now old enough and independent enough to be going to playschool, I can't quite believe it! Thankfully he loved it, it's a small group too which is nice. He even did his very first painting.

We've enjoyed lots of ice cream and walks down town and to the playground as well as some trips in the car.

August also sees myself and the OH celebrate our anniversary, well two actually because it was the month we got together and also the month we got engaged. We are 2 years engaged now so fingers crossed we find time in the next year to plan a wedding!

I finally managed to get around to using a spa voucher I had been given for my birthday back in January and I must say it was a delightful experience. I had a full body massage and some reflexology and have found it's really helped my back and shoulder since so I think I might have to make it a regular thing.

There's 2 family portraits this month and both were taken on our days out by my 12 year old niece, it was nice to capture them this month without rushing!

Here we are in August:



This month Luke loves:
  • Play school!
  • 99 ice cream cones
  • Chasing cows in the field with his Grandad
This mont Dad loves:
  • Playing as much foot ball as he can before he returns to college in September
  • The return of the football season
  • Finally getting me to watch Fast and the Furious
This month Mum loves:
  • Finally watching Fast and the Furious, I don't know why I never did before!
  • Getting a chance to get the big camera out
  • Return of X Factor