Tuesday, 6 December 2016

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like....

It's certainly beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas around our way these last couple of days.
I purposely held off on anything really Christmas related until December 1st because I've felt the last few years have been spent talking about it and planning it for way longer than needs be. It means the excitement is building nicely now for the next few weeks until the big day. 

I also wanted to make sure gifts were given some more thought this year as well as keeping up and creating new traditions and getting out and about more to take in as much of the festive spirit as we can. 
So far so good...

This is Luke's first year really getting excited about Santa so we were all about writing the Santa letter and wondering will he write back. Luke had a sore finger so I had to write it for him but he did stick on loads of stickers and we posted it at the very special North Pole post in Market Green shopping centre.

Of course Santa wrote back and along with a lovely detailed letter, even the dog got a mention, also included was  a certificate for Luke to say he was on the Nice List. This was one of the best Santa letters we have received. This was sent to us from Joanne over at Personalised Santa Letters & Certs.* I sent her some details about Luke, favourite tv show, things he likes etc and she incorporated that into the letter. He  was very impressed the dog got a mention! It arrived pretty fast so definitely check out the Facebook page for further info if anybody is still looking for a Santa letter.

Our lovely new Christmas plaque arrived in the post just in time for our decorating to begin and I love it. It's something we are going to take out year after year and it will greet everyone in the hall way as they come in to share a little bit of Christmas at the Murphy Langan's. 

I ordered this from Kellie of The Plaque Company. I think she might be finished taking orders for this year but check out her page anyway and be ready for next year.

On Sunday just gone we visited the local Craft Fair in the community centre in Cobh. I'd heard loads about it form previous years but never managed to get up there. I was so impressed with what was on offer. Beautiful handcrafted gifts, personalised items, photography of the local area and books. I picked up 2 childrens books for Luke, all Irish written and produced and the author Mike O'Donovan was more than happy to have a chat with us and sign them for Luke. I picked up a lovely Christmas candle that was a perfect fit for the new lantern in our hallway. I also bought myself a copy of a book "The Silver Comb" by local author Trish Carlos so looking forward to getting stuck into that over the holidays.

Keeping with the personalised theme I ordered a present of a personalised frame off the very lovely Emma of Let's Get Personal. Emma is an old school friend of mine and has recently begun her personalised frame / plaque business and they are nothing short of fabulous! I gave her a brief outline of how I wanted it to look and she came back super fast with the finished product and I love it. I can't show you a picture of my frame yet because there'll probably be some prying eyes on this post who's not supposed to see it just yet but  you can see a sample of her work above or go to her Facebook page for more information. 
There's nothing nicer than a personalised gift.

So far our Christmas season is shaping up to be a good one, we have lots more planned for the month and I'm really enjoying seeing Luke really get into the magic of Christmas because that's what it's all about isn't it?! 

*We were sent this product for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own


Thursday, 1 December 2016

Me & Mine November

The end of November means the start of December and all the festivities that come with it but before we get started on all that, here's how our November was for us.

November started off a bit rocky but we soon turned it around and it was actually a very nice, calm month. We have been blighted by the usual Winter sickness, more so Luke than the rest of us, he's had a bit of a rough 2 weeks with croup but he's on the mend now.
November saw the OH graduate from the college and course he attended last year, we were very proud of him. It's one step further in the direction he wants to go and he's working as hard as ever this month for the course he's currently doing which will see him graduate again in 2018.
November saw us all out and about but I don't think we managed a day out all 3 of us together, December will soon make up for that.

So here we are in November on the OH's big night:

This month Luke loves:

Paw Patrol...again
Buying his Paw Patrol advent calendar
Finding his Paw Patrol hat after we lost it in Heatons

This month Dad loves:

Graduation night
Picking up Christmas presents for Luke
Finishing some projects

This month Mum loves:

Taking some time for myself
Attending a meeting for a National Womens Forum
A spa day with friends


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christmas Gifts Ideas #1

I'm not sure about anyone else but every year everyone in my family is stumped when it comes to buying for my Dad. He has everything he needs and wants, I owns every single cd of Luke Kelly and The Dubliners there is, we buy books, he falls asleep during the first page even though he still likes to add to his collection, he's a workaholic so doesn't have much time for hobbies except for his garden, he doesn't have a smart phone and wouldn't even know how to turn on the laptop. It means that each year we have to be either more creative or more practical so I've put together a few ideas on how we can buy for him this year which might help anyone else who has a similar person in their circle:

  1. Work wear is the most obvious I guess isn't it? Dad always wears body warmers rather than jackets and this one from Engelbert Strauss is ideal for Winter time
  2. While he's an expert at DIY at this stage it always helps to have a manual on hand. I found this one over on Book Depository
  3. Lounge wear, not pjs for my Dad! After a long day at work, he likes to relax in something comfy but not pjs, this set from Debenhams is just right especially as he doesn't like long sleeves.
  4. As well as a workaholic he's a fond of a good brew, cuppa tae so a new travel mug for his truck would be much appreciated I'm sure. I found this one on Homestore + More
  5. We have one of these chairs in our own house and he claims it everytime he calls in so I think it's time he got his own. This one is quite reasonable and I found it over at Littlewoods Ireland
I'll be sharing this gift guide with the rest of the family so help buy for the hardest person in the family this year. 
Do you have any gift guides for the upcoming festive season? I'd love to see them.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Creating A Work Space

Our spare room is no longer occupied and we've decided to try and turn it into a work / study space for ourselves. Well more for the OH as he needs a decent area to get study done which involves a lot of drawing so we need somewhere we can spread our stuff out and not be distracted. 

I'm hoping to stick with the grey colour scheme we have in the living room, more so because we have a load of ti left over and I can't see it go to waste but also because its a really bright shade and wold brighten up the room loads. Dark colours won't work in there as there is only the one small window which doesn't let in a lot of light at certain times of the day. I love the idea of VELUX windows and if I had free reign to do as I please I would definitely get those put in. They can be jazzed up with blinds which would be great for adding a bit of character to the room.

I'd need to have a minimalist look in any kind of work space because I can't stand clutter, it stresses me out, I love the layout of this one: 

Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com/frenchbydesign/
I love the look of this office, you can right through the underneath of the desk which gives no space for clutter to gather. All files are lined up neatly at the back too. I had plenty of filing boxes and folders ready to go anyway. 

Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com/source/fixaodona.se

How amazing are those built ins? Built ins are the way forward for me, they give so much storage space while freeing up more floor space in the room. The drawing board would be ideal for the OH as he is currently studying architecture, would make a big difference from leaning over the kitchen table! I'm hoping to source one second hand for him but no luck yet. 

Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com/poppin/

I need one of these for my iMac too, I haven't seen them in the shops so will probably have to order them online but it will be a great way of keeping the desk op tidy.

As you can tell my theme is more neat and tidy than anything else! Have you got a work space in your home? I'd love some more inspiration. 


Friday, 4 November 2016

Me & Mine October

October went by in a blur, not necessarily a good busy blur but more of a tired blur. I came down with sickness twice in the month, lost my voice at the beginning and had a rotten head cold at the end which Luke picked up as well. Motivation and energy has been at all time low.
The OH has been swamped with college work too so it's really been a bit full on for us this month. I was happy to see the end of the month more so because I now have a few days off work.

We have still managed to smile though and get out and about, none of the things on my to do list for October were done but that's ok, we'll start again for November.
We got out for a night with some friends to a local table quiz, we scored near the end but had fun. 
Luke finished his second round of swimming lessons although we need to take him ourselves a bit more between classes to improve his confidence in the water but he's doing good.

This Halloween was also the best. Luke is that bit older now and he thoroughly enjoyed himself going trick 'n' treating with his friend and there was loads of kids and parents out this year, it made for a really nice atmosphere. 

October did bring a new member of the family in the form of my gran-nephew, Eliot. Hpice is the most adorable thing ever and I am so proud of my niece, Jade for nurturing him and bringing him into the world and our lives. 

I'm really looking forward to recuperating and recharging in November before the rush of December comes.

Here we are in October: 


Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Becoming Mum

Becoming Mum, that's now what you'll be
The guiding force for your little baby
Life as you know it will no longer be 
Because of your precious little baby
It's going to be tough, I'm not going to lie
But as long as it's your best that's all you can try
The nights will be long
The days will be too
But you, as his mother, will be strong 
And this will carry you through
Please don't be scared
You'll be fine, you'll see
For that baby you'll care
Don't ever doubt that, trust me
Your love for him is all he needs
Wrapped up in your protective arms
Keeping him safe from any harm 
It's only you he'll see
Some days will be tough
But that's ok
Cry if you must
Just remember you're allowed a rough day
When your eyes are heavy
And all you want to do is sleep
But there's a little person still going steady
Stopping you from catching even a blink
Just remember to close your eyes when he eventually does too
Snuggle up with your baby 
Those moments are too precious to lose
Everything else can wait
Don't stress yourself out
Just remember we are all here
To give you a helping hand
You are not on your own
Wherever we are, you have a home 
So love your little baby in the best way that you can
Always remember though that nothing goes to plan
So take each day as it comes 
You'll soon figure out your own way of things
As long as you and your baby are happy
Well I'd call that a win
So look at him for hours
Cuddle him for days
Cherish every moment 
Because those moments tend not to stay
Time flashes by in a way you never imagined 
Soon you'll look back wondering what has just happened
He'll grow up in the blink of an eye
And a proud Mama you'll be 
Proud of yourself and your little baby


*I wrote this poem for this beautiful girl who is my niece and any day now she is due to have her first baby, I'm so excited for her, she's scared I'm sure but she's an amazingly strong person who will be an equally amazingly strong mother* 

All words and images are my own. 


Thursday, 6 October 2016

Making The Most Of A Month - September

Right well, September just by in a whizz didn't it?! It was a month caught up in routine and settling into life with a preschooler and a full time college goer (the OH) while juggling all the usual day to day things that we usually do.

There was lots of procrastinating this month, like a crazy amount. Instead of doing things I'd noted down, I did other things, like clean out all the kitchen cupboards, just avoid doing some of the pressing things on September's to do list! Not all hope was lost however:

  • The garden is looking neat and tidy and ready for the winter. I planted some Autumn flowers to give it one last bit of colour. A lavender bush and thyme bush was added to the back flower bed which I hope will fill in the gaps next Spring. Other plants were potted so that they can be easily transported inside once the Winter hits.

  • I moved more, slightly anyway. I did my first ever spinning class at the end of the month! Hands down the hardest fitness class I've done before but I can't let it beat and am going it my second class this week, for my sins
  • I've been pretty good with the eating better, bringing my lunches and prepping dinners in advance, makes a huge difference to purse and the waistline.
  • Been trying to sort out my work experience but remembered that I can't do it without Garda vetting and that can be sorted until I renew my passport...can you see one thing that is making it's way to the October to do list already?!
  • Date night didn't happen this month, we just haven't had the time off together but noting that we didn't make it this month will push me more to make sure we find the time in next month.
  • I got Luke to the beach, well the Cobh's answer to the beach. I have no excuse here as we drive passed it nearly everyday but it's finding the time to stop when he asks.

  • I have been taking more photographs too. Haven't had a chance to go through them all yet but hopefully there'll be some in there worthy of sharing.
I managed to do a few of the not so important bits that I wanted to do but really need to focus on the more important things for October and stop putting things on the long finger. Having the to do list to look back on has been handy though for reinforcing what really needs to be done next month.

How was your September?


Saturday, 1 October 2016

Me & Mine September

Work, college, preschool, work, eat, sleep, repeat.

This has been our September. We have all been so busy doing the above that we just about got time to grab a picture. They are ridiculously grainy though!
Luke has settled really ell into preschool, he loves going in everyday.  
The OH has settled into college, it's busy, he doesn't get time to scratch but it will all be worth it when he finishes.
I am looking forward to settling into a 4 day week at work again which I started at the end of September and getting some free time to catch up on everything else.

Here we are in September:

This month Luke loves:

Playing on the slide at preschool
Going to soft play with his friends on Fridays
Eating Kinder eggs

This month Dad loves:

Doing projects at college
Catching up on the Sky Planner
Doing Batista bombs with Luke

This month Mum loves:

Having some time off work and doing the school run
Organising my dresser and making some space
The slightly colder nights

The Me and Mine Project

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

For The Love Of A Good Night's Sleep

Three years of broken sleep can really take it's toll. There's been phases where it's been good and the boy child has slept through, gone to bed with no fuss, stayed there all night - these things didn't happen all at the same time but we always thought if we had one of them we were doing ok. 
We had made peace with the fact he wasn't the best sleeper and to be honest we just got on with things and did whatever worked for us all to get a decent night's sleep. 
We've co-slept, stayed in the room for up to an hour getting him off to sleep, bought a Gro-Clock, let him go to bed in our bed and then lift him over, later bedtime, earlier bedtime, I've lost count of the amount of bottles of lavender we've gone through...but again we just did what we had to.
It's not always been rough, as I said there's been phases but the majority of his short life so far has been spent fighting sleep. 

A couple of weeks ago we reached breaking point. We assumed as he got older that it would all settle down and he would figure out how great sleep is but nope, not our boy. Honestly it felt like we were back to the newborn days, he was waking up numerous times during the night, walking in and out to our room, climbing on us, this was after we would have had a meltdown at bed time. The final straw came when he decided to have a tantrum at 3am because we told he had to go to sleep, it was late. We both work full time, the OH studies full time, L goes to preschool 4 days a week and his days start early, it's so important we all get a decent nights sleep if we are to get through the busy week. We were shattered, all 3 of us. 

Cue my guardian angel, Niamh O'Reilly of The Nursery. I will credit this lady with saving our sanity. Niamh is a sleep coach and has over 15 years of experience in the childcare field, she is one of the many lovely people I've got to know through being a member of Irish Parenting Bloggers. She has a best selling book called No Fuss Baby & Toddler Sleep, she knows her stuff, sleep is her thing. 

I sent Niamh a brief outline of our daily routine, from morning to night, how we went about bed time, what the routine was, who was at home in the evenings, did he nap, what his language and comprehension skills were like etc. Niamh came back to me straight away with some comforting and reassuring words that I was doing good and to breathe and with a plan in place for the boy. She explained the way we did things in a way I would never have thought of and how Luke might interpret them. She tweaked our routine and suggested two things I never would have done because I thought it would have only made things worse - letting him back downstairs after bath time to read his book and then compromising with another book upstairs before putting him to bed awake without me having to stay in the room with him until he fell asleep. I'll admit I was super nervous doing this the first night, I was trying my best to stay positive but I was so anxious about Luke kicking off once he had to go to bed. Honestly though I think he got more of a shock that for a change I agreed to his request to go back downstairs. 
She recommended getting a "bag of tricks", an incentive to help go to bed without creating a fuss, something he could see during the day and want but he could only get if he went to bed with no fighting and stayed there until morning. The Gro-Clock came in handy here again, it's set to 7am and he had to stay there until then. 

The first night was the same putting him to bed, tantrum but the OH was on hand to help too (Luke never gives his Dad a hard time at bed time!)but he did stay there all night. I was emailing Niamh that night asking further advice and she responded straight away (on Saturday night like!) and reassured me. Sure enough he came looking for his treat from the bag the next morning but we said no seeing as he hadn't gone to bed without a fuss. This was a tough one because he kept apologising all day to me and asking can he have something from the bag but we stood firm. 

The next night was like a miracle, no crying, no shouting, we had a lovely cuddle on the couch while I read his book and he drank his milk and then upstairs without a fuss and into bed, we had a quick cuddle and off he went. I actually couldn't believe it. There he stayed until 7am the next day, you can sometimes hear him over the monitor shuffling around waiting for the sun to show up on his clock and he runs in straight away. 

I can't even begin to explain the difference in him after a proper night's sleep. He was happy, calm, much more able for the day and an absolute pleasure to be around. Niamh checked in regularly with me, to see how it was going and in turn I sent her back an essay in reply but it I felt so much more able to stick to the new routine knowing Niamh was only an email away should it all go belly up. 
A slightly earlier bedtime was suggested while we got used to a new routine and it seems to suit Luke much better, he's in bed by 7.15pm most nights and up again at 7am. 

I can't begin to express my appreciation for Niamh's expertise. I'm still not taking the new found sleep for granted but we stick to our new routine and it's working. We had a late night last weekend and I was sure that would throw us all off but I was able to adjust the routine a bit and still keep it structured and we had no problem. I even changed the Gro-Clock to 8am and he stayed in bed until then! (Sneaky eh?!) 

We had a slight blip last night but nothing we couldn't handle and Luke soon realised that I was not giving in and we were going to continue our bed time as normal. Niamh's advice has given me the confidence to to remain consistent, as hard as it can be in the beginning but it is so worth it, for all of us. I genuinely feel like I've got my little boy back. 


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Gnocchi with Spinach & Mushroom

The most disappointing thing is trying a new recipe and it turn out not to be nice at all. 
What I do love though is finding a new recipe, trying it out, adjusting it to my liking and then actually loving the finished product. Last night's dinner was one such recipe.

Gnocchi with Spinach & Mushroom

500g pack Gnocchi (I got mine in my local Super Valu)
1x Tinned Tomatoes with Herbs
100g Button mushrooms, chopped
1x Small Onion, I used dried onion bits as I am not a fan of onions
2tsps of Crushed Garlic
1/2 cup Water
Large bunch of baby spinach leaves, shredded
85g Semi Skimmed Mozzarella, sliced 
100g Grated Parmesan
Salt to taste

  • Start off by cooking the gnocchi in a tblsp of olive oil in a frying pan until it is golden brown, about 5 - 7 mins, once cooked put aside into a bowl
  • Heat a little more oil in the pan and throw in the onion and the water, then added the garlic and mushrooms, cook for a few minutes and then add in the tomatoes, bring to a simmer
  • Add back in the gnocchi and give a good stir
  • Stir in the parmesan and place the slices mozzarella on top, simmer until cheese is melted. I stirred the mozzarella in once it began to melt.
So tasty and I got 3 servings.

Not the best picture but I was in too much of a rush to eat it! 

*Original recipe seen first on eatingwell.com*


Thursday, 8 September 2016

His Little Hands

It's time for bed now Luke
But I don't want to go to bed 
You have too bud, you have school tomorrow and you'll only be tired
I read my book?
OK go and get one then and we'll read it
We read it on your bed 

The book has been read twice, 99% of the time it's The Hungry Caterpillar.

Come on so, all done time for bed
But I'm not tired!
I know but you still have to go to bed

Cue a serious effort form Luke at crying because of this awful situation he's in but we head off to his room and settle down into the chair for our usual cuddle and his milk. 

You cuddle me Mum? 
I will bud, we'll have a snuggle for a few minutes
I really missed you Mum
I missed you too
Why did you have to go to work today?
To get money to pay for all our things
But Dad can get money at his work
I know buddy but we still need some more so that's why Mum goes to work too
But I really miss you when you're gone, you're my best friend
Aww you're my best friend too
And my Dad is too

But I want to go to your bed, my bed is yock
Why is your bed yock?
Coz it is, it's messy. Your room is clean
Luke if you go into my bed you must go to sleep straight away, no more messing now it's getting late
Ok Mum, I walk in myself

Off he totters across the hall...

You close your curtains
All done, now hop up on to my side and snuggle down
But you cuddle me Mum, just for a little while
Remember what I said, you must go straight to sleep, I need to go downstairs and tidy up
Aw but Mum please, just cuddle me

I reluctantly lie down beside, thinking of all that needs to be done before I can even sit down myself that evening

Come on now Lukey, you must close those eyes and go to sleep
And I have sweetdreams?
Yes you'll have lots of lovely sweet dreams
Come closer Mum, cuddle me properly 

I wrap my arms tight around him and he rubs my hair and begins naming out my facial features like he always does 

Come on now time to close your eyes

He pulls my face right up to his, our noses touching and his little hands wrapped firmly around the back of my neck, it's dark in the room but I can still see his gorgeous brown eyes as he looks into mine...

I really love you Mum, you're my best friend...and he nuzzles his face into my neck and lets out a sigh and in that moment in time, I want to stay forever, everything else can wait. 


Friday, 2 September 2016

Making The Most Of A Month - August

Ever feel like the days, weeks and months just whizz past? 

The last few months have gone by in a complete blur, as the Summer always does, but last month I decided to set myself some goals for the coming month, well not really goals but a few things I'd like to actually get done within the month and not just talk about it, forget and then kick myself when I realise another month has gone by and I've yet to do the things I needed or wanted to do. 

My head space is so limited at the moment, I feel like some days I don't know whether I'm coming or going and find it very hard to switch off at times. I found having my notebook with my monthly "to do" list in it very good at reminding me that there's other things I can concentrate on, things that don't zap my energy and things that I enjoy doing or will give me a much needed sense of accomplishment when they are done. 

I was given the notebook as a birthday gift and felt like it was the best one to use for my new idea. I keep it in my handbag so I always have itt with me and can whip it out when I think of something else to add or have a spare minute to read through what I have earmarked for the month. 

This quote has been the theme of this month. Behind the scenes here, it's been a bit of a stressful month during August, a good month on a lot of levels but harder than previous months too. I saw the above quote and it hit home with me about how I've been feeling lately and prompted me to take some time out when and where I can so I stuck it into my notebook as a reminder.

As you can see my plans for the month are quite simple: 
  • I'm delighted to say we did manage a date night to the cinema to watch Suicide Squad (killed to birds with the stone there!). 
  • I did start yoga, only did it once so far but it counts because I still started it, I will try to fit it in a bit more as I quite enjoyed it. 
  • My poor child finally got a haircut, he was only asking for it for about 2 weeks
  • Is there anything more annoying than playdoh being everywhere?! Don't get me started on the mixed colours but yes another ticked off my list, I got a big box to throw it all into so I don't have it all over the kitchen table.
  • Woohoo I managed 3 blog posts in August
  • Would you believe I didn't get a chance to get out for a walk during the whole month, work, life, clashing schedules with the OH meant there was no free time to get out and stretch my legs, it'll be re-added to Septembers list
  • No books were read here either, I was being a bit ambitious with that one seeing as it was such a busy month 
Overall I felt quite happy at the end of the month, I was ticking things off as I went which made it feel like I was very organised.
I'm looking forward to seeing what I can fit in September and hoping I have another successful round up at the end of the month and hopefully have a few more pictures to accompany my post.


Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Me & Mine August

It's the end of August and I feel like I can breathe a small sigh of relief. Another busy and hectic month but as this month draws to a close we can start winding down a little bit after the irregularity of the Summer and get ourselves back into a routine, there's nothing I love more than a good routine!

This month saw us celebrating birthdays, the OH turned 30, we managed a date night to the cinema, we potty trained Luke and he started preschool which is where our photo's were taken this month.

As I mentioned in my last post, he is attending preschool in the building that used to be my old primary school so it was a very nostalgic trip to bring him there yesterday. It's a lovely little place in the heart of the countryside and a short walk from my parents house which is handy seeing as his Nanny will be collecting him most days.

The potty training was a relief because he had to be done for preschool and it went surprisingly well, he had it sorted within in the first week and is completely nappy free now, night time included. Another sign that he is no longer a baby.

The OH has been busy preparing himself for his return to college and is at his induction day today. This is a 2 year course in the architectural field so he has a busy time ahead.

The students are beginning to filter back where I am working which is nice to see after an extremely busy Summer, I am looking forward to catching up on a few little jobs in the office that have been neglected during the busy Summer months.

It was a good August and a good Summer overall but as always I'm happy to see the Autumn creeping back in.

So here we are in August, bag on his back, delighted to be heading off to preschool:

This month Luke loves:

Bringing all of his dinosaurs into the bath 
Knowing that there is 2 more Luke's in his preschool
Kinder eggs

This month Dad loves:

Turning 30
Getting lots of vouchers to spend on himself
Seeing Luke head off to preschool kitted out in Avengers gear

This month Mum loves:

Finally getting my hair done
Giving the OH his birthday presents
Watching Luke take on the next stage in his little life

The Me and Mine Project

Monday, 29 August 2016

The Next Stage

So tomorrow off he goes, my independent 3 year old, to begin his preschool years.

The next step after his 2 days a week in play school where he learned so much and loved every minute of it. 

Now he'll be in preschool 4 days a week, an extra 2 days doing his thing, learning, making friends, discovering, adventuring and growing up that little bit more. 

We broke the ice with play school last year but this next step is a bit more daunting for me, it's another step closer to the life of "big" school, he won't be going just for the fun and games this year.

It's extra special for me as his new preschool is in my old primary school. A new school was built next door not long after I left and the old building was turned into a preschool. I'd  always hoped my own children would get a chance to go to that school as I have such fond memories of it. 

My 3 year old will be walking into the same room I walked out of as a 13 year old leaving 6th class all those years ago. I'm excited and scared and proud and can't wait to see him take on this new stage of his life like the trooper that he is. 


Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Me & Mine July

Is it just me or does anyone else find it harder to blog during the Summer? Here it's a mixture of working being that bit busier, always being off out and about and making use of the longer evenings. Anyway here I am 3 days later than planned with our Me & Mine post. 

July was a busy month, the weeks go by in such a blur with work and then my days off are spent trying to pack in as much as I can with L before I'm back in the office again. This also means our house is in a tip but that's ok because there'll be a long Winter there when it's too wet to go out and I can catch up.
This month L went to Summer camp for 2 weeks, it was held in the place where he went to playschool so he was happy out going off each day because he already knew people there.
He also started swimming lessons, I can't even describe how cute he is with his swimming hat and goggles and giving his swimming teachers high fives. He loves it.
We also ended up having to get a new car in July as the OH's one decided to give up on us, an expense we could do without but we are delighted with the new one and much happier that it's running well and has the security of a garage warranty! 
We had a rare night out last weekend for a friends birthday and we were home again at the very respectable hour of midnight, I just can't party like I used to! 
I really need to write things down as the month goes by because when it comes to writing about it at the end I always seem to forget!

Anyway here we are in July:

This month Luke loves:

Playing football on the big green
Eating 99's, lots of them 

This month Dad loves:

His new phone
Teaching Luke a back kick (I think that's what it's called)
Dressing up as Thor for a charity event at work

This month Mum loves:

Spending some quality time with my oldest niece
Watching Luke give his swimming lessons his all
Finally catching up on Criminal Minds

The Me and Mine Project

Saturday, 2 July 2016

Me & Mine June

I definitely blinked and June was over! A bit late with June's Me and Mine due to a car disaster on Wednesday, thankfully it's all sorted now and we have a new car but it'll be bread and water for the next few weeks haha

June saw our little buddy turn 3, how he is now a 3 year old I don't know! He had a wonderful birthday party and it's as if he grew up over night, he literally did go to bed as a a 2 year old and woke up a much more grown version of himself as a 3 year old. He is now finished play school for the Summer but will going to a few days of Summer camp in July.
This month we decided to change Luke's preschool choice for September and have enrolled him in the country preschool, which just happens to be in the same building and room I was in for primary school many years ago so it'll be so lovely to drop and collect him there and seeing him share a bit of my childhood. It's a short walk from my parents house and it's right next door to our chosen primary school for him so he'll make the transition into there in 2 years time with the same friends from the preschool.

June saw the OH getting his college results, we are all very proud of overall distinction mark and he is looking forward to continuing his studies in September.
My SNA course has been going very well, we are almost finished the classes now but there is still assignments, essays and works experience to be done over the next few months but I am thoroughly enjoying the course and can't wait to get some hands on experience.

There's been a few more things going on the background here that have been keeping us busy so hopefully I can share some of that in the coming months but for now here we are in June, a very quick snap on Luke's birthday, he only came off the bouncy castle for minutes at a time so we just about managed to get these! You'll have to ignore our tired heads, it was at the end of the party and a very long day!

This months Luke loves:
  • Dinosaurs, anything to do with them, he got loads of dinosaur things for his birthday
  • Watching Play Doh videos on the tablet
  • Playing with his new Play Doh town set
This month Dad loves:
  • Watching Ireland in the Euros
  • Watching any other game of the Euros
  • Having a week off work and quality time with Luke
This month Mum loves:
  • Being out in the garden
  • Eating pretend pizza's Luke makes from his new Play Doh
  • Catching up on some Criminal Minds that have been on the Sky planner since Christmas, oops! 

The Me and Mine Project

Monday, 13 June 2016

3 Years Old

I can't quite believe I can write this post title, 3 years old, I own a 3 year old! 

Today you are 3.
3 years ago today at 04.36am you came into this world, not screaming instantly because you wanted to play a trick on your Mama, already a messer, we had to wait for what felt like a lifetime but was actually only a few seconds before you let out your first wail. I honestly felt like I'd been holding my breath for so long until I could hear you and know that after 39hours you were here and you were ok.

3 years ago my world was turned upside down. I never ever expected to feel the way you make me feel, so incredibly happy yet shaking in my boots terrified, so proud to show you off but too scared to let others too near you, you were only small, so protective yet certain I wasn't enough for you. I will never be able to explain how much I love you because there are not enough words but I'll try with these 4 - 

You Are My World. 

You make me want to be a better person, to push myself further to achieve things I wouldn't have before, to set a good example to you and to make you proud to call me your Mama, or "Mooooooom" as you like to call me. 

When I creep in at night to check on you while you sleep, it's my most favourite place to be, I could watch you all night, watch how your eyelashes rest gently just on your face, how your bear is never too far away from your hand, your hair is usually lightly damp from sweat because you are like your Dad and feel the heat but I still insist on wrapping you up well because I'm afraid you might get cold. Since you were born I always rest my hand on chest, just to check your breathing, every single night, I can't rest easy until I've done this.

At 3 years old you are fast becoming independent, exerting your authority over us and testing boundries and somedays, I won't lie, it's bloody hard. That's ok though because you are trying to find your way in the world and we are doing the best we can to guide you in the right direction.

At 3 years old you have well truly left the baby days behind except for the potty training but we're working on it, you'll be grand. 

At 3 years old you have finally begun to sleep somewhat normally hurrah!! You very nearly broke these last few years with the lack of sleep but with an imagination as creative as yours we can kind of understand how hard it might be to switch off, only kind of though, we're till tired!

At 3 years old you love nothing more than helping, all of us. Me with the washing up, Dad in the garden, Nanny in the kitchen, Grandad in the shed - you want to be involved in it all. 

At 3 year old, you are very precise and can't be fobbed off with a quick answer, Nanny said I was like this too when I was a child. You will keep asking until you are satisfied with our answers and you fully understand and if you don't, well you will certainly come back to us on it, even a few days down the line.

At 3 years old, you bravely go off into play school without a second glance at us and you go about your business, you have a soft spot for your teachers.

At 3 years old you are very clear about what you like and what you don't like, I like this, you are assertive even if it does cause some tantrums at times.

At 3 years old you think you can take on the world, you love hanging out with the bigger kids but sometimes are still a bit too small but I keep a watchful eye on you while also giving you some freedom. You are adventurous but you don't like to stray too far from my sight either.

At 3 years old you are the most wonderful, precious thing in our lives and each day you amaze us with something new, each day your Dad and I look at each other and know just how we lucky we are that we get to call you our son. We are so looking forward to this new year of your life

Happy Birthday Buddy


Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Me & Mine May

We are back this month with our Me & Mine contribution. We  missed out again last month, would you believe we were 3 or 4 days into May before we got a chance to grab a picture and that stage I just thought it was too late so made a conscious effort to be more prepared for May and I am, yay!

Life has been busy busy busy here these last 2 months. The OH finished his studies for this term and I began mine. I'm currently doing a night course in special needs assisting and am thoroughly enjoying it and learning something new. There are a couple of assignments due but so far I am managing it ok. I'm also back to work 5 days a week for the next few months so it is full on right now but I seem to thrive the more I have to do, anyone else like that?!

With me being out of the house more at the moment, the OH and I have done a bit of role reversal so he's looking after things at home and works mostly in the evenings, our days off are opposite so we rarely get to see each other but it's all good, my course will be finished soon and we'll will have a bit of our time together back. We just try to make the most of time off we have together. The weekends literally whizz by, 2 days to catch up on family time is just not enough!

Luke had an open day today at the centre he attends playgroup and he met his teachers and saw the room he'll in next year when he begins junior preschool, I can't believe he'll be in preschool this September, where has my baby gone?!

Life is so busy right I can't even think of anything specific to focus on because all the days blend into each other! So I'll just crack on with our pictures, we took these sunny selfies the other day at a park while we were enjoying the glorious sunshine that has finally decided to pay us a visit over here!

Here we are in May:

This month Luke loves:
  • Dinosaurs, everything to do with them
  • Playing out in the back garden
  • Taking selfies on Snapchat with all the funny filters
This month Dad loves:
  • Finishing this year of college
  • Luke watching him play a football match
  • Playing Power Rangers with Luke
This month Mum loves:
  • Learning something new
  • Getting out for a walk in the evening sunshine
  • Having full blown conversations with Luke, he's such a chatter box

The Me and Mine Project
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