The First Festive Weekend

Our weekend was quite packed for once. We usually never have anything on at the weekend. It’s actually nice to capture and plan a few things now that we moved. Prior to that we were spending time in the house and maybe went to the play centre and that was it. There was not much to do in Sligo other than going into town and have a look around. That doesn’t mean we were completely bored out of our minds. We still managed to have great fun every weekend.

Living in Dublin is so much handier though. Hubby has a lot of family here. Most of his siblings live in and around County Dublin. Some of them have their own family which means Matthew and Chloe get to play with their cousins. So at the weekend we organised for hubby’s sister to call over, see the house and bring the kids with her. She has four kids, three boys and one girl. We expected them around lunch time. I had lunch prepared. Chloe was just about to go up for her nap but she was having none of it. She might miss out on the fun. In fairness to her she did sleep in until 8.30am, so there was no way she was going to have a nap at 1pm. The kids enjoyed some, crisps, sausage rolls and sandwiches. Then it was off to play. Thankfully the play room is nearly all setup. The only thing we are missing is the seating corner but that’s in progress and there will be a post on it how I built my own one. Before the cousins came over, hubby decided we needed to clean the house from top to bottom. Upstairs is fine but I don’t see what the point was of downstairs. It was dirty within seconds. That’s what kids do.

The kids were having great fun. Indoors as well as outdoors. The boys were so nice and brought Matthew a new football. He loves his footballs and this one is brilliant. It quite light and bouncy. Perfect for his age. We are just missing the goal post in the garden now. Luckily our wall to the back is quite high. I mean you could try and shoot a ball over it but it’s not one of these accidents that would happen where you constantly have to go over and get the ball. It’s quite handy to have a such a high wall. One of Matthew’s cousins is about the same age as him (6 months between them) and they are always having great fun together. Typical boys.

When they left late in the afternoon, I went outside the back for the first time. I have actually never seen the back of the house. It looks even more impressive than it does from the front.


Someone was definitely exhausted from all the playing. He calls this his “own little house”.


Sunday morning we had something really exciting to wake up to. After a bit of breakfast and play, we got ready to head into Dublin City. I never even knew how close Naas was to the city centre with the car. It only took us around 30 mins which is nothing in my opinion. We first decided to take the train and Luas in but that will take way too long. I had been keeping my eye out on the Coca Cola website. I really wanted to go and see the truck with the kids. The last time I’ve been, I was a kid myself. I must have been maybe 14 or 15 years of age as far as I can remember. A long time ago.. so it was time to go again. Luckily it was coming to Dublin Smithfield. It was on from 12pm to 7pm. We decided to go very early to avoid big queues. Handy enough there was a car park right beside Smithfield square.


When we started queuing, we were standing beside a sign that said “60mins wait from here”. So I sent hubby and Matthew off to get a drink and some snacks. But in the end it was pretty quick and it didn’t fee like queuing more than 30 mins.  It wasn’t as cold which made it bearable. While going around in the queue they had a game on in one corner called “Ice Jenga”. Matthew was too shy to play but that’s ok. That’s his little personality.  In the next corner we were handed some Coke. You could choose between Coke, Diet Coke and Coke Zero. I went for a Coke and daddy for a Diet Coke. Honestly, after Blogfest I probably turn into a coke junky, the amount of Cokes I had in the last two weeks.

Finally we were at the end of the queue. Chloe was such a good girl. No giving out in her buggy or anything. She just loved looking around and taking it all in. I’d say she loved the music too. She is a big fan of dancing to music. Which reminds me, I must get the Disney Christmas CD out that hubby purchased in Mothercare the other day.
I took Chloe out at that point and lifted her up on me. The buggy was pushed to the side and we got up on the ramp beside the truck to have our picture taken. As a blogger I would say it is quite grainy but I am happy with it. We got our picture with Coca Cola Christmas truck with the WHOLE family and that’s the main thing. Some of you may know how hard it can be to get a photo of everyone.

We deserved a lunch out after that for sure. Just in the square we went to a bar called Oscars. They did lovely food. Hubby and I had a Chicken Curry and the kids had Chicken goujons with chips/mash potato. On the way home they both had a little power nap. We passed Johnstown Garden Centre where I sneaked in to see if I can find some Christmas tree branches for my advent wreath while hubby was waiting in the car. It’s impossible in Ireland for some reason unless you go into a forest. Instead of going out empty, I decided to pick up an artificial wreath. It worked out well in the end. I could still decorate it the way I want it and I never have to worry about sourcing branches each year.


The coming weekend we are planning to put the Christmas tree. When I collected the kids from creche today, we spotted a house that was covered in blue lights. Matthew pointed it out to me and said “Look at all the lights, we need to put up the decorations”. So I agreed with him that we are going to do it at the weekend. I can hardly say no to a four year old.

How did your weekend go? Did you do anything festive yet?

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Sunday Morning At The Beach

People who follow me on Instagram might have already read about our little adventure yesterday. It was such a lovely day that I thought it deserves a post on its own.
After showers the whole week, the weather finally picked up at the weekend and we got some sunshine and warm temperature ranging up to 25 degrees. The West part of Ireland deserves a bit of summer after all.

We started Sunday morning as relaxed as normal. Quite often lately, the kids like having a lie in. We actually didn’t get up until just after 8 o’clock. We enjoyed our usual family breakfast which contains of toast, ready brek and cereal. Hubby then had the spontaneous idea to go for a walk on the beach because it was still early in the morning. It means it’s not as busy and hot. Matthew is never going to say “no” to a stroll on the beach. He absolutely loves it. He would live on the beach if he could.
So off we went shortly after breakfast to our local beach in Rosses Point. We are lucky enough, to live close to 2 beaches at the Atlantic Ocean. It was only a 10 minute drive.

Rosses Point Beach

Once parked at the beach, I got the stroller out to put Chloe and along we went down to the beach. Matthew was super excited. So much space to run around and go wild. He loved playing with the sand and throwing stones into the ocean. Poor Chloe couldn’t play along just yet, but she loved watching her big brother. Yet he still made time to push his little sister around the beach “super fast“.



While hubby pushed Chloe, I took some photos of Matthew going mad in the sand in the dunes. He pretended to be stuck with his arms in the sand. Crawling around in the sand, throwing it up in the air, getting it stuck in his hair. Whatever keeps him happy. It’s lovely to see him having so much fun with just a bit of sand.




When we were in the car, I had a leaflet laying on my back seat in the car from Supermacs. Matthew looked at it and basically made out the whole plan what himself, daddy, mammy and Chloe will have. We couldn’t disappoint him and because it was lunch time anyway, we decided to drive to Supermacs which was on our way anyway.

In the afternoon, I drove up to Smyths and got 2 more bags of sand for our sandpit in the garden. Yup, more sand after the adventurous morning at the beach. The sun was just gone passed the sandpit so it made it nice and cool for them to play in it building sand castles, for example.



We are promised a few more days of heat and sunshine. I hope it will last until the coming weekend. Even though I will be busy starting to pack for our big family summer holiday to Spain in two weeks. I want to make it perfect and pack well in advanced so I don’t forget anything. The most thing I hate, is being unorganised.

You might have also noticed that I have changed my blog theme. I would love to know what  you think of it. So far I am quite impressed with it and it seems to be so more visible and cleaner to navigate around. I hope you get the same experience.

How we spent June Bank Holiday

The weather has been just incredible the last week and a half. I couldn’t really enjoy it as much when sitting in the office all week last week but we tried to make the best out of it at lunch time and went down to the beach side for some lunch.

Then at the weekend it was a bank holiday weekend in Ireland. The weather couldn’t have been any better. On Saturday Sligo was recorded as the hottest place in whole Ireland. On my thermometer at home it was 29.7 degrees at one point. This was the perfect opportunity to get the kids used to the heat, the swimming pool and what else belongs to a hot summer because we are heading to Spain the beginning of August. Hubby was just back from his business trip to India on Friday.

We used the hot weather to its fullest and setup the garden with the parasol, got new sand for the sandpit, I blew up the swimming pool and filled it with water and also setup the beach shelter I picked up in Lidl 2 years ago. Up until this point I have never used it before because last year we didn’t seem to have the glorious summer.

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Saturday and Sunday was one of the hottest days. Saturday afternoon the swimming pool was good to go and we got the swim shorts out. Honestly I was really surprised that Matthew jumped into the pool because the water was cold. He can be really sensitive with certain things sometimes but he didn’t want to get out. I had to take him out at some stage  though because he was shivering then.
I tried to put Chloe into it with her swimsuit on that I purchased from H&M but she hates the cold water so instead she had some cuddles with daddy in her Minnie Mouse bath towel.

Chloe enjoyed some bumming around on the grass and some play time in the sand pit with her big brother.

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Of course we had lots of ice cream. Good excuse. So far we have been able to stay away from the ice cream van that is passing by just after we had dinner. As the weather was so nice, we even had dinner outside. Chloe is a big fan of being outside anyway. She doesn’t like being in the house too long. Fresh air is good in the end.
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On Sunday we were out really early in the garden again. Straight after breakfast. Parasol up and the kids were able to play in the sandpit while us parents could chill out for a bit.

After Chloe’s nap time we were invited to hubby’s sisters house for some light lunch. She lives only on the other side of town. Matthew enjoys time over there because he gets his personal watering can and can water the flowers all day in front and back garden. He did water the path then to stop Chloe bumming all over the place which was a bit mean.

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Back in the house we had some relax time in the house because Matthew developed a little heat rash on his tummy. He loves his “own TV” which is the iPad. It’s so slow since the latest update that it’s only used for watching Sky Kids, Youtube Kids or Netflix.

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Sunday was a lazy Sunday for us really. Generally we do one walk a day at the weekend in the buggies for an hour but it was just way too warm for that. In the afternoon then daddy went to the shop and got us all an ice cream. Meanwhile I was putting everything away in the garden because thunderstorm, lightning and rain was about to hit us which cooled down the air a lot.


Have you done anything exciting at the weekend? Did you enjoy the weather?

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