Monday, September 1, 2014

birthdays, school days and other days

This is a bits and pieces post, but they are pictures of moments that I treasure...

Rebe's 9th Birthday, cards and flowers, presents and candles.

 It was a lovely morning playing with her new toys, quiet and calm.
 Just after lunch we went to the cinema and met with 2 of her friends and we all watched a movie together as her Birthday treat.
 I had baked her a cake. This was the first year that she has not asked for a specific cake, so I thought I would make her a really indulgent one and she was delighted. After the cinema I dropped all of the children off to Andy for their sleep over night and I gave them the cake to take with them so they could have a little celebration with him.

a lovely candle lit dinner, just me and him (and the dogs)

Benny's jet pack
This picture reminds me that the same morning Rebe very kindly made Joa a red indian headdress with feathers that she had found on the beach. Unfortunately she sellotaped them directly onto his head (ouch) many curls pulled out!
 My Birthday
 For the first time ever I had a birthday table. Piled high with wonderful gifts and cards and cake! Garry has bought me lots of scrumptious new art materials that I am really looking forward to using and am eager for my art classes to start up again.
 We have been crafting, as always...
 some new play food has inspired some wonderful games. Benny and Joa are finding a lovely friendship at the moment. It's so lovely to hear their games and play.
 The older 2 kids went back to school on Thursday, Benny excited and Rebe not so, although she tells me today that she is feeling much more confident and comfortable because her new teacher is so lovely which is so great to hear. And today Joa started pre-school...
 I made him the little tie yesterday so he would feel he had something special and smart and a little bit uniform-y to wear. He dashed in eager and happy and had the most wonderful time and told us that above all else he was really 'being haved'.

I just want to say a little something about this blog.
I am finding it harder and harder to find the time to sit down at the computer and write these posts. Life is so full of itself that there is little time for this space. I also think that this blog has changed for me. In the past it was a way to share myself, to share my life and I could share it with all of you. But now I have Garry and I find that I am doing my sharing with him and my need to blog is much less.
It has crossed my mind of late to just let it go and not blog for a while, which to be honest I'm not far off anyway. But I do love having this record of our days, I love being able to look back at pictures and words from a particular time in my life and I love that I can share this in time with the kids too.
So I will blog on, but I will try not to feel guilty about not sharing everything, or not sharing enough. Perhaps there will be fewer words, more pictures, I don't know. But just know that I am here living my wonderful, wild beautiful life and that I am very, very happy, whether I am here blogging about it or not xxx

Sunday, August 24, 2014

1 year on...

 On the 14th of August was the anniversary of when Garry and I got together. What a beautiful, fun, amazing year we have had. Luckily Garry had the whole day off so we decided to do something special and we all went to our favourite place in the whole world. The Ewe Experience in Glengarriff West Cork is an amazing sculpture garden that the kids and I visit every summer. It is so peaceful and beautiful with a powerful ecological and humanitarian message. The kids love it and it was the perfect place to celebrate being together.

 We stayed until closing time and our tummy's told us it was dinner time. We went to Bantry and found a very odd little place to eat. It was odd in many ways, but the food was good! This is how full Joa was...
 After dinner we had a quick play in the square and watched the sun sink into to the bay before heading back for home.
It was a lovely day, a great way to celebrate the end of a lovely year and to welcome the next year which I have no doubt will be just as, if not more special!

Monday, August 11, 2014


Today was simply magical and I loved every second of it. We spent the morning at home crafting and baking and cooking and washing. After lunch of home made soups and breads we headed off west to Rineen woods to go in hunt of the fairy houses. It was so fab, I was expecting just a couple of little houses but it was a veritable fairy city with houses to find round every corner. The kids had a wonderful time and enjoyed searching and finding all the fairy houses and examining what gifts and letters people had brought and left for the fairies and leaving little crumbs of banana bread themselves for the fairies to nibble on.
We ended this lovely day with all three kids tucked up in bed together. I have found a lovely audio recording of Little House in the Big Woods on youtube and I sat on the foot of the bed knitting and we all listened together. Such peace and such small pleasures.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

summer time(s)

Good times are being had here I tell you! 
Last weekend I went off all alone to have a reunion with the people I went on my gap year between school and university (15 years ago). Although our numbers were rather sadly depleted we had a wonderful time.
i made that fire all by myself

cooking breakfast

We spent several wonderful days together, talking, eating, talking, drinking, talking, walking, talking. The setting was gorgeous and the weather just heavenly. It was so odd being without the kids and what a lovely thing travelling without children is, I read a whole book!! 

I did miss them though and Garry of course so I was very happy to arrive back home again on Sunday evening. But the camping fun didn't end there...
 A couple of weeks ago Garry found us a very bargainous trailer tent. While we were away he set it up in the garden and the kids have been sleeping there ever since.

The Courtmac summer festival is on at the moment so we have enjoyed being out and about, meeting with friends and joining in the fun.
kids arts and crafts workshop

Rebe's clay lion

sandcastle competition

sand armadillo
 We have also had lots of trips to various beaches around here. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such gorgeous, clean beaches!
The kids have been doing lots of Plasticine what we picked up at the supermarket last week...
another lion by Rebe

Elvis for Garry
 Life is good and fine and happy. The garden is growing well, I must get my camera out there soon and show you. We're enjoying salads and berries daily and might even eat our first ripe tomato this evening.
 Joa has been great. He can be a little difficult to handle at times (see car incident) so we came up with a way to encourage him to be kind and helpful and above all to listen. We drew a race track on some card and stuck it to the wall then with bluetac we attached one of his 'winner cars'. Every day he behaves well we move his car forward one place and today he got his car all the way to the trophy. Rebe and Benny came and applauded him and he, delighted, gave thumbs ups and fist pumps :-)

Other than all of that I have been working hard. Over the last few months I have been getting the CE certification for my dolls. This shows that my dolls meet European Safety Standards. It has felt at times like a mountain of red tape and I bet I will never need to show any of the work I have done to anyone, but it feels so good to have achieved it and I felt very proud tying my fabby new labels onto this doll's hand.
 I hope you are having a lovely summer too :-)