Sunday, 12 July 2015

Bank Holiday Weekend

Tapete Jumper    /    Uniqlo Jeans    /    Toms Shoes 

It's a bank holiday here, so we're out and about enjoying the mild (yet typically fickle) Irish weather. Will it be warm, a little chilly, rain or shine? Well, all of the above, daily, actually. So every day I carry suncream and raincoats to be on the safe side.

Noah is well on his feet now, and has been for a few weeks. He's loving it. He's also getting a right little 'tude on him. It's actually kind of funny when he's being downright petulant. But I know that wont last so it's time for the excuse "he's just a baby, he doesn't know what he's doing" to stop, and some discipline to begin. Says the Mama who almost had her nose broken this morning when he got cross and whacked me with a hard plastic toy. Jack will be glad of this as all I hear at the moment is "Mummmmy, Noah is bothering me!" To be fair, Noah seems to really enjoy bothering Jack. He's a bit of a wind up merchant.

The boys looked so comfortable in their Toms today that they inspired me to dig mine out too. Jack and Noah really make them look good. Plus, Ickle baby Toms are the cutest! Isn't Jack getting so tall? Look at him - he's over half the height of me! 

We haven't achieved much in our two weeks off, so far. It's been blissfully slow and relaxing. However, Jack has learned to write his name - just in time to start school. We have 3 picnics to attend this coming week, we're looking forward to that, so long may this mild weather continue. 

H&M Kids Striped Vest  /  Zara Kids Skinny Jeans (Rolled up)   / Toms Shoes

Here's our week that was:

1. Teeny tiny strawberries
2. Amused
3. Another meal, another mess.
4. Jack's amazing rocket ship!
5. Climb to the top of Slemish
6. Pretty wildflower
7. BFF over for the whole day
8. Tending the tomatoes

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Butterflies are Free

An Irish Blessing
May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun.
And find your shoulder to light on.
To bring you luck, happiness and riches.
Today, tomorrow and beyond.

The summer holidays have just begun, and we're as free as butterflies for two whole months. Well, sort of. Speaking of butterflies, yesterday morning, as I was getting the boys ready, this little critter flew in the window. It caused all sorts of excitement for Jack, who learned the life cycle of a butterfly at nursery and rhymed it all off like a little David Attenborough. 

I can't believe Jack's year at nursery has come to an end. He seemed so little when I first led him in by the hand, tiny baby brother in tow, and he hid timidly behind my leg. In the blink of an eye he's turned into this big, clever, confident boy who will be starting primary school in September! How quickly the terms flew in. I had such a wonderful year, and I know Jack did too. I'm sad it's over, but... onwards and upwards. Flutterby Butterfly!

Hope all your little ones are getting excited for upcoming holidays and fun in the sun. Here's what we have been up to since nursery ended.

1.Screaming contest, everybody wins! (Except Mummy!)
2. Holly, my new fluffy niece!
3. Stands of him
4. Good morning
5. Homemade ice lolly
6. Cowgirl
7. This tiresome heat
8. Lazy summers days

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Noah is One Today!

Noah is one today! I haven't had time to take any special birthday portraits, but I couldn't let today pass without posting about our super-chirpy youngest member of the family on his first birthday.

It really does seem like no time at all since Noah arrived bright and early, right on his due date. The sun was just shining from the heavens and I was enveloped in a wonderful hormonal high - where I remained for weeks no less! It was a happy time. Baby Jack I remember being extremely hard work. Maybe it was just me being a newbie Mum. But Noah was easy-peasy, and we got full nights sleeps from the start. At least, that's how I remember it. He was such a novelty to us all, and sometimes, (when he's on his best behavior) I still think we think that he is a bit of a novelty.

Noah arrived right as the summer holidays were starting and we got to enjoy those first couple of months without constraints. Then, Jack started Nursery and the months have just flown by. Noah has always been easy going and is content to come on the school runs. He's delighted to catch sight of his big brother coming out of school.

He's a happy, friendly little thing. Always playful and giggling. He's also a complete whirlwind of destruction. He has gained the nickname 'Wreck it Ralph' and 'Taz' - his theme tune is 'Wrecking Ball'. This baby can tear apart a room in the time it takes you to have a cuppa. Oh, and flip can he eat. He would never stop. 

I had a think about what to get Noah for his birthday. He's not that taken with toys. He prefers iPhones, iPads and TV remotes. And when I say he prefers them, I mean he prefers to try and break them. He has all Jack's hand-me-downs - no need for any more clothing. So, I decided to bake him a cake. I knew I couldn't go wrong there. I made him a giant cupcake using the Pink Whisk's recipe. It turned out fab. I would highly recommend! 

Noah has been walking since about 9 months, but that's only a few steps here and there, and coasting the rest of the time. However, two days ago, just in time for his birthday, Noah decided to make walking his default setting. I'm still all fascinated to see him go. Jack keeps saying "Look Mummy, that was his longest walk ever!" and I keep replying "No, he's actually walking all the time now!" I really don't think Jack quite believes it. 

So, now the summer holidays are approaching once again. I'm hoping for some wonderful weather and a chance to keep up with my blog a little better. There is certainly a lot to do, and our wee Noah accounts for a big ol' chunk of that. He is worth it though. How blessed I feel that he is part of our family.

Hooded Fisherman Jackets Marks and Spencers


"Happy Birthday, Bruv"

Happy birthday my baby! Here's what else has been going on.

1. Fun in the sun with bff
2. Meeting some kittens
3. Jack takes part in a garden party, bow tie mandatory!
4. Noah and cousin Archie
5. Broskis
6. Painting the kitchen
7. Jack and the big girl
8. Pretty fields

Monday, 25 May 2015

Oh I do like to be beside the Seaside

Hello all! Another month has flown by, and blog updates have been few and far between. There has been home-improvements aplenty, among the rest of the daily grind. To make life even more hectic I have taken up jogging. So getting my boys into their gladrags and getting out with the camera is increasingly difficult. However, yesterday was one of those rare days that we were at a loose end. So off we went to the beach.

On Saturday I popped into the kids section of M&S for what was supposed to be a cursory glance through the kids section while my husband was in B&Q buying manly things. Well, I have such a fondness for dungarees, and I spotted these beauties... in both my boys sizes. It was love at first sight and I knew the fellas had to have them. 

With three and a half years between them it's not always possible to find matching clothing. I know some parents hate the idea of putting siblings in the same outfits. My Mum used to dress my sister and I in identical dresses. It didn't bother me then, and it doesn't bother me now. I think it's mega cute. I know Jack, for one, loves to wear the same outfit as Noah.

Noah has just turned 11 months old. I can't believe he's one next month. It has flown by. The changes in babies first year are really just unbelievable. He's still on the brink of walking. Ready to take off at any moment, but just not there yet. He's walking 4 or 5 steps in a row to us now. Jack is so excited for him! All I hear is "Mummy, look, he's standing by himself!" 

Converse High Tops

As I mentioned earlier, I decided I wanted to take up jogging. Well, unfortunately with such a limited amount of hours in the day, the only time I had was what was originally Maisey-Dogs evening walk. So, Maizers has to come too. Dear love her, I know she struggles at times to keep up, but I feel like we're in training together. She's really starting to sync up with my pace and we're both slowly improving. She's a great wee running companion.  

Plain White tee's H&M

Here's what's been going on:

1. Kisses (without even asking for them! Lucky Mama!)
2. Home improvements and special memories
3. Parrot in the sand
4. Wheelbarrow ride
5. Cuddles
6. Playing with cousin Archie
7. Jungle 
8. My plants are surviving!