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!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Mountains of Mourne

Hello all! Hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Here in Ireland it was a complete washout, until yesterday (bank holiday Monday) when the rain temporarily took a wee holiday of its own and left us with a lovely warm sunny afternoon. Perfect for visiting one of our favorite Mourne sites, Bloody Bridge. 

As I mention all the time, Jack loves this sort of day. A ramble, a picnic - he reckons it doesn't get much better. He eggs us on to go further and further, except, Mummy and Daddy know from experience, the descent is minus craic. That's when the tiredness hits him and his legs can go no farther. But his mouth sure makes up for it and he can complain for Britain. So, we try and judge a good distance which we think he can handle. Often, when we say it's time to head back, it can lead to tears. 

10 month old Noah loves getting out and about too. Noah was an early crawler, but hasn't expressed much interest in walking. Until this past week or so when I have so enjoyed watching him take his first tentative little steps into my arms. He'll let go of whatever he's holding on to just to get an overexcited Mummy reaction, which he thinks is well funny. And I think he thinks he's a bit of a daredevil in that freestanding second or two.

A friend of mine loaned me her Wompat Baby Carrier after I bought an unpadded Meitai which turned out to be nippy after a short while. This is the way to go! My husband was well impressed. It's so comfortable, and Noah loved it. 

The boys looked so cute in their matching American Apparel Fisherman Jumpers. I've been thinking about getting Jack a wee pair of walking shoes, but their feet grow so fast I'm not sure if it would be worth it! We'll see. He's been on at us about taking him camping. He's such an outdoorsy type. I love it. And I love him. Even when he doesn't shut up about being tired the whole way back to the car.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Ramblin' Man

Jack has taken a phenomenal little development leap and I can see him trying to piece together the puzzle of life and make sense of it all. Dear love the child, it's no wonder he can't quite get to grips with things, because the questions he asks me aren't easily answered, like, "where do we go when we die?" "why can't we fly?" and "why do we live?" He's decided this week that he wants to be a vegetarian. He just cannot wrap his head around the fact that we eat animals. Like myself, Jack is a real animal lover. I can see he has a confidence and a good way with them. "Do you eat Lamb, Mummy?" I'll answer truthfully that I do. "But you like Lambs, Mummy!"  I'll tell him that the burger he ate a couple of nights ago used to be a cow. Then comes the awful questions about how they killed the cow, and then he vows he wont eat burgers anymore. A friend of ours is a vegetarian. "Does Ciara eat plants then, Mummy?" he asked me one day. "Aye" says I. "But plants are alive!" he exclaimed. Oh flip, he's gonna end up a very picky vegan at this rate.

It has been another hectic week of school runs and home improvements - and an active weekend to boot. Today has been particularly mad with a trip to the swimming pool, followed by a long ramble. It was Noah's first trip to the pool and he thought it was minus craic, whereas big bro had a fab time. Noah turned 10 months this week. He's full of fun. Such a happy (and hungry) baby. My husband despairs he will eat us out of house and home.

Bear Grylls is a big talking point in our house at the minute. My husband and I are following The Island and Jack enjoys repeats of his survival programs on the tellybox. On todays ramble, Jack pretended to be a survival expert, narrating what he was doing and why. Very cute. The expression "What would Bear Grylls do?" was used a few times when Jack took a tumble and started to yap. Hey, whatever works.

Now, I know I'm majorly bias, but I think my boys are looking just so cute today. They're both dressed head-to-toe-in-uniqlo. I'm a long time fan of Uniqlo. They do such fab basics. I live in my Uniqlo tees. So I was chuffed for the boys when they sent some lovely items.

Noah is wearing the Fleece Full Zip Hoody, and the Infant Easy Trousers. These look like little jeans, but they're super soft. And they have stars all over the back pockets, which I think is adorable. Sometimes when my husband thinks you're tooting your own trumpet he'll put you back in your box with the phrase "Do you want a star for your arse?" Every time I put these on Noah, this pops into my head.
Noah is also wearing Jack's hand-me-down Green infant Converse high tops.

Jack is wearing the Kids Light Warm Padded Parka. Oh how I love this coat. Simple, lightweight, warm and stylish. He also wears the Long sleeve sweat hoody, Striped Long Sleeve top (I flipping love a breton top. I own far too many) and the boys Slim fit jeans.
He's very on trend, I think you'll agree, with his lovely little New Balance trainers. New Balance is having a real revival at the minute. Everyone is wearing them.

Thanks to Uniqlo for the fab items. We love them all. Finally, here's what we've been getting up to.

1. Baby Archie and Jack
2. Maisey really suits the new rug
3. And the chocolate Easter chicken was never seen again
4. Bubble bath
5. Messing around with cousins
6. Gorsebush. My favourite weed.
7. A trip to Dublin
8. Our little family