Friday, 29 August 2014

When the Boat Comes In ( + Winner Announcement!)

Every year my extended family rent a house in the beautiful County Donegal, Ireland, and we all shack up for a week or so. We arrived home a couple of days ago, after the most amazing break. It's a bit sad when it all ends. No-one is more down in the mouth about it than little Jack, who has such fun from the moment he arrives. We had to cut our holiday short by a day as we had to get Jack back in time for his first day of Nursery. I'm glad to report he loved it. Of course, the real test will come next week when Mummy doesn't get to accompany him for the session.

Noah did exceptionally well on his first holiday. It was ney bother to him. He coped well with the long journey, slept like usual, and seemed to enjoy the craic. He's 10 weeks old now. 10 weeks! Can you believe it? Such a happy wee babby too.
I've converted my Da to babywearing. I tied our boba wrap on Grandpa D during this trip to the beach, where Noah slept like a bug in a rug while Jack and I had a paddle and clambered in and out of some boats in the harbour. Of course we had to scramble out quickly and splash back to shore when we seen the fisherman who the boat(s) might belong to. Meanwhile, Daddy went scuba diving. He had a fab time, until he realized he had lost his wedding ring. We went back the next day, and enlisted the help of other family members to scuba. Talk about trying to find a needle in a haystack. Unsurprisingly we never found the ring. Of course, it's a sad loss.

Isn't Jack a picture in his wee wetsuit and lifejacket? He loved being part of the wetsuit gang. He enjoyed checking out the boats, paddling, and playing with his bucket and spade. My favourite thing to do is catch crabs. Jack is understandably a bit nervous about this. He doesn't like the thought of his ould Mum getting a nip by one of the beasties. Everyone else is allowed to hold a crab. But not me or Daddy. He's very protective of us, you know. 

"C'mere me little Jacky, Let's have a bit of craicy, 'til the boat comes in"

Finally, it's time to announce the winner of the Freshly Picked Moccasin competition. Thank you to everyone who entered. Jack picked a name from a hat this morning. The winner is... drum roll please... Copilotwife (@copilotwife on instagram) Well done to you! I'll be in touch shortly to put you in touch with a member of the Freshly Picked team where you can choose any pair you like for your wee person. There are more giveaways in the works, so keep following us to be in with a chance of winning in the future! And thanks to Freshly Picked for the lovely prize.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Windmills ( + Freshly Picked Giveaway!)

Yesterday, we traveled to what felt like the top of the world. Jack wanted to see a Windfarm. As you can imagine, it was seriously windy! The landscape was beautiful though, very rugged and unspoiled. Doesn't Jack make the cutest windmill? 

Jack is wearing a Gap windbreaker (just what was needed on this excursion!) Zara Skinny Jeans, and his Aigle Lollypop boots.

Win a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins!

So, exciting news! I'm hosting my first giveaway for you lot, courtesy of  kids moccasin company, Freshly Picked. They generously sent Jack and Noah a pair of matching suede moccasins. Look at Noah's wee feet in those tiny ickle moccs! So cute! Susan Peterson, the inventor of these little moccasins, started making these in 2009 when she became frustrated by the lack of well designed baby shoes. Since then, the design of these moccasins have been changed about six times until they were perfected! Fancy a pair of these soft soled delights for a kiddy in your life? Well, you have to be in it to win it. Simply follow my blog (on Bloglovin or Blogger) and Instagram (@jackspapermoon) and leave a comment underneath this post to say which pair you would choose. I'll get Jack to pick a name from a hat. None of these Rafflecopter thingymajigs here. I hate those, so we'll do this the old fashioned way! Winner will be announced in my next blogpost. (T+C Winner cannot have won any other giveaway, including a pair of Freshly Picked Moccasins within the last 60 days) Good luck, friends!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Me and Baby Brother

We've had a fun couple of weeks here. We've had friends visiting from far and near to meet our new addition. We've enjoyed having them all - and so has social little Jack who loves having visitors. He enjoys showing off his toys, playing tour guide, making the dog do all her tricks, and introducing his new baby brother. He's ever so proud of wee Noah.

 Jack is turning out to be the most attentive and loving big brother. He truly adores Noah. He has my head turned some days for a cuddle and a nurse of "our baby" as he often refers to him. I think he considers himself to be the baby expert. Any little cry or whimper from Noah, and Jack is telling me what's the matter. "Maybe he needs a cuddle, Mummy?" "Mummy, come quick, Noah needs your booby milk!" "He sleepy, Mummy." He's very often right!

Anyway, here are some photos of our week that was.

1 & 6 Rice Krispie bun making with friends
2. Smiles that melt my heart
3. Morning cuddles
4. Bam! Fun with Gumtoo tattoos! More on these soon!
5. Jack's Skribbies design!
7. Bath time for baby!
8. Me and my guy