Chickenpox Survival…

We’ve just come out of the chickenpox bubble.  My son still looks like a teenager with acne but he’s free to join civilization again, as am I.  It’s a slow process because, being 8, he’s conscious of the ones on his face so we haven’t ventured too far yet, but just stepping outside into daylight and breathing in actual air is enough for now!  For years I said I wanted the chickenpox over with. I was nearly delighted when the Youngest broke out in them! Had I known how horrible it is though, I swear I would have researched that vaccination a long time ago.  Chickenpox landed here with no […]

The 10 Stages Of A Sunny Day In Ireland…

1. Obsession – There’s to be nice weather at the weekend did you hear?? It’s gonna be a scorcher! Better get the bbq out! 2. Preparation – Do you go out? Or enjoy it at home? YOU NEED TO THINK THIS THROUGH!  3. Panic – The good weather has arrived. It’s only 10 o’clock and the world and it’s granny have taken to the roads already. Staying home is the better option. 4. Disgust – Last years summer clothes are bet on to you. All intentions of having rock hard abs by this summer went arseways. 5. Shopping – You need to stock up on sunny day essentials. Anyone who’s not stuck in traffic […]

The 16 Steps Of A Family Holiday Abroad…

1. Anticipation. The build up starts months beforehand. Spending your wages in Penneys buying way more tops and shorts than any of you will need for a week in Spain!  2. Packing. You’ll pack about 3 weeks early and have to repack the whole thing the day before because you’ve forgotten what you put in there.. 3. Cleaning. The house needs to be SPARKLING before you go! You’re wrecked by the time you actually get up to go to the airport.  4. The airport drink. It’s the law in Ireland practically. If you don’t take a picture of your passport and drink – no matter what time of day or night it is – […]

When It All Goes To Shit…

We were having such a lovely afternoon.  I was on top of things.  Dinner was organised. Stuff was getting done.  I got the Youngest’s homework done between school runs and the Eldest actually did his after dinner without moaning much.  Then the pair of them went on up to their bedroom and played lego happily together for HOURS.  I should have known really.  It was never going to last.  We got so close. SO close. 7pm.  I sent the Hubby up to tell them to come down for tea before bed. It kicked off quickly.  There was an argument gaining momentum fairly quickly over lego.  It went from nought to […]

When Your Kids Think You Were Born In The Stone Age…

It’s my birthday tomorrow.  I consider myself young.. or at least I did until I talked to my kids this morning!  They were downstairs having brekkie and I was upstairs.  The 6 year old shouted up to me “Mammy? Were you born in the olden days?”  I said “No, not the olden days. I was born 34 years ago”  The 7 year old piped up “That’s the olden days Mammy.”  *Screw you* I said “Well, the olden days to me is when they didn’t have any electricity or anything.” Dug myself a hole there. I got bombarded with all sorts then from the two of them.  “WAS there electricity back then?” “Did […]

When Your Kid Comes In At 3AM…

Generally at 6 and almost 8 my kids stay in their own beds now.  Sometimes I miss them coming in for snuggles, but then I remember nights like when there was 4 of us in the bed and I cop on.  Still though, the odd night they like to surprise us.  It was 3am last night when my bedroom door flung open and in a very dramatic fashion my 6 year old arrived into the room waving one arm high up in the air.  He looked like he’d just woken up and his little face was all scrunched up like he was about to burst into tears.  My 6 year old could […]

When Your Kids Give Formal Letters Of Apology…

  Not unusually, my kids started killing each other this afternoon.  From what I can gather it was something to do with one of them smacking the other one in the head with their water bottle. Who knows. We could blame the exhaustion of going back to school after Easter but then there’s always an excuse. Anyway.  As per usual, it went from a small argument to full on RAGING WAR in 2.5 seconds and I lost my rag.  TV was banned. They were both sent to their room.  Tears flowed. (From them!) Unsurprisingly they quickly teamed up together and ganged on me.  I was “so mean” to give out […]