Another Week, Another Ice Pack…

It’s only January 15th and already the ice pack has been out twice.  I swear I didn’t need the thing for the entire year of 2017!!  Last week it was needed for the black eye incident… You can read about that lovely evening here.  This weekend the boys had one of their cousins over for a sleepover. They’re all around the same age and they just love each others company.  He was coming over on Saturday afternoon. I made the rooky mistake of telling them on Friday, so our Saturday from approximately 6.45am until 2pm went like this:  “What time will he be here?” “Is he on his way?” “It […]

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New Year, Black Eye…

Ah New Years.  Full of hope and positivity.  New Years Day we had a relaxing day at home. Some of the boys cousins came over for a visit in the afternoon and then we just chilled out for the rest of the day.  Around the time I would normally have started getting them sorted for bed I went up to check on them, and they were playing together happily, both of them stripped down to their boxers but whatever, they were happy, so I said I’d leave them to it and get them sorted in a while. Sure why not!  Went back down to the sitting room where I discovered […]

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When All Your Kid Wants Is Drums…

For months now the 6 year old has been looking for a drum set. He talks about drums constantly. Obviously he was told in a nice way that there’s not a chance in hell.  I encourage an interest in music, definitely, just not a drum set! I tried so hard to persuade him to take an interest in virtually ANY other instrument but he was having none of it.  Me: What about a keyboard?  Him: Drums. Me: A Guitar??  Him: Drums. Me: A Tin Whistle???  Him: Drums.  Me: A Triangle! Him: Drums. And so on… We were sitting in the waiting room the other day while the 8 yr old […]

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Halloween & Those B*starding Sparklers…

Halloween has become this massive big deal now.  In all honesty, I think it’s a load of shite. Couldn’t be arsed about it at all.  Yes we put out some mediocre decorations, carved (I, I carved!) pumpkins and stuck them outside the front door, and we did a Halloween outing over the weekend, but my Halloween enthusiasm is basically zilch. Nothing.  God be with the days were you got into a black sack, stuck some coal on your face and if you were lucky had some witches fingers or vampire fangs! 😉  It goes on for feckin’ weeks now. In my eyes it’s just something to get over and done […]

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Getting Your Kids Ready For School In 14 Easy Steps…

Step 1.  It’s a new day. You will all be civil and courteous and normal today. You will hug and laugh and smile before school and they will remember you as the kind, nourishing, gentle Mammy that you are while they think of you during their school day. (Odds are they don’t give you a second thought but just incase like.) Step 2.  They’ve been playing happily since they woke up so leave them to finish up their game and head downstairs to prepare a loving, nutritious breakfast. (Okay, pour some cereal.)  Step 3.  In the chirpiest of voices, call your children down for breakfast. They’ve had plenty of play […]

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The Emotions Of Changing Your Kids School…

So as most of you will know there’s been major changes in this family. The recent New House, New Baby post will fill you in if you’re new!  So we had been in the house just over a week when it was time to start thinking about school.  Originally I had planned to leave them in their old school in the short term. It’s about a 20 minute drive – without traffic – from our new house and while it’s not ideal, I was terrified of putting the kids through more change. I also didn’t imagine there’d be any spaces in the local school at this late stage so I […]

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New House, New Baby…

Apparently the term “New House New Baby” is an actual expression….!  Well we seem to have taken that very literally! This is a quick post because my internet connection is shite while I wait for Eir to come out. It’ll be a week. The kids have taken this as some sort of form of torture. Yesterday in fact, when I asked if they were happy in the hew house, the 8 year old said “It’ll feel like home when we get the internet” !!!  Anyway, we moved on Tuesday. We got our keys at 3pm, and had to be out at 5pm. The most stressful, chaotic, manic, exhausting 2 hours […]

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A Guide To 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 […]

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