Appreciating everyday MOMents

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When we have tough periods in my family – which always seems more often than ever – Marcus is so good at reminding me of all of the blessings we already have. He has a great solid job, we live in a city and country that is just waiting to be explored, our families aren’t terribly far away and we really have everything that we need. And then the one that I am almost most grateful for: we can afford for me to be a stay at home mom.

It’s always been my dream and has been our goal since we got married, and now we’re finally in a situation where it is possible. And I still can’t hardly (more…)

Pier walk and SPRING!

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Since Marcus was off work Monday and the sun was out we decided to go somewhere to enjoy the weather. Dun Laoghaire had been on our list for a while so we hopped on the train and went down there. And yes, how exactly do you pronounce “Dun Laoghaire”?? Well, we’ve learned that it’s “Dun Learee” – but Marcus likes to keep up his first assumption, “Dun Lao-ga-hairrrrr”.

I love these early spring days! It’s incredible how overjoyed you can get from just feeling the warmth of the sun for the first time in six months! And it’s like the world comes back to life too. A lot more people are out and are more energetic and happy. And is it just me but (more…)

To kill an easter egg

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Yesterday we had a few friends over to dye easter eggs. I’d spontaneously invited everyone before I realized I hadn’t dyed eggs since I was 12? Back then I’d followed instructions to poke a small hole at the top and bottom of the egg and then blow air into the top hole until all of the yolk and whites came out the bottom. It had never dawned on me that some people actually eat easter eggs that aren’t made of chocolate?!
So it was a good thing that I Pinterested this activity the day before and learned about food coloring dye and hard boiled eggs!

We had fun and I got put in my place – I feel terribly sorry for the poor eggs that had to suffer my frivolous attempts at an extreme (more…)

VIDEO: Our Easter in Stockholm

We just got back from a week in Stockholm. We got to spend a lot of time with family and friends and even got a fun date night to celebrate our 3rd anniversary! Oh how time flies!

It always surprises me how much I miss family when we go home to visit. It makes it so much harder to leave and the following days just feel empty and quiet. Facetime and social media helps a ton but I’m still waiting for someone to put together that teleportation app! And make sure it’s iOS compatible.

Hope you enjoy the video! It was so much fun putting it together and trying my hand at videography. Again, I’m still learning how to (more…)

Baby girl is 18 months!

I have been a mother for 18 months. I seriously feel like I should be going on 30 when I watch this little squirt bouncing off the walls. I swear the experience of motherhood + marrying someone a few years older has made my mental age skip ahead a good five years… And for some reason I still can’t believe I’m already turning 25.

I usually don’t really notice her growing and when her grandparents marvel at how big she’s getting I usually just laugh and shake my head. And then there’s usually a day when I suddenly see the light.
We’re in Stockholm on vacation and I had one of those moments when I watched her sitting in my mother-in-law’s lap. With my mental eye I remembered how much smaller and slightly less attentive she’d been just 2,5 months ago. The difference was startling.

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Life lately: February 2016

We just had a fun week with Marcus’ sister visiting and a good weekend of spending time together. But now everything’s back to normal. Babe’s asleep and I’m spending nap time making phone calls and paying bills and such. Fun!

Went through a ton of our pictures the other day (apparently our computer doesn’t have unlimited space even when it comes to valuable family memories?), and so here’s a few from last month that were just sitting around.

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Family time at Herbert Park

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It’s been rainy for the last couple of days so we’ve spent them indoors eating sandwiches. Today the sun was finally out, daddy was home so we spent the afternoon at the park.

I forget that she’s big enough to appreciate playgrounds now so it was so fun watching her run around, climb up and down and ask to go down the slide over and over. Her shoes kept slipping off and her pants just got muddier but she (more…)

A little pub date

Having family visit comes with little extra blessings like stolen mini-dates. Last night we were so happy to be able to sneak away after bedtime for a couple of hours. We went to a nearby pub – my first pub experience!! – and shared nachos. It really wasn’t about the food or the place, only that we got some time to attempt – cause you never really do – to not worry about a child and just enjoy each other’s company. It’s nice to be reminded of what it was like to be a newlywed couple once in a while.

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7 things to teach my daughter before she turns 10

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The city has for a while been full of reminders that Irish Mother’s Day is coming up next week.
So happy early Mother’s Day Ireland!

 

1// Remember who you are

This is what my own mom would say every day when we left for school. Remember who you are is still a phrase that I give a lot of thought to as an adult. Remember that you are loved. Remember that you are valued. Remember your principles. Remember your talents. Remember where you come from. Remember your dreams.
It meant a lot to me that my mother thought it important that I keep all those things in mind throughout even the most regular boring days. I think that it is during the uneventful unchallenging times of our life that our true selves are revealed. (more…)

Finally tried that diner place

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I don’t know if the Irish just loooove American diners but we’ve seen them all over the place. This morning we were out in the south part of the city and spontaneously decided to walk the 5.5 km home rather than taking the bus. I was in heels and we were hungry – but it was our little weekend adventure. When we were fifteen minutes from home though I finally gave in to my aching ankles and we decided to grab lunch at Eddie Rocket’s.

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