THE SIMPLE LIFE – TIME WITH FAMILY

The simple life - Family time
Our first week in Spain has gone so fast. We have spent it with family, catching up, hanging out. We haven’t been doing anything special but when you are only somewhere once a year, everything feels special.
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I am always amazed at how much my kids feel at home here. It gets easier as the kids get older. When they were very small they found it a bit harder as they were not used to the heat, they didn’t remember every member of my big extended family and speaking in Spanish all the time was tough on them. Now they look forward to coming here every summer. Spanish comes easy now, the love the food and they know everyone very well now.
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It is very special for me and Mr B. We want them to feel at home here, to get used to the culture and the different traditions. Maybe one day they will decide to live in Spain. It is their second home. It is part of who they are and they have a big family here who loves them and misses them.
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They love it here. And I love that.
The simple life - Family time
Chaotic Itzi

BUSY, BUSY, EXHAUSTED

Hello lovely people. how are you all keeping? Yes, I am alive and well (despite popular belief!).
Last week was very busy during the day and I was too exhausted at night to write anything. I think my body was fighting a bug or something as I have been very lethargic all weekend, falling sleep in every corner, which is not really like me. But I am back. I feel restored and energetic this morning.

Last week I started painting my outdoor furniture and I am hoping to finish it this week to be able to show you. It is looking really fresh and I am delighted with it. I also bought some material to make some outdoor cushions which I would love to get done this week but I don’t know if it is a realistic expectation as I am going to Spain mid July this year and I am trying to get organised before the boys get their summer holidays next Tuesday.
Skimming stones in Plentzia
You see, the original flights were booked for the 2nd of August and the four of us we were heading to Plentzia (outside Bilbao – Spain) for the whole month. A month’s holidays is a luxury, I know, but It gets better. This summer is exceptional in that I am not working for “a man” but more for myself and as Mr B had to go to Dublin for a week of rehearsals in July, I decided to change my flights and go home with the boys mid July until the end of August (7 weeks!!!) This is probably the longest holiday I have had since college ( a long while ago…) and it might not repeat itself so I decided to make the most out of it.
At the beach
The boys love been in Plentzia. It is a small village by the sea, with the playground, the river (for crab catching or fishing) and the beach all under a 10 minute walk, surrounded by a family that adores them, daily ice-creams and Spanish food – what is not to love! It will also be great for their Spanish to spend 7 weeks in Spain but I bet they haven’t thought about it! i can’t wait to go, to spend quality time with family and friends, to see my adorable nieces (and hopefully steal them for a couple of days), to hopefully get some sunshine and vitamin D, to just be.
At the fairground with my nieces
So I have 7 working days to get the books, uniforms and back packs ready for September; to organize their summer clothes, see what I need to buy, put away their winter clothes that are in good condition and recycle the rest and finish off little projects. Wish me luck!

Ths simple life

What are your summer plans? Are you organized?
Chaotic Itzi