BACK TO REALITY

Hello Lovely People!
Did you all have an amazing summer?

summer holidays 2016I had few simple but important plans that I set out to achieve at the beginning of the summer and I am delighted to say that I have managed to achieve them all.Big Monkey's Wall Climbing Birthday Party
Scottish CousinsQuality time with the boys – checked.
Time with the family – checked. In abundance!
Going back to work – checked and loving it!
Spend time outdoors and stock up in Vitamin D – checked.
Hang out with Mr B – not in the same amounts as I would have hoped but it is probably never enough. 

Street Party - Limerick 2020
Mr B's birthday celebrationsWe’ve had birthdays, street parties, family get-togethers, days at the beach, fishing with cousins… plenty of everything.

Now, we are back to reality.
Back to work, to routine.
Boys will be back to school on Thursday and by the end of the week will be totally immersed into our winter routine.

Cousins fishingRoutine is good, right?
It is! Of course, it is!
I am ready for it. I am ready for structure.
I’d just wish that routine didn’t outweigh spontaneity and that winter would not last that long but that is another battle. Another day’s rant.

Splashing in the summer holidaysHappy Monday and welcome routine.

Chaotic Itzi

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SUMMER PLANS

The summer is here. The summer holidays are here and slowly but surely we are making plans filling those weeks before school is back.

Lazy days - fishing with dad

Main plans for the summer:

  • Have quality time with the boys. We spend the year running from school to after-school activities, to birthday parties, to homework. Don’t get me wrong, I like having a routine most of the time but it is also brilliant having time where there is nothing planned, nothing to do. Just good quality hanging out time, having time to bake, to choose photos to print (we have not yet printed any photos from Disney!). I love the random chats that we have when there is no rush to go anywhere. Next week. Extensive morning cuddle time is the only requirement.
  • Spend time with family. We are spoiled with family this summer. I just got a super-gorgeous-super-cute-super-fabulous brand new nephew and I am planning to hang out with him as much as possible. At the moment, my nephews and niece from Scotland are over so there are loads of play-dates and sleepovers already happening. Next week my cousin and his family are coming from Madrid for few days – I haven’t seen him in years so that is very special!
    My mum and auntie are also coming over for a week in the middle of the summer to take the boys to Spain. And when we are all in Spain, apart from hanging out with all my family and kidnapping my nieces for as long as I can, I also get to hang out with my Australian cousin, his wonderful wife and baby daughter. I can’t wait to meet her!
    Family are so good for the soul…
  • Going back to work. Yes, that is happening. Not ideal going back to work in the middle of the summer holidays but I am happy to be able to go back into the workforce. I will be working part-time, only mornings, which is ideal especially once the boys go back to school in September as I will be able to collect them from school everyday. I am very excited about it and really looking forward to doing something outside my house.
  • Make the most of the summer light. I find winter very tough in Ireland. It’s not the weather, although it doesn’t help. It’s the short days. The few hours of natural light that we get, mainly from October to January. No amount of Vitamin D supplements can improve my mood during those months. Trust me, I have tried! So this year, I have decided to be grateful for the long days that we do get in the summer and I will sit outside most evenings (when possible) even if I have to get a blanket to make it comfortable.
  • Hang out with Mr B. As the boys are going to Spain a week before Mr B and I can go, we will have that week all for ourselves. Once we get over the empty and quiet house and the weirdness of sitting down on the couch after not having to produce dinner immediately to feed kids. Once we stop crying and looking at photos of our kids on our phone. Once we get off the phone from my parents, I am sure we will be able to open a bottle of wine and have an uninterrupted conversation. We might even get the hang of it! Who knows!

So this is my summer. Busy, busy, busy.
It won’t all be roses and I can guarantee that there will be plenty of struggles but I am looking forward to it.

What are your plans?

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