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

OCB

LAZY DAYS ARE GOOD

Lazy days - fishing with dad
Hey there lovely people. I hope you are having an amazing summer. Apologies for not been in touch lately but Mr B and I were organizing our 20 year anniversary party, welcoming people that had traveled all the way to Spain to celebrate with us, hanging out with our friends and family. We have had the best time merging our Spanish and Irish worlds. We knew everyone would get on but it worked out even better than we could have imagined. Irish people are planning their next holidays in the north of Spain, Spanish people are planning to visit Ireland, there was talk of house swaps… everybody loved each other.

I will be sharing some photos of the event shortly, once I manage to sift through the hundreds of photos that were taken that night.

Some of our friends stayed for few days after the party so we have been trying to spend as much time as possible with them. We both love our friends but we were also looking forward to spending time our own. Just the 4 of us. A proper lazy day with loads of cuddles, a bit of reading, playing cards… We finally had one.
Lazy days swimming in the river
We all got up late and had a lovely family breakfast. The lazy day turned out perfect when we remembered that there was a Food-Truck Festival in the local plaza for the entire weekend! There is no need to cook at all! Sweet!
Lazy days - food trucks
Lazy days - food trucks
There was a lovely atmosphere. Some live music, sun shining, lovely food, loads of lovely people around… it was perfect!
Lazy days with live music are good
Lazy days with live music
We spent the day lazing, eating, relaxing, cuddling, fishing and swimming, all within a 200 square mtrs. We even went to bed relatively early and we slept really well.
Lazy days are good
Lazy days are good
We love our busy days, but we also need some lazy days to relax and recharge our energy levels.
Lazy days are good. We love them too. We need them.
Lazy days are good
What about you?

Chaotic Itzi

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.
The simple life - Family time1
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.
The simple life - Family time3
The simple life - Family time4
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.
The simple life - Family time2
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