The Adventures of Bug and Boo

Holiday Snapshot! - August in Ireland & England

Rebecca O'LoughlinComment

Hello!! Have I really been home from our trip for two weeks?? The mind boggles at it being mid September already - although I am ready for Autumn! We are nearly there with getting back into our routines; we now have the addition of a new tumbling class and a few hours at 'school' a week for Bug now to work in over the next few weeks but I'm hoping that by the end of the month we will be fully into the new swing of things. 

In the (semi) quiet moments of the last two weeks I've been trying to figure out how to properly recap the month we spent in Ireland and England. No matter how I begin, it's apparent that it will take more than one post, as we filled each and every moment of that trip with visits with friends and time with family, taking a weekend away just the four of us, exploring new spots in and around where M grew up, and relaxing and enjoying our time on holidays together.

Jet lagged baby - and mama...but Bug is flying it as usual! 

Jet lagged baby - and mama...but Bug is flying it as usual! 

England was a whirlwind -  the jet lag hit us straight away, but we only had six days on the ground there, which meant there was no time to waste. M was working that week with a lot of dinners and client events, so we didn't do any exploring as a family but I did get into London one evening for a celebratory dinner and drinks with my old flatmate Helen (she got engaged!) and to get my new tattoo!

We were incredibly blessed that our friends who visited us a month earlier were still on their holidays and they loaned us the key to their home when they were in NY. Life was made infinitely simpler as we did not have to pack much for the kids at all; they left out a buggy, toys, high chairs, all of the trappings of child and infant life, and we were comfortable because we all had been in the house before. 

Fresh ink (teaser) AND a new 'do! What can I say, London brings it out in me ;) 

Fresh ink (teaser) AND a new 'do! What can I say, London brings it out in me ;) 

We fitted in as many play dates as possible in that week in London too. Our friends from our prenatal group - Bug's first little friends and their parents - all live where we were staying so we did a lot of meeting up in between attempts at nap times. And we got to see the friends who lived around the corner from our old house a few times, which was awesome for all of us! Seeing all of these kids a year after the last time I saw them was incredible - they are all so grown up, and the changes happened so fast. Being back in our old town was really bittersweet - like we'd never left at all, and yet, no longer 'home.' 

After our week in London, we all flew back to Ireland where M promptly delivered us to his family, spent the night, and flew back to London for work again. But actually, it gave the girls and I a chance to decompress and really relax with his family before he came back for his holiday. M's sister and I took all our respective girls out and explored a lot of places together too. I saw so many beautiful spots I'd never seen before, despite staying very near to them many times before - I always love that kind of exploration! 

Wandering the gardens at the Burren Perfumery

Wandering the gardens at the Burren Perfumery

Bunratty Castle

Bunratty Castle

The only down side of the first week in Ireland was the girls catching a bug. I ended up taking them to see M's old pediatrician during weekend hours and had to put our Bug on an antibiotic, but both of them were unwell and neither of them were sleeping for the coughs and fevers so I wasn't able to go up to Dublin with M for our good friend Hugh's wedding. :( I was so disappointed! We had a fantastic offer from M's sister and brother-in-law to keep Bug with them for the weekend, which would have been such fun for her (& simpler travel for us!) but I couldn't leave a sick and miserable child with them, and risk their kids getting sick too. I also had major mom guilt about the possibility of a sick child desperately wanting their mother and me being 3 hours too far to get back to her....but the wedding was fantastic and M had a brilliant time and I loved getting to see all the photos and videos he WhatsApp'd me throughout the day and night. I'm going to have to find an excuse to wear the dress that I ended up getting for it at some point! 

Coole Park

Coole Park

I am so grateful for the wonderful friends who made it easy for us to slot into their very busy weeks whilst we were there, and who made so much effort to make our stay comfortable and fun! We are blessed in having made such wonderful friendships when we lived overseas and between them and our truly amazing family in Ireland, we had a trip that was beyond memorable! {The rest of the recap to come soon...!} 

Grateful Heart w/ Ember Grey