More of Ireland

I have got into the habit of making little videos of our family holidays. Shaky camera hand and bad editing aside they provide a nice record of our times away and the girls love watching them over and over again. I thought you might like to take a look too!

Some commentary:

0.07sec: Our journey over on the ferry took three and a half hours. This clip was taken before I had to go and sit on the cold and windy deck and pretend I didn't feel seasick while Josh took the kids to soft play!

0.22sec: The view over the area we were staying. Our cottage was down next to the water in the far left of the frame.

0.26sec: Playing on Derrynane beach which was near to our cottage. Ivy absolutely loved this beach and this clip was taken just before she went and played in the sea. I really wish I had an 'after' photo when she was all wet and sandy and had the biggest grin on her face.

0.32sec: The girls playing in puddles at Derreen gardens - one of my favourite finds of the holiday. We just happened to come across it when we were aimlessly driving on one of our 'quiet' days, and it was perfect! Lovely cake in the cafĂ© and an almost deserted woodland garden to explore, bordered by lakes and mountains on all sides.

0.37sec-1 min: Muckross Traditional Farm near Killarney. We took a day trip to Killarney and stopped off here - the girls had a wonderful time. One of their highlights!

1min: One of the various times we visited the beach just before bedtime to run off some energy!

1min 23sec: One of our many long walks. I think this one was about six miles and I was so impressed with how well the girls walked. I struggled with my 31week bump!

1min 31sec: Part of a walk into mountains along the Kerry Way which was pretty misty and rainy in parts, but we enjoyed amazing views when the clouds parted.

1min 45sec: This was just before the rain cover blew off the carrier down that steep hill and Josh had to run down the mountain to get it!

1min 57sec: Our cottage in Caherdaniel.

2min 14sec: We managed to do so well in finding quiet, out of the way places to eat that turned out to provide delicious food! This was in a garden centre near Cork - although I was baking in the sunshine as it had been freezing every other day and I was not dressed accordingly!

2min 19sec: Some more shots of Derrynane beach, close to our cottage. These are taken from Abbey Island, a tidal island at the end of the beach. It is such a beautiful area!

2min 32sec: The view from our cottage.

2min 41sec: The ferry trip back was beautifully smooth and we were treated to a stunning sunset and jumping dolphins just as we arrived back to Fishguard.

More photos of trip to Ireland are HERE.

Our other holiday videos: Family Holiday to Mull // Yurt Farm Glamping // Bluestone 

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We have just returned from a two week holiday in Co. Kerry in the southwest of Ireland.

It was generally a great trip, although it wasn't particularly relaxing (let's be honest - having two young kids and being seven months pregnant and anaemic felt like hard work at points!). However, it was lovely having Josh all to ourselves for two whole weeks and getting to explore a new part of the world.

The scenery in Kerry is absolutely wonderful and our cottage was right next to the beach. Unfortunately we had rain every day we were away which made things difficult, but we dodged the showers and managed to enjoy getting outside. Most days I was layered up in winter clothing so it has been a shock to come back to a heatwave in the UK!

The kids loved exploring new places and as always I was so impressed with Ivy as she (mostly!) kept up with us as we went climbing up into the mountains without complaining.
I especially loved seeing the joy of the kids faces as they played and explored on the beach - definitely the highlight of our holiday.

We have hit the ground running this weekend on our return home but I hope to have time to write some more updates soon.

You can watch a video of our time in Ireland HERE

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Alys is Two!

At the end of April our sweet Alys Rose turned two!

I took the girls down to Devon for the Easter holidays so we celebrated her birthday with a walk on Dartmoor and a picnic in a field of flowers, followed by a quiet birthday tea at my parent's house. The following week we visited Folly Farm with a few friends and the kids were in heaven!

At two years old...

// Alys is a happy, friendly and affectionate little girl who seems to have grown up a lot in the last couple of months. She loves to be sociable but is also a Mummy's girl.
She is really confident and will happily run off to explore new things, including stroking any animal she comes in contact with!

// her speech development has been a bit slow, but maybe that's because I'm comparing it to Ivy who talked really early. She seems to be learning lots of new words recently though and has been really good at communicating what she wants in other ways.

// she is pretty good at independent play and especially seems to like her 'Happy Land' set - playing with the little people and houses. She also likes books (with limited attention!) and being outdoors. She's already good at walking and can cover a couple of miles on our walks before going in the carrier.
Her sister is her favourite ever person and they play so nicely together.

// she loves food. Having already experienced having a fussy child it brings me SO MUCH JOY that she will generally eat whatever is put in front of her. She loves vegetables, especially peas, corn and cherry tomatoes, but is not a huge fan of bread (the opposite of her sister!).

// Alys generally sleeps all night, but can be unpredictable. She will still have a (2 hour+) nap in the afternoon but it's got to the point that she won't settle for ages in the evening if she has slept in the afternoon. I know I need to cut the nap - or at least limit it - but it's very tempting to still put her down as she gets grisly (and I want some quiet!).

It's hard to imagine a time when Alys wasn't around - we love her so much!

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Alys at ONE / Ivy at TWO