This month I have been....
....READING: Oliver Jeffers books with Lola.
Tales of unlikely friendships, wishful adventures and heartfelt determination mixed with magical illustrations and sketchy print makes for bedtime joy for all!
....WATCHING: The Voice UK
My Dad and I share this reality show obsession - Strictly and The Voice being are favs. (He has been known to watch The Voice with his chair turned away from the TV on occasion #truefan) I am loving Olly Murs as a judge this year, and Sir Tom Jones will forever cause my heart to flutter.
....EATING: Jamie Oliver's Chicken and Chorizo Paella
For those who know me, they know that I married a chef for a reason - to survive!!! The extent of my culinary skills is reaching for the drawer of take away menus. Although my own Jamie is trying his best to teach me a few of the easier dishes, I still like to turn to the other Jamie in my life for some kitchen guidance at times - Jamie Oliver. This paella recipe is probably the only thing I can serve up that is edible and genuinely good. My favourite thing about Jamie Oliver's recipes is the 'lob it all in the pan'-ness of them al. It's a dish we all love, baby Sadie and all.
Find it here.
.... LISTENING TO: Van Morrison
'Real Real Gone' is now our favourite song to have a family boogie to on a Friday! His voice is just soulful perfection!
.... LAUGHING AT: memes a fellow mommy co-worker is sending me
I can relate to this one oh too well.
"We do not pull fur off the cat and eat it!" is yet another phrase I never thought I'd have to say."
This dad of twins is definitely worth a follow, he makes me LOL daily. You can find his hilarious tweets here.
...GOING TO: Donadea Forest, County Kildare
Although we have a bit of a bias view considering we were lucky enough to get married in Donadea Forest last year, it was always a very special place for me and my own family, and I think it always will be. The walk ways and scenery are stunning, and the cute and quirky cafe selling hot chocolate and treats with cosy cushions to sit on outside just adds to the atmosphere of this place. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
....LOVING LOLA: sharing her 'good ideas'
Lola: Mom I think getting a baby brother is a good idea.
Me: Oh really? Where would we get him?
Lola: We just need to go to the leg and arm shop and get some glue. We can make him five.. or six.
Me: OK, what would we call him?
Lola: Drop Dead Fred. It's perfect.
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Friday 26th January
Until next week, wake up and smile and say today will be a great day.
When you have kids (and your immediate family decide to move 174km away from you) date nights are few and far between. So when the opportunity arises to be wearing something other than your Penny's hoodie after 7pm on a Friday night.... *insert over-excited emoji here*
Jamie and I had one of those impromptu date nights over the weekend, which was as overdue as tweezing my eyebrows/unibrow! I cannot tell you how much we needed that time together. Even though it ended with both of us passing out cold on the couch on our return (and waking up to a 5.30 alarm call called Sadie and exhaustion drool rolling down my chin) we were in such a happy place for the rest of the weekend.
Reconnecting with each other is so important and so necessary. It can be easy to lose touch in the conveyor belt that is day-to-day family life. Personally, I know I get so wrapped up in work, grinds, play time, bath time, etc, a day can go by when I have not even thrown Jamie a smile - enter ice queen!!! He is so much better than me -he will always make sure to put his arms around me as I'm making Lola's lunch or kiss my forehead before he leaves for work. Our time together on Friday night really refocused me and reminded me how I need to do the same. I need to stop and defrost. I forget how much I need it too.
In the words of Carrie Bradshaw - I got to thinking...
Date nights are key, and because it is not always possible to get out (due to shortage of babysitters, shortage of cash, or shortage of get-up-and-go), I don't think that should stop us! Why not do date night takeaway style - but a takeaway we won't regret in the morning.
With this in mind, I have decided to ruffle my brain cells and compile a list, a list to be drawn upon when we just need to touch base, no matter the shortage.
To take away please....
Takeaway Date Nights
"Guilt is a very good thing if it is shared by others."
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