I’m Back to Work – FULL TIME

After 9 years of being a SAHM – “Stay at home mom”, I’ve finally returned to work and today was my first day.  It’s 7:25 pm and I’m exhausted.    At 3 pm, I officially hit a wall and needed to get some tea from the cafe.  Being a very early bird doesn’t help so I have to try and adjust that.  If I can stay up past 9 pm, it might help – just nearly impossible 🙂   No point in being up hours before the rest…. so need to work on that.  My hours are around 9 (could be a few minutes after for the rush) and out at 5 pm.  Going to look at the exact hours soon as I do NOT need/want a full hour lunch and a few breaks during the day.

As expected, going around the office meeting about 100 people, I will never remember all their names, their roles, etc. but I’ll do my best.

As the kids get out of school early next week, we’ve had to be creative with our child-care.  For now Nils will be in Dublin for the first couple weeks while they are in camp so he can still work and get the kids at 3:30 pm from camp.   Come August he’ll be gone in The Netherlands from Monday to Wednesday and we have a lovely childminder who can help us in August after her holidays.  Plus how great is this – I’ll take a WEEK OFF in August – so that will help with the childcare and we might even get to have a long weekend away.  But I’m working on getting my folks to come for a visit – how great would it be for them to come here for a few weeks to see the kids.  They’d LOVE it to see their grandparents in their own turf.

I got home from work today and did some housekeeping – but as I’ve read on tons of sites and friends have told me… family comes first, housework second.

So lets see how this goes I’m sure it will be amazing.  Some non-Mommy time I’ll get to contribute to projects, adult conversations, project manage things, take a break from the school and find some ME time!!

Wish me luck – I am sure the first few weeks, will be a struggle with meals, schedules, emotions from me and the kids.  Then again after school the kids do their homework and don’t “need” me.

My youngest at 7 came to me today in near tears and said “Mommy, what about my last day of school -we won’t be able to go to the movies?”  My reply, yes we can instead of the 2:00 pm movie we can see the 6 pm movie.   She was also asking if I was around for Mid-Summer’s Arts day on Friday  which I will not be – a sad look came on her face. Truthfully, while I want to be there to help with the project, I just can’t and this will be good for all of us!

Did I mention it’s for a leading chocolate confectionery company in Ireland – so I need to avoid the samples! 🙂

 

 

 

Aviva Stadium: Ireland vs. Uraguay

Yesterday we took the kids to see the friendly fixture against Uraguay as part of the 2018 World Cup series the the Aviva Stadium.   Luis Suarez played for like 10 minutes – probably part of his “contract fulfillment”.

We all first met up at the Bloody Stream for a couple pints then headed in on the DART – Howth to Landsdown Road (super easy!). Funniest thing is Soren was at a playdate earlier so he didn’t join us until the Sutton stop.

I have never been there before so was happy that we all went together.   We will do a stadium tour another time.  The stadium is beautiful, new, loads of bars, food stands.  Speaking of stands and bars – there was a rule you could not bring your beer to the stands!  They loosened up the rule in the second half.  But as I am a self-professed​ beer snob, I would not waste my money. Plus, I had two Hoegardens already at The Bloody Stream.

In order to sit together, we swapped our tickets with another coach, so our tickets were in premium section 324 which was great but the rest if the group was up in 511, we moved 1/2 way thru. There the kids would be with their pals and it made going home a lot easier.

On the DART on the way home, some of the boys were cracking us up climbing the poles and trying to do chin ups, etc. A little brother was the best!!

Great night and all was safe – there was a no bags policy in place but it was outside in the crowds which was my most uneasy period.  I did not see one armed Garda – yes, I still have strange feeling about the fact that most of our police do NOT carry guns!!  A few issues with drunk losers but thankfully that didn’t  escalate.  Anyway on the DART, no worries only laughs at the climbing monkies.

Fun time with a great group of kids and parents and awesome that we won!

Charity shop score: Cath Kidson All Day Clock Bag

Yesterday we were walking around Phibsboro before heading to TK Maxx (same as TJ Maxx back home) and I found this Cath Kidson bag for €3.   What a bargain as new it is €56.   And in great condition!!  
I always love her shop and want to replace my kitchen table spotted oil cloth with a new one soon but it’s so expensive, I can’t justify the cost.   HomeSense (Home Goods back in Boston) is opening this week in Dublin so I hope to get a new tablecloth there in time.    Thank God I don’t like near it!!

Rock of Cashel

Our friends from The Netherlands came to Dublin or a few a days, so we headed down to the Rock of Cashel on Friday with them.

The Rock of Cashel is one of Ireland’s most spectacular archaeological sites, a prominent green hill, banded with limestone outcrops, rising from a grassy plain and bristling with ancient fortifications.

After a picnic lunch and a walk around we drove over to Kilkenny before heading home to Dublin.

The day before we had drinks and dinner in Howth.


I will upload a few more photo but for now I wanted to get a few photos up.


Schipol Airport Adventure

While our original plans of ending our two week trip to The Netherlands over Easter in Amsterdam for two nights changed 😦 we still are flying out from Amsterdam on the 9:45 pm flight to Dublin.  Therefore we will have some time to kill at the airport. Thankfully Schipol is a very child-friendly place.

They happily got to take their train ride on the top deck while Nils sat down with the bags.  It was only an hour so he probably enjoyed the quiet time with his book.  The kids liked spotting good graffiti, bardges on the waterways and by the Ajax stadium where Soren gave a thumbs down.  I hoped to see tulip fields but no such luck!

Once we put Nils in the bar area, we set off to find The Planes @Plaza where the kids can design and print a 3D paper airplane for FREE! And sit inside an old cockpit and press all the buttons he/she wants. 

After we checked our bags, we set out for Nils’ spot, Murphy’s Irish Pub for more beer, bitterballen and nachos (this was dinner!). After a bit I had to leave the bar – absolutely boring and the kids and I walked into the shops.   They got Pringles for the plane and wyer but I could have bought so much stuff. I want a nice cheese assortment and Maebh wants soft wooden shoe slippers.

They do some plane watching – it’s a very big airport, so watching some huge planes could be a possibility but turned out we,’d have to go down a different area to see the really big ones.  Panorama Terrace is a cool spot.  All the planes in our section we’re for UK and Ireland.

We were going to look for the Kids Forest play area on Level 1 in the Holland Boulevard between Piers E & F.  It’s says it’s for kids 3-9 so our 9 year old might be a bit but we never made it there.

While we didn’t do it there is a Schipol Scavenger Hunt.

Think you know all of Schiphol’s secrets? Think again! If you’re a budding detective, visit the information desk in Schiphol Plaza to ask for a scavenger kit. It will help you learn all about Schiphol with thrilling tasks, trivia and more.

But I felt like most of the searching was before sending security, I thought it would be ‘safer’ to do it after, so steered the kids away from it.  At times I am paranoid about a possible attack in a crowded place and just a bit extra vigilant as an airport this big and crowded could be just that place.  I did see a few security guards but nothing like Antwerp Christmas market.  

They do Behind The Scenes Tours which looks great but the last tour is at 2:30 pm so it won’t work out this time.

Overall it is a very large, family friendly airport including baby areas to let them rest, and a yotel to rent a room for  both few hours, but do prepared for longer lines in security and passport control.  Oh there is a casino with blackjack and roulette tables but I kept far away! 

I am going to do searching for our next trip to Amsterdam and will hopefully update with photos from the Behind The Scenes Tour.

Walk around Boxtel & Liempde, The Netherlands

Today we took a walk along the old abandoned train line from the house to the a small pub we visited at Christmas.  There are many walks in Brabant region posted online.

To make it more interesting, Maebh created a list of items we all had to search for during the walk.  It included things like a bee, trash, horse, butterfly, animal footprints, grafitti, and even a BMW.

Under a bridge was a lot of grafitti and it was actually nice work but still difficult to ‘read it’!

Of course, upon arrival it was CLOSED for another 50 minutes so we decided to walk the road back to Liempde where we got caught in a hailstorm so took cover under the bridge but the walk back was three times as long as the walk there but it was still fun and we all got some excercise.  

The kids came across and old cycle used on the tracks and a chanook helicopter flew over so those were the highlights.

Next time we are in The Netherlands, we’ll try again.

Visit to Oma Cora

We had a cozy visit with Oma Cora and Luc in Vlissening on Friday.  First yummy cake, drawing under a projector (really want one) and a game of Wildlife Quartette (it was Cora who taught them it first). 

After we took a small ride to visit a small beach area called Zouterlande.  Naturally Sorer ran down to the beach with a football.  I have a video when I better wifi, I can upload. Cora, Maebh and I visited a couple shops.  I let the kids pick out a small present and she chose a cryptic glow invisible pen which writes invisible and shows up under intra violet light.  Soren already has one, so  he chose the Dinosaur Quartette game.

We all met up on the terrace for a drink. While not too cold, the wind was chilly so under a heat lamp with blankets.

When we popped out to Lidl for a quick few things we came back to the kids and Cora playing Rubicup.  I am now on the look out for that game for the kids at a Kringloopwinklel.

Oh and we viewed some old photo albums and I just gave to share photos of Nils’ similarities​ to Soren.

Very nice day for all.  Hopefully we can repeat in August.