Dutch trains…

The kids and I took the Sprinter from Boxtel to Eindhoven. It’s only three stops – Best, Strijp-S and then Central Station. These new Dutch trains are amazing! Not only are they on time, they are super clean and modern! While not cheap, at a total price of €17 round trip for all 3, they are well-maintained. Nils has a train card which gives major reductions but he needs to be with us. (I think)

In our 2nd class carriage, there were CCTV cameras, electricity plugs and USB plugs and are toilets (super clean) ones too! Both kids suddenly had to go, just to use it while moving.

I think many countries can learn from these guys!

Owls Group: Feed The Birds for Christmas, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny

Today we joined the OWLS nature group again in St. Anne’s Park for feed the birds this Christmas Event.   Same group where we did the Tree Climbing and Games event.  It was  essentially rubbing peanut butter on pine cones and rolling them in seeds and putting them on string.  Then they could take them home or hang them on the trees in the park – we opt’d for the second which was great as for some reason, I didn’t think it bring a bag or little tub to put the gooey sticky stuff in when done.


We met up with friends who also brought their kids to the park that day for the event too – when the boys were not playing soccer they were getting their hands dirty with the peanut butter mixture or climbing a tree.

We’ll keep an eye out for upcoming events as the kids really enjoy them with the OWLS group.


Owls Group: Tree Climbing in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny

A few families met up and attended the Tree Climbing meet up with the OWLS group in St Anne’s Park Raheny on Sunday.

I had a few mild heart attach as the kids got up too high for my liking. At one point a three year old was so high, her dad had to get her.  But not a bother on her – very brave girl.

A few games were played. 

Lots of fun for the kids.  We even played a mini match of football of dad & lad vs eachother.

After we ended up at Deer Park Howth for a few drinks and bite to eat.

It was a great day out and I wish they had move events like this at St Anne’s and Deer Park. A lot of their events are in Donabate and South Dublin parks – which are just a but too far to attend frequently.  

First lost tooth: Maebh

So a couple years ago, Soren lost his first baby tooth at 7 years old.  Fast forward two years and it’s Maebh’s turn and coincidentally she too is 7. In fact, I just checked the dates and it’s exactly 5 days difference…

Yesterday at her first day of camp, her “new best friend” who is in from New Zealand on holidays and she can’t remember her name knocked it out.  Lol. Apparently she was taking off her cardigan and it banged Maebh and she saw something why fly down and it was her tooth.   When I got home from work, excitedly she ran over to tell me.  So cute!!

When it was bed time, Maebh put her sparkly box which she bought at Sostrene and Greene in Den Bosch especially for future teeth.

While we were sleeping, the tooth fairy came and brought $2.00 from the American tooth fairy and €10 from the European one.  It wasn’t until 5 am this morning, I re-read the post of Soren’s first tooth and realised she gave a €2 coin vs €10, so quickly, I opened the little container from underneath her pillow where she was asleep and swapped the tenner for a €2 coin.  Surely, they have to be the same as this would be a discussion for a long time.

Speaking of cute, she also changed into a red and black outfit to act like a girl lego character.  Don’t mind my horrible voice….


Fast forward another few months – tooth #2 finally came out. It took weeks and was ust hanging in turning sideways but finally came out.



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! 🙂

UPDATE; Exactly one week in and I’m getting more into the groove of it.  I’ve got the morning routine down, and I am happy to say I am not as tired come 3 pm.  Also,while I do not have the entire stuff’s names memorized yet, I am getting better and have remembered tons.


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!!