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! 🙂

 

 

 

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.


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.

Cube Houses of Rotterdam

Another thing we wanted to see was the famous kijk kubus.  We ran out of time so couldn’t walk over and explore but we did end up driving by on the way home.

The Cube houses (DutchKubuswoningen) are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands, designed by architect Piet Blom and based on the concept of “living as an urban roof” high density housing with sufficient space on the ground level, since its main purpose is to optimize the space inside. Blom tilted the cube of a conventional house 45 degrees, and rested it upon a hexagon-shaped pylon. His design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest. The central idea of the cube houses around the world is mainly optimizing the space, as a house, to a better distribution of the rooms inside. 

Next time we are in Rotterdam, I hope to visit upclose – one guy opens his up for viewings for about €2.00 – cool to see. Better yet if we need a hotel, we could stay in one listed on Airbnb and the photos are really cool! 

Den Oorsprong

For the week, we are staying in a holiday home rental at a camping place just begind the main house called Den Oorsprong.   As Lise and her family are in from LA, the guest rooms are full and this was a great idea to stay close by them.

When you thinking camping, you think tents but not here. They are campers which you pull in and have electricity, etc.  Each has an awning put up around them so they essentially have screened in porches.  I would love a place like that to visit on the weekends.  As it’s very early in the season there are only two here but I suspect more will come over Easter weekend.

The campsite has a chicken coop, a playground, two trampolines, a bunch of skelters and a kids bakfeits. Would be super easy to get Maebh to school with that bike!  There is a rec center, but we didn’t go inside that yet.  There is also a giant yurt so I will look at that today, if it’s not occupied.

Our house is very luxurious with a bath tub, shower, two toilets, three double bedrooms and a fully, equipped kitchen with a 5 burner gas stove and a dishwasher​!

We walked over with the cousins and played a bit.