Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Quick Update!

Having no internet is soooooooooooooooooo boring!!  I'm really starting to realise just how long I spend on it!  Having no tv is just as bad... I'm missing out on my daily doses of Gilmore Girls, One Tree Hill and Hollyoaks... boo...

I officially hate packing... it just makes the boredom even more boring... but at least we are nearly done.

My mum and Harry are arriving on Friday morning (they are driving a removal van down from belfast) and the plan is to pack as quickly as we possibly can... give the place a quick vacuum and dust and be on our way, never to return.  When we get to our new house which is about 2 and a half hours away we quickly have to measure everywhere, unload the van and drive the van to Ikea.... I LOVE Ikea... we have already picked out some items of furniture... now just to go to the store and order it all.  Then... stack it in the van (it's all flat pack) and home again.

I don't know how long it will take to build all the furniture but hopefully we can do it all in the one day and spend the rest of the weekend unpacking and tidying.

I'm sooooooooooo excited about this new house and we just havhe to wait and see which way the housing market goes and see if it is in our interest to buy the house in January... or wait a few months longer.  The market here is just hectic.

We hope to have tv and internet and phone all set up on Monday... I'm counting the days hehe.

Ollie is 12 weeks tomorrow... can you even believe it?  The weeks are totally flying by and in just a few more weeks we will be trying him on some solids.  How exciting that must be for a baby... can you imagine having only milk 4 or 5 times a day for that many weeks!!

Talk Soon!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Packing for the move...

is going ok.... were mad busy and this week we also have no internet.  I am currently sitting in an internet cafe trying to write a couple of posts.  We also have no digital tv.  This week should be a boring one but unfortunately I'll be too busy to notice hehe!  So this is just to say incase you don't see me this is the reason why.  Hope everyone keeps well while I am gone and see you after the move!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

o0o0oh Girly Night!

I am SO EXCITED!  My friend Aimee and I (she was my best ever friend through high school) kind of lost touch after leaving school but have since got back in touch and to be honest it feels as if we NEVER stopped talking.  Things are as good now as they ever were in the old days and were both really glad we are back in touch.  Aimee has been in Greece for the last few months and she is now back... she has not yet met Ollie but she is coming on Saturday to stay over at mine!  A proper girly night like old times.  I can't wait to sit up all night talking and drining wine!  Eek!  It's been so long since I had a girly event to look forward to!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Ollie's gonna party!

Hehe... that's right... Ollie has been invited to a first birthday party.  My best friend Charlene's little boy Josh is turning 1 in October and she is throwing a teddy bear picnic themed party!  Ollie is beyond excitement hehe.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Life is hectic right now!

Eek!  I haven't been able to post until now... except for the one liner about music!  I've still been taking my 365 photos though and just posted 3 in a row below :)  Things here are just getting on top of me and I've been drowning in a load of washing and ironing.  I haven't had an empty laundry basket since Ollie arrived but I'm just about on top of it now.

There have been roadworks outside our house for the last 2 days... and whatever they are doing has made the water murky!  Tap water here is totally drinkable but I seriously would not touch the stuff at the minute.  When it settles it is full of little brown speckles!  As Ollie takes formula I had to go to the shop today to buy some of the ready made stuff because we can't use the tap water and bottled water is a no-no for babies.  The ready made stuff is so expensive though!  I bought 8 cartons... enough to last until tomorrow lunchtime and it cost me just as much as a tub of powdered formula (which incidently, would last us entire week!!).

The last few nights we have been working very hard at trying to get Ollie into a bedtime routine... we have had so many unsuccessful attempts at putting him to bed at the reasonable bedtime of about 9.  It has kind of worked the last couple of nights though (fingers crossed I haven't jinxed it!!).  It takes a couple of trips into the room to setlle him again but he is usually crashed out completly from about 10!  He then wakes up for his normal middle of the night feed.  Only problem now is trying to get him sleep a little longer in the morning.  because he is going to bed earlier, he is getting up at about 5.30!

Our to-do lists for moving are MASSIVE!  We have to steam the sofas and other items of furniture to make them look sparkly new for the landlords... when we moved in I broke a hanging picture so we have to find a similar picture to replace it with and hope they don't notice...EVERYTHING needs dusted, organised, vacuumed, washed and then lastly... packed!  We have already packed and sent some stuff up to the new house so thankfully there is not as much needing done as there COULD be.

There are only 3 weeks left until we move and I can't wait!  I'm so so excited to be near my friends and family again and also can't wait to live in our new house (and have a garden!! Let's hope silly Ireland weather plays ball and gives us at least a couple of weeks for a barbecue!!)

This weeked the inlaws are coming to stay (james is doing his driving test again on Monday so his dad is coming down to do a little bit of practice driving... keep your fingers crossed for him please!).  On Sunday night my mum is coming down to stay because James will be back up in Belfast preparing for his test on monday morning and it will be our first night apart since Ollie was born.  It doesn't stop there though... on Monday night m brother and his girlfriend are coming to stay and on Thursday James sister and her boyfriend are coming over from London to stay a couple of nights.

Like i said hectic!  Have a great weekend folks :)


Monday, August 4, 2008


Hubby and I are both going to get another tattoo each... I'm so excited... I LOVE tattoos and am currently a little bored of the ones I already have.  They are so plain... I'm going to get them added to and jazzed up a little... hubby is oing for a brand new forearm piece (itll be big... how brave!).  I can't wait.  We have been watching LA Ink (cool show!) recently and it's just got us in the mood to get some more.  I'm so unimaginative when it comes to thinking up a design though... hmmm....

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Busy bee!

I've been very busy as of late which is probably the reason why my posts have been kinda lacking in substance!  Ollie has been a very fussy baby the last while and when I'm not cuddling my little one I'm trying to get the chores done, the ones I didn't get to do because I was cuddling Ollie! Hehe!  I never thought there would be so much work involved in being a mother and I'm really kept on my toes.  I'd rather that than things be boring though!  We are also in the process of getting ready to move house 120 miles away.  As this is our first home together we have never really moved house before and it's going to be great... just so much preparation before we go!

I need to de-clutter... so any de-clutter tips would be SUPER welcome.  It would be such a help if I could rid this house of half my stuff!  I also need to go around the house and make a list of things that need fixed before the landlords come to view the house (to see if we deserve our deposit back) at the end of the month.

So excited for the move back to Belfast though.  I've been in Dublin for 2 and a half years now and I really feel like I have had enough.  It's a hard city to live in, not to mention the cost of living.  I'm looking forward to being back in Belfast, back to what I know and super close to everyone I love... my family and my best friends.

It's hard being excited though because there is so much to do before we go!!!

Emma xx