29th November 2014 Helen 13Comment

Round here we have a rule. There’s no talking about Christmas or Santa until there’s about a month to go. It’s not an exact date in the calendar. Let’s just say it wholly depends on when I find I really need the enticement that Santa and a large bag of pressies offers.  Safe to say, we have hit that point. The eldest two are well warned that if they talk about it too early, Santa wakes up with a headache and instantly puts them on a naughty list.  This year, being the first that we have a school-goer, is the first where we…

28th December 2013 Helen 2Comment

I’m lovin’ ‘the Lull’ – the days between Christmas and New Years, even better than the main events. There’s absolutely nothing that needs doing, nowhere we need to be and whole days can pass when nobody in the house gets properly dressed. The kids are loving it.  I’m slightly fearful that Himself will actually refuse to ever get dressed again but that’s literally next year’s battle. Herself is only mildly more co-operative – but only cos she has the smarts to want to show off her new pink monkey to anyone who’ll look. The Lego tower in the kitchen is…

18th December 2013 Helen 3Comment

There are precious few things that guarantee the parent’s of toddlers a few minutes silence, a solo trip to the loo – and maybe even a cup of tea. One toddler playing hairdresser to the other does it.  The rummaging of those little hands in a handbag and the discovery of mascara does it. Thankfully, in our house, painting has similar magical powers and – thankfully, causes less lasting damage.  Last week, on the strength of these little salt dough wonders I got a dinner made – and all for the price of washing the crafty table cloth and bunging…

6th December 2013 Helen 3Comment

Here’s two lovely Christmas Garlands made from felt scraps that take no time at all to make up but will last years. Title Pic here Happily my two naive toddlers believe (for this year at least), that if we talk about Santa too early he’ll wake up with a sore head, be grumpy and not bring them anything! This little trick got us past Halloween and through November without having endless discussions on the topic. But, there’s no fighting the tide, and this weekend the decorations and tree will go up. A few years back I bought a mega load…

22nd October 2013 Helen

  Our local – and very active, Educate Together group have announced they are organising a Winter Market. It’s on in St. Anthony’s Hall in Clontarf on Saturday 30th November between 10 and 4.   Entry is free – and the fair will feature one of the first sightings of Santa! Craft makers can rent stalls by contacting events@educatetogethernc.com.

4th January 2013 Helen 2Comment

After two babies in two years, a three week spell of coughing has put my pelvic floor to the test. It has failed. Miserably! By adult standards our Christmas was quiet. A never ending barrage of colds and doses transformed my plans for indulgence to two hot ports on New Year’s Eve!  From a toddler’s point of view (is there any other?!), there were whole days spent in pyjamas, too many new toys to count and afternoon movie parties.In otherwords, it was great! My three year old announced ‘I liked Christmas Mama. Can we have it again’.  I think that’s…