Following on from lovely meetings Ive had with several people through the squares of Instagram I decided how I would love for others who maybe where a bit nervous to come along to ‘blogger’ events or attend bigger meet ups to come together in a smaller setting; Hence the Insta meet in Banbridge – my local home town – came together.
March is always a pretty mad month for us in this household. We have 3 family birthdays, easter on the horizon and Mothers Day thrown in there for good measure. While the birthdays were not big important numbers Olivias birthday took president as this year she really knew what was going on, who she wanted at her party, what cake she wanted and where she wanted to have it. Ever since she began nursery school all events that place have so much more meaning and it’s really lovely to see her enjoying them all so much more.
Gosh how narcissistic does that title sound?! I don’t mean it to be of course but I have welcomed lots of new followers over the last few months through this blog, instagram and Facebook and thought it would be only right to introduce myself a bit more.
Not sure how everyone is feeling but I certainly was not feeling all that festive…..that is until the snow made an appearance over the weekend. After collecting Olivia from nursery on Friday she insisted that we go into the garden to build our very own ‘Olaf’ which then turned into me having to make four snowmen to represent each member of our family, bless her!
Sunday just passed was spent at a lovely Country Bloggers Retreat organised by Emma at Lifeatthelittlewood. The retreat took place at the most gorgeous of locations in Larchfield Estate, the surroundings were absolutely stunning and the event itself could have easily rivaled a wedding with 145 guests in attendance. Emma definitely took on a mammoth task and excelled at all areas of organisation (as if there would be any doubt!). The event was flawless…well apart from a slight flurry of rain whilst we had a walk of the grounds but we even managed to power on through and take a million photos of all the beautiful spots.
Today Chris and I did the Belfast food tour. We received a gift voucher for the tour as part of our Christmas present from my parents but wanted to wait until we knew the weather would be brighter and also the kids wouldn’t be a nightmare for the babysitters ie the wonderful grandparents 🙂 so the tour did not disappoint and thankfully neither did the children..but grandparents would say that anyway!
Back at the beginning of April Chris and Olivia took my parents away for the weekend to celebrate my dads 60th birthday…as if he hadn’t milked it enough celebrating every weekend from the 13th March I might add! Back at the start of the year when I was trying to think of what to get him or do for him I was really struggling for ideas and inspiration. It was only when I actually asked my dad what we would like to do and he said “just spend it all together” that I came up with the idea to go away for a few days to somewhere we hadn’t been before.
The first time I ever laid my eyes on this wonderful burger joint was in New York when I met up with my friend Rachel in the city. She lives in Australia and just happened to be visiting at the same time as me and we decided to grab a bite to eat. Rachel suggested going to have the “best burger in the city” and apparently that was at Five Guys.
After getting cleared up at work and home to pack up on Thursday evening we were ready to rock n roll to the North Coast on Good Friday. We got up first thing, had some breakfast and on the road for 9am. After about 40 mins into the journey we heard a painful cry from the back seat and when I turned around poor Olivia went bright red and then threw up everywhere! She went white as a sheet then all the colour came back into her cheeks and she was laughing away…ermm..what?!