2014-03-14 12.16.47

Rudy at The Grand Opera House

This year’s Belfast Children’s Festival, run by Young At Art, took place in various venues across the city from 7th – 14th March. We attended four events over the festival and enjoyed them all.

The first event was Baby Chill. It was N’s first arts event at 10.5 weeks and I am delighted to say she loved every minute of it! She and I were welcome into a room in one of our favourite places, the Ulster Museum, where we entered an inflatable pod which was full of super soft cushions with different textures and had soft twinkly music playing. N was fascinated by the lights changing colour and it was so nice to spend half an hour with her as she stared  and smiled at what was going on around her.

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2014-02-04 09.58.57

Hello, I’m Nancy!

I’m back to my much neglected blog after a problematic pregnancy and painful recovery from a c-section after welcoming our absolutely beautiful daughter, Nancy, into the world on Christmas Eve. More on the trials and tribulations of dealing with a toddler and a newborn soon but in the meantime here is a little review of a gig I went to at the weekend.

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Good free family fun.

April 28, 2013

Everyone is feeling a bit lighter in the purse these days and so it was great to discover lots of free things happening this weekend which we thought R would enjoy.

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Bugg in Belfast

February 11, 2013

Over the last few weeks we have been bombarded with slogans such as Backin’ Belfast and Take Back the City in order to persuade the people of Belfast to get ‘back’ into the city centre. The aim is to encourage spending money in bars and restaurants as opposed to staying in, hiding away from the flag nonsense which has had a very detrimental effect on the city. This weekend had proved to me something is working, whether it is the Council backed campaigns or maybe just the fact that everyone is just more solvent now January has passed.

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I’ve had a post brewing for a while but haven’t had the time to actually think about what I feel I need to say and how I want to say it. That doesn’t make sense, I know, but nothing much does when you’re sleep deprived and knee deep in plastic toys and furry friends.

I want to honestly talk about becoming a mum and how it has changed my life in such extraordinary ways that sometimes I can’t actually believe I am that lucky. That’s not saying that it is easy, but for every tough moment there are a million moments of joy and happiness.

I started really connecting with ‘it/him/the nutritional parasite’ after my 20 week scan in February 2011 and started imagining what life would be like with a baby in it. No amount of imagining can prepare you for it, that’s for sure. I was quite relaxed during my pregnancy (once the initial shock, and dismay I couldn’t attend Electric Picnic for a few years, had worn off…after about 5 months) and was open minded about the birth. I had a relatively easy birth – aided by water, gas and air and a very carefully selected playlist which included Primal Scream, The National, The Black Keys and The Low Anthem (whose song Charlie Darwin ended up being the first song R ever heard in his life). No relaxing whale sounds for me.

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A few days in Rathmullan

September 20, 2012

Our wee house

My family and I have been coming up to the Ramelton/Rathmullan area of Donegal for the last 15 years, and 12 years ago my parents bought a little holiday house in the Sycamores development, just beside the famed Rathmullan House. A mere 2.5 hours drive from Belfast, the whole area is like a different world and is the perfect spot to relax and take it easy.

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This post on the topic Sunday has been written for the One Topic / Forty Opinions project run by Belfast Bloggers Unite.

Sundays as a kid for me always meant days out with my lovely family. We went all round NI, with picnics and maps of walks and alway had a great time, whatever the weather. As I got older (and older) Sundays began to have a different, much less energetic, feel to them. They usually included a massive hangover and watching films with Mr.G-S under a blanket, eating junk food. Or when I was studying part-time with Open University, Sundays meant cursing the computer and trying to wing together 2000 words for an assignment due in on the Monday.

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A Wedding Less Ordinary

July 17, 2012

So, it went a bit like this. Girl meets boy in 2000, in a Belfast den of debauchery known as Vicos. Girl and boy hit it off and are soon joined at the hip. He is tall, dark, handsome and into football. She is shorter, loves films and has had many hair colours. They both love music. Fast forward to October 2011. They are living in their beautiful house and have a completely awesome son called Rudy, who was born on 3rd June 2011. On the girls 31st birthday an engagement ring is produced and they decide to make this thing offical, get hitched and throw in a naming ceremony for Rudy for good measure. They wanted a big party, a relaxed atmosphere and all the people they love celebrating with them and having a fabulous time.

And that is exactly what we got on June 9th, 2012.

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