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Our Summer Trip!

We got to spend a lovely week in a beautiful little part of Ireland in Donegal. To be precise it was Portsalon, one of my favourite places thanks to last years holiday, this years and memories from when I went there when I was younger too!

We stayed in a beautiful little house with the most spectacular view over the beach, out to the sea and over the mountains. People complain that Portsalon is too small, and that there isn’t enough to do there, but to me that’s just perfect. I would much rather be there than at a really busy touristy place! This was the view from the house the first day we arrived. Spectacular, I had already decided I didn’t want to come home.
img_8944We went with my mum and dad too which was lovely as they have moved away from us now and unfortunately don’t get to spend that much time with the kids anymore. When we arrived the kids settled in pretty quickly exploring the house while I brought the things in from the car, put food in the fridge and got Dylan’s bed ready for the night.
We brought Dylan’s bedding with us to try to help him to settle into the travel cot and make it a little less overwhelming for him and I went about making the room as dark as possible as he is used to his room being very dark!

We didn’t really do much while we were away, but this was the aim as it was meant to be relaxing though I have now realised that as a mother you never really do relax and in fact on holiday it is even more stressful as you are in someone else’s house and don’t want the kids to break anything and are trying to ensure everyone is happy, gets fed when they need to etc!
We spent most of our time at the beach, but we also explored the little towns close by, did some shopping, went to the wonderful Tropical World and ate in some yummy places too!

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The first day we went down to the beach Amellia couldn’t wait to go and explore in the rock pools to see what she could find! She had a lovely time off with my dad and Dylan was happily sleeping in his pram. After a while he woke up and was ok after a little while playing in the sand and drawing letters in it!
The second day that we went to the beach Dylan was funny at the start again and on the third visit after a little bit of coaxing he was running in and out of the sea! It was simply wonderful to see! Amellia really enjoyed playing with him in the sea too and was so lovely to watch! She also found some starfish when out for a walk with my dad too!

We also ate in some rather yummy places. Dylan ate his usual on holiday and I didn’t want to try anything while away to upset him etc. Amellia though got stuck right into a lot of things and loved trying different things!

We found a soft play that was close by too that the kids really enjoyed on the rainy day that we got. It was a lovely little size and wasn’t very busy either so was perfect for them both!
img_8986Amellias favorite things on holiday was some teddy fruits that were in the house when we got there. She had grampy playing with them every second that she could and still talks about them! She also made up a little song that really made me giggle!

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All in all the trip was a success, Dylan did brilliantly and showed us very clearly when he had enough and went and sat in his pram or pulled to get lifted. A few times he got upset but generally it was quickly resolved. The only thing that he struggled with was bed time, every night I had to take him out for a drive and one night it took 4 hours worth of driving to get him to sleep! Amellia really enjoyed spending time her grandparents and it was a simply lovely time.

I can’t wait to go back again soon and shortly I’ll do a blog on places we really enjoyed that we went to and places that weren’t the greatest! Means it will be there for when I go next to refresh myself and to help you if you are heading down in that direction anytime soon! =]
-WeeOhana

 

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Beach Fun!

During this lovely weather, we have been getting out for lots of walks and enjoying ourselves. One of my favorite walks was when I took the kids to Crawfordsburn beach and we walked along to Helens bay and played in the sand and the sea!

While we were walking along towards the beach Amellia decided that she would like to push Dylan in his pram! Its was very hilly and it’s pretty hard to push a pram when you can’t see over the top of so I gave her a little hand. As she was pushing him along with  we had a little chat and she told me that she wanted to practice taking him for walks in his pram now so that she could take him out when she is a teen!
How cute does she look pushing the pram! ❤
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We then got to the beach and thankfully Dylans prams has nice big wheels so pushes wonderfully over the wet sand! The sea had just gone out so the sand was perfect and Dylan was happily napping in his pram. This meant that Amellia got to really enjoy the beach, play with the waves, make Rapunzel and hunt around in the seaweed without having to worry about leaving if he woke up in a bad mood.

We had such a wonderful time and it felt like some good old mummy daughter time too with Dylan fast asleep and Amellia having lots of fun, chasing her about the beach and helping her to build her Rapunzel!
It was a lovely day and will be a fond memory for us both!
Hope you are all enjoying your summer time, what have you been up too?!

-WeeOhana

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My Sunday Photo – 23.07

This week we have spent a lot of time enjoying beautiful beaches around us!
Amellia went down to visit my mum & dad for a few days so I took Dylan along to the beach alone so that he could play in the sand and if he hated it we could leave straight away without feeling guilty that Amellia hadn’t had a chance to play. He loved it!

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Seeing as he really enjoyed it I decided that I would take them both to the beach together to play.. typically Dylan fell asleep in his pram walking to the beach! Amellia still had a lovely time playing with the waves, etc! =]

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How was your week? =]
-WeeOhana

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Delamont Park

Today we had a lovely family day out, and you are from Northern Ireland or are over here visiting I really suggest visiting Delamont Park! It’s just a thirty minute drive from Belfast center and a five minute drive from Downpatrick It’s also a very affordable day out, we have found that many places you will go and visit cost rather a lot of money for a family of four to get in, but to get into Delamont Park was a tiny amount of £4. Which is amazing considering all that is there!

There are several different walks and are all sign posted and you also get a map whenever you go into the park which shows you where the routes go, how long they are and what you can find along the way! We opted for one of the shorter walks because we had the children with us, and we didn’t fancy having to carry little miss around the walk when her legs got tired! We went for the 4km walk, there are ones which are also shorter than this and also longer so there is a walk for everyone to do! The only thing I would say is that on the map you are given it doesn’t give you any sort of idea of the terrain, the path was excellent and very easy to push a pram along, though is very stony. I think having our baby jogger GT made it easier to push with the big wheels I’m not sure how easy a pram with slandered wheels would have been to push! My little girl found it a little difficult as a lot was uphill which we hadn’t really thought about, but she kept going with a bit of encouragement! She particularly loved seeing the sheep along the way and stopped at every one to try and entice them over with some grass..this didn’t go in her favor! Along the walk were some incredible views, and things to stop at. Several little stone beaches, a bird watching area, and many more but we were enjoying the walk so much we didn’t stop at these things, though I will make a point of ensuring we do this when we go back!

When we first arrived we started with our picnic, there was so many benches and open bits of grass to sit on so lots of space for whenever it is busy to enjoy you picnic without many around you! My little one was eager to sit on the grass and have hers, so this is what we did and had some lovely little sandwiches before we headed off on our adventure! #

After our walk we went on this wonderful little train which is designed to look like Thomas, it runs along a 1KM track and was really enjoyable! The little ones loved being on a train and really enjoyed it and I took in some of the wonderful views around while really cherishing the time we were spending together!

Next stop was the play park, what little ones don’t love parks right! Well this is one that is truly going to be enjoyed by any park lover. It is just wonderful, lots of wonderful wood climbing frames, slides, puzzles and much more. I really liked that they had a climbing frame for all ages! There was a big and a little one like you would find in more parks, but also a medium sized one too, which my little girl really enjoyed. She likes the big ones but wants you to go up them with her and with it being a bit busy, I wasn’t for climbing up with her and getting in the way of everyone! She went off and enjoyed the big one for a short while but wanted to play with her brother so spent a lot of the time on the little one with him, which was great as there was no one else on it! There was also a zip wire which she really enjoyed. As well as there being some great climbing frames/ balancing things/slides etc there was also a lot of open space to run about. My little boy really liked this as he likes to just potter about and explore the world around him rather than climbing on climbing frames and going on swings etc!

 

Beside the park there was also one of those metal gyms that are becoming increasingly popular, and there are also some of the single gym items placed along the walks too! Just in-case you were wanting to go there to jog/workout ..

We ended our day by then going out for dinner and coming home and having a lovely bath! Both the kids are now fast asleep in bed, and we are just about to settle down to watch a move! All in all we had a fantastic day and will be back to Delamont Park very soon; in fact we enjoyed it so much we are going to get the season pass so we will be visiting it many more times! I will let you know if we find anything else about in Delamont Park that we think is a must see while there.. but for now, you should really go there, enjoy the peace, views, beauty and nature. Oh & the park and the train if you have little ones with you!

Let me know if you go for a visit and what you think! =]

WeeOhana xx