July started off Ollie’s summer holidays. His first year of primary school went by so so fast and he learnt a lot!! We took Ollie on a cinema James, just he, James and I, to see Despicable me 2. We had a ramble in the forest with the boys… the sun was shining bright and it was a lovely day. The weather heated up quite a bit! So much so, that we got the paddling pool out and I got my bikini out! I took both of the boys to get a haircut. James took a fortnight off work! I left the boys for 3 days to go to Dublin to hang with my dad and to go see Mumford and Sons in concert. It was amazing! I also turned 29 and we had a great family day.… first we went to Il Pirata for lunch and then we went to Stormont park to play. I wore a dress and James and Ollie made me a cake! I took my driving test again and failed for a second time. Grim. We went to mum and Harry’s for a birthday BBQ. Later in the month we went to the beach to spend some time… only to find it deserted and a storm on the way. It was cool though, the boys loved the thunder and the dash to the car in crazy rain. We went to St. George’s market and picked out a lobster. The Ark Open Farm received a visit from us and both boys loved seeing the animals! I got a new Macbook Air!!!!! I dealt with the loneliness that comes from having a husband work away on business.
I left the males of the house to fend for themselves again when I went to England for my Auntie’s birthday party/ extended family gathering. It was great to see everyone and nice to have another weekend away! We got a dog… an amazing puppy and we named her Marceline. Marcie for short. Belfast turned into riot central. James started working away in London. I got my hair done! My friend won tickets to Kings Of Leon and she took me! We attempted to teach Ollie how to ride his bike without stabilisers… it didn’t go well. I took the boys to W5. My lovely Uncle Trevor passed away after a long battle. My dad took the 4 of us on a lovely holiday long weekend in Mayo… it was a gorgeous place to spend some days together as a family and we all relaxed.
Ollie started P2! On his first day he walked into his class and sat down without so much as a glance towards me before he waved and told me I could go. Proud. Girls in the neighbourhood started calling for Ollie more often and Nate turned into a tantruming toddler. We went to Seaford Butterfly Farm. My mum and I went to Crumlin Jail for the tour and then to Pizza Express for food. it was a great girly date! Ollie took another chest infection and Marcie visited the Vets to get vaccinations and was found to have some health concerns. Poor tote. The boys entered the phase that is brotherly love… they began playing together, properly and Nate’s speech came on leaps and bounds. Doughzy Donuts sent us a box of 12 to review and we had them for breakfast. Culture Night in Belfast was also a hit! My mum and I went out for sushi to celebrate her birthday and then we had a birthday party for her here, complete with pass the parcel, as per Ollie’s suggestion. Ollie started Wildcats. Frank Turner decided to come here and play a gig, so of course I got tickets to go and see him with my brother. it was GREAT!!!
I started yoga! Loved it… it didn’t turn into a habit though… need to start again! Marcie had more Vet visits… and was found to be coming on leaps and bounds. Ollie started back at Squirrels after a long summer break. We took Marcie out for her first walk and she hated it. I got a job interview. Weather got super cold and we dug out our hats and gloves. Nate moved out of a cot and into bunk beds with Ollie…it went surprisingly well! I thought it would be a nightmare but he didn’t attempt to get out of bed too often. Hubby took me for surprise Mexican, because he is wonderful. We went back to the vets with Marcie, this time because of her legs and paws. We were given anti-inflammatories and xrays for her. We went to Scotland for a holiday/ my Granny’s 80th birthday… Nate’s first flight and sooooo good to spend the time with my family. I’m so glad the boys got to know my Granny a little better. We celebrated Halloween with a small kids party, trick or treating and pumpkin pie! The boys dressed up as Devils.
November started well with a family trip to Nando’s and a Tom Odell gig with my brother. Both were awesome. I purchased the majority of my Christmas presents for the boys at the start of the month too! Nate got a tummy bug which caused him to puke through the night. James and I had an awesome gig date… we went to see Frightened Rabbit and went for a meal too. I made homemade sausage rolls that everyone seemed to enjoy… and then we went to Hillmount to see the reindeer that had arrived for Christmas! It snowed. I spent more time parenting alone. We tried to take Nate’s dummy away but it was a no-go… maybe when he is a little older. We started to feel a little bit Christmassy. People started planting bombs over Belfast. We went to a nativity night at church and Ollie dressed up as Joseph. On the last day of November, we put up our Christmas tree! It looked gorgeous and Elfie (our Elf On The Shelf) arrived.
The boys and Marcie got stuck into their advent calendars. Elfie got up to a ton of mischief, each and every day… it kept Ollie entertained, though Nate was still a little young to even notice. I took a Christmas card photo of the boys to send out with the cards. My dad took me, James and my brothers out for dinner to Howard Street for a real slap up meal, while the boys stayed overnight at mum and Harry’s so they could go on the Santa train. Ollie wrote a Santa list which included toy poop. He also encountered some nastiness at school so I took him on a much needed mummy and son date. We went iceskating and he loved it. I won tickets to a Christmas gig of Tim Wheeler and Emmy The Great. I took Ryan and it was ace! Ollie played the part of a Dove in his school play. Nate loved watching him perform and loved seeing all the other kids dressed as angels, stars and animals. We hosted a cookie swap party for Ollie and his friends, and they dismantled our handcrafted gingerbread house. We saw his school carol service too. So so sweet. Nate had his first trip to the cinema when we went to see Polar Express… he sat like a statue, hardly moving. Ollie was excited to see his favourite movie on the big screen. The boys saw Santa at Castlecourt. We had an awesome Christmas Eve at my mum’s house, a wonderful Christmas seeing both James family and my own with good food and lots of fun opening presents with my boys, and a fun Boxing day also with family. James and I had a relaxed New Years Eve after celebrating it with the boys before they went to bed. Last but not least, we went to another gig… this time it was And So I Watch You From Afar.