My Little Holiday Delight {Christmas 2015}.

It’s been too long since I was on my blog and I have to admit, I have missed it. Whenever we are travelling, I find it quite difficult to find the hours in the day to sit at a computer looking through pictures and making a post. I prefer to be outside, away from all screens and artificial light, enjoying what is happening in that moment.
Then, whenever I come back to my blog, I can relive all the great things we have shared in the last days/weeks/months.

As usual, this year, we celebrated Christmas in Florida.

I am extremely grateful to say, Noah, again, behavoud like a champion on the travel day… he didn’t shed 1 tear from 8am when we left home in Dublin, until we arrived at our hotel in Fort Myers at 2am (1 night stay before going to the house.) He is my little seasoned traveller, travelling at 35,000 feet on 16 occasions!

Noah was the man of the house for the first 10 days and helped us chose and decorate our Christmas tree. So began his fascination with “balls” (Get your mind out of the gutter!) From that day, he hasn’t stopped shouting “red” “gold” “baaaaaaawwww” at anything that resembles a round Christmas tree decoration.
The first 10 days were filled with trips to every single shopping destination South West Florida has to offer. For me, there is no other time of year like it. I adore the excitement of buying gifts for family and friends and am almost sad when they’re all wrapped up under the tree. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you catch my drift.

We took Noah to visit Santa for the first time. Neither Noah or Santa seemed to be enjoying it. 30 dollars I will never see again.

Hopefully next year, he will enjoy it. Noah too.

Facebook!Florida is blessed with some of the best weather at this time of year. For the entire month, we enjoyed mid to late 20s, sunny skies and beach days. We spent almost all our time outdoors.

Christmas Eve cycle around Naples…

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I wonder what year it will be where my son is the most excited person in the house.

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We didn’t stay too long because we had a little teething boy with a temperature.

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Last year, Noah had no clue what was going on and was still waking a lot in the night, keeping his Mama on her toes!

This year, he loved the tree, all the lights, talking about “Haha” (Santa) and the fact he got to spend every day with his Nannie, Papi and Auntie Jaja.

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I didn’t stop taking pictures, so there will be a lot more to come from our month in Florida.

Have a great Sunday evening!

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Bye Bye Fall. Hello Winter.

As I sit here on my couch, warm dressing gown on, fire lighting and candles light, it officially feels like Winter has arrived. It’s midnight, before my ‘day off’ tomorrow (Noah is visiting his Gran, Grandad and Aunty for the day) so now is as good time as any to look back on some of the things we enjoyed the past month.

A visit to the Pumpkin Patch

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This was Noah’s second Halloween but first one Trick or Treating. Ok… he had no idea what was going on, but he loved it almost as much as I loved watching him play with all the big kids. It was impossible to contain my smile every time I saw him walk up to the front doors (and sometimes in them) with his little monster hood up and shouting at people as he went!

I couldn’t love him any more!!!

We went trick or treating with our cousins and enjoyed every second of it!!

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DSC_6390Birthday Tradition!This was technically the day after Halloween… but his costume was too cute to only be worn one day of the year! He is still trying to put it back on him!

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Now it’s time to get excited for Christmas… decorations are going up TONIGHT! (Pics will be popping up on my new Home Inspiration Instagram account!)

Have a fabulous evening one and all!!

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What is 5,000 Miles Between Friends? {Achill}

My friends are better than yours!

Last month, I was so excited to have some of my best friends visiting us in Ireland. How lucky I am that I can say I have friends coming to visit me all the way from Florida and Mexico!!

We have built so many memories over the years, had so many unbelievable laughs and shared so many secrets!

This month, we got to spend 4 wonderful days together in Ireland enjoying the beautiful countryside, castles, pubs, restaurants and so many laughs!

These are some photos from our Roadtrip to Achill Island – close to 4 and a half hours away from Dublin. I had been there as a child with my family and always knew I wanted to return and this was the perfect opportunity to show off beautiful rural Ireland.

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There are around 80 ruined stoned houses, spotted around the side of a mountain, dating back to the 15th Century. The village was completely abandoned during the Irish Famine when people moved to more urban areas or emigrated.

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When we got home, we got the fire going and sat by it for hours, telling stories and laughing way too much.

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The next morning afternoon, we left the house and drove around the entire island taking in the beautiful scenery while attempting not to kill the sheep which were everywhere we looked!

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DSC_5943Birthday Tradition!Thank you to all of you for making the trip to Ireland. I feel very lucky and am already looking forward to our next reunion!

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Santorini

I could rack my brain for hours and hours and would still find it difficult to come up with a place more beautiful than Santorini.

The magnificence of the white buildings, surrounded by blue skies and blue seas is absolutely breathtaking! You will not see one tourist without a camera in their hand ready to capture the next available piece of beauty. I use the word ‘available’ because there are literally queues of people lining up to get a shot of the next gorgeous view.

We disembarked the ship and got on our coach to get up to the town. The views were spectacular along the way which had us excited but unfortunately, our tour guide spent more time talking about the different varieties of food growing there, and their multiple stages of ‘ripeness’ instead of actually sharing any decent information.

If anyone does have any questions, though, on the ripening stages of fava beans or cherry tomatoes, please do let me know.

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One word: Gorgeous!!

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