As we like a challenge, we organised a family trip to Ireland (somewhat last minute: read very), flying on the evening of the last day of school. Yup. Seemed like a good idea at the time.
With all the end of year crazy, Father’s Day and a birthday to get through before we left, getting us to the airport with packed bags was indeed a challenge.
I hadn’t even started when we dropped the kids to school for their final (half) day of school.
Those were four very productive hours!
We made it to the airport with packed bags, and arrived in Dublin the following morning and drove down to Cork, where my husband grew up.
I think that day will go down as one of the most tired we have ever been as a family, but we made it to the bedtime without falling asleep (bar a couple of naps on plane and in car for the kids) and largely defeated the jet lag. We never quite made it to BST, we hovered somewhere mid-Atlantic, but that worked for us!
It was a lovely break for us all. Some proper down-time for my husband and I, lots of fun days out and plenty of cousin time for the kids. The fact that the weather was (unexpectedly!) fabulous helped.
We spent the first half of our time in Cork, before heading back to Dublin for the second half.
Our first proper day of holiday was spent wandering the streets of Kinsale and then running around Charles Fort.
Kinsale is such a beautiful town, I was in photo heaven. The kids were rather indignant that I wasn’t taking photos of them though. Which, to be fair, is rather unusual… I’d forgotten quite how much I missed wandering along narrow lanes, past such prettily colored shops and windows. I couldn’t resist the photo ops.
I did get some shots of the kids though. Well, a couple!
After a good wander around the town, we hopped in the car and drove a little further along the coast to Charles Fort. It was getting late in the day at that point, so we didn’t go into the fort itself, but simply enjoyed a walk around the grounds. It was stunning, and a perfect spot for the kids to run around and let off some steam.
Only fair after following their mother around as she took photos of windows and doors.
We spent the next week and half outside, visiting places from my husband’s childhood, playing the garden and catching up with family. Watch this space for our next Cork adventures, and our time in Dublin!
I began writing ‘Snapshots’ posts last summer, when my days were too busy having fun with my kids to spend time writing about the fun we were having. They are a way for me to record the moments, but not feel obliged to write War and Peace. Simply capture the days as they happen. No SEO, no pinnable images, no stress. So, I’m going to continue to write them, and keep those moments from running away.