Thoughts on a Tuesday.....


Well, my overall thought is how quickly this long 'summer' school holiday is actually going! It is flying by. Helped by the fact that ours was just over two weeks shorter due to the Junior Certificate exams. Of course the lack of seasonal sunshine to our so-called summer can, on the other-hand, make some days interminable. As does a particularly long bout of insomnia. More of which anon...... Sigh.

With 'only' five weeks left before we're back to the school routine I've just realised that I haven't yet accomplished any of my Summer Bucket List trips! We have been busy though, with a lovely family holiday followed ten days later by scout camp for my teen boy, which was immediately followed by a week of computer coding with the fabulous team at Academy of Code. We're lucky, I know, but it was great to be able to do these things to keep occupied. Scout camp added a little maturity, independent thinking, and ..... ummm.... more fun..... to our ever- growing teenager. I could see a change on his return. It does a teenager good to get away from his or her 'nagging' parents. If only to realise that there is no such thing a free ride in this life and that expectations are placed on you no matter where you go in your in school, home and, eventually, work life.

July is almost at a close and we finished it with an overnight stay in the stunning Druids Glen Resort for our wedding anniversary. This is such a fabulous resort, filled with little touches that makes it deserving of it's five start rating. And if you work it properly - I am an expert at this - you can easily turn an overnight into a full two day break! You simply arrive waay before check-in time on the first day, enjoy breakfast, have a stroll through the grounds, savour a lazy lunch-time glass of wine etc; then stay 'waay' after check-out time the following day. Fitting in some relaxing pool time on both days of course! And you never know whom you'll meet on that exceptionally scenic stroll.......





                                      Baby cygnets too busy feeding to look at the camera!

So, that only leaves August then. I am determined that next month will be filled with those Summer Bucket List walks and trips, providing a perfect antidote and alternative to teen gaming.

Speaking of which, as of today we now have a night-time screen time alternative that will get teenager and parents into the one room viewing the one screen. At the same time....

Yes. you are now looking at one of the newest additions to the growing #Netflix #StreamTeam blogging community!



We can't wait. Thanks to my tech-savvy teenager it's already set up with some preferred box-sets and movies all ready to go.

So much Netflix viewing...... so little time.

See ya in September!!

Just kidding, I'll be sure to re-surface from the comfort of our snuggly sofa to let you know how it's all going.


10 comments:

  1. Very impressed by your summer holiday plan, it sounds perfect! And Netflix will be the icing on the cake, I should know :) xx

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    1. @Looking for Blue Sky: It was a hopeful plan.... that is thankfully working out! Can't wait to get stuck into Netflix, I'll be asking you for viewing suggestions! xx

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  2. Sounds good so far. We've been semi-off for a month but with summer school for DD and me only finishing with my students tomorrow, the holiday only really starts on Friday. Hooray! Bring it on.

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    1. @Midlife Singlemum: I hope you both have a wonderful time! xx

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  3. Sounds like you were far too busy to even think about your bucket list! The one night getaway sounds divine and something that I would really like to do. I am going to be asking you and Blue Sky for some bucket list must see in Ireland... the husband is running the London Marathon and then *ta-da* we are heading your way! :-) xx

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  4. @Bright Side of Life: Well yes, that is true.... we have been too busy! And I am SO excited to here news of your return trip to our green shores! We've actually made a start on that 'Summer Bucket List' with a trip yesterday and there will be a 2 day break next week. Stay tuned ;-) xx

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  5. I am completely openly positively GREEEN with envy of your Neflix #streamteam status!!! *whimpers* Max decided to throw his 2DS at me today, and then at Zack. I have a sore shoulder, Z has a sore head, and Max has taken himself to bed early as he was so distraught that said DS was taken away.
    SEE? WE DESERVE STREAM TEAM STATUS!

    Erm, I mean... sounds like a fab holiday you've got lined up! :D *high fives*

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    1. @Marylin: Oh no! Stories like this remind me that teenage status, with all it's hormone-driven moodiness and tempers is actually a good place to be!! And you'll be there before you know it, believe me!

      As for my #netflix #streamteam status I suggest you get a little cheeky (like me!) and find out who the UK PR person is and go introduce yourself ;-) xx

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  6. Sounds like you have lots of lovely things planned for over the Summer. We've done holiday camps too - Little A loves them and she gets to spend time with her class friends. My parents used to send me to holiday camp for a week over my summer holidays when I was a teenager, PGL holidays they were called, stood for Parents Get Lost - I use to love them and made lots of pen friends. Have a lovely August! X

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    1. @Older Mum: Great to hear from you! I'm laughing at the PGL title!! And your Little A is getting off to fine start with her camps... it's all about the camps these days, isn't it? With such long school summer holidays in Ireland they really help give structure to at least some of the weeks. Great especially for only children.... xx

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