Bubbles & Snail Mail

Today we had some great fun blowing bubbles. Once you stop the crying starts. 🙂

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On another note… at the moment I am trying to take up my other hobby again which was snail mail. If anyone is out there who would like to write letters, please leave a comment. 🙂 I be delighted.

My hometown

Hello peeps. Today I thought I might write something completely different. Not my day to day life. I’d like to introduce you to my hometown.

As some of you may know I am originally from Germany. The town I was born and raised in is called Waren. I lived here for 19 years of life until I decided to move to Ireland and do something different.
Some small facts about Waren below:

Name: Waren (Mueritz)
Population: 21.000
Map:

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The town is also known as a climatic spa. The reason why it is so popular really is because it is located by the biggest lake of Germany called “Mueritz”. It is also surrounded by many other lakes. I know what you are thinking… Perfect for a summer holiday. That’s right. 🙂 We are getting a lot of tourists between the season of April and October. It can be mad sometimes. To be honest too many tourist can be annoying. 🙂

DSC01303 Waren Train Station

2013-06-23 14.45.20 Beautiful Gardens by the lake

2013-06-23 15.48.09 Town Centre with Shops and Restaurants

2014-04-09 15.47.58 Market Square

2013-06-26 17.49.19 This lake is near the house where I used to go swimming as a child

2014-03-30 13.34.07 View over the lake Mueritz and the Church

2014-04-01 11.56.57 Little Train going around the town

You are probably thinking now “ Why did she move away from such a gorgeous place?” Love always wins doesn’t it? 🙂 Nothing more to be said.

It’s always great to come back for a visit once a year. Summer is normally the best time of the year because you can sit outside and can actually do stuff. During the winter it is pretty much dead in town. Nothing going on.

2014-03-30 15.17.27 Aquarium

The 3 biggest events happening every year would be the “Mueritz Sail”, the “Mueritz Run” and the “Mueriz Swim”.
The “Mueritz Sail” usually attracts over 50.000 people. I think it is usually on for 3 days. I haven’t been in years unfortunately.

Waren has turned 750 years last year.

There is some good websites out there to find out some more information if you were ever interested in visiting:

http://www.waren-tourismus.de/

Photo Models

Today we got our CD with the photo shooting we went to 2 weeks ago in Charlestown. We were blown away by the photos. They are just amazing.

Big thanks to Olga.

If you think of getting photos done with your little ones or even of you little ones, give Olga a follow on Facebook. She is brilliant!!!

https://www.facebook.com/OlgaKlofacPhotography

Her website is http://www.mayophotographer.ie/ You will see the work she does and also the different packages she offers.

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See all other photos from our shoot in the album below:

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone. I hope you all enjoy your Easter hunt. 😀 still have to setup ours!

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Spring is here

What a lovely day it was again today. We were able to be outside pretty much the whole day.

The day started off a bit unexpected though. Originally we were supposed to be going to Dublin to look at a new couch. Then I found out my battery in my car was flat because I left the key in engine and must have left the radio on when Matthew was sleeping in it. *oops* So spent the whole morning to get that fixed again.

Then I completely forgot that it’s Easter Sunday tomorrow and all shops are closed so I had to do the grocery shopping today. That was the Dublin trip out the window. But to be honest I am glad we didn’t go as Matthew was so bad behaved today due to his cold he has. Not his fault but it can be hard sometimes.
(By the way, has anyone any advice what to do with a constant runny nose? All tips welcome!!! Because he is only small so he wouldn’t know how to blow his nose. He cough a lot. 😦 )

It was so nice today that we decided to go the playground before lunch. Matthew really enjoyed himself. He had to try out everything. That is slide, horsey and swing.

2014-04-19 12.01.16 Swing time

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2014-04-19 12.09.48 Horsey

2014-04-19 12.14.15Running around

As it is Easter and it is normally all about chocolate I thought I treat Matthew to a new toy. So we went to Smyths together and bought him a slide for the garden. He loves it! Doesn’t want to stop sliding down. I sent the cat down it, too. Probably illegal but Matthew found it hilarious. 🙂

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Spending time in Germany

Even though we have received bad news on Saturday 29th March, we still had to make the best out of the visit as Matthew couldn’t be in the house all the time. He wasn’t really adjusting to the new environment anyways.

2014-03-30 15.02.58 At the playground

2014-03-30 15.04.21 At the playground with godmother Karo

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“Mueritzeum” which is an aquarium. Unfortunately we didn’t get the time to visit but hopefully next time.

2014-04-02 16.38.55 Matthew went to McDonald’s for the first time in Germany and had his first Happy Meal. He loved it.

2014-04-03 10.07.36 Fascinated with the Easter decoration.

IMG-20140331-WA0003 Loving the bubble machine in town

2014-04-01 11.56.57 Choo Choo

2014-04-09 15.47.58Market Square

It was nice weather most of the time but Dermot did end up taking some walks in the rain too. 🙂

In that time I was able to squeeze in a few hours to meet an old friend who is now pregnant as well. Very excited for her.

With the help of the neighbours we only needed to stay 2 1/2 weeks to sort everything out. I think I done good to be able to organise/cancel all those things in such a small period of time.

We are hoping to come back to my hometown once a year. It is still my hometown after all and I want my kids to know where mammy grew up. 🙂

Sad news “ We will never forget you”

As probably some of you may know my mum was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer May last year.

She’s been in hospital in and out. The last 3-4 weeks were tough on us all.

24th March I had to fly over because she was not well at all. She only returned from the hospital a couple of days before. The cancer was spreading again and unfortunately not slow. 😦 I was able to spend some time with her which was lovely.

She died 29th March 2014, Saturday morning 9am. It happened in her sleep. I am glad it happened in her sleep so now she is no longer in pain anymore but it was really sad seeing her go.

Dermot and Matthew only joined me 2 days beforehand.

I am happy she was able to spend a lot of time with us at Christmas and was able to play with Matthew all the time. This gave her and us some good last memories.

She only turned 59 years of age on March 19th. Way too young to have to deal with something like this. That shows us, it can happen to anyone.

19.03.1955 – 29.03.2014

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2014-01-05 19.18.56Radisson Hotel Dublin Airport January 2014