Weekend (my post titles are really unimaginivite. Sorry)

This weekend was a scorcher in Eire. No joke. It was 28.8 degrees on my trusty car thermometer on Saturday, beautiful!!!

Sunnnnnnshine 🙂

Seeing as our weekend last week was pretty far flung and expensive we kept it low key this weekend just gone.

Saturday we went to Athlone farmers market. Literally a market for farmers, rather than a market selling stuff from farmers. We left that one pretty quickly and headed for our favourite local place, Coosan Point.

She needs a hair cut badly! hoping my sister in law will oblige when she comes in the Summer!

We hit it early (before 10) so we had the park to ourselves and apart from two of the sweetest old men I have ever met loading up their lake boat to go out trout fishing, we were the only ones there. I really want a lake boat, they are wooden row boat kind of boats but with a motor on the back, and you put them on a trailer and they live at your house, then you just take it out when you like and off you go. How awesome would that be to take the kids out on? I’m thinking fishing rods, coolers full of vino, cute little life jackets, exploring, wooly picnic rugs….. Mr Clev quite rightfully pointed out that owning a very small water craft when children outnumber adults at a ratio of 2:1 is probably not the best idea.  

Hello little lady 🙂

The kids paddled in Lough Ree, and had it not been for being preggo I would have actually jumped off the dock for a swim myself, but alas, a rather reserved grown up paddle had to do.


Mr Clev comes from the school of thought that swimming in rivers and lakes is a bit on the gross side, where as I am the woman who last summer took a dip in the Thames (the nicer non tidal part, I might add). When I was growing up my parentals had a boat (my mum and stepdad recently purchased a boat too, although boat doesn’t really do it justice, its more like a mini super yacht and very glamorous!) so I grew up jumping off the front of that, leaping off rope swings and generally paddling in the same river peoples sewage runs into, AND I turned out fine!!! More of the same for my kids please!

Luis got very adventurous!

I am ashamed to admit that none of my children are particularly water confident, both have had swimming lessons at different times, but due to finances, babies and general timing problems they had them in stops and starts. We plan to remedy this living here as we are so close to lakes (Westmeath is the Lake County, and their sports teams are nicknamed ‘the lake men’) and beaches.

Maxi fails to dress for the seasons, it was about 20degrees in this photo but he had to wear his tracksuit.

We plan to remedy this by taking advantage of the excellent local regional spots centre, we went on Sunday for a swim and have a 10 day guest pass. The boys were assessed for swimming lessons and both will start in September. If you stood outside our door in the changing room after our swim this is what you would have heard…

I don’t want to go home
I’m not tired
HE trod on me
I want teabot

Just wait a minute there, stand against that wall, leave baby where she is please, get off  the floor its gross, Don’t touch that it will turn on the shower….

He said I cant swim
She pushed me
Baby smells pooooeeeey
Your not my best friend
I’m huunnnnnnngggrrryyyyy

Ok wait a minute again, I have snacks, let me just get myself dressed, don’t open the door, yes I know I have lines on my tummy that’s what you beasts did to me, Ok you cant eat that now…I said to wait….Well its all soggy and hair covered from the floor, DON’T GIVE IT TO BABY…

Can we have old MacDonalds for dinner
I don’t want to have swimming lessons
Can we go to the park
I don’t even want to do my homework
I am Irish, aren’t I mum.

RIGHT. Hold hands, when I open the door you will walk. NOT RUN. to the reception desk, you will then walk NOT RUN to the car. UNDERSTAND?


Door opens….

ahhhhhh ruuunnnnn cant catch me, Im faster than you, race you to the car.

Seriously – I give up with them!! taking 4 children swimming is insane, we have decided all water activities will now be done in shifts 🙂 

Love this picture of my grown up boy 🙂 

Hope you all had good weekends, back to the grindstone today – beds to be changed, washing to be done…that kind of thing!!

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