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A holiday special {phfr}

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Joining Like Mother Like Daughter for this week’s {pretty, happy, funny, real} post.

We’ve been back from our holiday for over a month and I still haven’t written about it! I thought a {pretty happy funny real} post would describe it very well…

Eoin, Benedict and I travelled to Germany with my sister and some friends for a few days in July. We had also wanted to visit Eoin’s sister and her two children in Spain, so after a beautiful stay in Germany the three of us flew to Spain. There’ll be quite a bit of jumping back and forth into different countries in this post, but bear with me!

{pretty} Germany

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This is the German holiday home we stayed in… Inside was just as beautiful and quirky, and the surrounding views were stunning. The shutters were perfect for napping babies during the day!

Below is one of the downstairs rooms:

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My sister, Hannah and B in the garden:

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Below is Lake Constance where we boated, paddled, sun-bathed, painted nails, ate, played beach volley ball, and entertained little ones:

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{pretty} Spain

Now skipping to the {pretty} Spain photos! The photo below was taken when we first arrived in Granollers, Spain and the first time Benedict met his two cousins, Anna and Quim. I think we were all so excited!

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Anna and Quim with mum Fiona and Uncle Eoin:

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And some pretty close ups of Quim:

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And Anna:

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{happy} Germany

Back to Germany for some {happy} photos! On one of the evenings in Germany, we went to our friend’s mother’s home for a BBQ with proper german sausages and barbecued cheeses.

Marcus’ mum had a hammock in the garden which the little (and big) ones very much enjoyed!

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Mary and Phil with their lovely little boy Sebastian:

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Below is back on Lake Constance with our friend Marcus’ boat:

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{happy} Spain

Ahead to Spain for some {happy} photos! Because it was Benedict’s first time meeting his cousins, it was really lovely seeing the three of them play together; I think he was fascinated by them, he just kept watching them!

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{funny} Germany

Back to Germany… This wasn’t funny when it first happened, but by the end of it we were in hysterics. I’m not even too sure how it happened, but we ended up in the middle of a German field, stuck in the mud in the rain… It wasn’t very funny! We were trying to find our holiday home which was really poorly sign posted, and our friend thought maybe one of the signs was pointing into a field with no road…

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After lots of spinning wheels in the mud, Marcus went off into the woods in search of some help. For about half an hour we wondered how on earth we were going to retrieve our car from the field, and then Marcus comes out of nowhere riding on the side of a digger… You really couldn’t have made it up, it was brilliant.

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Another funny German moment on the lake… While the boys were hard at work figuring out how to put the boat together, the girls were sunbathing and painting their toe nails!

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We also had a session of beach volleyball on one of the days in Germany… well, we tried to have a session of beach volley ball. It was exciting when we managed to get a rally of two hits over the net:

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{funny} Spain

To Spain… Anna, Quim and Benedict had tons of fun in Fiona’s hall way with human tunnels:

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I thought Benedict looked quite funny here just in his nappy playing the grand piano!

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{real} 

Something has to bring you back to reality at the end of a fab holiday… Eoin’s wallet got stolen in Spain, and our flight was delayed! So he used that time to cancel all his cards. He took it all very much in his stride though, and dealt with it really well.

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One mammoth {pretty happy funny real} post for a brilliant holiday with such lovely memories!

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One Born Every Minute

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I think after every birth of a new baby a mother is heard saying “never again!” And yet, often a year or so later that same mother is excitedly anticipating the new arrival of their next child! After Benedict was born, and weeks afterwards, I remember thinking the same thing; I just couldn’t believe there were actually families out there with more than one child – how on earth did those mothers go through the pains of labour more than once!?! Thankfully I am now over that trauma, and its true, pain really does dull with time!

I’m loving the new series of One Born Every Minute at the moment! It’s such an emotional roller-coaster and I think I’ve lost count of the times I’ve shed a tear when the baby’s finally delivered haha! And I love it that pretty much all of the couples I’ve seen, whether they’ve been shouting and swearing at each other during the labour, they will always kiss and come together as they gaze at their newborn… Amazing. Life is just such a precious gift!

 

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Benedict’s 1st Birthday

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 Last Monday saw Benedict’s first birthday. One whole year already! Looking back at the year though I’m not surprised how fast it’s gone… So much has happened and I think as every parent says a billion times – I really can’t imagine Benedict not being there. He’s definitely always been there!!

Reminiscing on those first few weeks after B was born I’ve realised how much has changed in such a short space of time. From taking 15 minutes to change a nappy with a patient newborn to getting it down to 30 seconds with a wriggling impatient one year old! From worrying that he’s sleeping so much you want to wake him up, to praying he’ll stay asleep just those extra 5 minutes so you can get those neglected jobs done. From those blissful quiet moments feeding a newborn whilst watching ‘Call the Midwife‘, to dodging food thrown at you from the high chair and thinking where on earth to begin with cleaning the mess from the carpet!

Having said all that though, now is the time where we can really have fun together! With B’s little made up games he allows me to join in with, playing peek-a-boo with faces and toys, throwing and fetching balls, and lots and lots of tickles! I think both Eoin and I have never been so thankful.

So on Sunday we invited mine and Eoin’s family over to celebrate – and it really was such a special day. We had a picnic in the park with sports day activities… You’re never too old for sports day fun!

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