Fri-yay Happy List!

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❤  Tesco have bake at home from frozen Pain Au Raisin… OMG. OMG. OMG. So good.
❤  I’m loving hearing Nate read aloud.  He’s so proud of himself!
❤  Ollie just began swimming lessons and his confidence is overflowing!

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❤  Loving my brand new camera!!  I’m the proud owner of a new NIkon D5600!
❤  I’m having so much fun blogging more regularly!
❤  Tattoo inspiration!
❤  Beach visits 🙂 🙂

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❤  Decorating the house.
❤  Gig plans!  Smith Street Band, George Ezra and Mumford & Sons booked so far!
❤  I’m loving the sweet relief that ibuprofen brings to my tooth extraction.
❤  It’s been so good having the boys off for Easter break… much needed quality time.

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❤  Among Other Foolish Things by Brian Fallon 🙂  His voice….
❤  The Ballad Of Me And My Friends by Frank Turner… love forever!
❤  My hair is pink and I love it… I’ve wanted pink hair for so long and I’ve bit the bullet.

My Job!

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My choice to become a stay at home mum was super easy!  In fact there was never a question over whether I would stay home or go back to work.  It just happened naturally when Ollie was born, I had to leave my job anyway because we were due to move back to Belfast!

I can’t believe how quickly time as a stay at home mum has flown by.  Here we are 9 years since I left work and I can’t imagine what returning to employment will be like! It’s necessary now rather than optional because I need to be financially independent!  I feel very fortunate that I’ve had the opportunity to stay at home with my boys for so long!  It’s always made sense financially but now with them both in school…

I know we aren’t meant to call staying at home a job… but this is by far the best job I’ve ever had and I’ve learnt lots about responsibility, patience, using my imagination and a ton of other skills that might benefit me when I re-enter the workplace.  I’ve loved seeing the boys as much as I have and filling our days with playing, crafts and adventures.

Now with my kids in school, it’s time for me to get my butt into gear regarding my career path.  It’s time.  I want to take photos for a living and I’m almost ready for this huge leap. I want to be my own boss and I want my career to be capturing special moments for people, families and couples.  There is nothing I’d like more.  I need a job that can give me the flexibility to work whichever hours I’d like so I can be there when the kids need me to be, especially over school holidays!

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This new career path won’t ever compare to being a stay at home mum though…

35 before 35 bucket list!

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I turn 33 this summer… there are only 823 days until i’m halfway to 70!  Isn’t that crazy?! I’ve always been a big one into making lists and setting goals so I thought that just over 2 years to a goal date would be a great amount of time to DO some things bucket list style! Here are the things I came up with!

  1. See a ballet at the theatre.
  2. Learn a new language.
  3. Fly in a helicopter!
  4. Eat at a Michelin Star restaurant.
  5. Get a new piercing!
  6. Watch the IMDB top 250 films of all time!
  7. Plant a garden/ herb garden!
  8. Finish decorating the house.
  9. Take the boys on a holiday outside of the UK!
  10. Read 35 books!
  11. Visit 3 new countries.
  12. Make a gig tee quilt.
  13. Take part in a photography workshop.
  14. Volunteer.
  15. Stay in a 5 star hotel.
  16. Have a weekend at a spa.
  17. Grow my blog!
  18. Visit 10 new cities.
  19. Go camping!
  20. Do the high ropes/ zipwire at Jungle NI.  Bravest goal on the list.
  21. Visit 20 new restaurants!
  22. Nap at the beach.
  23. Make something with all the collected seaglass.
  24. Try 5 new foods!
  25. Organise my entire photo collection.
  26. Compile Go clay pigeon shooting!
  27. Do 35 random acts of kindness.
  28. Travel somewhere alone.
  29. Donate blood.
  30. Bake a rainbow cake!
  31. Make sushi!
  32. Upgrade my DSLR!
  33. Wear dresses more!!
  34. Become well practiced in my yoga ❤
  35. Embark on a photography qualification!

I’m excited!!

School’s Out!

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Wednesday was the boy’s last day of term!  They don’t return to school until 24th April and I’m so looking forward to spending the next week with them.  The weather is almost brightening and we are making a list of what we would like to do including:

A trip to Dublin to stay with Grandpa Crispy and visit Dublin Zoo.
A breakfast picnic at Minnowburn.
A beach visit or two!
Swimming!
A sleepover at Grandma’s house!
Visit the Giant’s Causeway and Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge!
Feed ducks.
Plant some flowers.
Fly the kites.
Dye Easter eggs and do Easter baking.
Visit Hillsborough Lake.

We might not get ALL of this covered but they’re the ideas that came up when I asked the boys.  They’re excited.

Don’t you love Springtime?  The first quarter of the year, every year, I find very hard to shake off the slumpy after Christmas feeling until the weather changes, the nights get brighter and the flowers and blue sky make the world look pretty!  It then becomes easier to be enthusiastic and motivated.  I find myself becoming productive and full of new ideas.  The ‘shake off the slump’ phase is well underway and I’m feeling excited. Goodbye winter!

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Spring!

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With Spring comes the urge to spring clean and in my case, I get the urge to spring clean EVERYTHING… and this year it seems to have included this blog.  I’ve been struggling for a while with what to write about because I feel like the theme of my blog, that I’ve kept for more than 8 years (!!!!!!), doesn’t quite fit the way it did pre-separation.  I want to write about my kids still and myself and basically anything random that I’d like to document without it feeling like I’m blogging under a preset.

So here we have the new and improved Emmageddon!  Any posts prior to 2017 have been moved to another blog as an archive, which can still be accessed (there’s more than 700 posts there!).  This blog is my fresh start, clean slate, the new me!  It’s been 6 months since James and I separated and I feel like I’m finally, almost getting my shit together!

The Year That Was (Part 2!)

JULY

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Night out with Bex || Beach swim! || Park playtime in the sun || Newcastle and Tullymore Forest Park || Surfing for the first time in Portrush with besties || Painting pottery for my birthday || Birthday cake times || Kodaline and Jess Glynne in Dublin || Baking || Grampa Harry turned 60!

AUGUST

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Museum date || Ramble at Giant’s Ring || Boards at the beach! || Giant’s Causeway || Malaga holiday with my besties || Marble Arch Caves || Tyrella Beach || England visit to see my friend Aimee and her kids || Picnic times || Helen’s Bay || Rowallane Gardens with Grandma and Grandpa || Helen’s Bay AGAIN!

SEPTEMBER

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Ollie’s first day in P5 || Skateboarding lesson at the skatepark with friends || Nate’s first day in P1 || Chicago at The Grand Opera House || Guitar times || Nate’s portraits of the family || Milk before bed || Romeo and Juliet at The Grand Opera House || Feeding the ducks || Ollie at Parkour club || Hudson Taylor at Moira Calling || Cuppa with my Mum

OCTOBER

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We hatched butterflies! || Back to our favourite beach… Helen’s Bay || Nate’s first homework || Ormeau Park’s widest tree || Ice-cream in Ormeau || Evening rambles in Belvoir Forest || Dinner date || Halloween Party! || Augustine’s gig (was amaaaazing) || More Halloween fun || Sparklers

NOVEMBER

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Big boy haircuts at their first barber trip || W5 || Tom Odell || Elephants at Dublin Zoo on a road trip with my bestie || Autumn leaves fun || Girly day trip to Dirty Duck || Funny faces || Frank Turner (AGAIN, LOVE HIM) || Birthday night out || Newly decorated bedroom || Biffy Clyro (Again haha!) || Three in a bed reading

DECEMBER

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Oh Christmas Tree || Elf on The Shelf returns! || Christmas night out with this one || Boy’s Christmas photo || The boys went to London for a trip with James || My Granny visited! || Nate was an angel in his school play || Festive fun || Castle Espie || Christmas Eve at Grandma’s || Christmas Day || New Years Eve festivities

Here’s to 2017!!

The Year That Was (Part 1)!

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that 2016 wasn’t all bad… and although I hope 2017 is a kinder year, so many good memories were made in the year just past.  Here’s my photo recap!

JANUARY

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Skate date || Christmas dinner with my dad (in January!) || How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran || Nate’s birthday and Spiderman cake || The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins || Ollie’s first guitar lesson || First trip to the beach of 2016

FEBRUARY

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BLTs are amazing || The Bodyguard at The Grand Opera House. || Pancake Tuesday || Frank Turner at The Limelight || Frank Turner in Dublin || Loving my little Valentine’s || Visit to Castle Espie || Forest rambles! || Night out with best friends || Gabrielle Aplin in Mandela Hall || Foxes in The Limelight

MARCH

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World Book Day dressing up as Diary of A Wimpy Kid and Spiderman || Mother’s Day dinner for my mum || Mother’s Day geocaching hunt with my boys || Aimee visited from England (my best friend of 20 years!) || Skate dates on the Greenway and at Titanic Quarter || Easter celebrations || Dander up Divis/ Black Mountain with Joey || New car!!!!

APRIL

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 Pretty dogs after the groomers || Ollie got good on his guitar || Superhero pyjamas || Salad season has begun || Beautiful skies || Cycle and smoothie || Skate date at Titanic || Besties || My brother plays me music on his guitar || Haircut || Ryan’s birthday || More beautiful sky

MAY

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Birthday dinner at Ryan’s || I voted || Spoon Street frozen yoghurt heaven || Beach visit in the sunshine || All dressed up for a Christening || Night out with Bexie || Picnic times || I invested in a waffle maker || Supporting our bff Joey! || Cookie dough frappuccinos || My first trip to a skate park || Finally warm enough to have the paddling pool out!

JUNE

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So much sunshine || Voted again || Ollie and I did the Picollo Fondo (12 mile cycle in 2 hours!) || Ollie turned 8 || Birthday beach visit || Gangsta Granny at The Grand Opera House || Evening beach swim with besties || Ollie’s big boy pizza/ sleepover party || Biffy Clyro at Titanic Quarter || The boys finished school!