June has arrived which means summer is here which means I am all kinds of happy because my FAVORITE season has made its debut. I am beyond interested to see what summer in Ireland is like. I have been told over and over to not get excited about the weather. I have been here long enough to know to not expect a hot, sunny, blissful summer (I was still wearing a coat and winter boots in May). but I am hoping for some decent weather. Goodness. I will of course keep you posted.
- We traveled to Portugal this summer. We had a very relaxing stay and even celebrated Father’s Day at a wonderful resort. The highlight of this trip, and I will keep saying it because I am still overwhelmed was that we saw WILD DOLPHINS! Words cannot express the sheer beauty of this experience.
- The Bigg Dogg had us in Urgent Care on HIS birthday. He bumped his head wide open and ended up with stitches. That experience was interesting to say the least, but I will say that we were in and out of Urgent Care in about an hour.
- The husband scared the neighbors when the smoke from his barbecue grill led them to believe there was a fire in our backyard. The neighbor was beating on our door and when I answered the poor guy was yelling, “I think there is a fire in your backyard!” My response, “No, that’s just my husband cooking dinner.” Grilling tends to only be popular later in the summer. But, not for my husband, he grills year round. As a matter of fact, it’s almost impossible to find charcoal outside of the months of July and August in Dublin. Needless to say, I calmed the neighbor down, rolled my eyes and carried on with my business of washing clothes. Geez Louise!
- One evening we ventured out to dinner and we actually met someone that follows our blog. He recognized our family and we chatted a bit. I will say the world is a small place and that was a sweet moment.
What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:
- IKEA. It is no secret that every American female living in Dublin misses TARGET. To be honest, some of us may even miss it more than some family members. Although TARGET can never be replaced…I have found a decent substitute in IKEA.You know how you walk in TARGET and plan to pick up some deodorant and toothpaste and end up spending $250? Well, this happens to me at IKEA. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. The only difference is that I go to IKEA for a set of sheets and leave with loads of bags and €250 less in my wallet. It’s still the same issue just a different currency. But, it’s all good, every woman needs a little IKEA/TARGET therapy in their lives.
- Our New Gym Experience. My husband and I are gym rats. He’s actually overly gym obsessed. I just like a good workout. Needless to say, our gym experience in Dublin has been less than stellar and I was a bit stumped because this country is fit and active (despite being on track to being the most obese nation in Europe but I’m from Houston, Texas and the people of this country are nowhere near obese but again, I’m no expert on the matter). Well, folks, we have hit the gym jackpot and I am in love. This gym even beats my LA Fitness and 24 Hour Fitness experience at home. I could easily spend a full day at the gym. There is a huge cafe, saltwater pools (Big Dogg even said, “The water just feels different.” and indeed it does), sauna, jacuzzi, over 35 classes offered a day, a huge indoor jungle gym for kids in the child care center, a kids gym and I’ll stop there because this is not an advertisement. Needless to say, it has significantly changed our gym experience.
- Presale Movie Tickets. If you want to go to a movie in Dublin, you will need to buy your ticket online. You can risk it and buy your tickets at the theater before the movie but it is almost guaranteed that your selection will be sold out. Yes, this happened to us on a random day for a random kids’ movie that had already been out several months. It was a pain at first but now I totally embrace this movie experience. It means I don’t have to worry about finding a seat or getting to the theatre an hour before the movie start time and simply wait because I have already purchased my tickets online. It has saved my behind for a few movies with the kids because as any parent knows, getting out house with kids by a certain time is not fun and is usually traumatic.
What I’m MISSING about home (the USA, Texas, Houston) this month:
- A Basic Grocery Store Bakery. This month Bigg Dogg turned 9 and I had the pleasure of finding a bakery to make his cake. I was quoted €65 on average and had to email my own image to have a simple Pokemon screen print on a basic vanilla sheet cake cake and I questioned the taste outcome because surprisingly, I have not been impressed by the pastries here. Needless to say, after a few tries a found a store bakery to make the cake. I almost had to make the clerk write my order in her own blood because I did not want jelly as a filling for the cake. In my experience, all the cakes have jelly unless specified. The jelly in the cakes freak my kids out and I most definitely am not a fan. I simply miss walking into a grocery store, placing my order and carrying on. For me, this task required several conversations and almost two weeks. It really shouldn’t be this hard.
- Convenient Parking. Parking in Ireland is the worst. It is stressful. The spaces are super tiny. The drivers are beyond impatient. It’s bad enough that you pay for parking EVERYWHERE. But, then to top it off with a bad experience, it’s like a dagger to the heart. It took me 20 min to find a parking spot in a lot about 1/4 the size of a Target parking lot. The parking situation really clouds what should be the start to a joyous occasion…SHOPPING!
Say What Now?:
- The kids pick up phrases all the time and this month, I have heard the Glitter Princess say cheeky (saying something in a rude but cunning way) and loads (a lot) on more than one occasion. These words are officially part of her vocabulary and it is just the cutest.
We have closed the door on June-the weather has been awesome, Portugal was amazing and I can’t wait to meet you here next month or sooner.
Hugs and love,
Is there something you want to know about our experience here in Ireland? Please leave a comment below and I will get back to you.