Dublin Diaries – March 2018

Dublin Diaries - March 2018. March is supposed to let the spring weather start to sprinkle us with a little warm weather and peek into summer. Well, March 2018 was not having it. Instead, Dublin had super cold weather and exciting snow storms.

Dublin Diaries - March 2018. March is supposed to let the spring weather start to sprinkle us with a little warm weather and peek into summer. Well, March 2018 was not having it. Instead, Dublin had super cold weather and exciting snow storms.

March is supposed to let the spring weather start to sprinkle us with a little warm weather and peek into summer. Well, March was not having it. Instead, Dublin had super cold weather and exciting snow storms. The kids have two weeks off for Easter Break and with their mom being allergic to cold weather, it’s an interesting start to the break to say the least.

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March’s Highlights:

  • Storm Emma aka The Beast from the East. We experienced a full on snow storm. The country was shut down for three days. It was crazy. Although, I am not a fan of cold weather, I will say being a Texas girl, experiencing “real” snow was pretty cool. To see Dublin covered in white was magical. The Glitter Princess was a little disturbed that the snow fell in March and not December when Santa comes 😳. The kids went sledding and had a few snowball fights. I cooked and baked any and everything. We had too much hot chocolate and tea. I did get a bit concerned by about day four because the food supply was running low and the grocery stores were absolutely empty. It was scary how empty they were. I did start rationing the food at home but we survived.

  • St. Patrick’s Day. After the weird experience of last year’s official St. Patrick’s Day parade (late post coming soon) coupled with the husband having to work this year, we decided to see a smaller local parade. We ended up escaping the crowds and long wait but not the cold weather. It was miserably cold. Now, I know I complain voice my opinion about the cold weather all over this blog, but today was ridiculous. We actually experienced rain, snow and sun in the time span of one hour. And did I mention we were not only watching the parade but ended up participating with Big Dogg’s baseball team? The kids had fun on top of fun and for that, I found a way to survive the cold weather. (Just so you know, it took about 2 good hours after arriving home to finally thaw out!).
  • Rugby Tournament in Limerick. The Bigg Dogg played in his first official rugby travel match (tournament) this month. The tournament was in Limerick so we had the opportunity to make a mini holiday out of the event. We froze our behinds off and it rained of course but it was a great experience to play in what is called, “Rugby Country”.

What I’m LOVIN’ about Dublin this month:

  • Night Run. This month I participated in a 5K Night Run on the beach. It has been a while since I have participated in an organized run. And I’ve always wanted to participate in a night run and doing it on the beach with a group of mom friends was the icing on the cake. Dublin takes their running very seriously and I was pleased to take part. Next up will definitely be a family run because the kids have caught the running bug.

  • Howth. A close friend of mine came to visit for a weekend this month and we did not let a day of beautiful weather go to waste. We took the train to Howth and took a hike up the cliffs and saw gorgeous views of the Dublin Bay and ended with lunch in the village. It still amazes me how easy it is to be so active in this country.

  • Cliffs of Moher. Let me type that again for emphasis, THE CLIFFS OF MOHER. This landscape might actually be the most beautiful scenery I have seen in my life (And don’t forget, I’m a middle aged woman now! 👈🏾 I can’t believe I actually typed that out.) I will say it over and over, I am not a nature chick. But, Ireland is is surely making me one so that line might now work anymore. I honestly can’t put it into words (and I really dislike when people say that). We took a boat tour and then walked the cliffs (about 36 stories tall) and were in complete awe and did I mention that I am afraid of heights? Yeah, that part. But, truly a sight to see and apparently Hollywood thinks so too because, Princess Bride, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Leap Year all have scenes filmed at the Cliffs of Moher. Another item scratched off the Ireland Bucket List and a must do if you have the time when visiting. 

What I’m MISSING about home (the USA, Texas, Houston) this month:

  • Friends and family. We had two sets of proper visitors this month and their visits were so refreshing and bittersweet at the same time. Because once they departed, we missed them so much. The conversations, the laughs, the stories, the connections, they all felt so good and truly revived our spirits and gave us the energy to keep going a few more months until our next set of visitors grace us with their presence.
  • Food. The spirit of homesickness is real and it is lingering around like a dead skunk. We just can’t seem to shake it and this month its food. We miss the convenience and variety of food options at home. We’re foodies and we love to cook at the same time but just having the option of great food is lacking here for us and when you are tired and don’t exactly feel like cooking but don’t have any options…IT. WILL. BREAK. YOUR .SPIRIT. Can you imagine? Well, don’t because it hurts.

Say What Now?:

  • The winner of the Night Run received a hamper as a prize. I have seen this word used over and over and finally received confirmation that hamper means gift basket.
  • As much as it rains here, the Irish do not wear wellies (rainboots). I hardly ever see them. I was embarrassed to even wear mine in the beginning. Now, surprisingly, when it snowed it was like wellie country. They were everywhere. I didn’t even know that many wellies existed. The tournament in Limerick was super muddy but guess who didn’t get the wellie memo? Well, I guarantee you that mistake won’t be made again. I keep my wellies at the front door. Ireland has had me looking like a fool one too many times.

What I’m Reading This Month:

Harry Potter-Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

 

 

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

 

 

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

 

 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

 

Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider

 

 

Happy Pretty Messy by Natalie Wise

 

 

 

Hugs and love,

Dee Dee

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Dee Dee Wheaton

Dee Dee Wheaton is the editor and main contributor of her family’s blog, The Wheaton Takeover. She writes and edits her posts listening to hip hop and r&b while sipping hot tea. Dee Dee and her family have temporarily relocated to Dublin, Ireland from Houston, Texas. They are traveling the world, learning and experiencing new things everyday and loving life one day at a time. Through their blog, they share their worldwide excursions, experiences living as American expats in Ireland, lessons learned along the way and glimpses into their crazy life.

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