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Drowning doesn’t look like drowning

Via Magicmum. photo credit: Tomorrow Never Knows I came across this blogpost. A must read for all parents and anyone who loves the beach, lake or pool. A few points that really struck home with me: Except in rare circumstances, drowning people are physiologically unable to call out for help. Drowning people cannot wave for [...]

He’s leaving on a jet plane

This Saturday my eldest son, aged 11, is heading for a week’s vacation on his ownio. Well ok, not totally alone. He’s holidaying with his auntie, cousins and grandparents, without me, his dad or siblings. Its the longest stretch that we’ve ever been apart. I know he’s going to have a wonderful holiday, be totally [...]

Fun in the sun in Cork

We had good fun at the Street Performance World Championship last year and are hoping to head into Cork en famille to enjoy it again this year. Breakdancers, clowns, jugglers, comedians, dancers, magicans, contortionists, games, face painting. a playground and much much more. There is also an extensive range and variety of food stalls so [...]

Yummy Pizza

Oscar, our 9 year old completed this course last Saturday. He is interested in food and cooking and is able to make himself basics like poached eggs on toast, omelettes, smoothies etc. He loves pizza so the thought of making his own from scratch appealed to him. He arrived home after the course chuffed with [...]

Review of McCools SuperNova Family Entertainment Centre

Excellent, new, clean, big indoor play centre in Ballincollig which caters for kids from 1 to 12 years old. This morning, I headed with the 2 year old and the 4 year old to the recently opened McCools indoor playcentre in Ballincollig. We arrived early, just after 10am but luckily its opening hours are from 10 till 7pm. There were [...]

Swimming in the sea

Last Sunday I went swimming in the sea for the first time in years. It was a gorgeous day here and we were on the nearby beach before midday, I couldn’t resist it. I’m an enthusiastic rather than an accomplished swimmer, I still haven’t mastered putting my face in the water when doing the forward [...]

Review of PlayZone

PlayZone, Clonard Retail Park, Wexford, Ireland Big new indoor playcentre for Under 12s but layout could be better. One of the rainy afternoons in Rosslare last week, we decided to head into Wexford to see what the new indoor play area was like. We brought 4 of the gang with us, ranging in ages from [...]

Fionn’s got a lump

Just 3 months ago, one evening when I was bathing the 2 year old, I noticed an odd bump on his back. I hadn’t noted it before. Its very close to his spine and is very obvious when he moves some of his muscles and not so noticable when you look at his back from another [...]