Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Snow Business

Oh goodness me people! Can I start with the cheese? Forget the snow. Cheese. It's all about the cheese. They don't mess around in France! Wow. The food has been sublime - Dr Atkins would be fairly happy... I guess one would have to avoid the baked potatoes and french fries though... Damn that would be rough.

Ski holidays are hard work - even without skiing - all the gear you have to wear, the layers - the multiple layers... It's not easy. Especially after 10 days at home in South Africa where all you really need is a pair of flip flops and some sunglasses and off you go. Trying to make it outdoors with a baby in many many feet of snow with a continual downpouring of snow... Man it's exhausting. But once you get where you're going, it's pure bliss. Gorgeous shops, amazing food (did I mention the cheese???), superb atmosphere. Not to mention we're here with fantastic people and our chalet is perfect.
The little guys - our Mac and Annie and Carter's Jack - have been troupers. We are so intensely lucky.
I highly recommend France. Vive La France. Ski on down!

Thursday, February 5, 2009


Oh man I'm not good at this. Whoops. I enjoy writing but I'm not sure that I always have much to tell and being tedius is not something I aspire to.
So, the big tree is gone (ok I'm lying - it's decaying in our garage) ... but it is gone from our lounge. Since I last wrote, my small and I went to South Africa for 10 days and had a blast. Gorgeous weather and quality grandparent time. Lots of rest for me and I came back revitalised and happy. We've decided to spend another year in Dublin to combat the effects of the global recession and are very content with our decision. As much as I am loathe to admit it, I am happy here. I wasn't, but I am now. People help and we have great people. We have great people on 3 continents. Man are we lucky.
So now it's snowing in Dublin and it is just gorgeous to see. As a Norther Hemisphere novice, this is truly an experience and such a joy. I love watching the flakes fall and coat everything in ambience.
This weather does mean that I'm indoors a lot with Mackie. His newfound mobility combined with his amazing fearlessness meas that this can be challenging for us both. I wish we had a giant empty room with soft floors and padded walls for him to explore.
Anyway, this Saturday we're off to enjoy a week in the French Alps with some of our loveliest newfound Dublin friends (3 Americans and 2 Aussies - but Dublin based). I'm looking forward to some quality time with my boys and our friends and I'm excited to experience a European ski holiday. Another first for me.
At the risk of sounding a little giddy and annoying, I'm a happy, lucky, joyful girl and I'm so in love with my boys - is it Thanksgiving yet? No? Bugger it. I am thankful anyway.