This morning we said goodbye to my mama / Emilia & Eduardo's Oma and like always it was a very emotional affair! :( I may currently be only two and 1/2 hours away but I already miss her so much. How cool is it that there are three generations of women in this picture though?! Do you think we look alike? I think we all look like our fathers, ha ha! My mum looks like her daddy (my Opa), I look like my dad and Emilia looks like Jonathan...or so most people say but I actually think that we all have the same eye shape. In fact Emilia's almond eyes have always reminded me of my mum! (From what I write on my blog it sounds like I basically think both my children just look like my parents but that's actually not true...I do see A LOT of Jonathan in them as well!)
We braved the crazy storm that is currently sweeping across Ireland and drove through wind and rain until we finally reached our destination - Dublin! I did grow up in Cork...I've spent most of my life there but I have always loved Dublin. I actually think I like Dublin more than Jonathan does and that has always been the case! Maybe because he grew up here it's not as much of a novelty for him as it is for me. We checked into the Shelbourne Hotel for the first time - we normally stay at the Westbury but it was booked out :( However we were definitely not disappointed! I'm kind of blown away by how kind & accommodating they have been, not only to us but to Emilia & Eduardo as well. If you have children you know how it is...if someone does something nice for you, of course you appreciate it. But if someone does something nice for your child - that brings it to a whole other level of appreciation, am I right?! So you can imagine how I felt when we arrived back in our room after Jonathan's family dinner to find THIS waiting for them. Pink and blue mini slippers with two cuddly teddy bears each wearing a t-shirt embroidered with their names on. Not only that but there is a freaking Winter Wonderland constructed entirely out of gingerbread and sweets downstairs in the lobby including a moving gingerbread train which is transporting marshmallows around the track. If a few houses go missing tomorrow...you'll know I had absolutely nothing to do with it ;)
And if you're in the mood for some vlogmas viewing, check out today's video above! It's a quick little outfit of the day including the kids' outfits and mine from when we recently did some Christmas shopping in Cork. It's also the first day I started to lose my voice (the next day it was completely gone!) so I apologise for how quiet and raspy I sound!