We arrived back from Cork today. We were sad to leave as we cannot say in what way we will be returning as the New Year chimes. Oisin finds the car uncomfortable. That said, the journey back to the loving home of his grandparents was much more tolerable for him than the tough journey we had down to Cork. We were singing Christmas carols as we pulled into the farm, little Cilly fresh from his nap was giving it loads on “Jingle Bells.”
I don’t think a day went by in Cork when Cilly didn’t bash out a tune on his musical instruments, be it Jingle bells on the xylophone, shaking his bells to twinkle twinkle. or blowing into his tin whistle with all his might!
Cork was an enjoyable family time, with the usual mixture of emotions. We had our therapeutic inputs from Raphaela (Sesame therapy) and Miriam, my Kundalini Yoga teacher, helping me and encouraging me to stay grounded. The boys responded well to the “animal” bag that Raphaela brought again. They enjoyed hearing her story that was themed around Oisin’s beloved cars and Cilly’s beloved horses. Cilly seems to find many ways of expressing himself through the medium of drama, so I know this work will help as he is trying to make sense of his confusing, fragile world right now. My heart breaks for him.
We had the usual mum friends (the same ladies who beautifully decorated our home) over for a pre-christmas party. The kids got along really well as usual and got a great kick out of the Oisin castle. Loved the story of mum v elf at one of the Santa experiences – go mum!!
Oh and guess what, once again we met Santa. Now how many are we up to. 11? He came to a University College Cork Christmas party and Barry got to catch up with some work friends. Me too, earlier in the day. Great to see a few of you in the usual coffee hide out! I didn’t get to see my friends and colleagues in Blackrock Hall. I thought of you so much and wish you all a very peaceful Christmas.
We had a beautiful, blustery, misty day at Garretstown beach in Kinsale. We met our friends and warmed up with a tasty brunch in the beach cafe. What a fab and homely place! The day was on a good footing from the outset because Oisin knew he was going to Calvin’s house for dinner that same evening. Oisin had a fun time creating more moments with his best buddy and it made for a very relaxing evening.
So all in all we have built yet more memories as the time marches on towards Christmas. We met Barry’s brother (Niall) and sister in-law (Izzy) this evening. Their little boy Tom was delighted to be over to check out all of the toys and despite a day of travel, their youngest little chap, Teddy, smiled away in daddy’s lap after our dinner together.