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9 Reasons Why Kids Will Fall In Love With The Magic Of Ireland

It’s easy to see why this magical island will become your childs first true love. Ireland offers the illusion that just around the next corner there could be a leprechaun, fairy or pot of gold waiting to be discovered. Become mesmorized by all this country naturally offers. Travel, Explore and fall in Love with the Magic of Ireland. xx
RUSH HOUR CAN GET A LITTLE HAIRY
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“Honey, I’m going to be a little late getting home tonight, traffic is a little hairy”

WATERFALLS EVERY WHERE YOU LOOK
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I’m convinced if you look hard enough you will find fairy houses at the Powerscourt Waterfall

CASTLES AROUND EVERY CORNER
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Feast like a king at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park

UNLEASH YOUR INNER VIKING
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From the Viking Museum to Viking Boats your little one will learn how to raid and pillage like the best of them.

DOUBLE DECKER BUSES
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Twice As Fun As a Normal Bus!

SEARCH FOR THE ELUSIVE POT OF GOLD AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW
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Sometimes the end of the rainbow happens to be at the Leprechaun Museum on Jarvis street in Dublin

 THE SHOW MUST GO ON
I would like to tell you that we are cultured and sophisticated attending the theater... but the honest truth is the boys were in soccer pants and t-shirts... no civility for the wild men.

I would like to tell you that we are cultured and sophisticated attending the Gaiety Theater for a performance of River Dance… but the honest truth is the boys were in soccer pants and t-shirts… no civility for the wild men.

TAKE A HIKE
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Running downhill like a mountain goat

GREENER FARM MAZE
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Irish Man Cave At Greener Farm Maze 

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A Perfect Day

It has been said that a picture is worth 1,000 words, so this post will have very few words, and LOTS of pictures.

Last week we had (in my opinion) a perfect day on vacation. Of course it involved all things I love with the people I love!

The day started with an early lunch at The Happy Pear in Graystones, sometimes I think we go to Ireland just so I can eat at their cafe.

After lunch we stopped at the Powerscourt Waterfall. I didn’t know what to expect, as you can see it was STUNNING!!! The boys loved playing in the stream at the bottom of the waterfall and climbing on the rocks

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View of the waterfall from above (this was taken when we were hiking)

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Quinn saying “Ta-Da” I am the king of the waterfall!

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Zoli trying to say no, I am the king, Quinn looking like he is going to push Zoli off to regain his kingdom! Boys will be boys…. right?

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Seamus & Matt having some guy time on the top of a very high rock that mama didn’t want to climb up… once again, boys will be boys

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Still up on the really high rock, I’m trying not to think about them falling or how in the heck they are going to get down. Did I mention it was high!

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At least I thought it was high and sheer… maybe I just worry too much, what do you think? Sheer rock face, raging waterfall behind, slippery rocks, two of the people you love climbing around on there..

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getting ready to leave the waterfall and fueling up for our hike.

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Me and my boys after everyone was safely off all high slippery rocks!

We left the waterfall and for our hike on the Wicklow Way. Have I mentioned how beautiful it is in Wicklow!

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I think we are in the right place!

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Entrance to the trail. I wonder what we will see along the way…

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Let the adventures begin!

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I felt like we were hiking in a magical forest

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Downhill…. you can’t see it in the picture but when the boys got to the bottom of the hill there was a sheep on the path!

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One of the stunning views along the trail. What beautiful weather we had

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I loved the purple and yellow flowers

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last scenery picture, but how perfect is this stone fence

 

notice the dry shoes on the rock in the left, notice the boy on the left, imagine how boy on left could “bump” shoes on left…. into the river and Seamus had to hike back to the car with wet shoes! ick!

 

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A patch of clovers along the side of the trail – I think they must have brought us good luck, since right after we saw them Seamus was walking on a log that stuck out over the edge and the branch cracked, he was able to grab onto another branch! Yikes, what a moment!

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Here is the branch Seamus was walking on right before it cracked/broke!

And that was our beautiful, perfect day.

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A Photo Trip Through Maastricht

A few weeks ago we got to spend some time in the adorable University town of Maastricht Netherlands.

The boys spent some time playing tag (do you see a theme with these blog posts, every town we get to there is a game of tag!) in Vrijthof Square

Hey Kid – You Get Back Here!!

Across the square from our game of tag stood the impressive St. John’s Church – we have seen quite a few churches over the last few weeks, but this one stood out due to its striking red color.

The tower has not always been red, it started out white, then was painted yellow before being painted red in 1984 – do you think the color will be changed again?

At the far end of the square stood the Carnival Statues

I think I’m a little bit in love with this crazy face 🙂

Now that is a fun looking group!

After hanging out with the Carnival Statues for a while we walked toward the University Area, and came across this beautiful Alley Way near a stream and old water wheel. Shea took over the camera for a bit to take some pics of all of us

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After our impromptu photo shoot the boys couldn’t decide which way to go next.

We Could Go This Way…….

OR…. We Could Go That Way!

Traveling & accommodating all our crazy food needs (issues?) including 2 vegetarians, one Gluten Free Corn Free Diet, allergies to all melons, cucumber, walnuts and a semi picky 4-year-old can be challenging/exhausting or maybe just insane!!! For that reason when we find a restaurant that works for all of us, we tend to go back multiple times. In Maastricht we ate at The Loving Hut, a vegetarian restaurant three blocks away from the hotel, for 3 days in a row. By the third night, I started to feel pretty funny about going back! But the people who worked there were so kind and the food was great. One of the waitresses recommended that we drive to Valkenburg, a short little hop, skip and jump away from Maastricht,to hike in the forest there. It was great to get the kids out in the woods for a bit….. of course the first trail we took led us to a casino… not the hike we were looking for! We found a new trail from there and spent a great afternoon exploring the forest

Hey mom, check out this hiking stick…. if I could just get it out of my brothers hands… hmmmm…

It might look like Zoli is holding an ordinary stick, but nope, it is either a wand, a jedi light saber or a giant knife used to cut back bushes and brush along the side of the trail….. so many possibilities!

And we made a new friend along the way….

I’ve named him Gus… but I’m not sure why Matt made me leave my new friend behind. That wasn’t very nice of him!

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Family Holiday in Boulder Colorado

With 300 days of sunshine a year Boulder is a great place to enjoy the holiday spirit. Typically the city is covered in a fresh blanket of snow with clear blue skies and sun shinning down on the city. In the winter, its not hard to stay active with all the fun things to do.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend a winters day  in Boulder:
  • Sledding: on the hill at Scott Carpenter Park (Arapahoe St. & 30th) or Foot Hills Community Park (off of Broadway & Violet in North Boulder)
  • Ice skating: Boulder has two wonderful outdoor ice rinks, complete with christmas music piping from the speakers. The Boulder Ice Rink  is located downtown at One Boulder Plaza, while Winter Skate At Central Plaza is located just east of downtown at the 29th Street Mall. Lace up your skates, dress warm and enjoy some good old fashioned fun!
  • The Playground at Whittier School (Pine and 20th) is  fun playground that just happens to be located in the historic Whittier neighborhood. When school is not in session anyone is welcome to enjoy the playground and large yard here. Whitter Elementary School, now designated as a historic landmark, was built in 1882 and has been the longest continually running school in all of Colorado.
  • Gateway Fun Center  OK, I will admit, this one is not my favorite on the list. I try and stay as far away from any type of “fun center” that I can. However, my boys really enjoy it so…… on occasion we go and spend money to win cheep prizes… yes a kids dream come true who doesn’t need more plastic bracelets or parachute men, right? (note the heavy sarcasm in much of the last few sentences….)  Really, it’s not that bad, the boys love it and it helps feed my secret ski ball addiction!
  • Bowling: The only bowling alley in Boulder is located on the campus of CU Boulder in the Student Untion. CU Bowling Alley The Connection  Located in the basement of the student union it doesn’t have the best ambiance in all of Boulder! However, it has bowling, lane bumpers available on request, and during the day it is almost always mellow.
  • Hiking: You could hike every day in Boulder and always discover something new and different. In the winter months two great hiking locations are the Mt. Sanitas Valley Trail and  the trails at Chautauqua.
  • If time permits, a day trip to Nederland (about 30 miles up the canyon) will take you to The Carousel of Happiness this stunning carousel is truly a work of art and dedication. When you are there make sure to visit the gift shop for handmade wooden toys by local, Grandpa Gene’s Folk Toys (disclosure alert.. he’s my neighor so I might be a little bit biased, but really the quality of his work is top notch!)
  • Pearl St. mall is made for kids, The Boulder Bookstore has a wonderful childrens section, restauarnts accomidate children, and they can climbing on the statues & rocks. The climbing rocks in-front of  Peppercorn were just “re-done” this summer while the animals are further east and located in front of The Walking Company very close to Pearl St.’s only toy store Into The Wind.
  • There is a great little playground at Boulder Day Nursery (located across the street from Illegal Pete’s) although there is a fence around the park, it is a public playground, go ahead and unlatch the gate and come in and play.
  • We have not done this but bmoca is supposed to have a scavenger hunt, and I think there is a kid friendly one, more information can be found here: http://www.boulderdowntown.com/do/bmoca-scavenger-hunt
  • Another one we haven’t done is the Holiday tea at the Boulderado  It looks beautiful, maybe I should give it a try and see what the boys think. Every year the Boulderado has a stunning Christmas tree in the lobby.
  • North Boulder Rec Center has a GREAT pool for little kids, shallow entry, slides, basketball nets all you need for a fun afternoon at the pool.
  • WOW Children’s Museum in Lafayette is a great place to head if it’s too cold to be outside
  • When night falls and you are walking along Pearl St. make sure to look up and find the star of lights that is shinning down from the foothhills.
  • It’s always fun to through leafs and sticks off the bridge near the library into Boulder Creek, fun and free 🙂
  • The best holiday lights in Boulder county are located in Lafayette in the Blue Harron neighborhood. This website will give you a sample of what this house is like. http://www.komar.org/cgi-bin/christmas_webcam For a more traditional lights tour make sure to drive through Boulder’s historic Mapleton Hill District.
When you are ready to come in from the cold, make sure to warm up with some hot cider or hot chocolate. You can’t go wrong at any of these great spots:
Enjoy and Happy Holidays From Beautiful Boulder Colorado
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