Our humble abode whilst staying in New-Market-On-Fergus. It was a super cute working farm. We stayed in this quaint cottage in the back. We were surrounded by horses and cattle. Gwenyth loved it!
She would climb the fence to watch the cows.
We had stopped at the farmers market in Cork and pick up the worlds smallest eggs! Quail eggs. They were too cute!
This is Bunraddy, a working castle that shows what it might have been like in mid-evil times, to run a castle.
Some more street shots, this was in Cork. the shopping there was unreal! I have never in my life seen so many clothing shops in one area!
On our way back to NMOF we stopped at another castle, this one has been converted into a hotel, it was too fun to see!
An finally the second highlight of the trip, the Arann Islands and the Cliffs of Moher! We took a boat ride out to one of the Arann Islands and got to spend the day there. It was one of the hottest days we encountered while in Ireland, I think it was around 81! We were all over dressed and sweating! But as you can see, the island was to die for! This is Inis Oirr Island.
There were hundreds of Jelly-fish on the way there and in the dock.
The dolphins decided to entertain us for a few minutes while we unloaded.
The strangest part of Ireland is that the drinking age is 16, so our waiters looked like babies!! And, kids are more then welcome to dine at the bar. In fact every bar we went to had a highchair for Gwen and toys!! They love children!!!! So of course we had to get a picture of Gwenyth at the bar ordering a drink.
Seriously though, Inis Oirr is the prettiest place I have ever seen!
In Ireland they are trying to bring back the Gaelic language, so there is this program that the kids can do where they live on one of the Arann Islands for the summer and speak only Gaelic. On some of the islands the locals only speak Gaelic. It was interesting to learn. So these ladies were here for that reason.
And go ahead and enjoy the dreamy scenery!!
This was one of the old ruins on the island, and you can climb up and see the whole thing.
Some thatcher roofs.
An old shipwreck.
After the island we took our boat to the Cliffs of Moher. It was super cool. There were thousands and thousands of birds flying everywhere! I am shocked that none of us got pooped on!
Molly spotted a puffin!! She was thrilled! That was her trip highlight!
Gwenyth wanted in on the action.
Ya, those are all birds!!
That was by far one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
This is back at our cottage. This horse gave birth while we were there! it was cool to see her pregnant one day then a baby colt the next!
Dean taught Gwen a trick, she loved getting towed around on this thing! She giggled so hard!
Overall Ireland was dreamy! We had an amazing time!! Thanks Mom, for taking us!! We love you!
This girl is an adventurer! She had to go down without mommy’s help, she is so big! #14monthold #gwenythadelaide
Our next place to stay was Kilamacthomas, which was right outside Waterford. We spent one day there and we got to see where Waterford Crystal was made! It was kinda cool, because when we worked in Grand Cayman our Cariloha store used to be a Waterford Crystal store and everyone would always come in and ask us where they had moved. Now we know all about Waterford Crystal!!
This is a clock that is plated in crystal.
This is the biggest Goblet that they have ever made!
They showed us the process of how they made the crystal. These are all the molds they used, they are only good for about 14 times, and then they are thrown out.
Here is a bear head one, with the glass in it.
Jordan decided he needed the lift to take the stroller about 3 stairs up. Classic Jordan. It took 3 times as long for the kid to get it all setup.
This is the first step of the glass blowing process, they take a chunk of crystal that is heated in the the oven (the bright orange thing behind the guy) and he brings it out here and molds the edges to make them round.
The crystal is attached to the end of a pipe, and the guys literally blow into them to make the crystal grow! It was really sooo cool to see. Then the thing he is placing the crystal into is one of the molds that you saw earlier.
This was a replica of the college football trophy for the winners of 2013. I can’t remember who it was, but they said that the team broke it and they had to make a replacement. (I could be totally wrong about that story, Jordan will have to read this and tell me if I was remembering right)
After the crystal has been formed into the thing it will be, they then mark it to be designed/etched later. So this guys job is to literally mark every glass…that is it.
Then the next guy does the shaving.
We asked him if he had ever cut himself, and he immediately put his hand right on the cutter!! It is like a sand polisher!!! So it is soft and won’t cut him, it is crazy how easily it marks the crystal.
Here are some of the final products. They would take a long time to make! Jordan got to touch the trophy for the NFL 2014 Champions!! it is that big blue and silver thing that Brayden is looking at. (shhh, don’t tell anyone that Jordan touched the trophy, our guide could lose his job!)
This last piece was done in memory of 9-11. It was pretty cool.
We went to a preserved castle. It was underground to keep it in mint condition. It was pretty sweet to see, and learn about how castles were run.
Then we Just walked the streets of Waterford.
Of course, the door!
This was a funny little clock, as Jordan and I walked through Waterford we saw this clock and Jordan wanted to walk to it, the whole time we are thinking it is far away and it will be a big building when we get there….Turns out it is a tiny clock on the waterfront. We had a good laugh about that, hence the picture to remember.
Some of the original stone wall that surrounded the city.
The streets were just so quaint and dreamy. I loved every city we went to!
and you guessed it! More DOORS!!!
These were some statues in Waterford Square.
Back at our house in Kilamacthomas, we had cows right in our backyard, I was in the kitchen while taking this picture. Aunt Molly and Uncle Brent took Gwenyth out to see the cows, she seriously loves seeing animals!! This was a dream for her.
One of the days we went and explored the coast. We drove to a few different beaches and found some treasures. This was a dead jellyfish, it was massive!
Gwenyth loved the ocean! She wanted to get down and play, but it was way too cold and windy at this beach.
Brayden and Ashley found these seashells with holes and next thing we know they are coming at us making crazy noises!! Weirdos! hahahha
Gwenyth’s other favorite pastime, the park! Jordan and I joke all the time that we are Jake and Missy, we know where all the cool parks are and they are just built into our day!
Another cow on the edge.
The weather got warmer and we let Gwen explore the beach herself, she proceeded to pick up rocks then rub them on the back of her head and dropped them…most ending up in her shirt and diaper. Such a silly goose!
A thatched roof! We saw a lot of these and they were supper cool!
This was main street in Kilamacthomas.
And the dreamy arches we drove under every night on our way home.
Our last day in Kilamacthomas we drove through Cork to our next location New-Fergus-On-Market. This is a shot from the parking garage in Cork. It was the largest shopping area I have ever seen! If I didn’t have Jordan and Gwenyth, I could have spent days going into every shop!
We went to the Farmer’s Market and I loved it! So many fun things to buy and eat!
Jordan and I had a good laugh over this sign. It must be true, because the plate was empty!
These were also quite funny. Meat sticks!
There was a guy painting a large scale picture on one of the streets in Cork. I was amazed at how it looked so clean for how many people had stepped on it!!
These signs were on the motorway, and they would count down to the exit. 3…2…1…EXIT. It was helpful!
Onto our final location and our final days!
We left Dublin and took the train up to Belfast. It was about 2 hours long, and only made a few stops on the way. It was such a pretty ride along the seashore. Gwen did great on the ride, she was a busy body the whole time, but everyone took a turn to entertain her and made it easier for Jordan and I. She loved walking through all the cars and waving at everyone! She is too cute!
I mean look at that face!
Gwen was cleaning her legs and shoes off on the ride. She is at the age where she does everything I do! It is so cute to watch.
Nana and Gwenyth.
Shea was tuckered out!
This is our hotel in Belfast, it was actually pretty cool, design wise! We had a bar right next to our window, and lucky us they closed at 3am! That plus a baby right next to us really led to some great nights of sleep!
This little weasel got into our Digestives (a delicious cookie they had in Europe!! This particular batch was Double chocolate chip! Chocolate cookie with chocolate chips in them, then dipped in chocolate! Yum!!!)
It is hard to tell, but there was chocolate everywhere!, little fingers and crumbs all over!
Some really pretty buildings in downtown Belfast.
This sign was the best, fouling!! hahahha
Daddy teasing Gwenyth, she seriously loves it!! So if you ever wonder who she learned it from the culprit is Daddy!
Lunch in Belfast with the crew.
Terrible picture, but this was Adelaide Street, so naturally we had to get a picture! Gwenyth was thrilled about it.
And my weakness again, another door.
We went to the Titanic Museum, and our luck they were closed. Apparently they were filming a Sci-Fi film based on Halo, and would be open the following day to the public. So, we missed out on that, but it looked really cool! Oh, and Belfast is where the Titanic was built and dry-docked before it set sail to England then America.
Gwen was planking!
Gosh my family is good looking!! I love them so much!!
So I had to take a picture of this, It was all over Ireland in pictures for sale and such. It is just a machine that loads and unloads the ships. But it did look pretty cool.
This building was probably Nicholas’ highlight of the entire trip, it is the studio where Game Of Thrones is filmed. We talked to some people who worked on the set.
This is a lady making a sword for one of the upcoming episodes!
And a prop for one of the castles!
The second day in Belfast we rented cars to drive up to Doolin and see the Giants Causeway.
Just a sample of some of the roads we were driving on.
This is us coming up to Antrim, the city where the Giants Causeway is! This was one of the things I was dying to do!!! Bucket List checked off.
"Around 50 to 60 million years ago, during the Paleogene Period, Antrim was subject to intense volcanic activity, when highly fluid molten basalt intruded through chalk beds to form an extensive lava plateau. As the lava cooled, contraction occurred. Horizontal contraction fractured in a similar way to drying mud, with the cracks propagating down as the mass cooled, leaving pillarlike structures, which are also fractured horizontally into “biscuits”. In many cases the horizontal fracture has resulted in a bottom face that is convex while the upper face of the lower segment is concave, producing what are called “ball and socket” joints. The size of the columns is primarily determined by the speed at which lava from a volcanic eruption cools. The rocks are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides.”
That is the Wikipedia explanation of how the rocks were formed. I thought it was be better expained from that.
This is Brayden and Ashley photo-bombing some of our photos. Jordan will be found in 99% of their photos, so I thought it only fair they were in one of ours.
Ok, are those not the coolest thing you have ever seen?!? I was in heaven!
Gwen loved climbing all the stones and playing in the puddles that were on top.
The whole crew at the tallest part of the Causeway.
This is the Giants shoe that was left behind.
These were called the Organ pipes. and they were sooooo tall! We hiked to the top of the mountain next to the Giants Causeway, we walked up a lot of steeps! It was a sweet view from the top. And there was a cow pasture right at the edge! We saw that a lot of the time, it was tripy, I wonder how many cows have fallen off?
The crew again at the top.
The Causeway from above.
The cliff next to the cows!
We stopped at a bridge on our way home and got to cross it to an island where the locals fish. Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Antrim, Northern Ireland. It was super cool to see, there were dolphins swimming in the cove below and tons of birds that would dive underwater!
Jordan, Nicholas and Jacob being Leprechauns.
It was seriously gorgeous! I was in love with how green it was! The pictures don’t do it justice!
We also stopped at a castle, and Jordan tried to storm the gates.
Day 9 We went back to Dublin to get our rental cars for the remainder of the trip. We were headed to Waterford County where our next house was. We stopped in a town called Glendalough where there was a monastery that was hundreds of thousands of years old. It was pretty cool!
Can you spy Jordan being a creeper?
It was right by Glendalough Lake and was beautiful! My lovely family yet again!
Seriously she is sooo cute! I love that baby girl of mine.
And this was the entrance to the monastery, it was so quiet and green!!
Thanks Molly for making us go here!!!
Before you begin, I want to warn you that it will be way more text than I usually do! I wanted to really document for our family and future reference.
This was our little lady’s first plane ride! I was really worried that she might not do so well, but we were pleasantly surprised. She was an angel compared to some of the other children on board. This is before our inaugural flight to NYC. It was very early, we had to be at the airport at 6:30am.
Now this is as we were loading on the plane. I made the mistake of giving her Benadryl before we boarded the plane, and by the time we actually got on the plane she was wired! So memo to self: give Benadryl after take off.
She slept for about 20 minutes of the 5 hour flight, but she did really well.
Our past time at the airport was a lot of this…
She seriously loved it! She would run down the ramp, and then turn around and run against the grain! It was the cutest.
She loved watching the planes and the people load and unload.
The second flight from JFK to Dublin was dreamy! There was open space on the flight and we ended up getting the middle row with 3 seats! Gwen slept the whole 7 hours! I gave her the Benadryl after we took off and she was exhausted so the two mixed together made a dreamy 7 hour flight for us. The other baby across the isle from us didn’t have such a great time. I am pretty sure he cried about 5.5 of the 7 hour flight. It was awful and made it impossible for me to sleep! I am just glad it wasn’t Gwenyth having a horrible flight.
An entire day later and we arrived in Dublin at 8am Friday morning! We took a taxi to the flat we would be staying at for the next 4 days.
Some of the scenery on the way to the flat.
When we got there is was nap time for Jordan and I, and pretty much everyone else. after a cat nap we decided to go out for a stroll in the park that happened to be in our backyard! This is Blackhorse Road and the Hole in the Wall Pub that we stayed next to.
Phoenix Park was the name and it was seriously the biggest park I have ever been to! It was also incredibly green and dreamy! I couldn’t believe it. This is the entrance.
Most confusing sign ever…Don’t don’t put dog waste in this trash. I don’t know how I could make it anymore clear.
A statue in the middle of the park where the president of Ireland lives and also the US Ambassador.
It is so old and charming! I love it!
This was a large cross that represented where Pope John spoke to hundreds of thousands of peeps! So that is what this was for.
Of course I didn’t have my creeper lens when I needed it, but that is a pack of deer in the park just chillin.
This is the Hole in the Wall Pub that we ate at our first night. It was tasty!
DAY 3: DOWNTOWN DUBLIN
We went to Trinity College to see the Book of Kels. The campus was beutiful.
We got there at 9am, when the Book of Kels opened…and this was the line! I felt like we were at Disneyland.
We weren’t allowed to photograph the book itself, but the library at the end was to die for! this is a spiral staircase that leads to the second floor, and look at those books!!
It was sooo gorgeous! I want my library to look like this.
Some of the other buildings on the Trinity campus. It was so fun to see the old buildings!
You know you are in the old world when you see them re-cobbling the streets! I thought it was super cool to see how they do it. We decided it would take a really long time!
This was Graffton Street in downtown Dublin, it was the big shopping street. This guy had his little booth setup to “Leprechaun Yourself” it was pretty funny. This is just some random lady, we didn’t pay him to do it, so I just snapped a shot.
The street signs were all on the buildings, sometimes they weren’t there at all which made finding streets a little more challenging.
This was a legit store that sold doorknobs and knockers for your doors!
I just realized I had a ton more pictures of Gwenyth with her cast on, and I had to post them for the memories!
This one was one she took on her own while they were putting her hard cast on. She was not happy about them holding her down, but once it was secure we were good to go.
Look at that face! Seriously, I melt.
We had a mini Easter Egg hunt in Josie and Michelle’s backyard. Poor Gwenyth was trying so hard to pick up eggs with her cast hand! I was dying laughing, it was the cutest thing, she is one determined little lady.
All the ladies, minus Wellington, he was hunting for the last eggs!
In the doctor’s office waiting to get the cast off.
Once they got it off, she loved playing with it!
Gwen is getting really adventurous, she is climbing into everything!
She was extremely proud of herself for climbing in the blanket basket.
We have a stuffed animal lover, she seriously finds them wherever we go! She is carrying 3 animals here.
And one here!
Look at this cutie! I was getting dressed and I come back out to find her reading a book to herself on the floor! I loved it.
I helped nanny one day and she was having a surprise party, I was in charge of getting 100 glow in the dark toys, 24 balloons, 3 banners, 7 balls, and 26 pizzas! My car was packed to the gills. It was a pretty impressive day of tetris!
And last but not least, this is officially Gwenyth’s first selfie! She got my phone turned it to camera and took some sweet shots! There are like 20 of this on my phone, she just held down the button! ahahhahahaha I love this girl of mine!!
Our first baby turned One!! I can’t believe it came and went so fast! We had a “Gold Dot” party for her and let me tell you, it turned out amazing! We had some great weather for our OUTDOOR party-(pouring rain freezing cold and no sunshine) Gwenyth loved every minute of it, she was smiling from ear to ear-(minus the time where she was bawling the whole time because I made the mistake of doing it during her nap time so that everyone else could come) Let’s just say, it will be a party to remember!
Here are some shots of the party, what little ones I did take! I was too busy worrying about everything else! I learned that next year, we will have it indoors and I will relax and not worry about people coming. The tassels I made.
The delicious Lemon Blueberry Cake!
Our yogurt buffet, it was delicious as well!
Grandma Ber with Gwen, and Grandma Judy and Aunt Tandi in the background!