This month we’ve…

I realised this morning as I was sorting through photographs for today’s post that I didn’t update in November with a what This month we’ve, I missed that and I also realised I missed doing it. Although late to the This month we’ve… thing I’ve been doing for late this year it is something I’m going to do each month of next year.

I like looking back through the photographs I’ve taken and seeing in picture form what we’ve been doing, add into that what I remember and it’s a great keepsake and family living far away get to read and hopefully enjoy and not feel like they are missing out on what we’ve been doing. Our family is so big, not only mine but with extended family that I find this is the easiest form of keeping people up to date with our lives and it’s using modern media form to do that.

As I looked back through November I saw that we had a quiet month and what makes this months pictures so so special is that there were of nothing in particular yet captured those ordinary moments and made them extraordinary memories.

Our story of November…

IMG_3641Our dishwasher broke over a year ago and I just didn’t replace it. Either Ian or I wash up with the bigger children drying and putting away. It’s become quite a family time with many great conversations from the dinner table finishing up over the wash up. I hope the children remember the conversations and not the chore in time. I suspect at the moment they see the chore. The little ones often want to come join in and although not really up to the task it’s always a bad thing to discourage participating and doing chores so we hand the tea towels and let them dry cutlery until they feel they are done. They do surprise us with doing all the cutlery between them. I am pleased to see I snapped Dominic in this picture as he escaped my lens last month 🙂


This photograph of Ruairí and the following one of Benjamin was snapped one weekend they were relaxing with a sweet treat. These two younger boys are so photogenic as all young children are and I love that they still love to stand and have their photo taken, something the bigger ones are not so willing to do anymore.



Elizabeth has long since stopped taking naps in the middle of the day but on occasion when really tuckered out she succumbs to the nap fairy and I managed to just snap a photo in time. Sweet and angelic isn’t she? She’s in the wonderful stage when awake of testing patience and where boundaries lie.


This picture makes me smile each time I see it. One lunch time I glanced over to see Evelyn feeding Jasper some of her lunch under the table. Evelyn and Jasper are developing a very special bond and I’ve noticed he takes such care with her even for a puppy. They are going to be firm friends I feel.


While playing late one afternoon Caoimhe and Elizabeth brought all their dolls and soft toys out to the hall and made a mound of them in the hall for Evelyn where she had been sat. She had such fun climbing on them all and looking at them all.

So you see how quite November was, with no major events happening or birthdays just everyday living I think this month’s photos are some of my favourite.

Then of course December dawned and along with it came a flurry of activity like Evelyn’s first birthday.

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A montage of photos from her day wearing her birthday outfit of a very cute Xmas jumper of a reindeer to opening her present and finally getting her hands on her Flora McBunny the first one made and her rainbow stacking bowls.


For her cake I decided she needed to have a Flora McBunny cake. I had been making her a rabbit cake anyway so it seemed the most logical for me to try to make one similar to the teddy. I rather like how it turned out.

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I also made a snap shot montage of my baby over this past year. How quick the time has gone by from those first precious new-born baby pictures to the wonderful little bundle who is before us today, amazing!

The children were also busy preparing for Christmas plays in the run up and costumes had to be sorted and readied for the night of the play. Oh my how wonderful they each were and all shone like little stars. Some perhaps might be future thespians treading the boards of our Gaiety Theatre.

Here are some snaps on the night of their plays, can you guess which little lady kept popping up to have her picture taken 🙂


Dominic and Alan’s class were doing the an alternate story of the Children of Lir and Dominic on the back left was playing the part of Vincent Brown, Alan on the back right was playing the part of St. Finnian, very holy looking isn’t he lol. Caoimhe in centre back was playing the part of the grandmother in her play and Ruairí on the front left and Benjamin on the front right were both doing the nativity with Ruairí playing the part of Joseph and Benjamin being one of the narrators.


Elizabeth photo bombing


A group shot of the bigger 7 children


One of her on her own to perhaps satisfy her need to have her photo taken and stop some photo bombing?


No not a chance, she popped up in the picture of Ian with Evelyn and Ruairí and Benjamin. The smile though says it all, look at me cheeky miss lol


Only on rare occasions do I step out from behind the camera this was one so I suppose I’ll show you but aren’t the boys handsome?

After that is getting ready for Christmas and really we try to keep things as simple as possible and this year I think we managed it perfectly. The whole day was relaxed and calm yes even with 8 children. We took one day as a family to go  do the food shopping and armed with our list with did really well to resist the many things filling the shops deciding instead to only do one weeks shop and pop into the shop after Christmas to pick up the necessary bits. This was far kinder I think as well to our pockets but more on that after the catch up.

As you can imagine Christmas morning arrived and the excitement was wonderful, it is my most favourite day of the year by far. Each got what they asked for and surprises. I got some photos through the morning. I’ve noticed though these are not so clear which is a shame. I think my camera lens needs cleaning and I’ve discovered my camera card is full and rather than delete some off them I’m just going to get a new card and so helping to not loose precious photos.

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I’ve none of Evelyn as I realised just now she was in bed napping and I crashed on the couch in the afternoon with the last few weeks catching up with me so the camera didn’t come out again.

I also managed to take a few photos of some of the decorations, mainly the mantle pieces that’s as far as I got this year.

Do you remember these little mittens from last year ? The ones I filled with a piece of chocolate for each day of December for the children.


Well after filling them with chocolate and each day as they were emptied I hung them up on the kitchen fireplace and I have to say I think it finally finished this fireplace off for me, what do you think ?


In the sitting room of course the stockings were hung with care


So there you have it. What we’ve been up to this past two months.

I always find on New Years Eve to look back on what has been and to think and look forward to what might be.

The possibilities of what might happen is always such a wonderful thought, I am ever the optimist.

I have a few things I want to do for 2014 and I look forward to

  • Keeping things simple in all areas, I don’t think a lot of the trappings that go along with everyday life necessary and so I want to keep things simple where I can. I especially want to keep up every month with a This month we’ve post so look forward to those.
  • I touched on my reading challenges yesterday in this post here if you want to read about them again taking it back to simple.
  • Crafting wise I really want to stick with the designing that seems to have come upon me and I want to turn what is in my ideas notebook into actual designs and written up ones.
  • Now I have one other Challenge and it’s a challenge more than a resolution. I spent many days over the last few weeks pondering over the different things I’ve done this year and of all the wonderful things I’ve done personally this year writing the stories that went along with Flora and Billy McBunny were the most personal to me rewarding. So for this year I challenge myself to write, even if it’s just filling a notebook with scribblings of stories to go with characters I’ve created (this btw is a hint to what is coming this month). I want to see if I can not only do it but improve myself at doing it and perhaps in next years round-up I will be able to tell you about a notebook that sits here on my desk full of wonderful little adventures that my characters have had.

Thank you all for stopping by and reading, liking, commenting this year. I hope to see and hear from you all in 2014 and I want to wish you all a healthy happy new year doing the things you love with the ones you love.

Ruth x

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17 Responses to This month we’ve…

  1. I wish you and your family a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. I adore all the pictures of the children and sharing “this month we’ve”. I think what I love most is the happiness that just shines out from their darling faces. Your picture was lovely….you really look great in red. I’ll try and post later today but yesterday I was in and out and didn’t get home until 5:00 p.m. from vet and then today is grocery shopping which is a trek. Again Happy New Year! What do you do for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? TTYL.

  2. Ylva says:

    Happy New Year and I hope you and all of your family will have a wonderful year ahead! Your children look so happy and adorable 🙂 I especially like the photobombing, so cheeky 😀
    I also love your cake and the little mittens they are so cute.

  3. Linda says:

    Oh Ruth! I loved seeing all the family pictures. You truly do have a lovely family.

    Happy New Year,

  4. Kim says:

    Precious post, Ruth. Your children are just so adorable and they look so happy! I love seeing your life “over there”—remember, I am not a stalker but I so enjoy seeing and hearing about life in places so far away from mine. I will probably never get a chance to travel overseas, so this is the only way I have to expand my horizons! I am sure all your extended family appreciates being able to stay in touch with you all this way. Your Christmas day sounds joyful and relaxing and full of smiles and laughter.

    I read your book post from yesterday and think it sounds great–do what works, is my motto! I love seeing what you are reading so am glad you will still share with us. Can’t wait to see more of your designs too. 🙂 Designing is something I am sure will never happen from me–I would not have a clue where to begin.

    Happy New Year –I wish you a year full of health and happiness!

    PS: That little photobomber is hilarious and adorable!

    • Ruth says:

      Ah thank you Kim and I understand as I love hearing about your life over there also. I too most likely won’t have the opportunity to travel so I like hearing about you life in the US and I did so enjoy hearing about your Christmas and seeing your Grandchildren.
      Yes my photobomber is quite something already lol

  5. Annie says:

    Evelyn and Jasper are super cute together! I love all the personalised stockings. 🙂 Keeping things simple sounds like a fantastic New Year’s resolution, one I am definitely tempted to borrow! Thanks honey. Best wishes for 2014 to you all.

  6. Kepanie says:

    How do you do it all? What a home you’ve created, Ruth. Gorgeous, fabulous skin your Bambinos and Bambinas have. I’m jealous. And Miss Evelyn is big, sniff.

    • Ruth says:

      You know I still don’t know that answer, I guess you just do what you have to do sometimes without ever really knowing and some days my bigger ones only really require me to open the kitchen and feed such is their own independence doing their own thing in the house. I guess there will be more of that as they all grow. Miss Evelyn is getting too big too quick

  7. Faith says:

    Your littlest is a year! My goodness that time has gone fast! It is lovely to look back at photos, the everyday just as special as the occasions. It Sounds like you all had a wonderful Christmas and that you have it sussed! We had a good Christmas, the build up was hectic, but the days following so relaxed, just perfect.

    I like your resolutions….I guess I have a few, but they are hopefully positive and doable not a pressure….my life seems very full, and getting everything done becomes a bit overwhelming which is no good…..time to sort out I think!

    Wishing you, your husbands and your beautiful children a happy and healthy 2014!

  8. Faith says:

    Meant to say earlier and just remembered again….the computer guy we use always says that photo cards are more easily corrupted and photos lost, so if you store pics on them, you should back them up elsewhere, the computers hard drive is a good place, as files less easily damaged, as it would be awful to think they were safe and then lose them….I’m probably saying something you’ve already done, but thought I would say just in case!x

  9. Ginny says:

    I enjoyed meeting you and your family today. 8 beautiful children! Wow, they must really keep you on your toes. I love all the little mittens hung on your fireplace and all the stockings hung in a row. So sweet.

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  11. Renee Anne says:

    Wow you’re busy! I suppose you should be though…eight children running around and all that 🙂

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