Our Favourite Days…

… are probably spent outside to be honest. Maybe by a swimming pool if at all possible.
And would definitely involve the necessity for sunhats, ice cream and Prosecco anytime after eleven. 🙂
But February in Northern Ireland isn’t really conducive to that kind of caper (sigh), so we are spending our weekends finding fun things to do inside instead.
A couple of Saturdays ago it was that great mix of weather where the sky can’t decide quite what it wants to do. One of those days where I ALWAYS regret not wearing a coat with a hood – you know the ones.
So we took a trip to lunch, followed by The Ulster Museum for a wander. Because eating and artefacts pass a rainy Saturday pretty perfectly I reckon.

Some pictures of our day below, if you’d like to see…

I’d thoroughly recommend Cafe Conor on Stranmillis for brunch. We are mostly addicted to their Lasagne with Rosemary and Sea Salt Fries, but the breakfast menu is amazing and is served all day too. Totally going back on a weekly basis for pancakes! 😉

These boys! Love those handsome faces so.

She really needs to stop growing up! I adore the beautiful person she is becoming though, and she is my best friend and biggest ally. I’m so, so thankful for her.

And also for the quirky, charismatic spirit of this one. Annie Isabella you are a little joy!

Makin’ our flutterbys…

… And a bit of dressing up too, just for inspiration you know! (Not sure how the red tutu/tartan mini fitted into the theme but hey, seriously well dressed butterflies in Belfast! 😉 )

I really wanted this mug from the gift shop (I might just go back for it!) We speak our own language over here! 🙂 Loosely translated – ‘how are you today?’

All in all, it was a day very well spent indeed.
It occurs to me more and more these days how our children are becoming such good company, such fun to be around. They always were of course, but the very little years were at times a test of endurance, and day trips would be all about managing tempers and tiredness and jollying along. There’s still a bit of that (Lord help us when the Hanger sets in!) but for the most part we chat and laugh and enjoy the company of them very much indeed.
And that. Those.
They are my favourite days of all.

E x 


  1. February 10, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Oh that looks like such a fun museum and a wonderful lunch too – yummy sounding chips and the lasagne looks delicious. I’m finding that LP is also great company, my favourite person to go on a date with a a lot more fun and less work that previous months and years. I am loving the people my children are becoming and I know I’ve said it before but you guys make a beautiful family x

    • February 10, 2015 / 10:08 pm

      It’s so sweet to see their wee personalities develop, isn’t it? I really do yearn for the baby years sometimes but at the same time I love that we can have a good chat at the tea table and they really make us laugh. I guess every little stage has it’s benefits! 🙂 Your little LP sounds like such a poppet Donna! 🙂 xx

  2. February 10, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    Hi, I found your blog a few weeks back and I love it. My husbands dream is to build his own home and he was really loving looking at yours!

    Anyhow, Just wanted to say it’s nice to read that day trips get a little easier over time. My eldest was always great to take out and about, happy to be in he pushchair or a highchair with some pens, but my youngest is a little more, erm, spirited we’ll say! I loom forward to the days when we can venture out longer than nap time!

    • February 10, 2015 / 10:04 pm

      Thankyou so much Shauna. That’s so lovely of you to say! I totally know what you mean about spirited children. Both our younger two went through real tantrum-y phases. It was like Russian Roulette when we went anywhere! 🙂 As much as I miss the tiny stage at times, I don’t miss that part. How quickly we forget though, eh?! Thankyou so much for getting in touch xx

  3. February 10, 2015 / 9:22 pm

    That lasagne and those chips look AMAZING. Yum. I have just had stir fry and it’s making me hungry again! 😉 Your little people always look so smiley. And I love your hat. It looks like a lovely day out. xx

    • February 10, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      I know Katie. I could totally eat it right this second! I had salmon and veg – it really doesn’t compare!! 😉 xx

  4. February 11, 2015 / 10:35 am

    Oh Emma you are such a fun mommy and looks like you all get out to do alot together. I love it. And your photos are beautiful. Loving all the captures lately! And before of course too.

  5. February 11, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Such gorgeous pictures Emma and looks like you have had so much fun, even in cold and miserable February!
    That lasagne and fries looks amazing! xx

  6. February 11, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Sometimes my heart aches a little bit at how quickly my littles are growing up. And then I read your blog. And it makes me a little bit excited about what we have ahead of us. Thank you lovely Emma.xx

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