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Posted by The Galway Girl on 20th February 2015

Dear Mom, Thanks for doing my laundry!

Dear Mom,

As I am sitting here scrubbing an ink stain on my daughter’s pants, I am thinking, I never knew how much you did for me. I didn’t know the time you spent to pick out, clean, iron (when needed), and put away all the beautiful clothes that were hanging in my closet. I never understood how hard you worked for me. Now, I am a mom of 2 beautiful children and I spend countless hours buying them things, doing their laundry, scrubbing the stains in their clothing out… It never ends really. I ALWAYS have laundry.

So, as I stand here pondering how much of my life is spent on just their clothing, I realize I have an AMAZING mom. I am sorry if I didn’t show you enough appreciation for all you did for me all those years that I lived under your roof with my mounds of stinky gym clothes and stained church clothes. I now know the pain staking amount of energy you put into just keeping me clothed! I am so thankful for all the things you did for me growing up and do for me now, but tonight I am thankful to you for doing my laundry. I am also so thankful you taught me how to do my own laundry, so I can take care of my family now.

There I said it, thanks for doing my laundry, mom!!! It only took me 31 years to say that, but hopefully you knew that I appreciated it all along!

Posted by The Galway Girl on 6th August 2014

To all the moms of young children out there.

We all dream of a day where we can just sit back and relax without having to worry about kids, jobs, meals, laundry, and the list goes on and on. But is there really anything better than your babies? Sure we all want to be those “Super-Moms”, you know the one’s who seem to have it all together. They always have a clean house house, they always have ample groceries in the fridge, their children always look like perfect angels, and they seem to have time to spare for working out, manicures, coffee with friends…. Trust me no one is that perfect! As a mom to 2 of the most “perfect angels” a mom could have, I can tell you that if you aren’t one of those “Super-Moms”, you are not alone!

My advice?

1. Have a schedule. One that works for you and your family. When you start the week, know what nights you need a speedy dinner, know when you will be able to get groceries, and know when to throw in the towel and order pizza :-p. Trust me if they miss their steamed veggies and lean meats for one meal it won’t kill them. But seriously planning ahead saves me! I love to cook up hamburger meat, grilled chicken, and anything that I can use during the week for meals in a hurry. I know I am rambling now but one more tip on the planning ahead thing. Pre-wash your fruits and veggies that you use for snacks. Have them ready to go so you can grab them when you are running out the door or need to give the kids something to stop the whining while you are making dinner.

2. Ask for help. This sounds so simple, but in reality that Super Mom Mentality is always in the back of our mind telling us that if we can’t do it all on our own we
are inadequate. But that is NOT true!!! Throw that thought out along with that sippy cup that was buried under toys for too long and now has something really gross growing inside. It’s okay to have someone help you!

3. Have some you time. Time where you can pee alone, sit-down while you eat, and just breathe. Maybe get up early and have a quick work-out or a cup of coffee where you can let all the things of your life go for a little while. Or take a relaxing bath after you get the kids to bed. For me, this is essential and yet often put aside to do laundry or whatever else needs to be done.

“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you “Do not fear, I will help you.” Isaiah 41:14

Posted by The Galway Girl on 8th April 2014

What I’ve Been Up Too…

It’s been so long since I’ve posted, that it’s embarrassing! But for the record I’m the mom to 2 Beautiful, Wild, and Amazing Children now. I hope to start back sharing my recipes, life, and home ideas SOON!!! Just wanted to share a couple quick pictures of my sweet babies!

 

Zoey (Age 3)

Ollie (Age 14 Months)

Posted by The Galway Girl on 21st December 2010

In the spirit of Christmas

Posted by The Galway Girl on 4th January 2010

Why aren’t there anymore ‘Gilmore Girls’?

As a teenager, I watched the ‘Gilmore Girls’ show with my mother every week. It was such a witty, fun and yet wholesome show (Otherwise my mother definitely would not have let me watch!). Anyway it seems that they just don’t make shows like it anymore and it saddens me. But I am sure that there are shows like that from other generations. Perhaps there are people that feel that way about… ‘ I Love Lucy’ or ‘Leave it to Beaver’.

Anyway, I was very sad a few years back when they stopped running them, fortunately they are still on re-runs on ABC Family. And, I own the first six seasons that I can watch anytime I need to get a “fix”. Anyway, just thought I would share my “gilmore girls passion” because there are bound to be some other people out there as crazy about them as I am.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 24th December 2009

Twas the Night before Christmas

Christmas is such a wonderful, magical time of year and this poem brings out a lot childhood memories for me.

“Twas the Night before Christmas” by Clement Clark Moore

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.

His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Posted by The Galway Girl on 19th December 2009

10 Favorite Holiday Treats

Christmas Cookie

I have already begun baking like crazy for all the different Holiday events, but now I am about to make the Christmas “must have” treats for me and my family. What’s on this year’s “must have” list? Well here it goes! I will add all recipes that are not already here, over the next couple of days.

  1. Peanut Butter Cookies
  2. GiGi’s Special Sugar Cookies
  3. Microwave Peanut Brittle
  4. Monster Cookies
  5. Peanut Butter Bonbons
  6. “No-Bake” Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies
  7. Cinnamon Hard Candy
  8. Gingerbread Men
  9. White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
  10. Muddy Buddies
Posted by The Galway Girl on 17th December 2009

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Stockings

Some traditions just can’t be forgotten or left behind. My husband and I decided that we want to carry on special holiday traditions from our families, and pass them on to our “eventual family”.

So this year, we bought our first special Christmas Tree Ornament as a married couple… and yes it was a “First Christmas” ornament. We plan on getting an ornament every year that represents something special that has happened to us that year.

Another tradition, which I know everyone does this, is the Christmas Stocking. But, my husband and I decided to try and make them really fun this year. So it has more fun stuff, not just the regular stuff like new tooth brushes and socks etc.Even our puppy, Daisy, gets a stocking full of toys!

Also, something that my family has done for a long time now is Christmas PJs. Since my husband doesn’t really sleep in pajamas too often he gets Christmas boxers!

I know I have talked about our tradition of the Christmas Countdown before. We won’t start that tradition until we have kids, but it is such a great tradition. You just leave a note in the countdown box everyday in December up to Christmas day and that note has some clues that lead to a “surprise”. It was usually something really small, but I loved hunting for and finding those little surprises as much as opening my presents on Christmas day.

So the important thing in all the traditions is just being together and spending time with the people you love.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 11th December 2009

Polar Express

This is one movie, I just can’t get through Christmas without watching! It has quickly become one of my holiday favorites. Also, a great movie for kids and families.

Here is a little taste! (No pun intended!)

Posted by The Galway Girl on 5th December 2009

Purse Freak… Guilty as Charged

I have never thought of myself as one of those women who have to have all the latest and trendiest “things”. But I have recently become a huge fan of this one brand of purse… red by Marc Ecko. They are beautiful, even somewhat enchanting…. spoken like a true shopaholic. I bought my first one this past spring and I have loved it so much that I haven’t wanted to change purses since. Finally, I gave myself up and decided to attempt to find a new one that is a little more of a winter friendly color. And of course, I ended up getting one the same brand! I just could not help my self, it has the softest leather, and keeps up so nicely. I love it! LOVE IT. L.O.V.E. I.T.

Ever since my first “red” experience I have just been mesmerized by them and so I thought I would share my story, I am sure that are some equally purse crazed women out there like myself. If that is you I say to you “Happy Hunting!”

In case you are curious about this brand, Amazon is a good place to get them… be careful though, you might just get hooked on them!