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Reasons To Be Cheerful



  • I know, it's frightening how quickly time is going! I'm not back to work until the day after the kids go back to school so this is literally my last working day of the summer holidays! How quickly the last 8 weeks have gone!

  • Our's aren't back till the 1st so little less then 3 weeks to go. They are back in afternoon school since start of this month so easing them back into it. Middle Elf is starting Junior Infants so big change for them however they'll have their big sibling to keep an eye on them :)

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  • The 26th is very early, DvB! I'm looking forward to them going back but I know I'll also miss having my lunch breaks with them. It'll make me appreciate my parental leave days more!

  • To be fair to the school they always tend to go back the last week in August (though last year was Sept 1st), there is an extra few days off in June this coming year but the school calendar is still just the standard 183 days so they're not doing anything extra.

    That first day back is always a half day, suspect the Friday will be a short day too. Suspect I'll miss having them around myself on the days I'll be WFH, like yourself I enjoyed going down & having lunch with them.

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens

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  • My littlest is back on the 26th too. The teens aren't back until the 1st and 3rd. Will be back to organising lunch boxes and uniform (only the 1 these days thankfully) and school drop before work.

  • Con'grat tscul32 on the new arrival to the house :)

    Just about turn laptop off and get out for some fresh air. Have a great weekend folks.

  • Aaaaaaah, congratulations! 🐶 Will need photos. 😁

    YES, lots of places do dog stockings and decorations. Penneys do festive pet accessories, and Brown Thomas do lovely Christmas stockings and doggie baubles. 🙂

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  • Awh puppy!! My local pet shop stocks Pawsecco at Christmas, always amuses me whenever I see it. I usually try and get venison flavoured treats for my lady, and she has a reindeer plushie that will be taken out of storage in December 😄

  • Ah that’s amazing news. I’m thrilled for ye. Getting a dog is the best thing ever.

    Getting a second one however wasn’t the best idea 😬😬

  • A Goldie!!! He's (or she) gorgeous loughc. My family show goldies so they're a popular woofer in our part of the world. Fabliss.

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens

  • Tscul, that puppy is adorable. Best of luck with him.

    "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year" - Charles Dickens

  • Thanks LoughC. That's what I was thinking of doing, just wanted to be sure it was ok (and your doggie is soo gorgeous).The kids have had stupid grins since we told them. Although I think the OH is even more excited. He's been watching collie videos all evening.

  • Can't resist the super cute puppies! I have a soft spot for collies, grew up with them on the farm, and goldies are just adorable. Best of luck, hope he/she settles in well with ye!

    Blanket and towel on the lap is how I brought my lady home too.

  • Congratulations on the new puppy tscul, he is adorable. Brilliant picture of him.

    Might try and convince the wife to take a drive down that road to Dogstrust myself but we will head accross the road to the M50 Christmas shop. Want to get a decoration to put on the wall on the front of the house and a slim light up tree to put in the hall instead of a lamp.

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  • I brought my dog home on a blanket, but she was belted in- I got a car harness on the day I adopted her because it's dangerous not having them strapped in, especially if they decide they want to explore the car or try and escape. 😂

    You can get ones like the below, and you can attach a lead to it too. They are invaluable for days out in the car! 😊

  • Don’t know a lot about dogs so not much help on that front however they are super cute. Best of luck, let us know how it goes.

  • Cute puppies alert 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

    we have a little clip in harness and it attaches to his harness and clips into the seatbelt 👍

    keep the photos coming 🥰🥰

  • I can feel it starting to creep in as well.

    It's getting very close to the wife saying for me to put the heating on in the evening for an hour or two just to take the chill out of the house 😊

  • Wore a fleece around the house yesterday, a light one mind however has been solid t-shirt and shorts only for the last few months.

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  • Christmas vibes must be radiating off you 😂