We’ve just got back from a week in Ireland and a week-long break is what every one of us needed. As soon as we arrived, Hurricane Ophelia was on her way so we did get a little cabin feverish but one amazing thing came out of it and that was to see how devoted Emma is to her older brother. Several times a day, she would call out for her big brother and want to play football with him all day long, if she was given the chance. These were moments that made me heart sing, and I loved being able to catch a few of those moments on camera too.
I don’t often talk about the downsides of being a blended family but one of them is how much she misses James when he’s at his mum’s house. It’s quite rare that we have a whole week where all four of us are together and Emma absolutely loved it; the holiday away from our seaside town bonded us all in ways I didn’t expect. She came back seeming so confident and assured, almost as though she felt that she was surrounded by people who love. Which, of course she absolutely is.
We visited Galway while we were there, a place I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time and I thought it was beautiful. Ireland post-hurricane left the skies pretty stormy but the sea looked beautiful and we all enjoyed standing on the rocks, looking out. We spent the day dodging the rain, but this suited us all as the grown ups to fit in a cheeky Guinness and Emma got to jump in the muddy puddles soon after!