10 Things That Make Me Happy

I was tagged by the lovely Kirsty of Winnettes blog in the 10 Things That Make Me Happy tag. You can read Kirtsy’s post over on her blog. I’ve been so busy settling into a new life that I nearly forgot to take part. But I am finally getting around to it and here is my post.

  1. My Son

Although he drives me insane at times with tantrums tears and indecisions (I want it, I don’t want it, I want it), I love him dearly and can’t imagine my life without him now. He is at a great age and we are thoroughly enjoying watching him grow and develop. There are times he is an absolute angel and will kiss us and say “I love you”, and other times we’d like a refund. But he makes me so happy at times.

  1. My Husband

We have been together 17 years and married for 7 of those, and he makes me incredibly happy. We’ve been on some amazing adventures and they continue and he works so hard to provide us all with an incredible life that I couldn’t do a post like this without mentioning and thanking him. I just hope we are as happy in 17 more years together!

  1. our Dog

The BattleDog, the black beast. He has been our only dog for almost a year after we lost BattleDog #1 but we wouldn’t be without him in our lives. So much so there was no question about not bringing him with us to Portugal. He is a caring and fiercely loyal dog who would protect us with his life. He is so good and obedient and is a dream to walk and play with. I hope he is with us for many years to come.

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Picture captured by Donna of Sweet Whimsy Photography
  1. Beaches

I have to admit I used to hate the idea of the beach. Maybe it was because we lived far enough away from them that to appreciate your time at one, it meant an hour’s trek in the car and spending all day there to make the most of it. Well, since moving to Portugal we have several beaches within a ten minutes’ drive from us. And boy are they incredible. Clean water, white warm sand that stretches for miles and the sun to go with it. They are quite a bit different from the beaches of Wales or Ireland I can tell you and I’m loving every minute we spend on one.

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Kicking sand at Manta Rota
  1. Travelling

BattleDad and I have always enjoyed travelling and when BattleKid came along, we knew having a baby in tow wasn’t going to stop us. From his first ferry trip home to Ireland at 4 months old, to New York at two and a half, he is well travelled. We have a big USA road trip coming up in less than two months, with other holidays planned for later in the year. And we are already talking about possible destinations for next year. Travelling is in our blood and it is something that makes me very happy. New places, new people, new cultures, all ready to discover and just a plane ride away. What’s not to love?

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BattleKid at the World Trade Centre Memorial.
  1. Food

I love food and it makes me very happy. My Dad is a retired chef so food has always been a big feature on our lives, especially dinners. Whether it is a quick dinner or full on 3 course meals, we’ve always sat down as a family to eat our dinner together and it continues in the Battle Household. And since moving to Portugal two months ago I’m enjoying food even more. Eating out is quite cheap and the quality of food we’ve received so far has been outstanding. Sometimes a nice meal is all I need to put a smile back on my face.

  1. Shopping

Now when I say shopping I don’t mean the food type. I mean the retail therapy type. There is nothing nicer than a few hours to yourself, browsing the shops for a bargain or discovering a fabulous dress or top in a shop you haven’t been into for ages. I’ve been loving clothes shopping since moving to Portugal as I can now buy summer clothes with no worries as to whether I am going to get the weather to wear them. It’s guaranteed. My whole wardrobe has taken on a much different look and I’m really happy about that.

  1. Writing

I could not have ignored writing when doing this post as my blog depends on it. And the blog wouldn’t exist if I didn’t enjoy writing. I used to write 18 A4 pages, back and front, essays for English when studying for my Leaving Certificate (Irish equivalent of A-Levels). My English teacher would dread setting essays for homework for the weekends as she knew what was coming with me. But she read every one of them and when I was leaving school she gave me card which said, “what am I going to do on a Sunday evening without your essays to read and mark”. I bet she enjoyed them more after I left, haha.

  1. Films

I love movies. BattleDad and I were regular cinema goers before BattleKid came along and always enjoyed the latest new films to be released. With no babysitters near us, we’ve had to rely on waiting for films to be released on DVD to watch new ones but still enjoy discovering old films to watch which we might have missed before on the likes of Netflix. Snuggling up on the sofa, with popcorn, chocolate and a drink is my ideal Saturday night.

  1. Music

If there is one thing I could not live without it would be music. I love music. I like a wide genre of music but in particular I love dance and trance music. Not your most common choice but there are so many songs from the late 90’s and early 00’s that hold special memories with them. Things like Komodo by Mauro Picotto, 10 in 01 by Members of Mayday, In and Out of Love by Armin van Buuren and No Good Start the Dance by The Prodigy, the song that started it all for me. If I’m feeling a bit down or in a ‘meh’ mood, putting on my favourite playlist on Spotify which features these and many more is sure to perk me up and lighten my mood.

So, there you have it, 10 Things That Make Me Happy. I hope you enjoyed reading this and finding out maybe one other thing you didn’t know about me. Now I’d like to tag the following bloggers to take part:

Ruth from Its Just a Phase

Lisa from Bad Mummy

Nicola from Lady Nicci

Muuka from Another Drop of Ink

Laura from The Mamma Fairy

Louise from Tattooed Lady with a Baby

Eimear from Chirps From a Little Red Hen

Lyra from This is Where I Blog

Clare from Mumsy Midwife

Fern from Mum Conventional

10 things that make me happy

The #LittleOne Tag – Life According to a 3 Year Old

I was recently tagged by Lauren from Sophie’s Nursery to take part in the #LittleOne tag. It’s a set of questions where you imagine how your little human would answer.

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Without further ado let’s begin…

What’s the best thing about being 3 year old?

The best thing about being a 3 year old is I have two slaves at my beck and call. Like, if I want a yogurt I only have to say “I want a moo-cow oggy” and hey presto, one appears with a spoon. How cool is that! Also, I only have to start crying in public and said slaves will do anything I want, mostly, to get me to stop crying. It works most of the time. One time though it didn’t and they walked away and left me crying on the spot. I nearly called Childline!

I also get to play Dad’s playstation, watch YouTube on Dad’s mobile and also get to ride on his motorobike, only in the garage. He’s more of a slave than mum is. I get to tell everyone when I want a wee or poo, I get to build towers and sandcastles and then knock them down (this annoys Mum) and I get 2 stories at bedtime. What’s not to like about being 3?!

What’s your favourite toy?

My favourite toys are my cars and my two bikes. I have a balance bike and Santa brought me a peddle bike last Christmas. I’m awesome on my balance bike, Mum is actually quite proud of the fact I learned to balance on it before I was 2 and a half. Dad is hoping it leads to a career in motorbike racing.

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I love cars too, particularly those from Disney Cars. Mum and Dad have bought me a few and they are the ones that are never far from my hands. I call Lightening McQueen “Daddy’s Car” as he goes fast like my Daddy’s car does. It’s fast and makes cool noises.

Favourite thing to do?

I love going on my ‘motorbikes’ (balance and peddle bikes), especially in the garden. I also loved going dragon hunting with Mum and Dad to different castles in Wales, where we lived until recently. I’d search the castle and always find its dragon hiding in its cave somewhere. I’m a brilliant dragon hunter!Littleone Tag

Favourite outfit?

I don’t really have a favourite outfit but if I could chose what to wear it would be my KTM hoodie, as Dad and me have KTM bikes, my boots (wellies) and my helmet. Safety first and all that. You have to look the part if you’re going motorbike racing!

Favourite TV programme?

I have a few but my absolute favourite has to be George, Curious George. I love going around answering Mum and Dad with “oo-oo, aa-aa”. I know it drives them insane too. Unfortunately George seems to go on alot of holidays from being on TV as I don’t get to see him as much as I did last year. While he is on holidays I watch alot of Paw Patrol now.

Favourite book?

There are too many to count. The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom and the Elmer stories are my all-time favourites.

Favourite food?

Yogurts (oggies), fruit and mince and mash. This is like lazy cottage pie and I love it. Oh, and I also like spaghetti bolognese, although there have been times I’ve had to close my eyes not to get splashed!Littleone Tag

Favourite song?

Currently it is Three Little Speckled Frogs and No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Dad loves the frogs song. He always says “no songs about frogs” but I sing it anyway. I think it is a ploy to get me to sing it….

What makes you laugh?

When I get Dad to put his nose in my ear and blow gently. It tickles my ear and makes me laugh. I also like when Mum puts me on her back going downstairs and sings Horsey-horsey. The part when she spins around for “wheels go round” spins my belly too and I always laugh. Dad also makes me laugh when we’re Skyping and he disappears from screen only to slowly reappear, not from where I am expecting, or when he pulls funny faces on screen. I love that!

Who do you love and why?

I love Mum & Dad because they love me and we do cool things together, like go dragon hunting. They also buy me nice toys and take me on nice holidays. I also love seeing my Lolo and Nanna because they don’t live near us so they spoil me when I see them. I don’t know how that is going to work out now that we’re moving to live near them in Portugal. My Nan and Grandad too as Nan always makes me special jumpers and Grandad does pointing with his finger and mine on Skype. I also love my dog, although not when he snot-stamps me with his nose or hits me with his tail as he goes past me. I always say “No Aris” to that.

I’m tagging the lovely:

Sharon of Teentweentoddler

Laura of LoopyLouLaura

Kellie of MyLittleBabog

I can’t wait to see what your little ones have to say if you decide to take part (please don’t feel like you have to)! #LittleOne Tag