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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Picnics and Castles

One of my favorite things this summer has been spending time with my family and seeing more of Northern Ireland.

A couple weeks ago my thoughtful husband planned a picnic for us! He even got up early and made sandwiches and packed a yummy lunch!



We drove around and ended up having our picnic here by this castle.


We ate our lunch with the old ruins on one side and a beautiful view over the water on the other.

Audley's Castle was built near the end of the middle ages.



Our picnic got cup short when it started to rain on us!

We took a ferry across to Portaferry.

Here it comes...


On the way home the weather had cleared up again so we stopped at the Donaghadee harbor to see the lighthouse and boats.


My guys...

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer! Can you believe it's August?

17 comments:

Kelly said...

absolutely adorable pics, especially the last one with the cute hugging, love it!

simplebeauty said...

Your little family is just darling! Thank you for sharing Ireland with us!! Looks refreshing :O)

Mommy Rachelle said...

I was totally expecting sand castles. What a pleasant surprise to see these beautiful relics! How fun this family trip must've been for you all. And I agree with the previous poster, love the last shot of the boys.

Melissa said...

Thanks for your kind comments!
I love the last shot of the boys too... Elijah just loves his little brother and is always trying to touch him or hold him.

American in Norway said...

Ohhhh... this looks like such a great day! your boys are so adorable!

Danielle said...

Hi Melissa! How fun. We love picnics. You have a beautiful family!! And the countryside is amazing there!

Thanks for helping me share Baby Cooper's story. He is so precious to me! He is such a fighter. I was out of town for a couple days so sorry I didn't get right back to you. Did you get to check out the jewelry? All the scentsy products are really great too.

Randi Troxell said...

love reading your posts on Ireland... so interesting to me!

Mrs.Rabe said...

You all are having an amazing summer - lots of fun trips and time together.

Summer is going by quickly!

TanyaLea said...

What a beautiful day you had! It sounds like something our family would love...when can I come!? j/k!! :) My cousin and her hubby did a little backpacking excursion in Ireland a couple years ago for their belated honeymoon, and they had a blast! So these photos look pretty familiar to me! We genuinely hope to take a trip there ourselves one day.

Have a blessed week!
~Tanya

Debbie Pearson said...

What a wonderful setting for a picnic! Looks like everyone had a great time too :)

l♥ving life as mommy and wife! said...

I CANNOT believe it is August already!!! WHere has the time gone?!! Makes me sad cuz I have LOVED being home with Cayden and want more time before school starts! *tears*

Elijah looks like he is getting taller!! Love the pics!! Picnic's are a fav of mine!

l♥ving life as mommy and wife! said...
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l♥ving life as mommy and wife! said...

I CANNOT believe it is August already!!! WHere has the time gone?!! Makes me sad cuz I have LOVED being home with Cayden and want more time before school starts! *tears*

Elijah looks like he is getting taller!! Love the pics!! Picnic's are a fav of mine!

l♥ving life as mommy and wife! said...

I CANNOT believe it is August already!!! WHere has the time gone?!! Makes me sad cuz I have LOVED being home with Cayden and want more time before school starts! *tears*

Elijah looks like he is getting taller!! Love the pics!! Picnic's are a fav of mine!

l♥ving life as mommy and wife! said...

I CANNOT believe it is August already!!! WHere has the time gone?!! Makes me sad cuz I have LOVED being home with Cayden and want more time before school starts! *tears*

Elijah looks like he is getting taller!! Love the pics!! Picnic's are a fav of mine!

cherie said...

oh, melissa, this post is lovely!!! and you're irish! i love the kennedys, frank mccourt, darby o'gil and the little people and i have a claddagh friendship ring sent to me by a filipino friend who lives there. need i say more? oh, please, let's be friends, hahaha!!! i love the irish!

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

your family is beautiful!!
my dream is to visit ireland and scotland someday. i've wanted to for years.
there and africa where i'd really like to go on a mission trip before i get too old!

i'm glad you found my blog through pam. she's a darlin' for sure.