2014 recap – Part 2

I am continuing with my 2014 recap – you can read Part 1 here

April

After 8 weeks of having one or other parents in the Ulster Hospital it was great for Dad to get back home and settled.

recap 2014 janmary.com

And mum continued to settle in well in the Nursing Home, and some days would help complete a jigsaw on the iPad.

ipad jigsaw after stroke recap 2014 janmary.com

We purchased a new front door

recap 2014 janmary.com

and added a few touches of Spring decor to the mantlepiece

spring easter decor recap 2014 janmary.com

Just before Easter we had a week of wonderful weather – check out the video of the different beaches of the north coast of Northern Ireland we visited that week

and my son even enjoyed the fountains in Ballycastle

april fountain  recap 2014 janmary.com

Also in April here in Northern Ireland we all went pink-crazy in preparation for the Giro d’Italia which was starting in Northern Ireland for the first time.

april welcome giro belfast recap 2014 on janmary.com

There was giro-pink-fever everywhere – especially where the route passed along the north coast

april welcome giro belfast recap 2014 on janmary.com

Finally, I was able to bring Mum outside for the first time after her stroke, and her brother happened to visit that day

april mum outside blog recap 2014 janmary.com

May

The beginning of May was all about the Giro – Northern Ireland fully embraced the celebrations!

My son and I managed to get some of the free tickets for the opening ceremony at Belfast City Hall

may giro belfast welcome blog recap 2014 janmary.com

The sun shone – briefly!

may giro belfast welcome blog recap 2014 janmary.com

and there was LOTS of pink!

may giro start belfast blog recap 2014 janmary.com

We headed north to our cottage, where Bushmills fully embraced it’s pink side too

may giro bushmills blog recap 2014 janmary.com

Finally (phew you say!) it was Day 2 of the Giro D’italia when the race passed within 50 yards of our cottage outside Bushmills.

The sheep were ready

may pink giro sheep blog recap janmary 2014

and when the rain arrived it did not dampen my son’s enthusiasm!

may giro is here blog recap janmary 2014

Did we actually see the race? YES – as they passed us it was just after their Feed Zone so they were throwing away their finished and unwanted food/drinks

and my son enjoyed gathering up as much as he could (still have some of those drinking bottles!)

may giro feed zone leftovers blog recap on janmary.com

On to the rest of May …..

My husband has his birthday (rare photo of all 5 of us)

may birthday family blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

and we had fun on the beach recreating some photos of my husband and kids (one preferred not to be reshared – I DO have 3 kids!)

may birthday father daughter recreate old photos blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

may birthday son recreate old photos blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

May also included the Balmoral Show

may balmoral show blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

may bolddog lings balmoral show blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

and I captured some of the more everyday moments too ….

ginger cats snooze blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

may freckles recap 2014 on janmary.com

may washing on the line recap 2014 on janmary.com

may morning walk recap 2014 on janmary.com

and of course I continued visiting Mum and Dad was now well enough to start visiting Mum everyday and having lunch with her

may mum and dad recap 2014 on janmary.com

and I enjoyed the lighter May evenings

may late evening light blog recap 2014 on janmary.com

So ….. you made it ….. and that was just April and May 2014!

Come back soon for the next recap – I’m sure you can’t wait!!!

Did you have any memorable moments in April or May 2014? Do share!

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