I'm Irish. Have I ever mentioned that? If that part of my heritage is a surprise to you, you've obviously not been around these parts (ie, this blog) on the "Holiday of Coolness," known to the rest of everyone as "St. Patrick's Day." We celebrate March 17th with abandon around here. The Irish music plays from sun up until well past sun down. We have traditional Irish dishes at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We all wear green. I attempt an Irish accent and fail in miserably hilarious ways.
Ever since I was a wee little thing I have wanted to visit the British Isles: England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland. The works! My husband and I actually began saving money the first year we were married and kept at it every year since so we could spend our 10th anniversary in England. Thanks to a terrible economy, a job relocation in the midst of a horrible housing market, etc., that money ended up going to other more practical things, and we spent our 10th anniversary at home. And while that was sad and a little disappointing, I took Journey's advice and didn't stop believing.
Well, fast forward to this year. A little judicious saving, a bit of unforeseen good fortune, a lot of time and effort invested in finding fantastically good deals, and a family agreement to forego all other gifts this Christmas season...
My husband and I and our kids will be spending Christmas in Ireland.
Remember that old Bing Crosby song, "Christmas in Killarney"? We will actually be in Killarney on Christmas Day. What are the chances we'll sing that song a few times??
I don't think the reality of it has entirely sunk in yet, but we're in that frantic and exciting planning stage. Getting the kids their passports, filling out paperwork for international driving permits, double checking reservations, etc.
I have a feeling next year's blog posts will be full of "here's the embarrassing thing I did when we went to..." stories. And pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.
In the meantime, here are some pictures of a few of the actual places we are going to actually see with our actual eyes. Éirinn go Brách!