Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Our wedding :)

Our wedding was for me such a beautiful relaxing day. It probably wasn't most peoples idea of a dream wedding but for us it was perfect.

Me and my wonderful husband!

We had initially planned our wedding in Ireland to be very small as we were planning to have a white dress wedding in the Philippines (The day after our Irish wedding we actually decided to cancel the Philippines one because the Irish one was so nice and we both already felt married)

We didn't really observe most traditions on our big day; I didn't wear white, we didn't exchange rings, we didn't stay away from each other the night before or the morning of and most importantly to us we didn't spend $10,000!

That morning I went to town with my sister Dee and we got our hair and make-up done together, It was a really nice way to spend the morning. I decided just to get curls in my hair and leave it down as I personally hate tight up-do's.

When we got home I changed in to my dress. I had actually bought the dress only 4 days beforehand in a vintage shop and the second that I wore it I loved it! It was so slimming but also gave me a booty too which was great! I have never been a vintage person so I was surprised that I found my dream dress in a vintage store rather than a high-street store.

Once we left our house the beautiful sunny morning changed in to a horrible rain shower (so typical that it happened just when we needed to be outside. I then walked up the small isle in the Cork registry office (equivalent of a courthouse wedding in America)

Trying to get away from the rain.

Myself and my mom ready to walk up the aisle.

We were laughing here because the door was so tiny that we both couldn't fit in.

Once I got to the top the registrar (the man who was to marry us) told me to hold Jasons hand, I was a bit confused and turned to see my wonderful husband in tears. He was so emotional throughout the ceremony and even had to take a deep breath in the middle of saying that he would take me as his wife (a little gasp was left out by a few of us, but he was just trying to steady himself)

The look that every bride dreams of...

Consoling my lovely husband.

Jason saying his vows.

 We had asked my two sisters to read a couple of poems and we also lit some candles. Before we knew it we were husband and wife!

My sister Dee saying her vows.

Lighting our unity candles.

After the ceremony my wonderful friend Niamh drove us to the beautiful 5 star hotel that my family had booked us into for a couple of nights while the rest of our family and friends went to the restaurant.

Once we arrived back to my house we realised that we were locked out.

The Fota hotel was so beautiful and when they found out that it was our wedding day they gave us some complimentary passes for the spa. After checking in we were leaving the hotel going to Niamhs car when it just lashed down rain on top of us...and none of us had an umbrella! My hair was a bit messy for the rest of the day but I really didn't care, I was having such a lovely day!

That evening we had dinner in Bunnyconnelans restuarant which is unbelievably beautiful sitting on a cliff and surrounded by the ocean. The staff there were so great and we spent our evening chatting and singing and just having fun.

My sister Teresa and her infectious smile.

Tucking into some canapes

My sister Joanne.

Dee and Neil.

Keeping it classy.

My sister Maire also keeping it classy.

I don't think I stopped smiling all day/night.

Jason enjoying himself.

It was such a memorable day for both of us. People were confused as to why we were so chill and having such a small wedding but after that day everyone came to us and told us how much they loved it.

The next day was spent literally just eating and relaxing...absolutely perfect!

Here are some more photos from our big day:

Signing the registry.

How handsome is he?!?!

My mom and Lou

Lou and Jason.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Summer Camp 2014

At the end of both of the semesters us English teachers teach an English camp for any students that are interested. I teach camp in both of my schools for 3 days. Some people don't like it but I've always loved camp because I usually have complete control over the camp and it allows me to get to know a few of my students a lot better in that short time.

I always give my camps a theme, some themes I've used before were "Harry Potter camp" and "Pirates Camp". This year I wanted to try a cooking camp as other teachers have had a lot of fun doing this and my mom had sent me some food colouring from Ireland that I wanted to use with my students. So I initially started planning a cooking camp but then the more that myself and my co-teacher were looking up about food colouring we realised that we could nearly do our entire camp around food colouring so we changed the name of the camp to "Colours Camp".

One of my kids wonderful creations!

Here is a quick summary of our camp:

Day 1:

1st period: Introductions and worksheet
2nd and 3rd periods: Soap Making
4th period: Ice cream making

Day 2:
1st and 2nd period: Make coloured spaghetti
3rd and 4th period: Make marshmallow men

Day 3: (My co-teacher did this day by herself as I had to catch my flight to Ireland)
1st period: Toast painting
2nd period
3rd and 4th period: water balloon fight

The students had a lot of fun making the soap and it was surprisingly easy to do! My co-teacher had a soap making kit and they turned out really beautiful and smelled so good too!

Min Woo very happy while making soap

The final result

Some of the girls with their soaps.
After making our soap we began to make home-made ice-cream. This was very easy to do also. You just need a lot of ice, salt and flavoured milk. You put the ice and salt in to a big ziplock bag, then put the flavoured milk into a smaller ziplock bag (making sure that it's closed properly) You then place the milk bag in to the ice and salt bag and shake vigorously for 5 to 10 minutes constantly. We put the students in to pairs so that they could take turns shaking as the ice was pretty cold on your hands after a while (I'd definitely recommend asking your kids to bring gloves in to school for this activity). We had about a 70% success rate and the kids who didn't manage to turn theirs to ice-cream still had a nice milkshake to drink.

Teamwork while shaking the ice-cream bags.

The finished was delicious!
Day two was a fun day. We began by making coloured spaghetti. It was really easy to do and the kids found the colour of the spaghetti quite crazy! First we just boiled the spaghetti as normal, when cooked we drained it and washed it with some cold water to cool it down. We then prepared ziplock bags with the different coloured food colouring in them and put some spaghetti in to each bag. We mixed them for a couple of minutes and then rinsed it one more time. The colours were really cool and we cooked a sauce afterwards so that they could eat the spaghetti.

Some of the spaghetti.

Unfortunately at my city school some of the colouring fell on the ground so we ran out of the ordinary colouring for one team and they had to use one of our flavoured colours. So they ended up with banana flavoured spaghetti, it was, well...interesting.

The yellow one was actually banana flavour.

Excited by the crazy colours!

After eating and cleaning we were on to my final activity for camp, marshmallow people.

One of the great marshmallow men!

We had different types of marshmallows for the kids and it was so simple. We had the flavoured food colouring and they used paintbrushes to make some cool marshmallow people. I then mixed some icing with the different colours to make some hair for their marshmallows. As you can see from the photos I have some very creative kids!

This marshmallow got shot.

And then it was time for me to go to Ireland and get married :)

My wonderful co-teachers and some of the teachers that come to my English teachers class got me this beautiful necklace as a wedding present!