Monday, December 15, 2014

Keeping the spirit

I'm feeling a little behind this year on Christmas festivities and tasks. I always like to get the work part (shopping!) done early so I can concentrate on the fun stuff but this year isn't quite working out that way. Eamon was dragging his heels writing his letter to Santa as well which didn't help. No doubt our years are numbered but I'm like the proverbial ostrich with my head in the sand and I'm covering my ears going "la la la la la not happening this year, not this year". He soooo didn't want to have his picture taken with Santa but there are certain traditions I will not let go of - just need to find Santa now.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


I think this will make Eamon happy after I 'betrayed' him on the Turkey Trot last week - he placed 2nd in his age group.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hello Christmas

This time last year we were in Ireland and Eamon got to experience a very important part of my childhood, a highlight of Christmas - the Late Late Toy Show, the serious chat show which we weren't allowed to watch was taken over once a year for kids. We were washed and pajama-ed and allowed to stay up late to watch the show (it usually runs till 11.30), it show cases all the new toys and games of the year and I loved it. I still love it and there must be so many people like me around the world that RTE live streams it and records it. Well, I just think that today I may stay in pajamas and watch the show - perhaps have a bit of eggnog and gingerbread and welcome the Christmas season in.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tour guide

As is our custom the day after Thanksgiving we got some fresh air and stretched our legs and digested the feast from the previous day. This year saw us at Historic St. Mary's City - the first colony in Maryland. Eamon had visited there with his school (seems every 4th grader in Maryland will hit the place this year) and was so taken with it he wanted to go back. He also knew it was just the kind of place I'd love too and he wasn't wrong.

He acted as our tour guide and we were pretty impressed with how much he absorbed for a school trip but there were plenty of excellent interpreters too to really fill us in and make us feel very welcome and warm up by their fires. It was a chilly day which may have kept the crowds away but I'm definitely putting this on the list as a place to visit in every season. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Gobble! Gobble!

Eamon's contribution to the meal today looked like this. So glad I got a photo of it because it didn't last long.

Hope you've all had a lovely day surrounded by those you love and that you've left enough room for pie.