Sunday, November 23, 2014


Some people were surprised when I enrolled Eamon in Sunday school over two years ago to make his first communion. Some weren't. I could be described as a Cultural Catholic rather than a non-practicing one, few question a non-practicing Jew enrolling their kids in Hebrew school for similar reasons - tradition. The passing on of cultures and values. It's getting harder and harder to get Eamon up (8:00am class on Sunday morning!) and interested in Sunday school and harder for me to be understanding and patient with their methods but I'm not one to give up something once I've started - this blog alone is a testament to that.

Tradition is on my mind today as we get ready to see the show Fiddler on the Roof and reason enough to show my Dad's party piece - or one of them rather. It is a song from the show and he gave Eamon a rendition of it last May after dinner one night. Having a party piece and singing songs after dinner is not unusual in the "tradition" of my life. My Dad is a bit of a dramatist and has an excellent voice which sadly I didn't inherit. Eamon has been singing the song since and so today we're going to see the whole musical at Arena stage - I love a good musical and this is one of the finest.

Take it away Jim...

Video alert: it's sideways and there are dirty pots on the table.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weeding and prepping

Eamon's busy writing a list for Christmas thanks mostly to the seasonal catalogs and TV ads that surround us now. To prepare for this I had his support for a toy weeding and some toys he hasn't played with in years are now in a donation box - two years ago he wasn't willing to part with some of them and it shows the passing of time that he is more willing now. It includes two big boxes of his Geotrax train and plane set. It's kind of sad to see this go as it gave him so many hours of joy. But there are may more years of joy left in it and some kid will be very happy to have it.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sickle-back Dragon in a glass

Occasionally I ask Eamon to name a cocktail I've created and this one time he created the name and I had to come up with the cocktail. The length of time between him coming up with the name and me creating the drink was l-o-n-g so when he'd see the cocktail shaker he'd always ask "Are you making the Sickle-back? When are you going to make the Sickle-back." The kid has not been blessed with patience.
So here is the Sickle-back created a few weeks ago when we had hot peppers in the house (purposely bought I might add) because it was dictated that the drink have a burning sensation at the end. I would post this over on Happy Hour-Madillo but I can't for the life of me remember what's in it (Vodka? Tequila? Gin?) or the proportions. There's cherries I know and some of the juice from the Midnight Moonshine used here. It was good and Eamon was impressed with the garnish I came up with. He opted for the cherry but no hot pepper in his drink I might add - and obviously no liquor either.  

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday 
This pic of Eamon reading his first book comes from this post way back in November 2005 and who knew back then what a voracious reader he'd turn into. I admit there was a conscious effort to read to him from an early age and though he can out-read both of us we still read to him occasionally. (Up until recently it was still nightly.)

This year his reading is a little more advanced than the one in the photo - Percy Jackson featured strongly this summer as well as Harry Potter earlier in the year. The scholastic series of Spirit Animals is hot right now - mostly thanks to the computer game that goes with it. Fablehaven, Eragon, Minecraft handbooks, graphic novels and any and all Pokemon reference books. He's read a lot more besides and while his interest in fantasy and myth is obvious I plant the odd classic or book with a female protagonist in his hand to mix it up.

This weekend I said we'd sort out his toy and book shelves (Christmas prep!) to make room for what's to come so I'm sure by unearthing some of his books he'll get a rush and reread some other favorites. I love that he loves books.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Mad hatter

He's so proud of his new hat (as well he should be). Couldn't finish it at a better time really with the cold snap that's come through here. Next project is knitting me leg warmers!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The betrayal

Eamon ran his second 5K last month as part of his cousin Alex's team in the Step Up for Down Syndrome run in Richmond. It was a wet and miserable morning but we were all enthusiastic participants and supporters of the cause. We told Eamon after his last 5K that we'd let him run his race as fast as he could but he couldn't stop. Once he started he had to keep going, and that's exactly what he did! I told him to stick with me and though we had to slow down once or twice and walked through the water station he kept up. But with 100 yards or so to go, he just took off and left me and this time I couldn't catch him. I carried that boy around the course and he took off and 'betrayed' (his words) me by seconds at the end! But there's Turkey Trot next week and I've been training!