Friday, April 04, 2014

Bless me Father...

Meant to post this a few weeks ago when Eamon made his First Reconciliation (or First Confession as I was calling it and First Penance as the religious education director was calling it!). He looks peaceful and lighter somehow - relieved that the whole ordeal was over no doubt. Roll on First Communion.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lest I forget

Eamon gives the best hugs.

If you're feeling a little run down he can recharge your battery and top up your oil with some deft maneuvers from his own reserves. He plugs himself in at night and needs the light on right above the solar panels on his head. He assures me it's not to read long after the lights should be out.

Seriously, they're the best hugs ever.

Monday, March 17, 2014

A white St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day from yet another snowy day in the Washington suburbs. A good 7 inches fell around here (and still snowing) and as much as I love having a day off on my country's national holiday I was hoping for a little more warmth and sunshine and daffodils. Lots of daffodils please. Eamon was off sick last week (fever, sore throat, croup) and was exhausted after a big weekend of friends, rugby matches and the parade downtown yesterday that maybe another day off isn't such a bad idea for him. He has absolute zero interest in going outside today though and I could be going out for a walk on my own again because being cooped in gets to me before anyone else here.

In the meantime, I have the trad music on and freshly baked brown scones with blackcurrant jam are in our bellies so all is good. Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Standing room only when we went to see the final match of this year's Six Nations and see Ireland beat France in a nerve wracking game. Eamon took interest towards the end once he'd worn the battery down on himself's phone.

It started out lovely yesterday and got progressively colder as we grew progressively more tired and cranky. Here he is taking it out on a poor sailor.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

The long cold lonely winter

This has been the winter that the term 'polar vortex' entered our vocabulary and we lost count of how many snow days school had - though we'll be reminded once the summer gets here and they'll extend the school year. If summer ever gets here. Or spring for that matter. Am I tired of the cold? Who isn't! We try to get Eamon out and about but even he, who normally loves a good frolic in the snow and ice, has had enough of it and announced that his favorite season has now changed to summer.

Saturday, February 22, 2014


Inspired by the Olympics but this sport is best performed by professionals on a closed circuit. (Highly recommend the closed circuit.) We should have watched more figure skating! 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Under covers

Sometimes he wears his socks to bed and with these low temperatures I haven't discouraged it especially when his feet stick out!  

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Pampered chef

About a year ago I mentioned to Eamon that we should make sushi and his patience was finally rewarded when we made it recently though it wasn't for his lack of reminding me. Though his patience (and we know where he gets it from!) can be tested when doing any kind of craft - it's very important to call him at the right time (i.e., have all the boring prep work done first) and make sure the instructions are simple and clear (enlist himself) - only then can it be a successful family activity. It's no wonder it took me so long to get around to it. In short I should be reminded of the following tips:
  1. Don't give the kid too much lead in time
  2. Have everything prepared before calling for his assistance
  3. Bring in the Dad for the final hands on assembly
  4. Pour yourself a drink

Turns out he's a champion little roller and we made quite the feast. Photo above only a small fraction of what we created.