Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Still a tractor fan*

Still not too old to enjoy playing with the tractors at the farm!

* Ever hear the ex-tractor fan joke?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hayride 2014

Would it be October if we didn't go on a hayride? This year was possibly the earliest we'd been on the farm but Eamon had a soccer game half way to Frederick so we went for it and we've never seen such great pumpkins. Now we know the trick is to go early we'll have to make it a habit but only if our pumpkins make it to Halloween. We haven't yet had a chance to carve or decorate them but a few of the other squash have made it on to our dinner plates.
Our haul. The kid is getting stronger every year and those pumpkins are getting bigger!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Madills in suits

Sometimes it's nice to have an excuse to dress up though Eamon didn't exactly feel that way initially on a Saturday afternoon. That boy likes his elastic-waisted shorts and sweats a little too much lately. Thanks to Brian and Amy for the lovely day out and we wish you many, many happy years together. Eamon thought the candy bar was awesome by the way!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The clarinet chose him

In 4th grade kids get to pick a musical instrument to play and Eamon chose the clarinet, which he hopes will lead him to the oboe one day. Here he is blowing his first few notes which I post here as a comparison for later in the school year - might also need to compare his enthusiasm for practicing and the speed at which he can put the instrument together (took us two nights to get the reed on right!).

In the meantime I should warn the neighbors that what they hear is 'music'.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The boy is 9!

Just like that! It's like he grew overnight. Must be magic.

Friday, September 05, 2014


Harry Potter entered our life big time this year. Eamon read the first book a few years ago and our plan was to stagger the books and movies out over the years but our child got so engrossed and was able to check the books out himself from the school library that he raced through to the finish. And then read them again - as did himself.

There was no better time to visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando and surprise this almost 9-year old to a weekend away. We never thought we could pull this off by the way so we're giving ourselves a huge pat on the back.

Here's the clip of the surprise itself - we picked him up from school on Friday afternoon and his little owl was waiting with a letter. Roll it there Collette*...
* Showing my age with that reference!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Getting lost

This last week before Eamon goes back to school has been designated Mom and Eamon time. Himself had a similar week at the beginning of the summer, and while Eamon was with Ms. Ellie and Grandpa himself and myself had our time together. (Summer List - check!)
We have no real plan for the week but we wanted to get all the back to school stuff out of the way early - haircut and shopping, so we started there. Eamon HATES being in shops. HATES it. Plays around and hides from us and is a real pain in the ass but there was one heart stopping moment (i.e. 10 minutes) when Eamon got lost in Old Navy on Monday. Staff were manning doors and calling out and it was a good, though frightening, reminder about what to do if we ever get separated. Funny thing is the very next day I brought him to the maze in the Building Museum where our aim was to get lost. Hopefully this trend will not continue as today we're heading out to a waterpark.