Saturday, April 11, 2015

Easter Bunny found in Pittsburgh

The Easter Bunny left Eamon a basket in the apartment we rented over Easter in Pittsburgh - though he didn't hide the eggs and Eamon said the egg hunt was the part he missed the most - noted for next year little man.

I think the rascally rabbit eats while on the job and got stuck with some giant eggs in a window box nearby and by the time he had his fill he was too full to move. Don't ask me how I know.

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Falling into spring

Over spring break we took a little trip to Pennsylvania and toured Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Waters which has long been on a list of places we wanted to visit. It did not disappoint and it was so beautiful there on the mountain, over the water standing right there in his art that we now want to go back and see it in the height of summer or when the leaves turn or maybe when there's snow all over. We'll just have to keep it on the list a little longer.

Eamon of course thought it was a fantastic house for a nerf gun battle which is how he measures and views a house. We're toying with the idea of moving this year and have toured a few houses and Eamon's point of view comes down to how good the back garden would be for soccer and a game of 'war'. All valid.

Monday, March 02, 2015

On Ireland

Eamon's new school has an international night and we hosted a table on Ireland (No baking this time so I didn't poison anyone but just brought tubs of Irish biscuits instead). The night tied in very well with an immigration project Eamon's class is doing in school where he has to write a day in the life of a kid in the country he would be living in if his family didn't emigrate. Do I even have to tell you which country he got to write on?

He had to do research and while we had a good few books and DVDs lying around the house we also took to the library and naturally had an excuse to call on the reigning family expert on being a 4th-class pupil in Ireland today - his cousin Andrew. Eamon has lapped up the history and culture which was great and was able to explain to people about a few of the things we brought - like hurley and Gaelic football though he spent ample time running around with his friends too while we enjoyed the international fare and music. We are always so grateful that we live in such a multicultural area and Eamon can experience so many diverse cultures everyday at school from kids like him of first generation immigrants - so different to my own school days.
This is also Six-Nations tournament time so we went to see the Ireland v England match the other weekend and now that Eamon has a little more background on Irish history there is no doubt about what country's blood flows in his veins. As if there ever was!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Huddled up

Winter continues and we're coping admirably with being cooped up. Most of the time anyway. A couple of weeks ago we got to see the movie Paddington and we were charmed by the little bear all over again - I've always been a fan (still have a Paddington Bear at home that I got as a teenager!) and while it inspired a cocktail for the adults there was some nighttime reading and bear tending for the young fella.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Holed up

Winter is always tough and without regular sports or activities somebody gets a little antsy stuck indoors all day. It was really noticeable last week when he was having problems falling asleep and I asked him if he'd got any outdoor recess that day and turns out he hadn't been outside to play for a few days in a row. When the temps drop below a certain figure they keep the kids inside - and I'll admit it has been pretty cold but his new schedule of getting the bus from school often means he misses the outdoor time they have at his aftercare too.

Today we had a burst of spring weather and we got outside for a ramble at our local (and beloved) nature center, watched them tapping the maple trees for sap and wallowed in warm air and sunshine.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Now for the news

Late last year Eamon complained about not being able to see the board or wall charts in class very well and like the good mother that I am I dragged my feet wasted no time getting his eyes tested, well his own doctor did a quick eye test when he got his flu shot and after a few months passed and a new year started (yes, waiting for vision insurance and 2015 flex benefits!) we finally got them tested and indeed he did need glasses. Very slight in one eye a little more in the other but he was thrilled to be one of the spectacled crew in school and loved picking out the specs themselves. Each one he tried on we gave a new persona - engineer, waiter in hip restaurant, 50s rock star, Clark Kent, until we finally settled on newscaster.