Mother’s Day 2016

Mother’s Day started w.r.o.n.g… A baby on a growth spurt, with a 5.15am wake-up, a 6-year old with authority issues who wants to be outside every minute of the day…


I had this fantastic photo from two days previously to get me through…


A keeper…

Then Papa made me steak (he’s also a keeper)


Then I decided that Eamon’s interest on my corn on the cob was far too interested to ignore, so I spoiled him with his first taste of food, with my finished cob (nice juice)


A big hit

Oh, and there was a margarita made by Papa in there somewhere, so of course bath time was a blast. Three boys in the bath… Grimy, but fun.


Thank you Papa, for turning around my Mother’s Day into a lovely memory… Keep those margaritas coming… xxx

Mamo and Granddad

When Mamo and Granddad came back from their trip to Toronto and Ithaca we tried to cram things in as best we could, despite school and rookie ball commitments. Spring is busy around here!

We finally got my parents out to see Salem. The Peabody Essex Museum was a hit, of course, and we also enjoyed our walk along the waterfront. Oh, really, there are ice cream shops along the waterfront, really?


On a pretty drizzly May 1st, we went to a local National Historic Landmark that opened for the season that day. It is very close to us yet I had never been. Mum and Dad and Eamon were excited to go, so off we went to discover the Saugus Iron Works. It was a really informative experience, and I’m sure when the boys are in more conciliatory moods it will be fantastic for them to visit, especially when they have the mills working. I had a LOVELY time with my parents, who have instilled in me a yearning for discovery, archaeology and history, though I’m sure I complained a fair amount when they dragged me around to such places as a child!!!


Dad explains the path of the water through the mills to Mum

On Mum and Dad’s last day we celebrated Dad’s birthday a little early, with his favorite, fairy cakes.


I don’t think two candles is sufficient, but observant readers can make out the number sure enough

And we topped the visit off with a group photo that I have been yearning for for a number of years.


What a lovely visit… The distance between us can be made inconsequential at times, with Skype and FaceTime, but when you get the chance to reconnect it can often be heartwrenching to realize how hard it actually is to live so far apart. You muddle through, but the benefits of family close by are many.

Eoin Turned 4!

Eoin asked for a Ghostbusters party for his fourth birthday. I was pretty excited about the theme, especially because he loves all things gooey and messy, so I knew I could make SLIME!


Testing the consistency

Eoin helped me make green slime and green Playdoh. My little scientist was in heaven.

Eoin was very consistent in his request for a proton pack birthday cake. This was fun to make. I used the same Texas Sheet Cake recipe from Martha Stewart for the base, with chocolate buttercream frosting from Fannie Farmer, and M&Ms.


The kids played inside (slime and playdough and Nerf guns) and outside (silly string) at the party, and it was a real blast.

On Eoin’s actual birthday, Mamó and Granddad made it to us from Ithaca, and we had cupcakes.


Happy Birthday Eoin!


Eamon has been making strides in a big way. He is fascinated with all things, especially things the boys do (iPads thanks to all the April showers!

His super strong torso means it’s very hard to hold him without him attempting to take a nosedive or a backwards flip. And woe betide anyone who forgets to clip him in to a seat.


Obviously at some point all of this twisting and turning was going to result in a roll, and, sure enough, despite a truly nasty case of croup, he achieved it!


Easter with “My Cousins”

Conor has a special place in his heart for his cousins from Iowa. They combined their Easter break with a trip to Boston to explore all the history and fun the city has to offer. Conor was in heaven, and was in tears when they left…


Eamon meets two of the best parents ever invented


Eoin and his godmother

We took Eamon for his first swim at the hotel pool. It was like bathwater, so he took to it very well!


The sharks circle…

We had a fantastic time having lightsaber battles, Wii battles, a day at the museum, and an excellent Easter egg hunt with the Deans.


We can’t wait until we meet again…