When Daddy’s Away

Papa usually does the morning school dropoff with Conor. When I am solo I do whatever it takes to get all three boys out the door to bring Conor to school, even if it means pulling 150lbs!


Three in a wagon

I also have a few tried and tested activities that make life a bit easier. Einstein’s Workshop is usually a big hit, and they have drop-in hours again now that the summer camps are over. We combine it with McDonalds Playland afterwards for a win-win situation.


Eamon is assessing the possibilities for destruction




Race car

I also had to get the boys out to hockey, which started back up for the season.

That night I was remarkably tired, go figure, so movie night was instigated.


First time bringing the table up for the boys

On the Sunday we had a few hours hanging around a dreary and damp soccer field too. An 8am game, then two hours to dry off, then 2.5 more hours at the field!!!


In a genius move, I realized I could bring hot chocolate!

Hike ‘n’ Seek

The local Friends of the Fells group runs hikes for curious kids along with the DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation) in our local woods. When Eoin was a baby they only had Babes in the Woods, for parents carrying their babies (I did it a lot with Conor). Since Conor was a terrible toddler walker, I never got to do those hikes with Eoin. Until now! They have introduced a slow-paced ramble for kids who like to stop every two feet and explore the woods!


Trying to see if a slug will hold on upside down

As you can imagine, this program suits nature- and dirt-loving Eoin to a tee. We don’t get around to it every Tuesday, but it is a wonderful resource for us.


Eamon’s Christening

We had a lovely gathering for Eamon’s christening on September 18. Since everyone had a long way to travel for it we made a weekend out of it and went to Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester on Saturday, then the christening was on Sunday. Eamon had a fever close to 103, which was rather scary, but he was pretty great considering, and got over it by Monday.

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I don’t know if it’s at all noticeable, but I managed to get three knits into the celebration. The crocheted blanket my Nana made me before I even had a boyfriend, the knitted vest I made for Conor for Donal and Julie’s wedding, and my Chinese silk beaded shawl that went perfectly with my new dress!

Farmor got all the boys Viking jerseys in celebration of Eamon’s christening, and the game was even on Sunday Night Football! We shed our fancy clothes and turned purple for the rest of the day!


Salisbury Beach

For Labor Day weekend I resolved to try out a new beach. Papa loves to get to the beach, and our recent attempts to go to Crane Beach or Good Harbor Beach (very popular New England beaches) have resulted in us being turned back by the traffic (not enough parking). The weather was cooler, so we needn’t have worried. People don’t turn out to the beach in huge numbers here if it’s below 80- but that’s not stopping us!!!


Conor constantly asks to play baseball


Me and my boys


What a crew


Eamon absolutely loves to jump in the waves


We couldn’t resist this mini golf course on our way home. Conor got a hole-in-one on this hole!

Overall a big hit. The waves were a little too much for smaller kids, but the sand was great for sandcastles and there is plenty of parking, a playground, camping, good grill spots, even fishing on the estuary side… We could make a day or even a weekend out of it if we camped one night.

Doll Sleeping Bag

We went to a third birthday party for a girl who loves her “babies”. She also belongs to a camping family, so I thought a sleeping bag for her baby dolls would be cute. I looked at store-bought, but wasn’t satisfied. So I brought out the sewing machine!


Little Miss

The navy fabric was pre-quilted, the fleece was a remnant from a blanket I made.


Ready for a trip

The party was a blast. Check out this cool Olaf, out in the sunshine for too long!!!