The Morning Crew

The Three Es are early risers in this house. I will qualify that statement however, and mention that the oldest E is an unwilling participant, and would much prefer not to wake up with her toddler in the morning…
Eamon has been waking at 6am. Eoin has been waking at 6.30am. We are hoping things improve in that regard… And while it may suck, I know such things never last forever (this is when I imagine their teenage years, sleeping in until 11… and remember my teenage years, wishing I had savored those lie-ins just a little more…

It’s cold downstairs in the morning. We need to snuggle to stay warm.

Conor Turned 7!

The day after we got back from Ireland was Conor’s 7th birthday; a busy day, with a mini van that wouldn’t start, school, swim classes… Still time for celebration of course.

Lucky boy got a 3DS


I had to collect my car from the dealer straight after swimming, so my plans to make “French chicken”, Conor’s favorite, (it’s basically either roast chicken or braised chicken thighs) were scuppered. We detoured on the way home to Friendly’s…

He got a special song


This is what a jetlagged 7-year-old looks like in the baby blanket Farmor made him:

Mommy is melting


The party request was a sports theme again (of course): Mario and Sonic at the Rio Olympic Games 2016. I cooked up hot dogs per the birthday boy’s request (most parties have pizza without fail, so there were some surprised comments from the kids but most of them packed in a couple!) I also sprayed mini Oreos with gold edible spray to look both like a gold medal and a gold coin from Mario. The cake was the sheet cake I used last year, but with the frosting that comes with the recipe (yum): Martha Stewart’s Texas Sheet Cake.

Mario is in the lead


Racing

February in Ireland

During school vacation week we went to visit my family in Ireland. The fresh spring flowers brightened up even showery days. Anyway, people have developed solutions to wet bottoms from slides:

Took some guts but he was deterined!


The boys had a great time hanging out with their cousins in Limerick.

When we got back to Dublin we continued to pack things in as best as possible.

We tried to raid Mamo’s rock at the National Museum, and we saw the bog bodies.


We waited out a blustery shower in Dun Laoghaire.


At bowling and the arcade with Gemma


Eamon tried to destroy the his brother’s will


Eamon set his escape plan in motion at Airfield


Conor’s favorite tree at Airfield


But all too soon it was time to survive the flight home with Eamon the Energizer Bunny

Two Blizzards

We are on the other side of two back-to-back blizzards. The boys have had five straight days with no school (Thursday, Friday, Monday) ARGH! So here, for your perusal are many many photos of snow…

I was in serious need of some chocolate yesterday, so I got out the fondue pot and we had ourselves some yummy fruit. Yummy.

Thumbs up mom!


Did I get any in my mouth?


Yesterday the snow was a much heavier snow. Eamon was still not sure, but was mostly game.

This is deep Daddy

It’s February

We had the stomach bug course through our house earlier this week. On Tuesday my two sick boys still ventured out to pick up Conor from school. Eoin was twelve hours ahead of Eamon so he even helped pull the sled.

Using those muscles


Look at all those cars. I was way happier using the sled… And, CUTEness!!!
Today (Thursday) was called a snow day the night before. We are all well now, but I really really don’t want to go out in it! Windchill will be down to -8F (-22C).

Schooling His Mummy

Eamon likes to teach me that I really do not know everything as a mom. I thought I had seen it all, but no…

Toys are multifunctional


Laundry baskets can be upturned


He is so far ahead of me that I’m pretty sure he thinks he’s ready to start school!

Ready for class

Four-Month Laceweight Project

The blog has been extraordinarily quiet knitwise. I was doing a secret project for my mother-in-law’s birthday, but it took a lot longer than I envisioned. It was laceweight mohair and incorporated a simple “spin stitch” effect, where you put the stitches on a cable needle and spin it either clockwise or anti-clockwise depending on the row. It turned out really well.

Spin Stitch Scarf and Wrap by Churchmouse Yarns


Spin Stitch Scarf and Wrap

Both sides are pretty