Easter with Melting Chocolate

We had fantastic, HOT, weather for Easter this year. All the chocolate was melting after three minutes! I guess it’s not something you can really complain about???

Eamon had already had some practice in South Carolina and a local hunt, so he knew what to do!

On the lookout

Down to business

The Easter bunny knows we have active boys… Thank you Farmor!

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


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

A Nerfy Nintendo Christmas

Santa delivered some rather large Nerf guns to the boys this year. Eamon is thankfully too young. He got some cool Duplo and ball toys.

Learning to unwrap

Delivery for Daddy

Lighting the pudding

The rest of our Christmas can basically be imagined by freeze framing this next photo for two weeks… The NES Classic that Daddy lined up at dawn for three mornings in a row was quite a hit, especially with Daddy…


Visiting with Santa

As we started into December we embraced numerous opportunities to see Santa (though not all – way too many “Santas” these days I feel! Shouldn’t he be hard at work in the North Pole and not leaving the elves to do EVERYthing??!) We went to the Melrose Home for the Holidays event for the first time (we are usually in Nashville, so we also always miss the Stoneham tree lighting… except for last year, with our 5-day old…)

Hot cocoa and a Pokemon hunt were the name of the game, but we also saw the lights turned on, and Santa rode the fire engine.

Eamon felt strongly that he shouldn’t have been forced to meet Santa at his impressionable age.

So I didn’t even try to introduce him to the “birthday party Santa”.

And he kept his distance from the “work party Santa”, though he wasn’t too disturbed, especially by the cute toys.

Stay back!

Fall at Franklin Park Zoo

I intended to visit Franklin Park Zoo with the boys all summer but it never worked out. Sunday was in the 60s so off we went, at last!

The new Nature’s Neighborhood was a big hit. They erected a tree lookout around a huge old tree and they had lots of other “natural” play structures.


Climbing to the top


Going all directions


Top to bottom


Side by side