Conor Turned 8!

My boy is getting big! He wanted a sports party again (no surprise there!) The YMCA delivered. We were delighted and everyone had a blast.

They played hockey

And baseball

I had learned from my buttercream fiasco and went with my favorite texas sheet cake with Perler bead toppings

I realize now why I like knitting, cross stitch and perler beads so much. I am not a freehand crafter… It figures – I’ve always been terrible at drawing.


First Reconciliation and a Wedding

On February 3 Conor had his First Reconciliation. He was nervous, but it was a lovely ceremony and he did great.

A cosy chat?

Later that day Papa and I were invited to a friend’s wedding. It was a curling-themed wedding, with some gaming thrown in. Fantastic fun, and it was wonderful for both of us to get out by ourselves.

First dance

Long Day at the Arena

On a recent Saturday Eamon grabbed a nap while he could. Conor had practice at 12, Eoin had practice at 3.

He woke up when they tested the buzzer for the high school game

Papa was out of town so we stayed at the arena for the high school boys game. They are having a great season!

Conor was incredibly excited to get a puck that came over the glass. I had to save the boys twice from errant pucks! Mom-of-the-year award please…

Of course, when we get home they all still haven’t had enough!

Three Monkeys

Bedtime has changed considerably in recent months. Eamon is hanging with the big kids, and wants to be part of story time. He gets far too riled up, but we are working on it. It makes for some super cute moments between all the wrestling, screeching and blanket pulling…

Somebody’s not sleepy…

Bomb Cyclone

We all thought our Christmas break was far too short so we arranged for a massive storm to form out in the Atlantic and bring a foot of snow followed by a deep freeze…….. Yay long weekends! (But seriously, not that much yay… It was too cold to even enjoy the snow!)

Not much fun mommy-a!

The drifts were pretty impressive. It felt like they were up to three feet in places

Papa went out that night to tackle the snow before the deep freeze set in. We didn’t want to see what the three feet of plowed snow at the end of the driveway was like to shift once it was an iceberg

A White Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas…

And all through the house…

Not a creature was stirring…

Not even a … mouse???

The two older boys got up earrrrrrrly but were pretty good about waiting for their baby brother to wake up (it’s usually the other way around!) Once Eamon was up he figured everything out pretty quickly!

The snow that started around 7am on Christmas morning was ready for some fun!

Not great for building, but fun for sledding!

The pudding was a success!

Getting ready to smash our gingerbread house

Mum, Dad, and I finished a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle in three days

And another one three days later

It was wonderful having Mum and Dad visiting for Christmas. They were rather shocked by the extremely cold weather we were having, but we tried to keep it as cosy as possible in the house so they might forget that next time they contemplate traveling to the Northeastern United States!