Hobbies

Sharing Videos

I’m working on a way to share videos now that picasa has met its maker. Conor is desperate for his own YouTube channel, so I have finally decided to help facilitate it. Now to find a way to temper his expectations of a million subscribers…
I love this video of Conor at bat. I truly love his swing.




If you see this post change it’s because I’m trying to find the right code to embed it, and I will add some more videos when I get free moments.

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Day in Lowell

Conor took part in a baseball clinic at the Lowell Spinners. It included free tickets to that night’s game, so we decided to make a day of it in Lowell, and fill in the time between clinic and game with a trip to a park we have always wanted to check out as we pass on our way to a game.

Watching the pitcher to steal a base


Eoin looks good in the dugout


We got to play catch on the field before the game


We sure worked up an appetite for ice cream!


Rounding first


We had such a fun, full day: baseball clinic, Irish breakfast (for me!), splash park, National Park historic mills site, catch on the field, the game, the fun zone at the game, and running the bases at game end!

Rhubarb Renditions

My neighbor gave me about 12 pounds of rhubarb! He has a knack to making it grow like a forest. I made a rhubarb juice that I tried out in two different cocktails. And I made two crumbles.

My favorite drink was one shot Cachaca, two shots rhubarb juice, juice of one lime, over ice

Entertainment at the Red Sox

My children have a tendency to be rather soul-destroying in their relentlessness to get what they want. Hence, the calling to go to Wally’s Clubhouse starts before we’ve even sniffed a hot dog and continues until it opens in the 3rd. I insist on seeing every Red Sox player at bat and then I usually cave in a crumpled heap.

Wally’s new friend Tilly


We tried the Virtual Reality Home Run Derby for the first time. A blast, and Conor had some 500+ hits!


All eyes actually focus on the game once they have had a chance to play!

Mending

I had a ton of mending to do. I was waiting for a NAP, a quiet moment, or a loud moment that would drown out my sewing machine. But I gave up waiting for the perfect moment and just got it done…

with some help…


Now, I’m not proud of this messy pile and the dirt on my rug, but I am proud of finally getting these things fixed!

In this pile: hand-me-downs that needed rehemming or slight holes fixed (proud of a torn button area that I machine-darned and reaffixed a button), fix a lace area on a nice top (a bit shoddy). I also was really challenged by a lovely sweater Papa bought in Italy but which the shop assistant switched as she packed it for him and it has moth holes!!! I think it’s a lost cause but he was willing to let me try…

Resizing a T-Shirt

We got a great Big Papi t-shirt as a Red Sox giveaway last year. I decided to try and downsize the XL so it could fit Conor. I tried to make it about a size 10, using an 8 as a model and being generous with cutting, but I neglected to be generous enough with the sleeves. I also kept it longer because I didn’t want to hem through the design.

Measuring and committing


Pinning the sleeves


I think I overcompensated the size because I didn’t want to make it too small!!!


This was a fun project. Nerve-wracking, but fun. It will fit Conor well in about a year. He wore it already, so that’s a great sign. I’m also pleased it fits me! A bit tight on the upper arms and shoulder, and a bit shoddy underarm, but I learned a lot!

Sun Pictures

When Papa stayed home to help me out after my knee surgery, I had to find some projects outside so he could attempt to do some work during the day. A lovely sunny day was perfect for making sun pictures! I got the idea from my Martha Stewart Living magazine last year. We tried it once last summer and it was a lot of fun.

I’m shocked they’re not touching it


Notice the Lego is now smashed


“Don’t touch Eamon!”


The pictures came out VERY well. I loved the effect that happened to the Lego because it was bulkier. There was a great shadow effect. I sent that to Dad for Father’s Day so I don’t have a picture of it.

The axe was moved by a boy’s foot so that one came out weird


We continued the sun theme by planting sunflowers