Sports

Hockey Mom

Papa has gone to a meeting in the Canary Islands so I have realized my true calling as a hockey mom. I brought the boys to practice (including photo day) and yesterday morning bright and early I finally got to see one of Conor’s cross-ice Mites games. I counted six goals and got some on video.
Watch as Conor moves from left to right and scores his fifth goal.


Turn on the sound to see him declare “Not in my house” after scoring his sixth goal.

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The Season is Changing

Despite a very mild, warm September and October, there are still many small signs that the season is changing. We are back to lots of sports activities and can be found running around various places all week long.

Eoin is a totally different child in soccer this season


Waiting for Conor to get out of the shower at swimming


Watching Eoin at hockey


Conor is now in instructional cross-ice mites


It was definitely high time we picked up a pumpkin


Time to spookify

Filling Summer with Outings

I tried to keep us all busy during the summer, especially when Papa had a long trip to Korea in July. We had some great playdates with friends.

I’m not sure how, but we had the playground to ourselves at Stone Zoo with Mark


We went to Chuck E Cheese for the first time ever with Alex


The sandlot league kept us busy


We had the Hall Memorial Pool to ourselves on a cloudy morning


Of course with three boys an empty playground still feels overrun…

We hiked into Breakheart Reservation for a swim and a picnic


Hiking selfie


Eamon went down a tunnel slide for the first time


We had a movie night with friends


Our excursion for coffee included a playground, a library, and a bakery


And then Daddy came home bearing gifts

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.

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!

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!