By The Way

By the way, apple boxes are very strong and make great toys!




March for Science

There is a particular change in political climate that has happened for us this year. It impacts us in many ways, but since Papa is a scientist, we felt strongly that we should march on Earth Day to indicate how important we believe scientific research and education is for our society.

One thing that struck me when my children started to become obsessed with Pokemon Go was how important “evolution” is. So to save society and science we should just encourage our children to play Pokemon!

Eoin was very proud of his artistic impression of Mega Charizard X, which we put on the back. Good thing I laminated before we left. It was a rainy day at the march!

Stupid Google

I have been finding it hard to keep up with my blog lately, but a baby awake at 5.30 this morning gave me some extra time in my day. I was so disappointed when I accessed my albums on Picasa and it would not give me an image URL that I could plug in to WordPress. Google has stopped supporting Picasa, so if my links in older posts go weird, you know why… Here’s hoping I don’t have to fix 1000s of URLs in the future. I just don’t want to pay for hosting photos, especially when WordPress has a very limited storage option that I know I would fill up in a year…

A lot of searching online led me to flickr. So I am going to try it. All my photos are on my phone upstairs and the fussy baby is asleep on me right now, so here is an adorable test image… Fingers crossed the iphone app is easy to use…


A Small Triumph

Usually this blog is a true “highlight reel”. You’d think my life is one big perfect event after another. Not so, of course, but I didn’t originally subtitle this “The Pollyanna Blog” for nothing! I get soooooo long-winded when I’m negative!

So, suffice it to say that I have a 3-year old. An independent one, with a slightly lazy streak. And with Daddy’s frequent travel and starting preschool this year he has been having separation-related issues that we are working through. This has manifested itself in not participating in swim class. Shock, horror, this does NOT go down well in a family who loves swimming!!!

So this week we switched things up, changed teachers, changed times, toned it down a bit, and after 10 minutes on the bench he got in!!! I had to stay there the whole time which you’re not really allowed do, but hey, it’s not like I will be still sitting there when he’s 13, right? At the end, we took a photo for Daddy. This photo will get me through a lot of those difficult moments to come, I’m sure of it. He turned towards the camera and BEAMED.

What a ham

New Pictures

A while back a colleague of my husband’s posted a link to his brother’s photographs on Facebook. Some of Dominic Moriarty’s photographs really struck a chord with both of us and we ordered them from Ireland. They came rolled up in a tube in amazing time with a lovely handwritten note and instructions from Dominic. He recommended not cutting corners with framing so we didn’t.

I tried out a local framing store that I had a feeling would be worth the extra expense and managed to wrangle the boys sufficiently to make decisions on frames and backing etc. Well, it turns out it must not have been quite so sufficiently because they took my order down wrong and instead of two of the same frames, the alternate choice frame was used for one piece.

But, as they say, everything happens for a reason. That frame suits the piece perfectly. It is now my favorite corner of our house.

The picture is where the clock used to be, so every time I try to look at the time I get a wonderful surprise and happy feeling.

Do you notice the curtains, and the tie back? Papa also put up the hooks for my tie backs so I can show those off too! Merete curtains from Ikea.

It turns out both photos were from Clifden, in Galway. We hope to travel there next summer as Papa has a meeting in Galway city (with Dominic’s brother!) Papa hasn’t seen Connemara so a bit of exploration is on the itinerary.

The second piece looks fantastic over our fireplace. I can’t wait to enjoy it once the temperatures decrease and we veer towards our cosy fireplace room instead of the TV room!

Of course, when Papa gets on a roll with a project many languishing projects tend to get done. Conor got Star Wars pictures:

Eoin got Tow Mater and Monsters University:

and THIS is how we got it all done:

Battle of the B’s – Bowser and Batman


I could get really deep about this screenshot one of my boys took… A precipice? Hammering into thin air? Look before you leap? DESTROY all things??? A place (childhood?) you can safely learn to explore but can never fall off?

Thinking of the Wild Atlantic

Our friend Mark just got back from Ireland. We helped him plan his trip and I got some Tayto in return!!!

I haven’t opened the big bag of Tayto yet but I have already used this super cool bag made out of an old packet he also brought me! I LOVE IT!

He had me thinking about the west coast of Ireland a lot, along with my parents being in West Cork last week and an old paddling friend blogging about her trip along the newly opened Wild Atlantic Way. It turns out Mark found the Wild Atlantic Way too (I would have recommended it if I had known about its existence) so I hope he saw Satu, but if he didn’t I bet he would love revisiting some of the sights in some of the fantastic photography on her blog. Check it out! Stunning…