Thanksgiving 2017

Thanksgiving in Nashville is all about family. The boys spend tons of time away from us playing with their cousins. It’s iPads, or sports, or toys…

Da boyz

The morning crew

I was delighted to spot an owl at Radnor Lake State Park

Hiking crew

Swedish Pancakes Operations Center

Ready for Kickball

Kickball action

We took up a whole row at the Predators game and that’s still not all of us…

Uncle Byron is obviously the “cool” uncle… What a way to finish off – with pumpkin pie…


Do You Want a Toad With That?

We had an amazing week of camping in Cape Cod straight after Minnesota. The Fowler’s toads had just spawned/hatched/emerged so Eoin was constantly on the hunt for some new “friends”.

Don’t mix up your bowl and your bucket Eoin!

Let’s look closer into that bucket…

Yet another bucket of toads

After a day on an Atlantic beach it is always nice to come “home” to the campsite and squeeze in some fishing or another swim before dinner and a campfire

We got to enjoy the partial solar eclipse from Herring Cove beach in Provincetown. Papa had brought extra solar eclipse glasses and he walked up and down the beach helping people look at the eclipse safely. He was in his element.

Daddy watching the eclipse while the boys played on

There was a large amount of tiny herring dead or dying on the shore, and a ton of fish swimming in the shallow waves. I saw bright green stripey mackerel, more herring…

Watching a shoal of fish, like a black cloud

Boys on the beach

At The Campsite

At The Beach

A Week at Lake Shetek

Prepare for a week in the water!

And a week of fishing…

Eoin caught the biggest catfish

What a haul!

The food is always amazing

For James’ birthday we went to Wild Water West. Our first time in South Dakota and Conor’s first time in a Go Kart

These little ones ventured out even on the wilder weather days, and warmed up in long shampoo-heavy showers after

These two liked going on bike rides with me

Whatever you do, never buy a huge inflatable ball – the fights, the eons to blow it up, the injuries…

Midnight father-son splashfest

We spent a night with Dan, Megan and Calvin in Minneapolis and caught a Twins game

Future American Airlines pilots

Seacoast Science Center

A big goal of my summer was to check out the Seacoast Science Center, an aquarium/museum right across the border in New Hampshire for which our library now has discount passes. We loaded up in the car with our neighbors Tara and George.

We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day

Eoin had just received his school backpack in the mail. He loaded it with discovery and exploration essentials and wouldn’t dream of taking it off

The center had an excellent scavenger hunt that all the boys enjoyed

All the boys liked the interactive exhibits and excellent small aquarium. Eoin had by far the best time exploring the tide pools that were just outside the center, which was located within the Odiorne Point State Park. There was a good picnic area and a big playground. With a little more time I would have explored the beaches too. And Eoin would have explored scores more tide pools…

Tyrus’ Christening in South Carolina

My godson Tyrus had a birthday and christening celebration that I was lucky enough to attend with Eamon. It was really fun to catch up with family and get dolled up for a special occasion.

Eamon and mummy, Eamon sporting the handknit linen blend vest and bowtie I made Conor for Donal’s wedding

Tyrus and his smash cake

Eamon and Tyrus got on really great together

Happy to be there for my godson. Thanks Papa for holding the fort at home.

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

General Jackson Showboat

My mother-in-law was celebrating a big-number birthday this year. She had an idea to bring the whole family on the General Jackson Showboat. It was a really fun outing! There was a tour of the pilot house, lunch, Country Christmas singing, and a lovely view.


We just about squeezed into the pilot house


Who’s the captain here?

Taking in the view

Checking out the paddles

Salisbury Beach

For Labor Day weekend I resolved to try out a new beach. Papa loves to get to the beach, and our recent attempts to go to Crane Beach or Good Harbor Beach (very popular New England beaches) have resulted in us being turned back by the traffic (not enough parking). The weather was cooler, so we needn’t have worried. People don’t turn out to the beach in huge numbers here if it’s below 80- but that’s not stopping us!!!


Conor constantly asks to play baseball


Me and my boys


What a crew


Eamon absolutely loves to jump in the waves


We couldn’t resist this mini golf course on our way home. Conor got a hole-in-one on this hole!

Overall a big hit. The waves were a little too much for smaller kids, but the sand was great for sandcastles and there is plenty of parking, a playground, camping, good grill spots, even fishing on the estuary side… We could make a day or even a weekend out of it if we camped one night.

A Day in Cambridge

It had been a very long time since we ventured into Cambridge to see Papa at work. After a lovely picnic lunch with Daddy we went to the great playground on the common.

We stayed at the playground for two hours, and I even met an old acquaintance of mine who was visiting from Ireland, just by chance! It was shocking to hear that her children were the same age as mine and were attending my old school!!! I’m surely not that old???!!!