Eamon doesn’t believe in scheduled napping. It’s always on his own terms. It keeps things interesting!
On February 3 Conor had his First Reconciliation. He was nervous, but it was a lovely ceremony and he did great.
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.
On a recent Saturday Eamon grabbed a nap while he could. Conor had practice at 12, Eoin had practice at 3.
Papa was out of town so we stayed at the arena for the high school boys game. They are having a great season!
I had an allergist appointment in Salem because my hands are still in tatters. I love to visit the Peabody Essex Museum. There was a small Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit and then Eamon and I enjoyed exploring the hands-on station.
Conor’s hockey team was invited to play against another local team at Patriot Place. It was the day before the NFC Championship game so there was a nice buzz around the place.
Conor had a blast and scored 7 goals.
As a complete newbie when it comes to hockey I have been learning as I go. I research online about gear and then arrive in our Play It Again Sports store still pretty clueless and the really helpful guys in there give me tips and help me out. My neighbor gave me hockey socks so I researched them and I learned that you needed to put hockey socks over your knee guards to help keep them up because otherwise they can slip (also for team identification, oh, and warmth I’m sure). So for that you need tape, to hold up the socks, so I researched tape, and I bought tape… However I also noticed you could buy elastic straps with velcro, so a couple of years ago I made a pair. Conor has been using them and Papa finds them so useful that he has been transferring them between the two boys’ hockey bags. One of them needed some re-sewing so I took out the machine, resewed that, and put a pictorial together for myself so I would remember how to do it(and for anyone else who hates running out of hockey tape).
Bear in mind the sizing is for 7 and 5 year-old boys. The elastic gives plenty of growing room and stretches around a hockey sock and knee guard but a teenager and adult would benefit from some measuring.
You will need:
1-inch non-roll elastic
3/4-inch hook and loop tape
Cut elastic into 15-inch lengths, hook tape to 2.75-inch lengths, loop tape to 5-inch lengths.
On one end, sew hook tape. Flip the elastic, then sew loop tape on the other end.
I made a bag of previously-frozen crusts into a bread and butter pudding. I used too much bread and was a bit haphazard with the sugar (had to change vessels I had so much bread!) so it wasn’t sweet enough. I make a lot of Nutella sandwiches for the boys so I’ve been adding the crusts to the freezer as I go. This was probably two weeks worth (remember, we were at home in a storm.)
From zero to hero (but I will weigh my bread next time…)
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…
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!)