Dec

22

Christmas Season

December 22, 2006 | Leave a Comment

With the temperature in the 50’s, it’s hard to believe that we’re only a few days away from Christmas. But then the kids remind us ! They’re busy counting down, although unfortunately they’ve been fighting the flu for the past week (ever since Saturday, when we made the mistake of taking them to a birthday party – they loved the party, but picked up a bug from one of the kids there).We’ve been using Santy as a threat to try and coax good behavior from them, with varying degrees of success. They’re looking forward to the visit of the Florida cousins who arrive on Saturday. Meanwhile, I’m not looking forward to Christmas dinner at the in-laws – both Sue, my mother-in-law and Carol, my sister-in-law, are threatening to cook. I told Jenn we’re going to cook our own turkey and spuds and brussel sprouts, and bring them over with us !

In the run-up to Christmas we’ve been doing some tidying up in the garden, cutting down trees with a chain saw (if you don’t see any further updates to this site, you’ll know what has happened) and getting our gator and tractor overhauled to cope with the snow that will probably take us by surprise in January.

Meanwhile, Jenn informs me that when she offered Eoghan a choice of cherry or orange flavoured Tylenol to help fight his cold, he responded I think I’ll have the wine flavour. What does wine taste like, anyway ?. Fortunately, when Jenn told him wine tastes yucky, he decided to go with the cherry…

Dec

15

On their recent trip to the city, the kids took time out to visit Santa and tell him what they would like for Christmas. They had been busy deciding what they would ask him for, and had their lists all ready by the time they got to meet him.
Orla wants to add to her menagerie of stuffed animals. This time, she’s looking for a sabre-toothed tiger. Eoghan, on the other hand, is looking for something a little…unusual. He confided in Santa that what he was looking for is…a cheese-maker !
(It turns out that, on a visit to one of the local fairs in Dutchess County, he saw a really nifty hand-held contraption for churning butter; Santa will, I’m sure, have to think about that one !)

Dec

15

On their recent trip to the city, the kids took time out to visit Santa and tell him what they would like for Christmas. They had been busy deciding what they would ask him for, and had their lists all ready by the time they got to meet him.
Orla wants to add to her menagerie of stuffed animals. This time, she’s looking for a sabre-toothed tiger. Eoghan, on the other hand, is looking for something a little…unusual. He confided in Santa that what he was looking for is…a cheese-maker !
(It turns out that, on a visit to one of the local fairs in Dutchess County, he saw a really nifty hand-held contraption for churning butter; Santa will, I’m sure, have to think about that one !)

Dec

11

The Nutcracker

December 11, 2006 | Leave a Comment

So last week I took Orla to see “The Nutcracker“, at The New York City Ballet.This is getting to be an annual event for us, as I had taken her last year too. This year’s show was equally spectacular, and Orla enjoyed it just as much, her favourite scene being the fight against the mice in the first half.

The second half was even more gorgeously breathtaking, and we just loved it. I must confess that I was taken by surprise when, watching the mesmerising ‘Arabian Coffee’ (danced by Teresa Reichlen), Orla turned to me and whispered

Dad, you should have married her instead of Mommy. I have no idea where that came from !

Dec

7

Lying to Santa

December 7, 2006 | Leave a Comment

Jenn took the kids shopping last week. The were both out of sorts, and got into a fight with each other at the store, ending up scratching each other.Jenn was horrified, and told them that since they were going to see Santa Claus the next day, he would know they had been fighting.

Orla said to Eoghan “We better come up with a good story !

They both decided to tell Santa that “the dogs did it“.

Mommy said “You’re going to lie to Santa ?

They both nodded their heads.

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