Jul

29

Orla and Eoghan have signed up for an acting camp at the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center. When Jenn picked them up yesterday after the class, they were delighted.

Mom, said Orla. I got the part I wanted in the play. I’m Cinderella. And it’s perfect, because the boy who is playing Prince Charming is the hottest boy in the class.

Eoghan got a great role, too. He’s going to be Cinderella and Prince Charming’s little boy, who’s a real troublemaker. Sounds like a perfect part for him…

They’ve being having a lot of fun at their various camps. Orla was delighted at swim club, where she made the swim team. And in her very first races she came in first ! Fortunately, though, with the really hot weather we’ve being suffering through, competitions are over now and so we don’t have to hang out at the pool from the unearthly hour of 9AM on a Saturday !

Meanwhile, Eoghan is excited at the prospect of building some ham radios with me. After reading a book about penguins, he’s convinced that when he gets on the radio he can make friends with scientists down in Antarctica and that they’ll send him a penguin for his very own. When I asked him where he’d keep it he replied “in the freezer“. So he’s got all the answers.

Speaking of having all the answers, our precocious Orla has them all, too. When Jenn was giving out to her and Eoghan for getting all dirty after a mud fight yesterday she replied Mom, we all have to have mudfights. It’s a childhood rite of passage.

They’re all off to New Hampshire in a week or so; Orla will get to see how her pony Allie is doing while being trained by Jenn’s cousin Michelle – we’re hoping Allie will be able to come home with us at the end of the summer. Jenn and the kids will spend some time in Boston, too, while I shoot over to Kerry for a couple of days to meet up with Ian and June and check out some houses there.

Jul

13

It’s been a while since the last post here – and lots of things have been going on. For starters, here’s a link to my new iPhone gallery … it should be pretty easy to get pictures up here quickly now…

So what have we been up to ? Well, for one thing, Jenn and the kids went to Nantucket where they watched Justin and some friends participate in the Ironman race, raising money for Mantel Cell cancer research. They all had great fun, although poor Conall picked up a very nasty bronchitis bug that two almost a month – and two separate types of antiobiotics – to get over. He managed to pass it on to the entire family, so we were all sick to various degrees. As for me, I had gall bladder surgery on June 23rd, which went swimmingly; I was making a great recovery but then got hit by Conall’s bug which knocked me out for the count. Fortunately we’re all well recovered now.

Orla has been busy trying out new horses; we’ve had two home on trial, neither of which turned out to be suitable, but we have a third one coming in on Tuesday and Orla has her finger’s crossed that the third time will be the charm.She’s also been busy at Pony Camp, and Eoghan has been attending his ‘Bug Camp’ (where he can indulge his inner entomologist); both of them are also taking swimming lessons at our local Pool Club, and enjoy hanging our there in the afternoons. Even Conall loves the water; he often falls asleep in his mom’s arms when she takes him in the main pool.

I was off work for almost three weeks due to the surgery and the bronchitis; I managed to catch up on a lot of reading. Among other books, I read ‘My Cousin Rachel’ – Daphne du Maurier; ‘Woodbrook’ – David Thomson (highly recommended); ‘The Lost Painting’ – Jonathan Harr; ‘Taking Pictures’ – Anne Enright (self-indulgent crap), ‘South Of The Border’ – James Ryan; ‘The Irresistible Inheritance Of Wilberforce’ – Paul Torday (interesting concept but ultimately fails).

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