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Christmas

December 29, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The week before Christmas saw us treated to a visit from Zach, Madison, Kris and Dana, who left sunny Florida to brave the sub-zero temperatures of NY. It was fun to see them, since they hadn’t been up in over a year, and the kids had a great time sledding on the snow – or rather, ice – in the garden and in our local park, a stately home right across the road from us. Alas, they were only able to stay 4 days before they had to head back home to the glorious sunshine. For some reason they weren’t too unhappy to go ! They did promise to come back in the summer, though. Read more

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Antecedents

December 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

So it’s great to see that Orla is developing a dry sense of humour. At dinner the other night, as she and I were talking about ancestry, she informed me that she was one quarter scottish, one quarter english, a half Irish and a half American (okay, so math isn’t her strong point).
I teased her that she is 100% American, whereas I am 100% Irish, and that I am descended from kings and gods.
Well, she retorted, we all know that you’re a royal pain in the ass !

Dec

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Ready For Christmas

December 16, 2009 | Leave a Comment

It’s hard to believe Christmas is already here. The Fall flew by, with the kids maturing in leaps and bounds. Orla has become even more sophisticated than she already was in her dinner conversation. She is developing her father’s sarcasm and enjoyment of conundrums. Eoghan is showing great aptitude as well in solving our dinner riddles and puzzles that we try to do when we can. The sibling rivalry amongst the two of them has gotten a bit better, and they even manage to accomplish great things with the new found team work — Thanksgiving saw them peel and make the mashed potatoes on their own and they even cleared the dishes without being told too. We were most surprised! Read more

Dec

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End of Autumn

December 16, 2009 | Leave a Comment

The weather has cooled right down, and we’ve had two snowfalls so far this winter. The first was quite impressive, dumping about 6 inches of snow on the ground last week, and then some more at the weekend accompanied by freezing rain. It looks like, Al Gore notwithstanding, that it’s going to be a real doozy of a winter.

The last month the kids have been busy with their schoolwork, as well as enjoying the warm weather while it still lasted. Jenn took the kids picking apples at one of the nearby farms, and of course Hallowe’en was a huge hit again this year. This was the first time that Conall was able to really enjoy the trick-or-treating, although we were a little embarrassed at times when the owners of the houses we visited expected Conall to talk to them and he would just grab his candy. Even though he was only two and a half, he looked like a five year old ! He was dressed as SpongeBob Squarepants, Eoghan was a pirate, and Ă“rla was a goth prom queen ! Even dad got dressed up, as Captain Jack Sparrow from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. Read more

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