We’re in the countdown to Christmas. Hard to believe. The kids have been busy – Orla designed our Christmas card (with a little help from Jenn) and has been busy making all sorts of things at pottery. Eoghan is getting quite artistic, too, and can now sit in total concentration working on his art pieces, some of which are pretty darn good.Last weekend the kids were invited to a birthday party at the Childrens’ Museum in Poughkeepsie; they had lots of fun checking out the firefighters equiment, X-ray mock-ups and dinosaur fossil digs. And, of course, the pizza and cake weren’t bad either !

Meanwhile, Christmas came early for me – I received a wine delivery that weighed almost 1400lbs. Normally, you don’t think of wine in terms of weight. But when an icy driveway causes the driver of the delivery truck to dump it at the front gate, in frigid temperatures, well then you start to think in terms of weight…

On Sunday we brought the kids into the city on the train, which they always enjoy – although Eoghan is not quite as much of a train fan now; his tastes are extending more to ships and boats. In any event, he enjoyed the trip in, and meeting Grandma and Grandpa, and seeing the tree at Rockeller Center. Orla and Grandma had a blast on Monday on the ice at Rockefeller Center. Unfortunately Eoghan caught a stomach bug that prevented him joining in the fun, and he wasn’t really all that interested in seeing the ladies strutt their stuff on the ice, or Orla’s lesson.

On Monday evening I brought Orla to the New York City ballet to see The Nutcracker. We both had a great time; Orla was amazed by the Christmas tree and the reindeer sleigh, and enthralled by the the beautiful ballerinas and their pirouettes, plies and pas de basques. (I admired the, em, dancing, too).

Tuesday, transit strike notwithstanding, saw the kids off to visit Santa at Bergdorfs and hang out some more with their grandparents.

Orla and Eoghan are now getting to the age where they can have fun at Christmas and appreciate all that New York has offer at this time of the year. And who knows ? Maybe Santy will be good to them…


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