Spring has finally come to the North-East, and the kids are thrilled and energized, ready to be outdoors again. They have started riding their bikes again, and designated Conall as the officer in charge of bike speeding violations. He sits in his little red and yellow plastic car on the sidelines and enjoys his position of authority.

Conall just celebrated his First Birthday ! We had a very small family party and will soon post pictures green frosting all over Conall’s face as he ate his first piece. The kids decorated the kitchen for him with their babysitter, festooning the place with chanl drawings and balloons that they filled from a helium tank (whilst avoiding the temptation to engage in a water balloon fight) before Conall arrived home from lunch with Mom, Dad, Seamus and Ivana.

School has been going well, with many field trips for the kids. Eoghan loved the science show, Fun with Energy, at the Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center. He is now able to put out candles with sound waves and was thrilled to be a volunteer in front of the audience for the balloon experiment.

Orla has discovered the pleasures of reading with her favorite new series, Pony Pals, and is starting up horse lessons again now that the good weather is returning. She has also continued taking her music lessons on the piano and flute, and continues exploring YouTube.

Eoghan, meanwhile, had his interest in the ballet piqued…We were asking him if he would like to go to the ballet with Orla and Dad. He immediately asked if the ballerinas would be pretty. When he heard they would, he decided he wants to go !
Brian has been busy trying – usually unsuccessfully – to get some studying done, and Jenn is still busy chasing the 3 kids. Today, she loaded them up in the car to the library and frog hunting. The lesson learned was that it’s too early in the season for frogs, but the kids had a great time anyway looking for them, using their nets and pails.


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