Flag Day

June 14, 2004 | Leave a Comment

flagday.jpg(Click here for pictures from the Hudson Flag Day 2004 Parade)

We all had a great time at the Flag Day parade in Hudson, NY. (If you’re like me, and have never heard of it before, you can find out all about the day here.)

I headed up with a group of folks from Western Riding stables in nearby Millerton, NY. Brian, the owner, and his helpers did a great job getting the ten or so horses into show condition, before we all headed up to Hudson. (Jenn and the kids travelled separately, with Justin and Carol).

Marengo was very cranky before the parade started; he kept shying and fighting and generally getting ticked off and ticking me off in the hour or so that we waited to take our turn. He calmed down pretty well once we took our place in the parade, but was still a little antsy in places. Poor Jennifer had heart failure when we reached the spot where she and the kids were waiting; just as we passed, Marengo starting acting up again and she was convinced he was going to rear up and go nuts. Fortunately, however, he didn’t and we lived to fight another day.

The parade was impressive with numerous floats, including a number related to the military. All in all, the kids had a super time – better than their Mom did, anyway ! It was a long day, though, and we didn’t make it back home until their bed time, so they were pretty wiped out by the time we got back home.

Orla is going to be a real sportswoman when she gets older. Today, she got a new surfboard, and is all set to go surfing on the beach. She’s getting plenty of practice; she puts it on the floor and pretends to ride the surf. Eoghan, of course, would not rest (or let us rest) until he got one too.

Orla’s involvement with the animals continues apace. She continues to train Laoise, our mastiff, walking her on a leash all around the house. (For some reason, she doesn’t have quite as much success when she tries to put a leash on her Speedy, her turtle).

She didn’t get a chance to go riding her pony Trunket last week, because both she and Eoghan have been fighting colds, so instead she spent extra time learning about science. She’s pretty pissed at comets, these days – she has been learning about dinosaurs, which she loves (along with zebras, for some reason); once she learned that a comet smashed into the earth and wiped out the dinosaurs, she got very sad. (Well, okay, it was an asteroid, but why be picky – she’s only three and a half !)

She has just started taking ballet, tap and modern dance. I got the chance to go and see her on Friday and I have to say she was pretty good ! Like me, she spent half the time admiring herself in the wall-to-wall mirrors. She also loves to steal Daddy’s clothes and dress up. Unfortunately, she looks better in them than I do. Eoghan hasn’t tried them yet; whenever he wants to dress up, we have to hide Orla’s ballet tutu. (I’m worried about that boy !)

Like Orla, he too is becoming interested in books; now, they both fight over the same ones. At least he hasn’t yet shown any sign of her other new passion – she’s becoming interested in jewelry and is saving up for a rainbow bracelet. (Although unless it’s made out of colored glass she has two chance of getting it – slim, and none – and Slim’s out of town).

Eoghan isn’t crazy on the movies yet – we all went to see ‘Shrek 2′ last weekend, and ‘Garfield’ this past weekend. Orla and I enjoyed them, but Eoghan walked out of both after five minutes, dragging his Momma with him. Perhaps he’s just more discriminating than Orla and I. Or maybe he felt even Cameron’ Diaz’s voice and Jennifer Love Hewitt’s presence couldn’t save either movie.

Finally, like women everywhere, we’re learning that Orla loves to talk on the phone. And it doesn’t really matter who’s on the other end. So you never know, one of these days you might get a call from her !


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