Monday, September 17, 2012

The tramp

Our arrival back to Ireland has been a good one. Everyone seems settled and not nearly as anxious. Not having been here in the fall months we didn't know what to expect, and what a nice surprise to have many days of beautiful weather. Sophie, Logan and I rushed out and bought ourselves a trampoline to enjoy the fall days on. They have spent many hours jumping, flipping and having a great time on our newest purchase.
With our new purchase comes new energy and excitement to try new things. We found a trampolining club and the kids are trying it out.
It is his goal to be able to do a back flip on the ground-knowing Logan he will accomplish that goal. For now, he is loving the advice and time he spends on these Olympic size tramps.

Norway and Sweden

Back to school

First day of school for the 2012/2013 school year. Even though Dallas is in the 7th grade, or a 1st year in Ireland, he now attends the high school with Annie and Jesse. He sure is a handsome 1st year!!
They were all thrilled to go back to school! At least they saw the sun and have some evidence of it on their faces. The summer in Ireland was rather rotten, so we heard.
Logan and Sophie had an extra week to lounge about and play a little XBOX.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Look out SLC

After months of countdown we are down to minutes-not hours, or days, minutes. I don't think they got much sleep last night, I could hear them on the phone giggling and screaming-they could hardly wait for this day, June 11, it's finally here.
We wanted her bag to be easy to spot!
Wow-there they go, all on their own. They have each other and they are pretty savvy travelers, so I will try not to worry too much. (I just better get an update about every 45 seconds)
Good bye Ireland (for 2 months)-Hello SLC!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

To Market, to market

Oh the great things you see at market. Haven't you always wanted to cover yourself in grey paint and sit in the street hoping cute girls will want to take their photo with you, so they will drop a coin in your bucket,  because they want to document this strange man? hmmm-NO I never have but obviously he has.
Three beauties in the streets of downtown.
Pass the pork pig.
To market, to market to buy a fat pig, or is it the head of a pig? What in the world? Like I said, the things you see at market-it's awesome!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Introducing the Irish to Baby Showers

I have a friend named Trish who is having her third baby. Her youngest is 7 and she said that she she had given all her baby things away. I told her that we needed to have a baby shower. She responded by saying that they didn't do showers in Ireland. So I told her we would be having an American baby shower so today was the day. Thanks Deena for the cute invitations
The girls helped me make the pom poms and the nappie cake.

The menu was chicken croissant sandwiches, pasta salad, fruit, cookies and chocolate dipped strawberries.

Isn't it cute? It made for a fun centerpiece. Everyone thought I was soo clever. Little do they know what a great copy cat I am-thanks to youtube. Finding the ribbon was the hardest part.

There were about 20 women who were able to attend. None of them quite knew what to expect. I tried to explain that it is really just an excuse to get together and socialize. I had some wassail to offer them as they arrived because it is customary to offer someone a cup of tea or coffee when they come to your home. I explained to them that it was  a spiced cider. They all acted excited to try it, and told me how wonderful it was. I realized later that they probably thought that it had alcohol in it. Luckily they asked for the recipe and so I can let them know that it is alcohol free. They all were so nice and gracious, they told me that the sandwiches were beautiful and the salad was gorgeous and everything was lovely. Later that night I must have had 12 ladies txt me to tell me thank you for such a lovely gathering-how nice is that. It was very fun for me and I hope we can do it again.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

A typical road block

I never figured I would have to allow myself extra time to get where I need to be because the chances of getting stuck behind one of these is about, oh, 100%. We've seen all sizes, shapes and colors. Just don't ever be in a hurry and it's all good.

Field Day

What a great day for a Field Day! The sun was shining and it was Friday. Dallas and a few of his friends getting ready to trap kids as they attempt the obstacle course. It was also a green day-so everyone was to wear at least a green shirt.

Dallas with his teacher Mrs. Macnamara.
Once the field games were over everyone came back to the school for some special events. The school is a "green" school, meaning that because so many of the kids walk or ride bikes to school and they eat only healthy lunches-(no sweets or crisps) they earn a new flag each year. They had a ceremony to raise the new flag. They also had everyone sing a song together. There is a group called JedWard (they are horrible) but they are from Ireland and they have one hit called lipstick, they had changed the words to say "You put your green cape one" instead of "you put your lipstick on". The kids had a great time singing this all together.
Logan with his teacher Ms. Heeney. I forgot to get a photo of Sophie and her teacher.
The kids with Olive Fitzgerald, the schools principal who retired in March. She was so kind to us in our preparations to come and once we were here. She helped us get books and uniforms and feel settled. She even made a house visit to welcome the kids to Ireland. She is such a wonderful woman and really miss her.