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No Sun = Indoor Fun

April 22, 2014

The weather has been fabulous the past few days. Hot, but not too hot, sunny in a glarey, where the heck are my glasses way, and dry, in a no more muddy puddles to jump in way.  So last night we invested in a small paddling pool in anticipation of a day filled with messy, splashy fun for the boys. This morning however, we woke to find overcast skies, but we powered on with the paddling pool plan, fully excepting the sun to burn through the cloudy skies at any minute. Sadly it never happened, and then the rain showed up. So the pool time fun was short lived so instead we took the action indoors to work on a little shaving cream art project.

James and Keane ready and optimistic that the sun is on its way.

The sun never showed up and the rain forced us inside to work on our shaving cream art.

Messy, colorful fun.

YAY! Shaving cream cupcakes.

Priceless pieces of artistic creation.

All Things Sports

April 21, 2014

Another jam packed day of Doyle boy action and this time we went big on all things sports. We hit up The Husbands gym to play some catch.

6 year old Paul already looks every inch a pro.

Keane was very excited to show his cousins the right way to start a race.

Bringing up the rear and couldn’t be happier.

James decided to do a some cone hurdling, and every thing was going so well until it wasn’t.

He lost his footing on the landing…

…and took a tumble. But ever the pro, he picked himself up and finished the run.

Paul was up next and made it all look very easy.

Then we took the action outside so the boys could practice their kicking. James was up first.

Then Keane gave it a go and was cheered on enthusiastically by James.

James and Keane rally to give Paul lots of kicking encouragement.

Last but not least, Cullen steps up for his turn.

But Keane steps in at the last second and steals his kicking thunder.

The lads!

Time for a snack break and a couple of pages from Thomas the Train (Keane’s request).

My sister in law, Dinara and her newest buddy Cullen.

The boys start to get a little silly with the shades.

James uses The Husband to get one final kick in.

Trying to get everyone together for a group selfie.

Group selfie!

Well and truly tired and headed for home.

Happy Easter 2014

April 20, 2014

The house has been taken over by Doyle boys and it will remain in their full control for the next 5 days. Keane and Cullen’s cousins, Paul and James came all the way from Boston to meet the newest addition to the clan, Cullen, and to spend some quality fun time with Keane.

They were up before the sun even rose this morning, excited and eager to get the fun times started. Still in their pajamas and ignoring the mothers demands that they eat breakfast before they start their busy day of crazy, the boys were out and ready for The Husband to take them 4-wheeling around the property. 4-wheeling group shot.

Keane was a little nervous to take his turn, so Paul ran alongside him for some moral support.

And then he continued to followed them down the driveway.

Not far behind James is also in hot pursuit.

Now Keane is into it.

Eventually we got the boys in for some breakfast, but then it was back outside again where Paul got stuck into helping The Husband with our never ending fence project.

While the “men” were busy with the manual labor, the smaller boys entertained themselves with some ball tossing up into the trees.

James and Keane have become thick as thieves and are getting up to all kinds of mischief together.

The boys brought Keane a rocket launcher and here they are about to take it for a test launch.

Keane reminds Daddy that the rocket must go up.

Paul ready to catch it on landing, but it just slipped through his fingers.

After lunch and a power nap it was time for some Easter egg hunting.

James and Keane team up on the search.

Oh the challenges of nailing the group shot.

Back to the house to see what treats are inside their eggs.

The littlest Doyle boy and his first Easter experience.

Keane kicked off his Easter weekend with a school day filled with fun. A parade of little bunnies, a party and an Easter Egg hunt. Here Keane spotted me in the crowd of parents and immediately became emotional.

So momma had to jump in and walk with him for a while, which helped turn the mood around and brought a smidgen of joy to his parade experience.

Rocking the Irish bunny ears.

Inside for party time.

Refuses to take off his ears.

Not sure what the conversation is between Keane and his friend David here, but it looks serious.

Outside for to hunt some eggs.

Found one!

Little Cookie Monsters

April 13, 2014

It was Playdate Sunday again for our little boys and this week we opted for some inside fun, the boys got busy and messy with some cookie decorating.

Keane took a very careful and particular approach to his decorating.

Cannon was straight in with the fingers.

Gavin wasn’t really bothered with the decorating and was more about the eating.

Cannon’s mom brought the cookies while I supplied the colorful and edible art supplies, and she was awesome enough to do a letter cookie for each of the boys names.

Keane looks very suspicious about this weirdly colorful and sugary food we presented him with and eats it very cautiously.

Cannon was partial to the tiny bunny rabbit toppers.

Gavin attacked it all Cookie Monsater style.

Cullen muscles his way into the action.

Alli and Gavin team up for some cookie creativity.

Group Shot! Our happy little Sunday Morning Playdate Group.