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Breakaway

November 11, 2019

Disappeared to Texas for the weekend to visit a good friend. Nothing like spending time with someone you’ve known since you were 11 yrs old and she, 9 yrs old. Always so much to laugh about, chat about and reminisce about. The Husband held it all down on the home front in my absence. Lots of manlike adventures with the boys. And I did my best to relinquish control and keep the texts to The Husband  to a minimum.

In the spirit of switching off and enjoying the time away, I decided not to bring my camera. But Caitriona’s (my friend) husband grabbed a few lovely little memories on our Sunday morning group hike.

From the left: Me, Caitriona (bestie), Aileen (Caitriona’s bestie), Roisin (Caitriona’s little girl) and Ronan (Caitriona’s little boy). Oh and Alfie the dog.

Caitriona and I having the chats. And beneath that, me taking a walk in the very cold pond.

Master hiker Ronan. Below, Aileen, Ronan and Roisin skipping rocks.

Managed to get Paul (Caitriona’s hubby) in the group shot. Photo credit goes to a complete stranger.

Night At The Museum

November 6, 2019

The weekend before Halloween, one of the boys favorite museums was having a Nighttime Trick-or-Treat party. And given that the weather was complete shit this particular day, and with no other plan to speak of, we decided last minute to grab our costumes, grab some friends and head off to Trick-or-Treat with the dinosaurs.

A quick change into our costumes in the car park when we arrived. Doing our best to shelter from the never ending downpour. And since we were headed into a dinosaur museum, Keane wanted to bust out one of his old dinosaur costumes for the party.

The gathered crowd was impressed with our inflatable dinosaur friend. And also very interested in seeing how he would dismount from the car.

Cullen wanted to wear his shark costume of course. And his little friend Ashton was Mr. Potato Head.

Just a couple of reptiles, a dinosaur and a turtle, off to party at the museum.

Keane & Henry.

A gathering crowd of trick-or-treaters waiting patiently in the rain.

Group shot!

Once inside our little inflatable dinosaur met 2 very big inflatable dinos

Hi-5’s for prehistoric creatures everywhere.

The museum exhibits were in total darkness. The boys were given small flashlights to walk around and view the displays. Very creepy, but very cool.

Hard to see but our little trick-or-treaters are there with their flashlights.

The mighty megalodon jaws.

Cullen was drawn to the sea creature wall.

Keane busy measuring things with a giant measuring tape.

After a lot of fun crafting and eating plenty of sweet treats, it was time for these tired trick-or-treaters to head home.

Halloween 2019

November 1, 2019

One of their absolute favorite days of the year. Like, October could not get to its final day quick enough for them. They went from counting weeks, to days, to hours, until it was finally time to get into our costumes and get this Halloween Show on the road. Just like last year we were a family divided when it came to our costumes. Cullen and I teamed up to represent the world of sharks. I was a hammerhead and Cullen, a great white. Keane and Daddy went all “How to Train Your Dragon”, Keane as Toothless and Daddy, as the husky viking, Gobber.

After grabbing a quick family photo, we headed to our good friend Bryson’s house for a pre-Trick-or-Treat Party. Then we hit the neighbourhood where doors were knocked on. Candy was gotten and we all stayed up way too late riding our sugar high. So all around a highly successful, highly enjoyable 2019 Halloween.

Always have to make sure and get that family pic.

A little Halloween crafting at Bryson’s house. While inside Cullen was burning up in his costume, but he refused to take it off.

Bryson and Keane took off their costume until it was time to go trick-or-treating.

Show time! Costumes on and group shoot before we hit the streets.

Halloween Besties.

Cullen is ready for some candy.

Bryson rocking his praying mantis costume.

One shark, one dragon and one mantis.

Let the candy gathering begin!

We bumped into this completely terrifying, murderous looking clown. All the kids had a completely different reaction to him.

Keane just stared.

Bryson refused to make eye-contact with him.

Cullen gave him a wave and a hi-five and wished him “Happy Halloween”.

The decorations on some of these houses were amazing.

This curious witch made everyone pause for a moment.

Digging for the best candy.

The darker it got, the harder it was getting to see Keane. If it wasn’t for his orange handed trick-or-treat bag, I would never have spotted him.

When a praying mantis, meets an inflatable praying mantis.

After a long night trick-or-treating, we went back to Bryson’s for some Halloween cake.

Doing The Pumpkin Prep Work.

October 29, 2019

Halloween prep in full swing. The pumpkins are getting carved and the boys are counting down to Thursday. No surprises at what Cullen wanted carved on his pumpkin. But before we carve, we must gut.

The guts of a pumpkin never fail to surprise and gross them out.

A shark for Cullen’s pumpkin. Oh and that cute little kitty on the right, is the newest addition to the family. I’ll introduce the little fella soon.

Keane getting stuck into his pumpkin project.

More guts.

Through the magic of Google, I found these pumpkin stencils online and printed them off to make our craving lives easier.

Lots of deep thoughts and important pumpkin decisions to be made.

Working the lines.

Keane went with a “How to Train your Dragon” pumpkin. Carving himself a little Toothless.

The focus is real.

The curious cat.

Cullen making great strides with his. I may have helped a little, but he was adamant that I not do the fins. Only he alone be responsible for the carving of the fins.

Ta-Dah! Cullen’s is done. Keane’s still a work in progress. But we’ll make sure its ready for the big night.

And on the Eve of Halloween, the pumpkins are done.

Tis The Season For Lacrosse

October 23, 2019

This is the final week of Fall lacrosse for Keane. And its been a busy one. The team practices 2 evenings each week and has a game, sometimes 2, every weekend.  Thats a big commitment for a team of 6 and 7 yr olds, at least in my opinion. Not to mention a big commitment for the team Momma’s who juggle many, many, many balls which may include dinner dining in the car en route to practice cos the end of your youngest’s art class, cuts it very close to lacrosse practice time. Yes, the whole dog and pony show hits the road several evenings a week. And while your head spins trying to remember all of the bits each of your children will need for all of their post school activities, you inevitably end up forgetting something and the child/owner of the forgotten something, has the nerve to act like their life is over and you as their mother, are nothing but a failure and a constant disappointment. I mean I should have known it was the his new “defense type Beyblade” he wanted to show his teammate and not the “explosive attack mode Beyblade”. And if you didn’t know what Beybades are, then you’re not a mother of boys aged between 5 – 8 yrs old. Anyway, passive aggressive mom vent done, lets get to some action shots of Keane on the lacrosse field this season.

Game day. Armed and ready.

A little help from Daddy to gear up.

Keane is ready to rock. Cullen is wondering if its over yet, before it even starts.

Time for the fans to take their place on the sidelines. Cullen and his friend Nash arrive with their own sideline entertainment.

When the sun is too glarey, you build yourself a cover.

Pre-game team huddle.

Keane gets some last minute instructions.

Playing defense, Keane is no. 15, far right.

Game on!

Keane in the centre.

In full defense mode.

Up for the catch.

The clash.

And the tumble.

Time out. Keane in the centre.

Keane no.15.

Keane giving the ref a slight side eye.

End of the game, and its a win for The Hawks! Final score 2-1

High-5’s for the teams.

A team of sweaty winners.

Hydration time.

Victory cheer.

Team photo.

Some photos from The Hawks Game 2.

Team warm up drills.

Cullen and his sideline buddy, Nash set up with some toys.

Pre-game team talk.

Cullen and Nash engage in a wrestling game to pass the time.

Focus on solving a rubiks cube.

Here we go!

Keane is in for the game tip off.

The Hawks score.

It was the only goal the Hawks scored at this game.

Cheeky little glance back to make sure we’re watching.

Cullen & Nash, not really paying the game much attention.

Keane (no.15) up for the catch.

End of game and sadly this was a loss for the Hawks.

Getting in line for the team High-5’s.

Pep-talk from coach to help try and lift the spirits from the loss.

Team cheer!

1 sweaty boy.

Cullen wondering where the post games snacks are?